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Supporting our Non Profits and our Arts Community!

October 2020

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Support YOUR School!

Beneficiaries of the Lafayette Res Run for Education are the local public schools and the services and programs of the Chamber. In 2019 we donated over $28,000 to our schools! Support your school. Sign up now! 

Traditionally held on a Sunday in October, the "Res Run" will instead be a virtual race yet physical run/walk over the two weeks spanning October 16-31, 2020. Let's take back 2020 ... one step at a time!

Join us for one of four races: 5k, 10k, or 2mile run/walk along the same route as previous events*; or the 2.7 mile Reservoir run/walk along the paved trail of the Lafayette Reservoir**.

Registration for all races is $25**. Race packets that include our traditional long sleeve t-shirt and race bib will be available starting October 14.

*The 5k, 10k, and 2mile run/walk course will be marked along the sidewalk on the South side of Mt. Diablo Blvd. Roads will NOT be closed for runners. Please see maps for course.
**Parking and fees are not included in registration price.

This year we thank Betsy Streeter for the t-shirt design! Thank you Betsy!
"What does the Lafayette Community mean to you?"

In honor of the 2020 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Festival Chairs Kyle Sumner (2019) and Jeremy Steel (2020/21,) the producers of this fine video, ask "What does the Lafayette Community mean to you?"

Thank you ...
Rena Wilson, Performing Academy
Rebecca Troxel, Rebecca's Vault
Tom Schnurr, Sequoia Signs & Graphics
Jay Lifson, Lafayette Chamber
Sara Tullis Regan, Lafayette Res Run for Education
Jeremy Steel, Steel Chiropractic
Kyle Sumner, Hero Holds

Save the date for the 25th Anniversary of the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival - Sept. 18 & 19, 2021! 
Become a lifetime Friend of the Chamber

A Friend of the Chamber membership provides a way for community members to support the efforts of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are 73 years strong and our mission continues “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.” 

All aspects that make up a community are important to us: schools, residents, churches and synagogues, community organizations, activities, and the city government. Chamber members work with representatives of all these groups for the betterment of our community. A lifetime Friend of the Chamber membership is $150 per family. Learn more here>>
Our October Newsletter is Sponsored by Millie's Kitchen

Millie's Kitchen
Millie's is currently open daily 7am-2pm serving both breakfast and lunch! Outside seating now available! Please call (925) 283-2397 for take-out orders.
Support Our Arts Community!
Diablo Ballet - Live from the Runway

Join Diablo Ballet and Macy's Walnut Creek for their first-ever Covid safe fashion show featuring Diablo Ballet dancers modeling the latest men and women's holiday fashions right off the runway on Wednesday, November 4, 12 noon, at Macy's 2nd Floor Dress Department. This free event is limited to 25 people* safely distanced in-store and will also be broadcast live in the comfort of your own home on Diablo Ballet's Instagram and Facebook pages.

Macy's generous contribution benefits Diablo Ballet and Diablo Ballet School.

*In order to save your physically distanced seat to join us in person, you must register here by November 2nd. Macy's has strict safety protocols in place. Masks are required!

If you'd like to watch online, no need to register. Please watch Diablo Ballet's Facebook or Instagram page at 12 noon on November 4th and join us!
DRAA Presents Music Connects Our World

On Saturday, October 3, join Diablo Regional Arts Association for a free online international jazz concert, Music Connects Our World with Sarah McKenzie and other highly acclaimed jazz musicians from across the globe! The performance begins at 7pm on Facebook and YouTube. Visit for details.
Gold Coast Chamber Next Virtual Concert Experience - Bach Inspired

The second concert in our Bach Shorts concert series, Bach Inspired, will be live-streamed via YouTube Live on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Jennifer Kloetzel will be collaborating with composer Elena Ruehr. During Bach Inspired, Jennifer will interview Elena about her world premiere, Cricket the Fiddler, which is inspired by Bach's first suite.

As a ticket holder, you will also have access to the concert for one week after the performance! That means you can still enjoy the concert even if you are not available to see it live, and you can watch it again and again during the week.

Bach Shorts tickets are $20 per concert. Watch the promo video here. Concerts are live-streamed via YouTube LIVE. Purchase online at or by calling (925) 283-3728.
The International Film Showcase

You can now watch 5 excellent international films in the comfort of your home any time. Simply click on the link below and follow the directions. Further information is available on our web site at

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery / JPG@The Bank

Have you been into your Lafayette Art Gallery - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery at the Bank? Maybe you have seen the colorful sculpture out in front while buzzing around town. Or maybe you’ve been to one of the 100s of events for artists in that past. JPG is finishing up a season of exhibits including Crossing Borders and the Youth Art Show. The gallery is dedicated to helping you connect with the right art for your home. Please stop in during public hours Weds.-Sat to see an array of curated, contemporary art mostly from Bay Area artists.

Our projects:

Gallery Hours: Weds. - Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 12pm-6pm.
3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Corner of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Lamorinda Arts Council

Art of Mixology - Cocktail Kits Available for Pickup October 1st
Art of Mixology, Lamorinda Arts Council's biggest fundraiser, normally a sell out event at Orinda Theatre Square in October, featuring 18 bartenders pouring their creative cocktail libations - has gone virtual and is selling Mixology Cocktail Kits. Five finalist bartenders have been selected and their recipes turned into delicious cocktail kits with everything you need, except the alcohol which must be purchased separately. Mix up a delicious Mixology cocktail at home or do a Zoom cocktail party with your friends. Don't miss the live Mixology Awards Show when finalists mix their craft cocktails and we announce our 2020 Mixologist of the Year on October 16th at 7pm. See website for more details on Mixology and how to order Mixology Kits. Kits available for shipping or curbside pickup at Orinda Theatre Square beginning October 1st.
Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition - Registration Opens October 1st
The Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition will run from October 2020 through March 2021 and is a virtual Program. Singers will submit videos and judges will select winners in each category who will receive cash prizes. Categories will include K-2nd grade soloists, 3rd-5th grade soloists, 6th-8th grade soloists, 9th-12th grade soloists, alumni soloists, K-5th grade groups, 6th-8th grade groups, 9th-12th grade groups and alumni groups. Idol Winter Edition is open to all residents of Contra Costa county. Space is limited so enter soon! More details at
Art Embraces Words - October 18th
Call for Writers, Artists & Art Lovers! You are invited to participate in the LAC’s virtual Art Embraces Words webinar. It is scheduled via Zoom on Oct. 18th from 2-3:30 pm. Emerging writers read from their work at 10 minute intervals interspersed with visual artwork from local artists. Participating artists will be introduced and answer questions about their work. Portions of the event will be recorded and uploaded to social media. In this way art still 'embraces' the words. Visit to sign up as an Audience member or apply to participate as a writer or an artist. Final AEW Zoom webinar program is scheduled on November 15, 2020.
High School Visual Arts Competition - Registration now OPEN!
The 18th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition is going virtual this year! Registration is now OPEN HERE, and the Artists & Awards Recognition Show will be held on March 11, 2021. The High School Visual Arts Competition showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art category. High school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District may participate. The competition includes cash prizes totaling $3000, as well as merit citations, and an online public exhibit on the Lamorinda Arts Council website. For more details go to Entries accepted will be on display online for public viewing starting March 1, 2021.
Creating in Place - Opportunity to Show Your Talent During SIP
Creating in Place is a virtual gallery space that welcomes Bay Area artists to exhibit and optionally sell their work created at home or in studio during the Covid-19 shelter-in-place period starting in mid-March 2020 and continuing throughout the pandemic period. It is an outlet to show the work you have created during these unusual times and to inspire others to make art from the comfort of home. Go to to submit your artwork.
What's New in the LAC Online Galleries?
Both galleries continue to be closed to the public due to the pandemic. As such, the Lamorinda Arts Council offers exhibits online. October in the Art Gallery at Wilder features the mixed media paintings of Margie Caldwell-Gill. “I approach my paintings with a sense of experimentation and play,” says the artist. See her online exhibition at And in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library are four artists, including Dina Asna, Loralee Chapleau, Ann F. Fallin, and Elizabeth Hack. The variety of work includes Asna's “Be Happy” watercolors, Chapleau's expressive work honoring the changing beauty of the seasons, Fallin's exceptional, upbeat and positive watercolors and finally, Hack's collaboration with advisor Al Young, California Poet Laureate emeritus and photographer Philip Lewenthal and San Francisco Peace and Hope's literary journal devoted to poetry and art during these challenging times. Paintings in both galleries are for sale. For more information on all of the LAC's online galleries please visit
Irene Needoba, I am talking to you, oil, resin and mixed media
Moraga Art Gallery Art exhibit: Dark and Light, A Delicate Balance
"Dark and Light, A Delicate Balance," will run through October 11, 2020. Please visit us at the gallery – we are open now on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3:00pm.

Moraga Art Gallery is a cooperative featuring the work of nineteen established local artists and artisans whose work includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, print media, ceramics, photography and woodworking. This exhibit features the work of member artists, Irene Needoba and Mary Leigh Miller. In addition, come see the jewelry and encaustic paintings of our guest artist, Claudette McDermott.

The Moraga Art Gallery will host a new exhibit Oct 16 - Dec 24. There will be a virtual reception Saturday, November 7, @5pm. Featured Member Artists include Debby Koonce - paintings and Angelica Samame - paintings. The link to join the virtual reception will be posted on the Moraga Art Gallery website.

To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart. The gallery has hand sanitizer for guests to use when entering the gallery and gloves will also be available at the front desk for handling prints and ceramics. We are limiting the number of customers to four people at a time.

The gallery is located at 432 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga. The gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:00pm. Because we may need to change our hours if there are new health directives, please call first to confirm that we are open.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website:, call 925-376-5407 or email

Image: Irene Needoba, I am talking to you, oil, resin and mixed media
Mountain Shadow brings two terrific films to our community in October!

Mountain Shadow brings the best in foreign and U.S. films to our community, and in October we offer both. While society members enjoy a two-for-one double feature, general admission tickets for each show is always available to the public. During the library venue closure, films are presented online with a private screener link. This month includes these two new releases.

“THE ARTIST’S WIFE” – Presented online:
Saturday, Oct. 10, 4:30 PM, and Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:30 PM
Oscar-worthy performances by Lena Olin and Bruce Dern! Synopsis: Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard Smythson, is plunged into a late-life crisis and challenge to claim her own talents when her husband shows obvious signs of creeping dementia, and is in danger of not completing the paintings for his final show. A raw, real and touching drama. Rated R - 94 min. - Trailer
“LOUIS” – Presented online:
Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 PM, and Saturday, Oct. 17, 4:30 PM
On the 250th observance of Beethoven’s birth: It’s 1779. Eight-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, called "Louis", is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way - much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later, he meets Mozart during times of political upheaval. The unconventional genius and political turmoil of the French Revolution are sparking a fire in Louis' heart; he doesn't want to serve a master - only the arts. Reminiscent of Milos Forman’s 1984 film, “Amadeus.” NR - Biography, History, Music - 121 min. Germany, with English subtitles.

1. Email Mountain Shadow:, providing your phone number.
2. We'll call you for your credit card charge information ($12 + .35 service fee).
3. You'll receive an email confirmation of your purchase by email.
4. Prior to the show, the private film LINK (and Password), will be emailed to you, along with the Playbill with interesting information about the films!

Performing Academy: In Person Programs scheduled for October. Enrollment is still open for virtual classes!

Performing Academy's mission is to help students build confidence in themselves through performing arts training. All programs are designed to enhance performance and life skills by instilling students with technique, discipline, and professionalism.
In Person Programs (10 - 15)
Two-week after school programs with Co-Founder Rena Wilson. We are producing PRESS START and offering a Broadway Boot Camp. Stable groups of 12, utilizing our outdoor space. ENROLL HERE
With current health and safety protocols, we will continue to provide high quality performing arts training and a fun artistic outlet for our students!
Virtual Classes (ages 2 & up)
Acting, Acting for Film, Voice Over, Group Voice, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Broadway Tap, Ballet, Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap Combo, Musical Theatre Dance. ENROLL HERE
For more information visit or contact Rena Wilson, Executive Director/Co-Founder at (408) 540-4373, Performing Academy is located at 83 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette.
The Peter Pan Foundation - Keeping the Magic and Music Alive!

The PPF, a Lafayette non-profit since 2007, has been finding creative solutions to continue sharing their hearts and talents with the communities who need them most! While their regular in-person visits to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, in-home wish reveals for Make-A-Wish kids and numerous other philanthropic and community service activities have been halted, they continue spreading their love and light by making performance videos, virtual visits and creating online activities. 

Sadly, the organization has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. They have not been able to generate any revenue that funds their service endeavors and covers fixed operating expenses. The organization relies on two big stage musical theatre productions and donations throughout the year for income and was required to cancel all 2020 scheduled productions.

They are at risk of losing their home building on Mt. Diablo Blvd and have kicked off a SAVE OUR HOME campaign in the hopes of raising the funds needed to keep the foundation going. Their goal is to raise $75,000 by the end of the year.

"The PPF home is a place where I feel safe, accepted and truly happy," said Zac Faber, 15 of Lafayette. "It's a place where I can make a difference in my community and the world." 
Donations can be made here or their web site
Town Hall Theatre presents a special Halloween event: Night of the Living
by Dave Lankford directed by Michelle Ianiro

Friday, October 30. Details at or

"Featured Artists Show," featuring noted artists Catherine Fasciato (oils) and Nancy Meaden (ceramics) will open September 29 and run through November 7. Meet the artists Saturday, October 3 at the Gallery, 12 – 5 PM.

Currently, the gallery is open on a limited schedule: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon - 5:00 PM.  Appointments to see works, or the new show, are also available outside of regular business hours by calling or emailing the Gallery.

View the collection online at our website. Or, for a real-world viewing of all work in our current inventory please visit the gallery.

Free and open to the public! 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
October Non-Profit News, Events & Announcements
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Don Tatzin Community Hall
Give Blood. Help Save Lives! The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and American Red Cross have teamed up to host a community blood drive. Donating is a safe process and healthy, eligible individuals are strongly urged to give blood or platelets. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. To schedule an appointment go to: or call 1-800-733-2767 and use Sponsor Code: lafayettelibrary.
Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Thrift Shop Now Open on Wednesdays!

During these everchanging times, certain aspects remain constant, one of which is the need to help those in our community who are vulnerable.

The dedicated member volunteers at Assistance League® Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn, located at 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, are delighted to announce that this well-known landmark is now open on WEDNESDAYS! Bottom line: The thrift shop is now open on Tuesdays, WEDNESDAYS, Thursdays and Saturdays, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More great news, “Floor ready” donations are accepted at the thrift shop on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. or UNTIL FULL, as well as on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or UNTIL FULL.

Please remember that county approved masks must be worn upon arrival, while waiting in line and during actual shopping, check-out and departure. Likewise, no more than five shoppers are admitted to the thrift shop at any given time. Social distancing is still required during the allotted shopping time of 30 minutes.

To learn more about “floor ready” donations and the hands-on philanthropic programs that the thrift shop supports, please visit this website:
During these everchanging times, certain aspects remain constant, one of which is the need to help those in our community who are vulnerable.
Cancer Support Community's first Virtual Hope Walk

Join The Cancer Support Community for the first Virtual Hope Walk, beginning anytime on October 11th through Saturday, October 17th.

Cancer doesn't stop and we continue to raise much-needed funds for CSC's free programs and services for anyone facing cancer, as long as needed.

Go to and register to walk for $25 and receive your event t-shirt! All registered participants will receive a link to join our celebrations on October 17th (don't forget, you can walk anytime starting October 11th through that week!). So find your favorite neighborhood, park, or trail and thank you for walking on behalf of CSC!
CASA of Contra Costa County Evening of Promise Gala

Join CASA of Contra Costa County's biggest and most loved fundraising event, Evening of Promise gala that will be held online for the first time, Saturday, October 10, 2020, 6 pm - 7 pm. Please register for FREE to join CASA on YouTube Live and Facebook Live, and celebrate with the positive impact of volunteer service provided to thousands of children and youth in foster care over the last 39 years. We are grateful to each and every one of our volunteers who further CASA's mission of helping children, but we need your help now more than ever in order to recruit and train additional volunteers.

Enjoy the gala from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you choose, and hear from current and former youth served by CASA, our donors and supporters. Register here >> 
Friends Corner Book Shop at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Friends Corner Book Shop at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center campus reopened for curbside service only onTuesday, September 8. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10-2 and Saturday from 9-1. The Shop is still unable to accept new donations.

If there is a specific book you would like to purchase, please request at A volunteer will let you know whether or not it is available. There will also be an opportunity to “window shop” as they will be placing books and other items in the windows. Please provide exact change or a check for purchase; checks may be made out to FLLLC. In addition to the books offered for sale in our shop, the Shop has over 1,800 books for sale on Amazon. Masks and social distancing will be required at time of pick up.
Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay is proud to be part of this caring community, especially during this challenging time. Our mission remains the same: delivering high quality care to our patients and families, even those with COVID-19.

Hospice East Bay operates six Thrift Shoppes throughout Contra Costa County, featuring a wide range of vintage items, clothing, fine and costume jewelry, collectibles, furniture, household items, art work, books, CDs and DVDs—all donated by members of our community. Check out our new online shoppe at

2020 Tree of Lights Schedule
East County, Sunday, November 1, 5:30 pm
Rossmoor, Thursday, November 5, 4:30 pm
Pleasant Hill, Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 pm
Martinez (also honoring our United States Veterans,) Saturday, November 14, 5:30 pm
Lafayette, Tuesday, November 17, 5:30 pm
Danville, Friday, November 20, 5:30 pm 
Alamo, Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 pm
Concord/ Clayton, Tuesday, December 1, 5:00 pm
Blackhawk, Friday, December 4, 5:00 pm
Orinda, Saturday, December 5, 4:30 pm
Walnut Creek, Monday, December 7, 6:00 pm
Moraga, Sunday, December 13, 5:30 pm

Thank you for always being there with your support when we need you!
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, (925) 887-5678,
John Muir Land Trust
John Muir Land Trust - National Park Expansion and Almond Ranch Dedication

On October 17th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm join Master of Ceremonies Doug McConnell and Executive Director Linus Eukel at the John Muir National Historic Site as JMLT donates West Hills Farm to the National Park Service and opens Almond Ranch for public use. More information and registration here.
The Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center's Annual Harvest Festival 

This highlight of the fall season was originally scheduled to happen at the Community Garden on September 27, but alas, the pandemic changed all that. Now the Annual Harvest Festival will be celebrated virtually with a movie. The movie depicts how, even with limitations placed on its members, the garden became a much-needed respite during these unprecedented times. Please let those who love gardening, nature, sustainable practices – just about everyone else in Lafayette – know about Harvest Fest - The Movie, which premiers here online right here: Celebrate the Annual Harvest Festival by sharing the movie link far and wide.
Lend a Hand to the Lafayette Historical Society 

All of us, at some time or another, have probably wandered past the Lafayette Historical Society, located on the ground floor of the Library on Golden Gate Way. And some, during “non-COVID times” may have even visited the Society’s archives and history room and learned something they didn’t know about Lafayette’s past.

And who knew that the Society also maintains operates the City’s very first fire engine? Old Betsy as she is known, is a 1919 Model TT Fire Engine. Yes, that’s Old Betsy in the Library’s parking garage window.

The Society raises operating funds by a combination of its membership dues, newsletter sponsorships, book sales, the not-to-be-miss “Breakfast with Santa” event, and through the popular “Speaker Series.” Due to the COVID pandemic, the Society’s history room has been closed and the Speaker Series canceled. It also appears that the “Breakfast with Santa” will also have to be postponed this year. All that is our way of saying that the Society really could use the community’s help right now. If you have a chance, take a look around the Society’s Website where you can listen to a collection of oral histories from many notables Lafayettans, including Bill Eames, Larry Blodgett, Ed Stokes, Steve Falk, Jon Frank, and Jack Marchant. And, if there’s anybody who knows how to work on a Model T, or knows how to drive one, the Society could sure use your help with Old Betsy. Visit the Society’s membership page now to find out how you can become an active member of this esteemed local gem. You can also call (925) 283-1848, or email Mary McCosker, LHS’s President, at
Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Jess Walter, NY Times best-selling author of Beautiful Ruins, discusses his new novel The Cold Millions on Monday, November 9 (4:00pm via Zoom). To attend purchase a copy of The Cold Millions at Orinda Books. More program information is on the Library website HERE.

October Children’s programs include authors Nancy Churnin (Beautiful Shades of Brown) and Jeff Gottesfeld (No Steps Behind), plus Girls Who Code classes. To stay informed of Library programs and the latest news subscribe to the Library newsletter AdLib HERE.

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM) Don Tatzin Community Hall. Donating is a safe process and healthy, eligible individuals are strongly urged to give blood or platelets. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. To schedule an appointment go to: or call 1-800-733-2767 and use Sponsor Code: lafayettelibrary. 

Please give to the Lafayette Library Foundation. Your gift ensures our Library continues to thrive, provides opportunities for meaningful conversations, enriching programs, and remains an indispensable resource for free access to information and knowledge for all - donate securely online at
Lafayette Partners in Education

LPIE is excited to announce two new ways we are sharing the impact of your donations! Our first podcast was launched in September - an interview with the LPIE volunteer treasurer, Paul Chopra. Our second podcast will be with LPIE art program chair, Kirsten Jensen-Horne.  

More impact stories may be found on our Impact Page! Coming soon - an interview with Richard Whitmore and articles on Stanley elective classes and the Acalanes Wellness Center.

LPIE is also thrilled to be partnering with the Lafayette Chamber for the October Mixer! Business Partner volunteer chair, Dave Smith, will be leading a conversation on how we can engage our local businesses.
Lafayette Halloween Dress Up Drive!
In place of trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic, participate in this community-wide, socially distant Halloween celebration! Put on your costumes, dress up your house or business, and/or dress up your car with Halloween decorations. Whether you enjoy from the comfort of your haunted house/business or drive around town in your wicked wagons, come see the all-out, over-the-top spooktacular decorations this year all around Lafayette.

Music, lights, fog machines ... this is your year to go all out! We encourage decorations to go up in the weeks prior to Halloween. But be ready for the official town tour the evening of October 31st.

Register your house/business to be featured on our online map by 10/23. The map will be posted the week of October 26th.!

Please remember that this is a COVID-19 friendly, bring your own candy event. So please do not pass out candy, remain in your car/yard and maintain physical distance at all times. Obey all traffic laws & be aware of your surroundings.
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Rotary Club of Lafayette Online Meetings

Here's the weekly lineup for speakers for the Rotary Club of Lafayette. Visitors are invited to attend! If you're interested in one or more of these sessions or learning more about the Rotary Club of Lafayette, contact Patricia at

Oct. 1 – Speaker Susan Candell, Lafayette City Councilmember: “Task Force to Effect Change & Action in Racial Equality in Lafayette”
Oct. 8 – Speaker John Donnelly: “Coronavirus, Vaccines, Military Medicine & Rotary Membership”
Oct. 15 – Speaker Erika Leonard, KidPower: “Personal Safety Skills for Adults & Children to Prevent Bullying, Abuse, Abduction & Other Violence”
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club Monthly Meetings
Every Friday, 7am-8:15am, Zoom

October Weekly Speakers
Oct. 2: Don Jenkins, Rotary Foundation
Oct. 9: Troy Feddersen, Beer Judge
Oct. 16: Lorena Julio-Comparlante, Argentine Journalist
Oct. 23: Club Assembly
Oct. 30: Member Magazine

Learn more about the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club here.
Lamorinda Spirit Van
The Lamorinda Spirit Van

We are very grateful to the Spirit Van drivers for providing free pick-up and delivery service for our passengers, during and after the Shelter-in-Place order. Email or call 925-283-3534 if you need something picked up and delivered or to learn about utilizing GoGoGrandparent: an Uber/Lyft type of service that doesn’t require a smart phone. We will resume transporting Lamorinda older adults to errands, shopping, appointments, classes, and lunch at the C.C. Café as soon as we have a few more drivers. Call 925-284-5546 to learn about becoming a volunteer driver.

We invite you to include us in your year-end giving plans. You may send your tax-deductible donation payable to the City of Lafayette to: Lamorinda Spirit, Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Please write: “Lamorinda Spirit” on the memo line. Your support makes a huge difference to our success, and we are very appreciative!!!
Lamorinda Village is Supporting our Seniors

During this pandemic, we have provided over 1000 free shopping/pharmacy deliveries to all Lamorinda Seniors. We have made over 1500 check-in calls (so crucial during this heatwave/smoke/fire threat). We have offered at least 4 zoom activities, presentations, conversations a week to alleviate the loneliness of sheltering at home for so long. We have stuffed and delivered emergency go bags (see the article in Lamorinda Weekly) and negotiated discounts for back up batteries in advance of the inevitable blackouts. For the November Elections, we have a team of volunteers ready to deliver signed and sealed ballots to the ballot boxes for Lamorinda housebound seniors. Please contact if you need help. We want to make sure your votes count!

Are you looking to help your elderly friends and neighbors during shelter-in-place?
Are you needing someone to do your grocery shopping or pick up medications?
Lamorinda Village has a Shelter-in-Place Program for Seniors with free grocery delivery and pharmacy pick up. We are a local nonprofit organization created by older adults and supported by volunteers dedicated to helping older Lamorinda residents who want to remain safely and independently in their homes.

For Seniors requesting service, please either email to or call (925) 283-3500, and include: Full Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Delivery Address,
and Store Preference.

Are you able to drive?
If you would like to Volunteer your time to help, please email to, and include: Full Name, Email Address, and Phone Number.

If you can’t volunteer, please consider donating to Lamorinda Village.
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa

Since the pandemic hit, Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa has increased meal service 62% due to the rise in need from the community. To help meet the increase in need, Martinez and Pittsburg dining rooms are now serving meals 7 days a week. (Antioch, Oakley and Walnut Creek are still serving 5 days a week.) We greatly appreciate the support we receive from the community. To help Loaves and Fishes meet the increase in need, please donate here: Thank you!
Help needed for Senior and Veterans

Are you interested in giving a Senior Citizen or Veteran a ride to his or her medical appointment? Can you spare a few hours a week? You will be able to make your own schedule. If so, this volunteer opportunity is perfect for you! Our volunteers give rides to individuals who cannot use other forms of transportation due to mobility issues. Mobility Matters is a nonprofit organization that services Contra Costa County. Contact Mobility Matters at 925-284-2215 or at
Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center would like to thank the Lamorinda community for your tremendous support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, we have distributed nutritious, life-sustaining food to over 25,000 people.

To keep feeding families, seniors and children most affected by this crisis, we need your help! To make a contribution online, visit or text MCC to 41-444.

Non-perishable food donations gladly accepted at the Center located at 1990 Market Street in Concord, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9am-12noon (no glass containers or expired foods please). For more information, visit
New Day for Children

As American children attend school online due to COVID-19, record numbers of these children are targeted by sexual predators. It is for this reason that New Day is now supporting three times as many children than we did at the start of this pandemic. When you support New Day for Children, your gift provides safe housing, specialized therapy for sexually abused children, education and medical care. Your kindness is lived out as you generously give the gift of hope and healing to America’s sex-trafficked children. Give the gift of life and hope for a bright future to these children - it is never more important than it is now.
Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation

SEED would like to extend a warm welcome and introduction for new families! SEED is the Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation - a Lafayette-based, volunteer-run, non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting the Special Ed community.

We serve families whose children have an IEP, 504, or who are simply struggling. SEED builds productive relationships between our parents and with our District, and provides targeted programming to address diverse learning needs. The programs we fund include recess facilitation, after school social skills play groups, educational seminars, support groups and socials for parents, and teacher training. During this time of social distancing, we are currently focused on producing parent education workshops via Zoom and providing resources via our Facebook page, website and email newsletter. Please visit us online to learn more!
Now is the time to come together to prevent and end homelessness. Join us at 6 p.m. on October 1, 2020, at Unite for SHELTER presented by UnitedHealthcare. Join us from the comfort of your home as we gather for a fun, inspiring, and hopeful event to help those in our community who need it most. 
We are planning entertainment, auctions, audience participation, and compelling stories directly from participants who have overcome homelessness and are rebuilding their lives through support from generous donors like you. We hope you will all join us and invite your friends and family. Learn more and register here.
Many things have changed in the last several months, and the needs of our communities have increased as evidenced by a 300% increase in calls for assistance. We are actively recruiting sponsors for Unite for SHELTER, the virtual event taking place on October 1, 2020. Sponsors will have unique marketing opportunities and be recognized at the event. To learn more and request a sponsorship package contact: Contact Director of Development Julie Clemens at 925.957.7572 or
Wells Of Life, Inc.

Wells Of Life is a 501(c)(3) that drills water wells and teaches sanitation and hygiene in rural Uganda, where one out of five children die from dirty water before their fifth birthday. As a part of the fight against COVID-19, the charity is also distributing soap and surgical masks to hospitals, orphanages and senior living facilities. Please support this effort by texting the word WATER to 56512.

Photograph is of one of our Advisory Board members, Fr. Max Ssiekiwala, delivering soap to a woman in a rural village; our Country Director Adrian Laurentiu meeting with a District Governor; boxes of our soap at one of our distribution points, and Fr. Max handing soap to a nurse at a rural health clinic.
White Pony Express: Serving Our Unhoused Neighbors with Love & Dignity

We have learned from the experiences of our partner agencies and those we serve that people experiencing homelessness need long-term, predictable access to basic needs like clothing. White Pony Express (WPE) is helping our partner agencies expand their capacity to serve unsheltered people by offering clothing and other survival items through our mobile Clothing & Care Closets.

Rising rents, healthcare, food, and utility costs are changing the face of homelessness. Unhoused people are the working poor, young families, retired seniors, people with medical-related disabilities, and college students. Often they are living unhoused in neighborhoods where they once owned a home or rented an apartment. Now they are surviving in cars, RVs and tents.

WPE’s objective is to distribute new or premium lightly used clothing for free to anyone in need with no questions asked. We will treat closet recipients as our guests and support them with love and dignity, offering only our best.
We are looking for individuals and businesses to sponsor a Closet. Each Clothing & Care Closet costs approximately $12,000 to stock and operate annually. The White Pony General Store also welcomes donations (by apt) of new and like new clothing and shoes at our Vincent Road location in Pleasant Hill. We set up an Amazon Wish List where you can shop from the comfort of home for the clothing needed by the people and agencies we serve.

To learn more about White Pony Express visit:
Together We Rise: A Sneak Peek into Youth Homes 55th Anniversary Campaign!

For 55 years Youth Homes has been fiercely committed to supporting foster youth, youth transitioning out of foster care, and young people with complex mental health challenges. As stakeholders in a thriving, healthy, and safe community, it is the collective responsibility of ALL OF US to join forces and empower these young people who, through no fault of their own, are faced with almost insurmountable challenges. This October we invite YOU to join with us to raise critical funds to support this important work. Our campaign officially launches on October 5th, but we’d like to give you a sneak peek! Learn more about Youth Homes and the impact of your support by visiting this link:
Non Profit Resources
The Fundamentals of Financial Well Being: Financial Goal Setting for Nonprofit Professionals
Wednesday, October 28, 12noon-1:30pm

Presented By: Mass Mutuals Gian Panetta, Matthew Sagers, Kim Smith, & Samantha Sagers-Davenport

Having clear financial goals are the foundation of a person's financial well-being, especially during times of uncertainty. This educational workshop for nonprofit professionals will leave you with a better understanding of financial opportunities/strategies - at all income levels - and will provide suggestions to help you set financial goals. We will address top concerns such as Income, Savings, Retirement, and Dept.

Securities, Investment advisory and finical planning services offered through qualified representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC (WWW.SIPC.Org).

Supervisory Office 3003 Oak Road, Suite 250, Walnut Creek, CA 94597. (925) 979-23000. CRN202209-271390 Local firms are sales offices of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), and are not subsidiaries of MassMutual or affiliated companies. 

CA Insurance License # Sagers-Davenport: OE57325, Smith: 0I24312 , Panetta: 0M94545, Sagers: 4006679
Community Announcements
Town of Moraga Candidates Night

On Wednesday, September 30, 7 - 8:30 P.M. the Moraga Town Council Candidates Night will be held via Zoom webinar. Previously submitted questions from Moraga residents will be presented to the 5 candidates. Please go to to get the link to enter on Wednesday anytime after 6:45 P.M.
Lafayette Homeowners Council: Meet the Candidates Nights!

The Lafayette Homeowners Council (LHC) Board of Directors, in conjunction with the coming November election, invites you to attend what our Board considers to be one of the most important programs that we are fortunate to be able to bring to you – our Candidates Night.
This particular Candidates Night will, as usual, focus on our local contested elections but, in order to do justice to all of the candidates for the three Boards on which we believe that Lafayette residents most often focus, there will be two Candidates Nights, rather than just one. These events also include Q and A sessions.
These two Candidates Nights will be presented over two meetings. These will be ZOOM type webinar meetings, brought to you in your own home. The first, on October 1, starts at 7:00 p.m., with presentations from the four candidates for the three open Lafayette City Council seats: Cam Burks, Carl Anduri, Gina Dawson and Farschad Farsan.
The second Candidates Night will be in two parts, conducted in succession, on Tuesday, October 6. We will start the first part of the meeting at 7 p.m., with presentations by the four candidates for the two contested seats for the Governing Board of the Acalanes Union High School District – Michael Bonino, Kristin Braun Connelly, Rupy Ahluwalia Krishnan, and Christopher Grove. 
At approximately 8:15 p.m., we will introduce the three candidates for Debora Allen’s seat, District 1, covering the northern half of Lafayette – Debora Allen, who is running again, and two challengers, Jamie Salcido and Emmy Akin. 
To access these Candidates Nights please click the link to the Lafayette Homeowners Council website, and watch for other information to be provided for these important evenings. 
Ballot Drop Off Boxes

The County issued a list of drop off ballot box locations this week. Please note that there is only one location in Lafayette: the Lafayette School District Office at 3477 School Street. You can read the full list of County ballot drop off box locations here. 

Need Help Delivering Your Ballot? Lamorinda Village, a non-profit organization supporting older adults in our community, will have a team of volunteers who will take your signed and sealed ballots and drop them off at an official ballot box. For more information about this great service, contact or call 925 283-3500 and leave a message. We want to make sure your vote counts.
Lamorinda Cities Launch Community Information Portal

The Lamorinda Cities and Fire Districts in cooperation with Bay Area-based Zonehaven have released the Community Information Portal at

The portal allows residents to locate Covid and wildfire related resources in and around Lamorinda. Residents can find information about medical offices, social services, food (groceries and take-out), parks and recreation opportunities, pet services and home/auto supplies by visiting the portal. If they enter a home address, they can create a list of services organized by distance from home. Clicking on a business or service in the list locates the business on a new map and provides a link to create directions using the Waze application.

The intent of the portal is to continue to support our residents during the stay at home order and make finding community resources easier. The portal also provides links to Covid-19 information from the State of California and Contra Costa County Health Services. 

If any non profits/organizations could be listed as COVID-19 resources, they can be added to the Zonehaven website map, even if they are outside of Lafayette. Contact Duncan Seibert at for additional information.
#BeKind21 Food Drive

The City of Lafayette, Lafayette Chamber, Lafayette School District, and Lafayette Social partnered with Born This Way Foundation for the third year to practice 21 days of being KIND to each other. In addition to our 21 examples of sharing kindness we built a community exercise to collect food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Your donations totaled 2000lbs! Thank you! This is enough to supply well over 1500 meals to our community! Thank you to the businesses that collected and promoted and to you, our community, who donated! 

Pledge To #Bekind21 – make kindness a habit Learn more about Lafayette's campaign here.
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During the Covid-19 emergency, here is how to contact City of Lafayette
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Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm

(925) 284-7404
The physical office of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will remain closed until further notice. Our staff is still here to help you, just virtually. You can reach us by calling (925) 284-7404 or by sending an email to info@lafayettechamber.orgWe'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

COVID-19 is not just a local or business problem. This is a national problem, a world problem. Follow the guidelines and policies. They have been enacted to SAVE LIVES. The best way you can help our community and our businesses is to stay healthy, watch out for your neighbor, and follow social distance recommendations. Let's DO this. Be the model.

We have canceled or postponed all in-person events through December with one exception. In October, we will be "running" our Lafayette Res Run for Education over a two week span. Please support our schools!

See our calendar for member virtual events including our Oct. 14 mixer with LPIE and Local Food Adventures.

The Chamber will be posting applicable updates for our businesses and the community to our COVID-19 news page and posting on social media. Check out our posts on Facebook and on Instagram as well as our website's Who's Open page for businesses doing business and working remotely in Lafayette!