Rock the Plaza 2014: Free Concerts in Lafayette for Four Fridays in June

The 2014 Rock the Plaza series has begun. Please join us for free concerts every Friday in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd and Moraga Road.

Lafayette's Rock the Plaza Series - Summer 2014


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Top 6 Reasons To Take Your Dog to Lafayette’s First-Ever Dogtown Downtown Community Event, April 12 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Love dogs? Don’t miss Lafayette Dogtown Downtown. Dogs invited. Parade starts at 10am.

Lafayette Dogtown Downtown 2014 - PosterLong considered a pet friendly town, Lafayette is giving top billing to its canine community for its first-ever Dogtown Downtown event, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an event about – and for – dogs and dog lovers.

Designed to be a fun and festive canine-focused event, Lafayette Dogtown Downtown includes outdoor demonstrations, fun dog competitions, and other activities for dog lovers of all ages. Pet adoptions will be available and animal rescue group representatives will be on hand, as well as other dog-related vendors.

True to Lafayette’s passion for lifelong learning, the Dogtown Downtown event also has a strong educational offering – a curriculum of ten 30-minute presentations by veterinary specialists from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Bay Area’s SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. Organized in two tracks, topics range from pet first aid, toxins, environmental hazards, behavioral issues, and the veterinary blood bank, to how to become a veterinarian or veterinarian technician.

Admission and related activities, including the presentations, are free, but registration is encouraged, either online or at the event. Be among the first to register and receive a complimentary Lafayette Dogtown Downtown canine first aide starter kit when you check in at the event, while supplies last.

For more information about Lafayette Dogtown Downtown, including the presentation schedule and registration link, go to

Don’t forget: Dogs Are Invited!

Well-behaved dogs on leash and under the control of their pet owners are invited to attend.

Here are the top 6 reasons you should bring your dog to Lafayette Dogtown Downtown

1.     This event celebrates dogs. Why would you leave yours at home?

2.     Show furry family pride! Lafayette Dogtown Downtown kicks off with a Grand Parade that starts at 10 a.m. from Lafayette Plaza Park (Mt. Diablo and Moraga Road) and continues down Golden Gate Way to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. After the parade, there are friendly competitions in the following categories: Best Dog-Owner Team Trick, Looks Most Like Owner, Waggiest Tail, Best Costume (dogs only!), and Best of Show. Imagine the photos – wouldn’t those be better with your dog in them?

3.     Encourage your dog to learn new tricks. Throughout the event there will be demonstrations from the “professionals” – service dogs, police dogs, and dogs advanced in agility training, among others.

4.     Make easy conversation. Can you think of an easier way to strike up a conversation or find immediate common ground with neighbors at a dog event like this than to let your dog sniff out new friends?

 5.     Break the library rules. Chance of a lifetime: During the Lafayette Dogtown Downtown event only, dogs are allowed in the library and its classrooms, including during the veterinary presentations.

 6.     Get help picking out a new furry brother or sister.  Contra Costa Animal Services, Tony La Russa’s ARF, EBARR, and others. RF and the Humane Society will be on hand with adoptable pets. Is your family ready to expand?

More About the Lafayette Dogtown Downtown Organizers, Sponsors, and Beneficiary:

  1. The Lafayette Dogtown Downtown presenting sponsors include the City of Lafayette, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. This event is sponsored by SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, Four Seasons Animal Hospital, Minute Man Press, Lafayette Animal Hospital, The Pet Ranch at Waiterock, and Share the Joy Photography.
  3. Net proceeds from this event are being donated to support Contra Costa County’s efforts on behalf of animals.
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First-ever “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Celebration Scheduled for December 6

Fun, family friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music  – and this Santa’s “sleigh” is a historic fire truck!

Lafayette CA Holiday Event 2013 PosterThe first-ever “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 6, from 4pm-7pm (PST), in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California. Complimentary admission.

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

Festivities begin at 4pm.

Santa is scheduled to parade on Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, starting from the Lafayette Historical Society, traveling down Golden Gate Way and arriving at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30pm. A must-not-miss for the little ones!

Throughout the event, there will be activities for the kids, light refreshments and lots of photo opportunities, including posing with Santa and Old Betsy. Where else can someone take such a fun holiday photo? Plus, while they last, Santa will be giving out limited edition goodie bags provided by Whole Foods.

The official lighting of the Lafayette holiday tree is planned for 5:30 p.m. The tree, decorated with environmentally friendly LED lights, will be lit each evening throughout the season.

There will be live entertainment throughout the event, including local student musicians and singers (pre-school on up), performers from the Peter Pan Foundation, Town Hall Theatre performers and a fun holiday sing-a-long, too.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to create an ornament from recycled wooden shapes decorated with all natural sustainable ingredients. Etsy designer Matte Stephens will be on-site providing guidance and assistance during this interactive family friendly complimentary activity for all ages.

Destined to become a popular Lafayette annual holiday tradition, “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” is designed as a time for gathering, giving and gratitude.

Expect a fun – and endearing — surprise from local third graders, too! They are busy decorating “I Love Lafayette because…” cards that will be showcased on the Wall of Gratitude. Event participants will be able to decorate the same type of card to add to the Wall.

Complimentary hot chocolate and treats will be provided. Food trucks will offer dinner items for purchase.

All this – plus this holiday event offers an easy way to purchase the perfect holiday gift for teachers, clients, family and friends. The Lafayette Chamber will be selling the new Lafayette Gift Card, good at over 40 local shops and restaurants. Prefer to give a personalized card. The cards are available for purchase online at or look for the link on the Lafayette Chamber website,

The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event is presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by local Lafayette Realtor Dana Green and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Many of Lafayette Chamber’s local non-profit partners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have as you prepare for your family’s holiday outreach. In addition, Lafayette’s Whole Foods is providing the hot chocolate, treats and the fun holiday craft.

For more details and the full entertainment schedule, please go to

About the Sponsors:

Lifelong Lafayette resident Dana Green is Lafayette’s top producing Realtor, and has been since 2008.

Branagh Development is a construction and development company specializing in single-family homes, semi-custom subdivisions, custom homes, luxury apartments, and commercial properties.

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping Lafayette’s local economy and community thrive.

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Lafayette Community Foundation’s First-Ever Garage Tour

Tired of that boring, cluttered old garage?  Mark your calendar and check out how some of your fellow Lafayette residents solved that problem! 

The Lafayette Community Foundation has announced its first-ever Garage Tour on November 10, 2013, 1pm – 5pm, featuring custom garages, shops and one professional garage in the Lamorinda area.

Lafayette Community Foundation Garage Tour 2013

The Lafayette Garage Tour is the brainchild of Jay Lifson, who has pushed to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Lafayette for years,” says Teresa Gerringer, a Lafayette Community Foundation board member. “The Lafayette Community Foundation is proud to take the lead and bring yet another great Lifson idea to fruition, while raising funds for our ongoing work in the community.”

In addition to some great ideas for transforming your garage in to the retreat of your dreams – there will be classic cars, live music and Lafayette-based Street Dogs food truck. 

Tickets are available for $35 online at, and locally at Blodgett’s Flooring, Lafayette Car Wash and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Day of the Tour tickets will be available at Blodgett’s Flooring, 3291 Mt. Diablo Court, Lafayette.

Proceeds from the Garage Tour support neighborhood projects through the Lafayette Community Foundation. Learn more at

The Lafayette Community Foundation invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational and environmental health of Lafayette and beyond. Past projects include raising the funds for the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center, partnering with Rotary to build the stage at the Lafayette Reservoir, the annual Senior Symposium, and grant support for many local services such as Meals on Wheels, the Lamorinda Spirit van, Generations in Jazz, Food Bank, Burton Valley PTA green house project and another $300,000 in Excellence Grants since 1999.

Early 2013 Garage Tour sponsors and supporters include: Republic Waste, Lafayette Car Wash, Dudum Real Estate Group, Blodgett’s Flooring, Concord BMW, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, The Mechanic and Minuteman Press. Additional sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Email or call Lafayette Community Foundation at 925-284-8214 for more information.

Planning Ahead: Please let the Lafayette Community Foundation know if you or someone you know has a great garage. It’s never too early to start planning for next year.

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Insider Tip – Lafayette Reservoir Run Registration Math – How to Save Money!

We’re getting lots of registrations for the 2013 Lafayette Reservoir Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2013. Thanks to all who have already registered!

Not registered yet? Here’s what you need to know:

There are three ways to register — at the Lafayette Chamber offices (100 Lafayette Circle), online and on Race Day. Fees vary by age and when you register. Plus — there is a processing fee when you register online.

Bottom line: If you’re 12 & over, you will pay between $30-35, depending on when and how you register — and after Saturday, October 26 at 1pm, the only price option is $35.

If you’re new to the Lafayette Reservoir Run and you’re not sure if it is for you, click here to read the 6 reasons it is such a popular event.

If you plan to participate — and we think you should — here’s the “Registration Math” to help you pick the best registration option for you:

Lafayette Reservoir Run - Registration Fees & Options

CHOICE #1: Best Price

Pre-Register at the Chamber Offices by Saturday, October 26, at 1pm

100 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA 94549 • 925.284.7404

12 & Over: $30 • 11 & Under: $22

Easy & you pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip at the same time


Lafayette Reservoir Run 2013 - October 27

CHOICE #2: Easy & Quick — and You Still Save

Pre-Register Online by Saturday, October 26, at 1pm

 Price includes processing fees

12 & Over: $33.03   • 11 & Under: $24.49

Use the faster moving “Online Registration” line

on Race Day to pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip


CHOICE #3: Miss the Pre-Registration Deadline?

Register at the Race (Desk opens 6:30am)

Full Price, No Processing Fees

12 & Over: $35 • 11 & Under: $27

Line length will vary. Plan to arrive early. Pick up your bib, t-shirt and electronic chip at the same time






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6 Reasons Runners and Spectators Love the Lafayette Reservoir Run

Lafayette Reservoir Run – October 27, 2013

Choice of Races & Fun for All –  Races start 8am

Online Registration Link:

(see below for Res Run Math – and how to save!)

Lafayette Reservoir Run Start - Lafayette CA

The Lafayette Reservoir Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2013, is a popular Lafayette, CA, community event that attracts upwards of 4000 people of all ages and athletic ability, including spectators.

Athletes from across the Bay Area enter the Lafayette Reservoir Run because of the event’s unique combination of small town feel, beautiful scenery, fast-paced 5-K competition and challenging 10-K course, complete with “heartbreak hill.”

Here are the top 6 reasons why so many love the Lafayette Reservoir Run.

  1. Location. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is held in the heart of beautiful downtown Lafayette, with all runners coursing through the tree-lined Mt. Diablo Blvd. The 10-K course circles scenic Lafayette Reservoir along a paved path within view of the water, before turning back towards town.
  1. Lafayette Reservoir Run 2013 - October 27One Event, Choice of Races. 2mile Fun Run (8am start), Fast Paced 5-K (8:30am) and Beautiful 10-K with a challenging “heartbreak” hill (8:45am start). Certified, Electronic 10K + 5K results — and medals.
  1. Easy Group Event. All races have Up and Back Race Courses, making it easy to enjoy the event with friends and family with varied running interest and speed.
  1. Community Event Fun. Pre-race warm-up exercises, music, pancake breakfast, Health Expo vendors – and lots of friendly people.
  1. Easy – and FREE – Parking on the Street and at BART
  1. A Healthy Local Fundraiser! Benefits local education.

The Lafayette Reservoir is Easy to Enter – Even on Race Day.

Register early to save: Here is the Registration Math:

Lafayette Reservoir Run - Registration Fees & Options

More Info about Registration Options

Online Registration Link:

Pre-Register at Lafayette Chamber (100 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette CA)

Same Day Registration Desk Opens at 6:30 a.m. (GPS: 3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA

** Bib, t-shirt and timing chip can be picked up prior to race day at the Chamber office,

but it’s just easy to get it on Race Day.

The Lafayette Reservoir Run is a Lafayette Chamber of Commerce event sponsored by Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and Oakwood Athletic Club of Lafayette.

See you there!

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We need you! Volunteer at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

How many volunteers does it take to run our award-winning Lafayette Art & Wine Festival? More than you might think! Want to help?

Volunteer Infograph - Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013

If you’d like to help, please contact the Lafayette Chamber at 925.284.7404 or email

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013 is Saturday, Sept 21 and Sunday, Sept 22 – with set-up Friday, Sept 20

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New 5-Star Yelp Review for Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Comes with Parking Advice

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival just received a new ★★★★★ Yelp review from a 10-year Festival Veteran, We loved the advice the poster offered so much we’re posting it here for all to read. 

Lafayette Art & Wine Yelp Review - Sept 2013


We totally agree about coming early, staying late! Here’s what we’d add if you are worried about parking:

(1) Parking is never an issue when you take BART, bike or walk 
(2) There is a free shuttle bus from the Festival Parking at BART if you’d prefer not to walk
(3) We offer free secure bike valet parking within steps of one of the music stages
(4) There are lots of creative (read: “unofficial”) parking solutions – and many long-timers have their favorite “secret” spot. If you have a friend who is a big fan of the Festival ask where they park. A really, really, REALLY good friend will tell you  

Festival Veterans: Any other advice you’d give a newcomer to the Festival?

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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival — The 2013 Glasses are In!

Good news! The 2013 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival wine and beer glasses are in! Get yours at the Festival, Saturday, September 21 (10-7pm) and Sunday, September 22 (10am-6pm) in downtown Lafayette!

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013 - Glasses

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New Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Infographs highlight options for getting to the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013

 This year, the Lafayette Chamber is proud to offer two new festival transportation infographs to help Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013 visitors organize their travel plans for getting to the Festival, scheduled for Sept 21 (10am-7pm) and Sept 22 (10am-6pm).

This award-winning annual festival, now in its 18th year, is a popular regional event that draws nearly 100,000 people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of the Festival weekend, thanks to the Festival’s reputation as a fun, family-friendly event with 4 stages, 20 San Francisco Bay Area headliner cover bands, 260+ Artists, Kid-Zone, Great Food – and arguably the largest selection of wine, beer and ale of any SF Bay Area Festival.

“Our Festival is located in downtown Lafayette, near BART, trails and Hwy 24. We’ve spent years working on logistics to make it easy for Festival goers, vendors, bands and volunteers to navigate their choices,” says Jay Lifson, Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber, the Festival organizer.

The new transportation graphics help spread that information to Festival goers in a visual way.

The two new infographs are as follows:

Infograph #1, titled, Getting to the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, highlights the four easiest ways to get to the Festival:

Transportation Options for Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Lafayette CA - infograph

The Festival transportation options include:

  1. Take BART - The Festival is just a block from Lafayette BART
  2. Ride a Bicycle - The Festival is just a few blocks off bike trails with free secure bike valet service provided within steps of the Festival (in the Lamorinda Music parking lot.)
  3. Drive  - The Festival is located two-blocks off Highway 24 (central Lafayette exit), with free parking available at designated areas in the East Parking Lot of Lafayette BART and free shuttle service provided for those who prefer not to walk the few blocks from the parking lot to the Festival.
  4. Walk - The Festival is held in the heart of downtown Lafayette, along Lafayette’s Restaurant Row, in close walking proximity to many Lafayette homes and just a few blocks off the Lafayette-Moraga Trail.


Infograph #2, titled, Car Parking, Shuttle Bus Stops, Bike Parking, created in conjunction with Festival sponsor, Lamorinda Publishing.

Parking, Bike Valet and Shuttle Service Map - Lafayette Art & Wine Festival 2013

This resource highlights a map of downtown Lafayette that shows the Festival footprint in relation to BART, the free Festival parking lot, secure bike valet area, and shuttle service route. The Shuttle stops at Lafayette’s BART station, Lafayette BART’s East Parking Lot, and the edge of the Festival footprint, at Oak Hill Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd.

For more information about the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, including band schedule and Links, lists of wine and beer being poured, Kidzone news and more, go to

For up to date Festival news, photos, and stories, check out the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Facebook Page at



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