Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our October , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in November, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our November issue - please submit your event by October 20 to .
Lafayette Res Run for Education Register Now for the 25th Annual Lafayette Res Run for Education 
Sunday, October 22, 2017, Downtown Lafayette
5k Certified Run 8:00am, 10k Certified Run 8:15am, 2mi run/walk 8:45am

Register here and chose your local school: Acalanes Dons, Burton Valley Bobcats, Campolindo Cougars, Happy Valley Huskies, Lafayette Leopards, Miramonte Matadors, Springhill Scorpions and Stanley Wildcats.

For more information and to register, visit

Trick or Treat Street 2017 Trick or Treat Street, Downtown Lafayette
Friday, October 27, 4pm-6pm, Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave.

For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, October 27, 2017. All participating businesses will display a "Trick-or-Treat Poster" and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don't forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag. Learn more here.
California Shakespeare Theater finishes its 43rd Season with Measure for Measure
Now through October 8, Bruns Amphitheater

Deceit and duplicity take center stage in Shakespeare's dark satire that closes out the 2017 Cal Shakes season. Performances continue through October 8 at the Bruns Amphitheater. Tickets (ranging from $20-$92) are available through the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
Refuge - 2 person exhibit with Susan Sharman and Susan Taira
Exhibit Dates: Now through October 21
Special Event Saturday, Sept. 30, 4 pm: Art Talk and "Stitch with the Artist"

Come learn more about the artists and their process, stay and stitch on a communal embroidery. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Town Hall Theatre "Generations" Season 2017-2018 kicks off
this fall with THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE - A Musical Fairy Tale 
Now through October 21, Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street

Book, music and lyrics by award-winning Bay Area playwright Min Kahng. Based upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE is an enchanting, pop musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within.

THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE will have 12 performances, including two
previews, September 28 through October 21, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette. THT will host two Special Events for THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE: Opening Night, on Saturday, September 30; and LIT UP, a literary salon, on Wednesday, October 4. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at here .
Solar/Electric Vehicle Open Houses
Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, 8am-5pm

Visit and learn from several Lafayette residents who will share with you their experiences installing solar energy and leasing or purchasing electric vehicles (EVs). This free Open House weekend is organized by Sustainable Lafayette and provides an opportunity to visit homeowners in your neighborhood to see how it all works and what their experiences were like. Learn more and register here.
7th Annual Orinda Jazz Festival
Sunday, October 1, 2pm-5pm, Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way

October 1st is *Oktoberfest* Featuring Grammy winning Violinist Mads Tolling, Grammy nominated Vocalist Clif Payne, Ben Flint, Carol Alban, Brian Byrnes, Shana Dinha, Frank Martin, Andius Jent, Jon Weiner, Captain Didgeridoo, and many others. $10-$20 suggested donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Call 510 542-7517 for more info or visit
Ensemble ARI Concert series
Sunday, October 1, 4pm, Our Savior's Luthern Church, 1035 Carol Lane

Ensemble ARI will be featured at the OSCL Concert Sunday. The program will focus on Eastern European Composers. The finale of the program will be a piece for haeguem (Korean traditional instrument) and piano quartet. Free Admission.
Women's Charity Luncheon Benefiting Families Without Borders
Thursday, October 5, 10:30am-2:30pm, Moraga

Get on the magic carpet for a luncheon on Thursday October 5 in the serene setting of woodsy Moraga. Glide in for a taste of Persian fusion cuisine, shop our bazaar for unique finds from our local talent and then join Niosha from Niosha dance academy and practice traditional and sensual Persian dance moves. But that's not all! All proceeds will benefit Families Without Borders to further enrich our programs. You will get to meet some of our students on Skype and learn firsthand how your contributions are at work. Reserve your tickets here.
2017 Film Series: "Can You Dig This?"
Thursday, October 5, 6:30-8:30pm, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street

The last thing that you would expect to find in South Los Angeles -- known for gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots -- is a beautiful garden. But an urban gardening movement is taking root in South LA, where people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. "Can You Dig This?" follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and "plant some sh*t." Admission to the film is $10 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors. Refreshments and beverages will be served. All proceeds from this Film Night will go to Urban Farmers, which now operates under Sustainable Lafayette's non-profit status. Help Urban Farmers harvest even more fruit from our local community! To buy tickets, click HERE.
LAC Art of Mixology Fundraiser
Saturday, October 7, 4:30pm-7pm, Orinda Theatre Square

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce our 4th annual Art of Mixology Fundraiser taking place on Saturday, October 7th, from 4:30pm to 7 pm at the Orinda Theatre Square. More than twenty well-known and upcoming East Bay mixologists will come together in support of LAC's art events, initiatives and programs. Tickets are on sale now. Attendees will have the chance to sample unique cocktails from all our mixologists as well as vote live onsite to help determine who will be named Mixologist of the Year, Top Amateur and Audience Favorite. It's a fun, festive day for everyone! More info and tickets here:
Moulage - The art of applying mock injuries
Monday, October 9, 7pm, Orinda Library

On Monday night, October 9 at 7 PM in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library, Lamorinda CERT will present a class on Moulage, the art of applying mock injuries. This is an important skill for those who prepare 'victims' for exercises and for Halloweeen! Our own Registrar, Julie Luckenbach, has been practicing this art for several years and, with the help of other moulage artists, will teach you how to make the grisly, bloody wounds and shocky white skin colors along with bruises, impaled glass, broken bones and other realistic injuries.  Please save this date and tell us you'll be there by clicking here.
Lamorinda Moms Speaker Event - Dr. Laura Markham
Wednesday, October 11, 7pm-9pm, Orinda Intermediate School

For the second year in a row, Lamorinda Moms is proud to present to the community Dr. Laura Markham, who will advise us on how to facilitate a loving, connected relationship between siblings based on her recent book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. This is a much-anticipated follow-up to her talk last year, which had more than 350 attendees. This year's event will take place on October 11, 2017, at the Orinda Intermediate School, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The cost to attend is $20 for non-members and $10 members. Tickets can be purchased here.
Appointments Training, California Women Lead
October, 12, 6:30pm, Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission? Want to know more about how about the process works? How do you access the application? Where to find vacancies? How do you navigate the process? Who can help? Join California Women Lead and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for an appointments training to learn the process that one takes to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. Other speakers include Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead; current Gubernatorial Appointee. This training is free and open to the public. No admittance without prior RSVP. RSVP here.
Art Moves Project (AMP) Debuts in Lafayette
Friday, October 13, 4:30pm & 6:30pm, Coffee Shop's Lafayette location

Art Moves Project (AMP) is excited to announce Edifice: Uncovered, its first presentation of an art installation with dance, on Friday, October 13, at Coffee Shop's Lafayette location. Edifice: Uncovered includes two free performances at 4:30 and 6:30 pm, realizing a new form of public art in Lafayette. Art Moves Project (AMP) is a pilot public art initiative founded by Lafayette residents Yukie Fujimoto, Christy Mack and Lissa Resnick. AMP merges visual and dance art, bringing it out of traditional indoor venues and into outdoor spaces. AMP is supported by the Lamorinda Arts Council's Arts Incubator Program, Lafayette Community Foundation and private donors. For more information, visit @artmovesproject on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and
Notes4Hope Presents Mat Kearney Breast Cancer Prevention Concert
Saturday, October 14, 5:30pm Doors Open, 7pm show, Cal Shakes-Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda

Headliner Mat Kearney with LUCE and special guest artists from CD4Hope 2017. Proceeds from the concert support breast cancer prevention and the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Prevention PartnersLearn more here.   View Flyer.
Free Bay Area Kids' Book Fair
Sunday, October 15, 10am-3pm, Acalanes High School

Free event with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educational programs, toys, comics, games and commercial vendors. Meet and greet Curious George, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pete the Cat and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Storytelling, free photo booth and free arts activities. Free admission & free parking at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Fall Harvest Celebration
Sunday, October 15, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. - across from the Lafayette Reservoir entrance

Come visit the garden and share in our annual harvest celebration. Tours (11:30am and 12:30pm); Games, Displays, Crafts, Snacks, Music, 11:30am - 12:00pm;  John Kiefer - Raising Chickens 12:00pm - 12:30pm; Mt. Diablo Bee Keepers, 1:00pm - 2:00pm; Doc Jim Hale, Native Peoples, Flora and Fauna.
Our Very Special Guest Speaker - Mark Harrigan
Sunday, October 15, 2pm-3pm, Community Hall, Lafayette Library & Learning Center

From first baby born in Walnut Creek's Kaiser Hospital to proud grandfather, Mark Harrigan has always been a local history buff. He now shares his interest of Lamorinda and Central Costa County History on Facebook with pictures and newspaper articles he collects. On October 15 he will share his collection with us! The best part of the afternoon will be meeting Mark. Please join us! (Your donation supports the work of the Lafayette Historical Society as well as the ability to offer knowledgeable presenters who speak on local history.)  $10.00 LHS members; $15.00 non-members. Kids under 14 free with paying adult. Contact us at or call the History Room at (925) 283-1848 with your questions or reservation requests.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHW) 20th Anniversary Collection Drive
Monday, October 16 through Saturday, October 21, 9am-4pm, 4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez

Central San will host a week-long collection drive from Monday, October 16 through Saturday, October 21, 2017 in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHW). The HHW provides a safe, reliable and convenient method for residents and small businesses to dispose of leftover paint, pesticides, used motor oil, batteries, and other household hazardous materials. When you use the HHW, you are preventing pollution and investing in the health of our community! Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to the HHW Facility during our collection drive for prizes, giveaways and to enter our 20th Anniversary Raffle!
Lafayette Rotary Golf Classic
Monday, October 16, Reg Opens 10am, Rossmoor Golf Course

The Lafayette Rotary Golf Classic at the Rossmoor Golf Course is sponsored by Lafayette Rotary and will be held on October 16, 2017. Registration will open at 10am with use of the driving range. The event will begin at 12pm with a shotgun start and a box lunch. Proceeds from The Lafayette Rotary Golf Classic are used to support a variety of charities in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. The tournament concludes at 4:30pm and participants can join us for cocktails and then dinner. To register, click here.
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care. Become a CASA Volunteer.

You have the powerful opportunity to impact the life of a vulnerable child when you volunteer with CASA of Contra Costa County. CASA volunteers may be the only reliable and stable presence in a child's life to help encourage, support and motivate them to keep going.  
Fact: Only 48% of foster children graduate from high school.
Fact: Last year, 100% of CASA's transitional age youth graduated from high school, earned a GED or were still in school.
Fact: Only 10% of foster children with a high school degree or GED go to college or post-secondary education.
Fact: Last year, 67% of CASA's youth with a high school degree or GED were in college or post-secondary education.

Learn more. Sign up here to attend one of our upcoming info sessions.
*    Monday, October 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at 2151 Salvio St., Concord
*    Thursday, October 19, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at 2151 Salvio St., Concord

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer.

The Little Fall Music Fest
Saturday, October 21, 3pm-6pm, Library Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Enjoy an afternoon of great music and libations, starting with flamenco dancer Melissa Cruz, followed by the bluegrass and blues sounds of Dirty Cello, and finishing with the rousing music hall songs of Brass Farthing. Lafayette Rotary Club will be on hand with BBQ, beer and wine. Learn more at
Step Inside for Scary Fun at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery "Stranger Artists"
Saturday, October 28, 6pm-9pm, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

The award-winning Netflix series, Stranger Things has sparked fan art and loyal followers around the globe. For one night only, October 28, step inside the Sci-fi realm of "The Upside Down" at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery. Featuring 11 artists from around the Bay Area paying tribute to the characters, sets, and themes of Stranger Things. Join us for a fun night of art and atmosphere to celebrate our love of all things STRANGE! $10.00 admission ticket includes entry to this experiential exhibit, plus refreshments, live painting, meet the artists, photo ops, costume contest, raffle prizes, "Strange Art" for sale and other surprises! Tickets are limited, purchase today. This is an all ages event. Tickets: $10. Purchase at
Gold Coast Chamber Players "Wayfarers"
Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm, Pre-concert talk begins at 7pm, Community Hall, Lafayette Library

Gold Coast Chamber Players brings the finest in chamber music performances to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Program in partnership with LiederAlive! Gustav Mahler,
New arrangements for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Wayfarer Songs), Rückert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder
Learn more here.
Lafayette Youth Commission Haunted House
Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm - Not Too Scary - Parents accompany children 7 & Under - $3 per person; 7:30pm-9:00pm - Very Scary - for children 8 & Over - $5 per person, Jennifer Russell Building, Lafayette Community Center, 500 St Marys Road

The Lafayette Youth Commission presents its Annual Haunted House! Come check out what the theme of the house is this year and be prepared to have a scary good time! Learn more here.
Soroptimist International of 24-680 Raffle
Soroptimist International of 24-680 is a nonprofit group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 at the Buttercup Café located at 660 Ygnacio Road in Walnut Creek. They are currently selling raffle tickets for $10.00 - winner will win a $1,000.00 gift card to Safeway. Please contact Pam of The Nut Factory located at 3477 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette for tickets or email Winner will be announced at the December 6th business meeting.

Lafayette Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber Office will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9.

Social Media Workshop Series Social Media Workshop Series - Facebook Ads 101 for Local Businesses
October 11, 6pm-7:30pm, Homework Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
We'll walk through the basics of DIY Facebook advertising so you can decide if it's worth trying to use it for your local business. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Admission is free but registration is requested. All workshops are held from 6-7:30pm (check-in begins 5:50) in the Homework Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Luminance Vision Optometry Ribbon Cutting at Luminance Vision Optometry
Thursday, October 19, 5:30pm, 3444 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
The Chamber welcomes Luminance Vision Optometry! Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 19. Luminance Vision Optometry is located at 3444 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Lafayette Res Run for Education
Sunday, October 22, 6:30am-10:30am
Join us for the 25th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Learn more about this race for 2 mile, 5k and 10k participants here.

Lafayette Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber Office will be closed for Res Run Cleanup on Monday, October 23.

Mechanic_s Bank October Mixer at Mechanic's Bank
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30pm-7pm, 3649 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for Octoberfest!! Our October Mixer will be held at Mechanic's Bank on Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30pm-7pm. Mechanic's Bank is located at 3649 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, October 27, 8am-9am, 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Room 265
Join us for Coffee with Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson on Friday morning at 8am at the Lafayette City Offices, 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Room 265.
Trick or Treat Street 2017 Trick or Treat Street
Friday, October 27, 4pm-6pm, Downtown Lafayette
For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, October 27, 2017. All participating businesses will display a "Trick-or-Treat Poster" and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don't forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag.

Save the date!!  Lafayette Community Breakfast is November 17. It's A Wonderful Life Tree Lighting is December 1.

If you have any questions about the Lafayette Chamber events, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at    

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.
Jay Lifson, Executive Director