April 17, 2017 News & Events

EBMUD Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Construction EBMUD Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Construction Update April 2017

Work continues at the Diablo Vista Pumping Plant project site located at the corner of Mount Diablo Blvd. and Mount Diablo Ct. So far, below ground drainage, electrical conduits and water lines have been installed and soil was placed to backfill and level the ground. Inside the new pump house, water pump and piping installation is nearing completion and roofing is underway. 

Roof deck installation will begin the week of April 17. Please do not be alarmed if you hear loud "popping" sounds during day time work hours in the vicinity of the new pumping plant - the sounds are from fastening tools used to install the metal roof.

Given the wet weather and other unforeseen conditions, EBMUD's contractor will continue working on Saturdays through the summer to complete the job by the end of 2017. Saturday work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with louder activities starting after 8 a.m. Regular weekday work hours for the project are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Construction will continue through fall 2017. Once the new structure is complete, electrical and mechanical systems will be tested and the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant will be placed online to pump water to your community. The old pumping plant on Mount Diablo Blvd., near Carol Ln., will then be taken out of service and demolished.

Questions? Contact Sharla Sullivan, Community Affairs, at 510-287-7208 or sharla.sullivan@ebmud.com.

For questions about the unrelated Lafayette Park Terrace development project that is taking place at the end of Mount Diablo Ct., Please contact Larry Babli, larryb@echelcon.com or 408-677-2977.
Notes from Chief Christensen: 
Community Forum on Racial Bias and Procedural Justice

Tuesday, April 18, 7pm, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Bldg., 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

There are lots of issues that affect local policing across America today.  Being aware of those issues and making sure that we are doing the best we can to address them is certainly one of my duties.  A couple of years ago, for instance, we took a look at the training that our officers receive for interacting with individuals with mental health issues.  It became apparent that we needed to sharpen our skills, so we invested in that type of training.  I see the value of that training now when I watch our officers and how skillfully they interact with those who may be in crisis.  In fact, that training was so successful that it is now "routine" for all of our officers, and it has made a difference for us.  Another area where officers receive special training:  understanding inherent bias and how it affects all of us.  When I mentioned this to the members of the Crime Prevention Commission, they were intrigued and asked if it was possible to have a community meeting on this topic, with the purpose to bring officers and the community together to talk about bias and how it manifests on the streets and in the community.  Sounds like a great idea to me!  Why?  Because the more we talk about our difficult issues, the more likely we are to solve them.  We've found a great group who will facilitate this community forum for us, and I hope you'll take a little time out of your busy schedule to participate.  The Forum on Racial Bias and Procedural Justice will take place at the Veterans Hall on Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm.
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Earth Day 2017
12th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival!

Sunday, April 23, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Be nice to Mother Earth! Lafayette will host its 12th annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23 from 11am-3pm alongside the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, mostly on Golden Gate Way. Join us downtown to celebrate the community's continued progress toward sustainability. For more information visit www.sustainablelafayette.org/earth-day-2017.
Welcome to Our Newest Member!
The following business has joined the Lafayette Chamber the week of April 10-14, 2017.
We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about their services.  

Club Pilates Lafayette - Fitness / Health Clubs  

Future of Retail Lamorinda Business Forum: The Future of Retail
Tuesday, April 25, 6pm-8pm, Orinda City Offices-Sarge Littlehale Room, 22 Orinda Way

Are you impacted by online businesses? Do you wonder how downtown can survive?

A panel of local experts, business people, city officials and academics will discuss: What new tools will retailers use in the future to fight online competition? What does it mean to "go digital" for downtown businesses? What kind of retail environment are most conducive to getting people to shop downtown? What can cities do to support their downtown communities? This is a free forum brought to you by the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda Chambers. Register here: orindachamber.org. 
Lily Dong Photography April Mixer at Lily Dong Photography
Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm-7pm, 3506D Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Join us for our April mixer at Lily Dong Photography. Bring your smile and your business cards!
Diablo Valley Mayor_s Summit 2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit  
Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord

2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit will be held on Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord. To reserve a seat click here. To sponsor this event, please contact Jay at the chamber office at jay@lafayettechamber.org. View Flyer 

Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson Coffee with the Mayor, Mike Anderson
Friday, April 28, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room

Join us for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday morning at 8am at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street!
City Council in the Doghouse_
Dogtown Downtown - Saturday, April 29
Saturday, April 29, 10am-12noon, Lafayette Library & Lafayette Plaza Park
Join us for our 4th Annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 29 from 10am-12pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center & the Lafayette Plaza Park.

We introduced Dogtown Downtown's Photo Op at the Lafayette City Council Meeting last Monday night. They posed in the "Dog House". Hope you like it as much as we do!
Photo sponsorship is still available for Taste of Lafayette. Don't miss your opportunity! Call Sara today at (925) 284-7404.
17th Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 4, Networking 11:30am, Program 12pm-1:30pm, Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord

The East Bay Leadership Council celebrates the 17th Annual Small Business Awards. We are set to honor employers chosen by their local Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding contributions to the East Bay in culmination of National Small Business Week. The Lafayette Chamber congratulations Lamorinda Theatre Academy for being this year's award recipient! An awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 4 at the Concord Hilton. We encourage you to join us! Register here.  

Taste of Lafayette
Taste of Lafayette - Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30pm-9pm, Downtown Lafayette
Register Today!

A tour of Lafayette's finest dining establishments and the opportunity to sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant!

The tour begins in Downtown Lafayette at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Lafayette Circle near Bank of the West, 3583 Mount Diablo Blvd. From there, ticket holders will go at their own pace to any - or all - of the participating restaurants.

The evening wraps up with dessert and coffee, more music, raffles, silent and live auction.

Restaurants - don't be left out!  Register your restaurant  - DEADLINE IS TODAY by calling Sara at (925) 284-7404.  

KKDV Coffee Break
You deserve a KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break!

Your office will receive delicious coffee and "bundtinis" and it's absolutely FREE! Coffee is provided by dogsdrinkcoffee.com & the "bundtinis" are provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes in Walnut Creek! SO...want to take us up on this offer? Then sign up now to invade your workplace with a KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break!  

Boardroom Tables _ Cabinet - FREE
Board Room Tables and Cabinet - FREE!

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce purchased new furniture and we are looking for an organization or business who can use our old furniture. We have a cabinet (66"W X 16" deep X 28 1/2" tall) and two Board Room Tables (6' long X 3' W X 28 1/2" tall).  The cabinet is in fair to pretty good condition and the tables are in great condition with the exception of the laminate edge of the tables are coming unglued in two places.  Easy to repair. First come first serve. Please let us know if you are interested by calling (925) 284-7404 or email jay@lafayettechamber.org.  

Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Conference Room Rental at the Lafayette Chamber

We have remodeled the conference room! Did you know that the Lafayette Chamber's conference room is available for rent? The room can seat a maximum of 35 persons. Room rental rate for Chamber Members is $50 for two hours, $20 each additional hour, 8 hr daily rate is $170. Slightly higher rate for non-Chamber Members. Lafayette Chamber Premier Members can book the room for free! For more information and to reserve a date and time, call the Chamber Office at (925) 284-7404.

Member News & Announcements

FREE 10-Minute Parking
Getting your coffee in Lafayette has never been easier! Coffee Shop Lafayette would like you to know that you can easily park for free, for 10-minutes, directly behind Coffee Shop Lafayette.

Lamorinda Idol 2017 Auditions
The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce that registration for Lamorinda Idol 2017 auditions is now open. The singing competition is for anyone in kindergarten through 12th grade who is living or attending school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga, and auditions will be held May 11 through May 13 at the Orinda Intermediate School. http://www.lamorindaarts.org

Strategic Perspectives on Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains: Profitability, Sustainability, and Global Change
UC Berkeley is hosting the 2nd annual exclusive agrifood supply chain program April 18-20, 2017 on effective supply chain design to implement new innovations, and successful innovations at agrifood firms. Great opportunity for agrifood executives, innovative companies, and investors; 20% discount for Chamber members. Retailers (Costco Wholesale and Alibaba), major companies (Mars and Bungee), financial firms (Rabobank), and innovators and investors from Silicon Valley and elsewhere will identify new technologies and supply chain design in a fast changing agri-economy. Contact Ben Gordon for more information 347-598-1990; benjamingordon@berkeley.edu. Discount code for registration: CHAM17.  Learn more here.

Responsible Beverage Service Training for California ABC Licensed Establishments
Wednesday, April 19, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Library Art & Science Room
What is the Responsible Beverage Service Training? This training provides updates on all the do's and don'ts of selling alcohol according to the law. Business owners, employees, servers, bartenders and clerks are all encouraged to participate! A free lunch will be provided and a certificate will be given upon completion of the training. RSVP to Jaime Rich at jaime@chd-prevention.org or (925) 349-7338.

Friends of the Lafayette Library Presents Sweet Thursday, Hans Florine, On the Nose
Thursday, April 20, 7pm, Library Community Hall
Lafayette's own "rock star" Hans Florine, a record-setting speed climber who has scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 100 times, will discuss his book On the Nose, and provide insights into how to live a satisfying life and achieve big goals. Free, Adults. To register click HERE.

Friday Connections for Seniors
Friday, April 21, 1-3pm, Arts & Science Room
Friday Connections offers a variety of activities for older adults. Catch up with friends or meet someone new! This week we'll watch a spectacular nature documentary. Walk-ins are always welcome! Free.
To register click HERE.

Earth Day...for Teens!

Monday, April 24, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Arts & Science Discovery Center,  Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Celebrate Earth Day! Make recycled art with help from Republic Services. Create your own terrarium. Enjoy organic snacks. Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Teens (12-17). Free! Register here.

Teen Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 27, 6pm
Calling all teen poets! April is National Poetry Month. We are celebrating it at the Lafayette Library with a Teen Poetry Slam. We have room for 12 poets/contestants. Prizes are in the form of prepaid credit cards: 1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $75, 3rd Place: $50. Learn more and register here.

Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Erik Larson, Dead Wake:The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Thursday, May 4, 7pm, Acalanes H.S. Performing Arts Center
NY Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson chronicles the enthralling story of the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. Other best-selling works include Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck, and In the Garden of Beasts. For more information and tickets click HERE.

Refer a Friend and Win!
Help us grow our mailing list so your friends don't miss any of the exceptional programs at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center! Refer a friend and your name will be entered to win two FREE tickets to an LLLCF program*. Subscribe at Tinyurl.com/LLLCNewsletter. *Free tickets valid for LLLCF Distinguished Speaker Series or Science Cafe in May or June 2017.

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Social Media Workshop Series Social Media Workshop - Yelp & Online Reputation for Business Owners - from the novice to the expert!
Wednesday, May 10, 6pm-7:30pm, Library Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Emily Washcovick, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp & Stephanie Yolish, Senior Community Director at Yelp will be on site offering up how to maximize your Yelp listing with Yelp's FREE tools and tips of the trade on how best to handle your online reputation! Space is limited, register here.

Wells Fargo Bank Lafayette May Mixer at Wells Fargo Bank
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30pm-7pm, 3630 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,
Join us for our May Mixer at Wells Fargo Bank on Wednesday, May 24, 5:30pm-7pm. Wells Fargo Bank is located at 3630 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Please note, this is a non-alcohol event. Other beverages will be provided. See you there!

Check out our new event page and see what opportunities are available for your business this year.  "Summer of Love" Rock the Plaza will be every Friday in June. The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17. The Lafayette Res Run for Education is October 22.  Lafayette Community Breakfast is November 17. It's A Wonderful Life Tree Lighting is December 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at sara@lafayettechamber.org.    

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cell phone number to Sara at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
(925) 284-7404