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Post Date:09/14/2018 3:08 PM


Friday, September 14, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?

Ready to PARTY...Lafayette’s Art & Wine Festival is Here!










What a festival it is! Some say Lafayette’s Art & Wine Festival is the best, absolute best street fair in Contra Costa County. Heck, let’s say in the Bay Area! 2018 will be the 23rd year of the annual festival, which is officially known as the “Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival.” Always held on the third weekend in September, there isn’t anywhere else you’d want to be this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, (10am – 7pm) & Sunday, Sept. 16 (10am – 6pm). Just so you know we’re telling the truth about our little fête, in 2017, over 80,000 people – let’s repeat that, 80,000 people in our town of 24,000 – strolled through the booths of art and handmade crafts, enjoying foods from top local restaurants quality wines and microbrews. And then there is the continuous music with more than 20 cover bands on multiple stages. Get on your dancing shoes! The non-stop fun takes place all along Mt. Diablo Blvd., in the heart of beautiful downtown Lafayette, making it easy to take BART so you can enjoy the day (and have a couple of glasses of wine) without worrying about driving or parking. Of course, admission is free and everyone is welcome. Here are a few highlights: 

  • More than 250 fine arts and crafts booths
  • Restaurants, food vendors, wineries and microbreweries
  • Continuous musical entertainment presented on four stages
  • Kids area with entertainment and activities for kids of all ages
  • Special exhibit and sale of work by local artists, located in our local Artist Alley
  • Premium Wine and Craft Beer Pavilion 

You can learn a lot more about this weekend’s Art and Wine Festival by visiting the Chamber of Commerce’s special website here. While you’re there, check out the 7 Reasons Why the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is the “Best of the East Bay.” See everyone there this weekend!


Give Our Beautiful Lafayette the 50th Anniversary Gift of Green at the City’s Booth!


How much dancing can you do at the festival anyway? When you’re not swaying to the beat (or checking out fine art), saunter on over with your glass of wine to the City of Lafayette’s booth (#706, across from Starbucks). You can meet City officials, staff, friends and also sign up to give our beautiful City the Gift of Green. What’s that? Well, as Mayor Don Tatzin says, the 50th Anniversary Green Gift is a special opportunity for all Lafayette citizens and businesses to give something and get something in return. By choosing Deep Green 100% renewable energy for our homes and businesses, we’re actually “giving a gift” to the City we love. By using cleaner energy, we’re cutting air pollution by a ton of greenhouse gases and we’re setting Lafayette off on a more sustainable path for the next 50 years. So not only is it a wonderful gift to the city, it’s also a gift to our children, grandchildren and beyond. You can find out more at, or, better yet, just stop by the City’s booth – with that glass of wine – at this weekend’s Festival.


Parks and Trails and Recreation and, Wait for it, Fall After-School Enrichment Programs

You asked and Lafayette listened! In recent years, the Lafayette Parks, Trails & Recreation Department has been receiving requests to provide daily after-school care for a growing number of families with two working parents. Many of the onsite after-school care programs at the elementary schools were full with waitlists and parents found themselves scrambling to find nannies and babysitters. This fall the City answered parent’s pleas with the After-School Awesome Program. The daily care program at the Lafayette Community Center was developed by the City staff that brings Camp Awesome to the community every summer. Program staff worked with the Lamorinda School Bus Program and School District staff to coordinate bus rides to the Community Center using existing bus routes from Burton Valley School. Participants sign up quarterly and may choose the days of the week that they attend the program. The program is currently full with a waitlist but City staff is researching ways of opening up additional space to help with the community demand. 

The PTR Department is also proud to be offering onsite after school enrichment programs at Happy Valley Elementary School this year in addition to programs it already offers at Lafayette Elementary, Springhill and Burton Valley. Class offering may differ depending on the school but include chess, dance, science and engineering to the students of each school. The new Happy Valley enrichment classes include FUNKMODE’s Hip Hop Dance class and LEGO Engineering from Bricks for Kidz. All of the City of Lafayette - Parks, Trails & Recreation Department’s offerings can be found at Check there to see what’s available at your school.  


Hey There, No Right Turn!


Your Police Department’s traffic team issued approximately 75 citations over the past couple of weeks for "No Right Turn" violations between 7-8:30am, from Taylor to Withers. Of course, there were a few complaints that the officers weren't giving out warnings or making exceptions for locals, but most everyone agreed this will help ease traffic in the neighborhood. In fact, one happy resident presented the officers with a basket of organic fruit as a way to say thank you. Now that’s community policing!


Meet Steven Heinsma, Recreation Coordinator


Steven’s coming up on his two year anniversary working as Recreation Coordinator for the City. He supervises the Lafayette Youth Commission, Camp Awesome, and the brand new After School Awesome program. One of his favorite things about working as Recreation Coordinator for the City is working with youth of all ages in the community and providing awesome programs for them. Most of the kids call him “Steve-o.” And Steve-o loves being able to work in one of the most beautiful settings in a city full of them, Lafayette’s Community Center. He graduated from Cal State East Bay with a degree in Recreation Management and started his career in the field as a lifeguard and recreation leader while working up to an assistant coordinator and now coordinator. Steve-o grew up and still lives in Castro Valley where he swam competitively, something he’s done pretty much his entire life. He’s Head Coach for the Castro Valley Crocodiles swim team, which is the team he grew up swimming for. Oh, did we mention he has a twin brother? And more fun stuff: He’s getting married in February to his high school sweetheart!


Just in time for Autumn, It’s the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center’s 7th Annual Harvest Celebration

The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center hosts its seventh annual Harvest Fest, Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11am – 3pm. The lovely garden is located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd., just across from the Lafayette Reservoir entrance. There will be tours, talks, music, crafts, scarecrow making, games, garden stamp cards, a raffle, food and drink and lots of fun. We hope you will join everyone at the garden to share in the celebration. The event is free, the scene inspiring and it’ll be a day of fun for all in the garden.


Library Friends' Sweet Thursday Author Series: Betty Reid Soskin


Join the folks at the Library for a special evening with local writer and civil rights activist Betty Reid Soskin as she reads from her remarkable memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom. Soskin helped establish the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, and at 96 years old she still works there as the oldest ranger in the National Park Service. Her stories chronicle her role as an activist for, and witness to, the major societal shifts of 20th century America, from civil rights to the anti-war movement. The talk is happening Thursday, September 20, beginning at 7pm, in the Community Hall. Sign up here.


LLLCF Science Café Presents the Cannabis Corner


The Library’s Science Café welcomes Joshua Braff and Adam Titelbaum, hosts of the podcast "The Cannabis Corner." They will be joined by two special guests for a panel discussion on changes in cannabis laws, the latest medical cannabis research, and strains that may help common ailments. The program includes a Q&A with the audience. It all happens Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Community Hall at 7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. By the way, don’t forget: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"


We Know It’s Fall, But That Won’t Stop Movie In The Plaza

Come out to Lafayette Plaza Park on September 28th at 7:15pm for a Movie in the Plaza. Sponsored by the Lafayette Youth Commission, the evening’s film will be Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (circa 1971 - Rated G). It is a FREE event, but donations are greatly appreciated. All donations will be used for youth commission supported causes and events. Grab something to eat and bring a seat. Food and beverages will also be available at surrounding restaurants, including picnic service from Sideboard. Don’t forget your sweater…


Planning Commission and Circulation Commission Appointments


Three appointments were made by Council at their September 10 meeting. To the Planning Commission, Councilmember Anderson and Mayor Tatzin moved to appoint Stephen La Bonge and Farschad Farzan. Mr. La Bonge, a real estate director for CVS Health since 2012, has worked with multiple planning commissions and city councils on various projects. He has lived in Lafayette for a decade and his areas of responsibility at CVS include Northern California (including Lafayette), Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. He is also a 4th- and 5th-grade volleyball coach at the Lamorinda Youth Association. 

Mr. Farzan is an attorney at Impax Laboratories, Inc., and has lived in Lafayette for over eight years. With 17 years of legal experience as a litigator and legal adviser, he has run litigation departments at two publicly traded companies, focusing on complex problems at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Councilmember Samson and Mayor Tatzin moved the appointment of Gregory Brown to the Circulation Commission. Mr. Brown, who has lived in Lafayette for nine years, is an attorney at Sutter Health and an avid bicyclist and hiker. He has served on a state task force and state bar committees while he lived in Oregon, and has provided pro bono services during his career as an attorney.


Before You Vote, Get Informed: LHC Candidates Night

Lafayette friends and neighbors are invited to the Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night 2018, on Thursday, September 20, at 7pm, in the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette will have contested elections for two seats on its City Council and four seats on the Lafayette School District Governing Board. Each of the candidates will present their stance on issues facing the community. Attending Candidates Night has proven the perfect way to get questions asked before voting. For more information, contact Lynn Hiden via email at


This Monday’s Public Meetings

Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. Most of the City’s open meetings are held on Mondays at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are: 

  • The Planning Commission, beginning at 7pm, in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here
  • The Circulation Commission, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.


Photo for the Week


How about this touching photo of the Lafayette Crosses? Lafayette resident Stacey Epstein snapped this shot of a reflective biker and posted it recently to Nextdoor. She was kind enough to allow us to republish it here. While not a professional photographer (at least that’s what Stacey says, although the photo looks pretty nearly perfect to us), she is really impressive in many, many ways. Just read this profile of Stacey in Forbes Magazine here.


Quote for the Week

 Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

― Søren Kierkegaard



This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steven Falk for the Lafayette City Council, staff, and the Lafayette community. Do you have thoughts about this week’s Summary or a contribution for next week’s message? Forward it to him now! Do you have opinions about Lafayette? Share them at Lafayette Listens! You can subscribe to The Roundup here.

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