November 28, 2016 News & Events
It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette
Friday, December 2, 4pm-6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

Free admission! Fun, family-friendly celebration! Tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts. Santa is scheduled to parade along Golden Gate Way on Lafayette's treasured Old Betsy fire engine, along with a police escort. This caravan will start from the Lafayette Historical Society and arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones! Learn more here.

Lafayette Partners in Education Join LPIE on Tuesday, November 29 and Support Lafayette Schools!

Kick off the season of giving on #GivingTuesday with LPIE! Dine out at some of the best eateries in Lafayette all day November 29 and they will give a portion of the proceeds to LPIE. Visit Patxi's Pizza, The Cooperage American Grill, Rancho Cantina, and Bonehead's Texas BBQ. Make a donation to honor your child, grandchild, teacher or principal or take the opportunity to contribute to LPIE's Annual Giving Campaign. To make a #GivingTuesday donation, click here. To donate to the Annual Giving Campaign, click here.

The Happy Valley Parking Program Starts on December 1

A pilot project that will reserve 40 parking spaces under the freeway on Happy Valley Road for Lafayette residents is set to launch on December 1. Residents can apply for a permit online to participate. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be issued to all Lafayette residents who apply. Consideration will be given to making the program permanent if spaces are fully occupied during the six months that the pilot project is scheduled to run. You may contact project planners Adam Foster at or 925-299-3207 or Sarah Allen at or 925-299-3208 if you have any questions.

Welcome to our Newest Member!
The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following business from November 21 - November 25, 2016. We encourage you to visit their website for more information.

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New Overtime Rules Take Effect in December

On December 1, 2016, about 4.2 million workers who were previously classified as "exempt" could become eligible for overtime pay due to modifications to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and many small businesses have been scrambling to comply with the new rules. Click here for a summary of why the changes were enacted, and what they may mean for both workers and employers. Specifically, the new rules increase the minimum salary that an executive, administrative, and professional employee must earn to be considered "exempt" from overtime pay. On December 1, the annual salary threshold rises to $47,476 ($913 per week), more than double the previous amount of $23,660 ($455 per week) established in 2004. Learn more here. Or contact Jane Louie at

City of Lafayette Lafayette City Council Vacancy

On November 9th, Brandt Andersson resigned from his position as Lafayette City Councilmember.  The City Council will appoint a qualified applicant to fill Councilmember Andersson's seat until the next regularly scheduled election in November 2018.
To apply for this position, please fill out and submit the COUNCIL VACANCY APPLICATION and return it by 5PM on Friday, December 9th.  Applicants must be available for interviews between December 13th and 20th.  If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk, Joanne Robbins at or (925) 299-3210.

Town Hall Theatre Exclusive Lamorinda Chambers Holiday Offer from Town Hall Theatre
Are you a small or medium-sized business looking to hold a special and unique holiday event for your employees and their families this year? Town Hall Theatre's 2016 Holiday Package has got you covered! Reserve a block of seats for your group for our holiday presentation of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Or, rent out the Theatre Lobby for your Christmas Party. One Hour Rental available for Pre-show Dinner/Lunch or Cocktail Party.  For more information and details contact: Dennis Markam at (925) 283-6673 or Linda Drucker at  (415) 298-8226.
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Advertise in the Acalanes High School's Basketball Program
Acalanes High School's Basketball Program is looking for your support! This year the Girls & Boys programs are working together to create a fantastic full colored Media Guide for our players and families.  The Media Guide will be distributed to players and families throughout the Acalanes High School Community. Your 100% tax deductible donation will be used as advertisement in our Media Guide, Girls Varsity Tournament Program, the Girls Varsity Poster and on the Girls website. For more information view the flyer or contact Tiffany Panfili at

Calling all "Local Celebrities"!
The Lafayette Community Center Foundation will once again be selling beautiful baskets donated by our "Local Celebrities" at the annual Santa's Bag Boutique. The boutique is visited by hundreds of Lafayette residents and their neighbors giving your company local recognition for charitable donations. All proceeds benefit the facility and programs at the Lafayette Community Center. Popular baskets always include holiday edibles and beverages, however you can create your own masterpiece or simply add to the coffers and we will design a basket in your name. We are happy to pick up your basket on or before November 30. Please contact Foundation Member Sue Cross at 925-284-9594 with any questions or to schedule a pick-up date and time. For more information contact Jonathan Katayanagi at

In The Spirit of Giving - Home Furnishings Needed for CCIH

In last week's eblast we shared that in the spirit of giving, the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, in partnership with Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH), is furnishing a home for a special needs family that will be moving from the Homeless Shelter to a home of their own.  The need is great and the community has been exceptionally generous, so Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary has decided to "adopt" a second family. The major items to complete the two households follows:

*    1 Kitchen Table / 4 chairs; will be going into a small apartment so it needs to be on the smaller side (+/- 36")
*    1 End Table
*    4 Love Seat-sized sofas Good condition; no stains; not oversized; lightweight preferred
*    1 Microwave Cart (new or used)- anything that can hold a microwave; must be stable.    
*    3 Chest of Drawers- good condition; not too heavy
*    1 Side Tables (nightstands)
*    1 Set Kitchen Knives
*    1 Toaster Oven; New or gently used
*    1 Vacuum Cleaner; working condtion
*    1 Microwave-  New .7 or .9 cu ft. (or less than 2 years old)
*    Assorted Pots (Sauce Pans w/Lids (e.g. 2 qt, 3 qt & 4 qt)) Stock Pot.  Working condition; no scratches on non stick variety
*    3 Fry Pans; Working condition; no scratches on not stick variety

Unless otherwise stated, gently used items are preferred.  Please contact Tom Guyette, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Community Outreach Chair, at 925-890-9761 or email: if you can help make a difference in donating any of these items. Please note that this represents only one of twenty homes that still need to be furnished for special needs families moving from Homeless Shelters to a home of their own. Therefore, additional requests for assistance may be forthcoming. More information about the CCIH program, otherwise known as FISH, can be found here.
Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series presents a FREE Holiday Program: The Bold Dry Garden Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden with author Johanna Silver
Tuesday, November 29, 6:30 PM, Library Community Hall
Sunset Magazine garden editor Johanna Silver will share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Ruth Bancroft garden that every gardener will appreciate. The Bold Dry Garden offers glimpses of Bancroft throughout her life, and stunning images of her iconic garden in Walnut Creek. To register click HERE.

Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series presents Rise & Shine Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings with author Katie Sullivan Morford
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 PM, Library Community Hall
Join us for a special 'night out' before the holidays! Registered dietitian, blogger, mother of three, and author Katie Sullivan Morford offers tastes of the delicious recipes in her new cookbook Rise & Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings. Tickets $15 (includes food & sparkling cocktail). For more information and tickets click HERE.

DVC Guitar Ensemble Concert
Friday, December 2, 7:00 PM, Library Community Hall
Enjoy the sounds of the season and more with the 15-piece Diablo Valley College Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Rick Flores. The concert includes classical pieces and holiday music. For more information and to RSVP click HERE.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation presents Children's Book Festival
Saturday, December 3, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Library Community Hall
Meet three of our favorite authors and illustrators, enjoy creative art projects, and pick up holiday gift books for the special children in your life. Elisa Klevin will introduce her new book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy. Michael Slack will share Pirasaurs. Muon Van will read In a Village By the Sea and create origami. Books available for purchase courtesy of Bel and Bunna's Books. Free. Registration recommended, click HERE.

Hour of Code is coming!
Monday, December 5, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, Two sessions every day in the Technology Lab, 3:00 - 4:00 PM and 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Learn computer programming! Students of all ages, from elementary through middle school, can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials that work on any modern browser, tablet or smartphone. Tutorials feature Mine Craft, Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, Angry Birds, and more. Free. To register click HERE and search 'Hour of Code'.

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Bank of the West Holiday Mixer at Bank of the West
Wednesday, December 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Join us for our Annual Holiday Mixer on Wednesday, December 7 at the Bank of the West from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy food from award winning restaurants and caterers. $10 for members; $20 for non-members or bring at least 3 canned food items for Food Bank and the admission is free. The Bank of the West is located at 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Stone Creek Tile Ribbon Cutting at Stone Creek Tile
Thursday, December 8, 5pm-5:30pm
Stone Creek Tile is a family owned business offering all types of flooring, including natural stone, slab, porcelain, glass, ceramic, and hardwood - even hardwood as tile. They offer kitchen cabinets, custom countertops, and radiant underfloor heating. Come explore over 2000 sq. ft. of many different materials of tile and stone from all over the world! Stone Creek Tile is located at 2764 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek.

Chamber Office Closed: Thursday, December 22 at noon through Monday, January 2 - reopening Tuesday, January 3 at 9am.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director