The Weekly Roundup
June 29, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Our 50th Anniversary is Coming Up Sunday, July 29. Get Your Dinner Tickets Now – It’s 1968 Again!
Come celebrate Lafayette’s 50th anniversary of incorporation on Sunday, July 29, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center and along Golden Gate Way. Festivities begin at 2:30 pm, with the main events running from 4pm - 7pm, including entertainment by Dave Martin’s House Party band, a kid zone with games, historical displays with Town Hall actors in costume and, of course, a parade. The events are free, but the first 1,000 who sign up will get discounted tickets (at 1968 prices!) for a delicious Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner. Get your dinner tickets here. You can read more about the celebration here. Don’t forget to bring something to put into the time capsule to be opened in 2068!
ConFire Reminds Everyone Illegal Fireworks Use Poses Extreme Risk of Catastrophic Wildfires
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) and local law enforcement agencies across the county today warned citizens about the extreme dangers of illegal fireworks during the Independence Day holiday period. Fire and law enforcement leaders reminded residents and visitors that all fireworks, regardless of type or safety labeling, are illegal everywhere in the county. There are no safe fireworks and, in addition to the potential for grievous bodily harm posed by these illegal devices, the risk of causing catastrophic wildfires during this time of extremely high fire danger is great. Officials urged residents to leave fireworks displays to the professionals by instead choosing to visit one of the several officially-sanctioned displays planned around the county on the evening of the Fourth.
“The only safe and sane approach to fireworks in Contra Costa County is to simply not use them,” said Chief Jeff Carman, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “Not only are they uncontrollable and dangerous, they are also illegal, and their use poses the real possibility of catastrophic wildland fires in this time of critically high fire risk.”
“Our first concern is the safety of our residents and, unfortunately, with the 4th of July holiday, we see an uptick in fireworks-related accidents,” said Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt. “Please be careful, take care of your family and avoid using fireworks altogether – the City of Lafayette wants you to be safe and accident-free this holiday.” Last year, illegal fireworks use in the county sparked hundreds of preventable vegetation fires that threatened lives and structures and strained emergency responder resources needed for other higher priority fire and medical emergencies. In addition to the fire danger posed by fireworks, there are significant risks of serious injury or death. Thousands of people each year are injured by illegal fireworks nationwide, with more than half of these victims being under the age of 15. Fire and law enforcement officials urge residents to protect their homes, families and neighborhoods by reporting all use of illegal fireworks immediately to their local law enforcement. For more information on protecting homes and businesses in Contra Costa County from wildfires, go here.
Senior Services Has a Big Week!
It was a big week for Senior Services in Lafayette. Lafayette City Council doubled down on their support for seniors in the community by unanimously voting to begin the process of becoming an AARP Age-Friendly Community and proclaiming June 2018 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Read the full proclamation here. Learn more about AARP Age-Friendly Communities here.
Read All About It: Library News
Have Camera, Will Travel, Saturday, July 7, 10am - 12:30pm, in the Community Hall. Learn techniques that will give you the best images, and come home from your next vacation with exciting and memorable photos! Susan and Neil Silverman will cover compositional considerations, easy technical tweaks, and principles that apply to all cameras and smartphones, for every experience level.
Don’t miss the Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws, Wednesday, July 11, 11am, also in the Community Hall. Nature journaling opens up a world of beauty and discovery and makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist. This dynamic program will teach you the practices that make journaling and field sketching a lifelong habit, and will show you the possibilities of what a journal can be. All experience levels welcome! Learn more about these great events here. There is also the Rockets Away! 4th of July Program, Tuesday, July 3, 11am-1pm, Outdoor Amphitheater. Science can take you anywhere! A Lafayette Library "Full STEAM Ahead" program and part of the Library’s Reading Takes you Everywhere summer reading celebration.
Start your 4th of July celebration early and join us for a special program on Rocketry. Design and build your own paper-based, duct tape rocket and see how high you can launch it. Several safe, air-powered rocket launchers will be on hand. All ages welcome! (Adult help will be needed for children under 10.) Bring your hats and sunscreen as we will be outside. Register here.
It’s the Last Rock the Plaza of the Summer-- With the Lamorinda Idol Finalists
Come on down to the Plaza tonight, June 29, at 6:30pm for a rocking good time. Lafayette’s Rock the Plaza series, now in its 13th season, takes place Friday nights in June at Lafayette’s Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. Now in its 13th year, Lamorinda Idol 2018 is a student singing competition designed in the style of the American Idol television show. The program is open to young people in kindergarten through 12th grade who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette. Singers may enter as soloists or in groups. Young people from outside Lamorinda are permitted to participate in the group categories, provided that at least one member of the group meets the residential requirement. For more information about Lamorinda Idol, click here.
Lamorinda Arts Council Annual Arts in Bloom Festival
More Lamorinda Idol news: The Arts in Bloom Festival features the Lamorinda Idol 2018 Finalists and Runners-Up as the performers of the Orinda Summer Concert Series. Held Tuesday Evening, July 17, 6-8:30pm, at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, and the Festival supports our local singers and the Lamorinda Arts Council. Packed picnics are allowed or purchase dinner from food vendors Golden Gate Gyro and Lexie’s Frozen Custard. Entertainment vendors will include a Face Painter and Balloon Twister. There will be complimentary Kids Crafts Area. A raffle benefiting Lamorinda Arts Council Programs will include tickets to LAC’s Art of Mixology and Lamorinda ShortDocs, as well as donations from Town Hall Theatre, Lamorinda’s Performing Academy, and Lamorinda Music. Go here to learn more about Lamorinda Arts Council’s Arts in Bloom.
2018 Moraga 4th of July Fun Run
Every year the Campolindo Track and Field and Cross Country programs sponsor the Moraga 4th of July "Fun Run" event. These races kick off many of the activities that are part of the Town of Moraga's 4th of July celebration. The net proceeds from these runs again will be going to the Campolindo High School track and cross country teams. For more info and to register, visit www.MoragaFunRun.com.
Tribute to the Troops, Honoring our Veterans and Saluting our Troops
Coming on Saturday, July 14, 5pm-Twilight, at Lafayette Reservoir, we Honor our Veterans and Salute our Troops with a concert and picnic Featuring the High Water Line (bluegrass band) and The Big Band of Rossmoor. Join the Rotary Club of Lafayette at the tranquil waters of the Lafayette Reservoir. Show support for our active military, reserves, veterans and Gold Star Families who have lost their loved ones who served bravely for our country. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet active members of the military, reserves, veterans, and families of our Fallen Heroes. These families are our neighbors. Our children grew up together. Let’s hear their stories and ensure they know our gratitude for those who are serving and those who paid the ultimate price. Meet representatives from the Veteran’s Center who support our returning veterans. Please wear your uniform. Blue Star and Gold Star Families and our community would like to meet you. We will pay special tribute to our Gold Star Families and Blue Star Moms. Joining us will be Blue Star Moms Chapter 101, Danville and the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms, Chapter 20, Concord. Supporting our Tribute to the Troops will be:
- American Legion Post 517, Lafayette
- Blue Star Moms
- Boy Scout Troop 243, Lafayette
- Concord Vet Center
- Marines Memorial Club of San Francisco
- Military Escort Team
- Mobile Vet Center with onsite counseling on veteran benefits, healthcare, finances, education and housing
- Rides 4 Veterans
- Ruck March Team – Travis Air Force Base
- Some Gave All – The Joey Graves Foundation
- Team Red, White & Blue
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8063, Lafayette
Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 14, 2018, 5:00pm to twilight. Bring a blanket, your lawn chairs, a picnic and enjoy. Find out more information visit here.
Town Hall Theatre’s Donor Thank You Event
Town Hall Theatre is excited to announce its annual Donor Thank You Event, a one-night-only performance of the original and inventive documentary musical Gone Missing, created by The Civilians, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Gone Missing will have one performance only on July 14, 2018, at 8pm, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. The event is free to all Town Hall donors, with a suggested donation of $20.00 for the general public. Seats can be reserved now through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.
Meet Aziz Aineb, Engineering Technician/Public Works Inspector
Aziz has been with the City of Lafayette since 2004 and inspects the workmanship and materials used in public works construction and infrastructure projects within the City’s Capital Improvement Program and Encroachment Permit Program. Aziz is a proud graduate of City College of San Francisco, where he also obtained his Construction Management Certificate. Make sure to stop and say hello to Aziz when you see him around town responding to citizen complaints and other issues.
Banner Advisory Committee Appointment
At its regular meeting on June 25, 2018, the City Council appointed Lori Lane to Banner Advisory Committee. Ms. Lane, who works in the commercial real estate industry, will serve through June 2024. She is familiar with the world of banners and signs of all kinds and has served on the Committee previously. Ms. Lane also currently sits on two Citizens Oversight Committees: Lafayette School District and the Acalanes Union High School District.
AB 2923 Update
There were committee hearings this week in Sacramento concerning AB 2923, a bill that will remove a city’s zoning and land use authority on BART-owned land within ½ mile of a transit station and hand it over to the BART Board. Attending on behalf of the City on Tuesday was Councilmember Mike Anderson and on Wednesday City Manager Steven Falk. Also this week, Mayor Don Tatzin sent another letter opposing AB 2923 to Senators on the Transportation and Housing and Governance and Finance Committees. You can read the City’s opposition letter here. Unfortunately, the bill made it out of both committees and is now goes to the full Senate. You can read more about this important bill here.
Lafayette Listens: Make Your Voice Heard
There are still four current topics on Lafayette Listens and we’d like to hear from you: PG&E Concerns, the City’s Annual Budget, Rezoning of Deer Hill and AB 2923. To comment on any of these topics (We need your PG&E opinions posted by June 30) simply log into Lafayette Listens here.
This Week’s Public Meeting
Tuesday, July 3, the City Council will hold a special meeting at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549, in the Community Hall. The meeting begins at 5pm. You can read the meeting agenda here.
New! Performances Prior to City Council Meetings Begin Next Month
Speaking of the City Council, beginning with the July 9 meeting, there will be performances held prior to the first regular meeting of each month. These special performances – beginning at 6:30pm and always free and open to everyone – will showcase a wide range of local talent in many areas of the performing arts. We are especially excited that the first performance will feature Students enrolled in Town Hall Theatre's Summer Education along with Education Director, Madison Gerringer and Teaching Artist, Andrew Mondello, will perform selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Alone in the Universe from Seussical and Song That Goes Like This from Monty Python's Spamalot, for the Lafayette City Council.
Town Hall Education (THEd) has provided exceptional theatre training for the Lamorinda community for the last 50+ years; students from four to eighteen learn to flex their creative muscles through productions, skills-based classes, workshops and master classes. THEd has twice been voted the Best Children’s Theatre Company by Bay Area Parent Magazine. Established in 1944 as the Dramateurs, Town Hall Theatre turns 74 this year, making it the oldest continuously active theatre in Contra Costa County.
Photo of the Week
Happy Independence Day. Be safe and enjoy the show. (Photo: Diablo Country Club)
Poem for the Week
The Fourth of July Parade
Stripes and stars,
High school bands,
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