The Weekly Roundup
Friday, September 21, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Biggest, Best Art & Wine Ever!
By far – and by everyone’s count – it was the largest Art & Wine ever. And we mean ever. Did you see those crowds? Wine glasses sold out by early Saturday afternoon, all-night glass washing parties, white wine spigots turned dry by Sunday morning. If those are not the hallmarks of a successful Art & Wine, well, we’ll just have to go back to having “another glass of crisp pinot,” a term overhead in the early hours of Saturday’s revelry.
And who makes all this possible? It’s easy to say the Chamber, the sponsors, the City. But, really, it’s the volunteers, the scores of often unseen folks who get up pre-dawn and stay past moon-set, who make sure there are, alas, enough glasses, who hike over to BevMo (or Jackson’s) when the taps run out, who pick up the trash (yes, even in Lafayette, we have a wee bit of trash at times) and generally make sure everyone has a wonderful, safe time enjoying all that our beautiful city has to offer. Let’s thank these folks for making our fest the best and, truly, unlike all the rest.
How Many Miles Did You Walk at Art & Wine? Try To Beat These Volunteers
Now, here’s where it gets interesting: How many miles do you think all those Art & Wine volunteers walked during the festival? Thanks to all the mod cons we have at our fingertips these days, we now can tell you. “Ace” Katayanagi, Lafayette’s Parks, Trails & Recreation guru who is pictured here with Campolindo Junior and fest volunteer Kyle Sintchak, and Rotarian-volunteer Terry Ring, went pretty much non-stop Friday onwards. Ace rang up a total of 81,934 steps or 38 miles. Terry Ring, checked his iPhone and reported closing in on 30 miles, and Jay Lifson, the Chamber’s director and overall master of ceremonies (behind the scenes), logged at least 40 miles over the weekend. Ace says that he loves volunteering at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, and as all of us do, he loves Lafayette. It is so much fun to watch the community come together to put on this AWESOME event. Attending the festival is a good time, but, Ace ventures, if you are looking for real fun on Art & Wine weekend, grab some gloves and join this crew of volunteers. And rack up those steps!
Get In Those Steps Now: It’s the Res Run
While you are waiting to volunteer for next year’s Art & Wine, you can get your steps in now at the Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education that will take place Sunday, October 21st at 8am in Downtown Lafayette. The Lafayette Chamber and the City of Lafayette are co-sponsors of the Lafayette Res Run for Education which is traditionally held on a Sunday in October. The 2018 Res Run will be held on Sunday, October 21. Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber. The Run is the city’s most popular “family affair”, involving kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. Participants compete in a 10k or 5k certified runs and a two-mile run/walk for fun through downtown Lafayette, around the reservoir (10k only) and back. Sprinters, walkers, the “stroller brigade” and many of Lafayette’s top four-legged residents share the streets on that festive Sunday morning. Don’t miss the live music and the Healthy Lifestyles Fair! Find out everything you need to know about getting your steps in at this year’s Res run here.
Park Theater Revival Meeting
As most everyone has heard, there’s non-stop chatter hither and yon about the future of Lafayette’s Park Theater, the iconic film palace where many of us had that, eh, memorable high school date. Well, like minded folks have agreed to band together and bounce ideas around on just what it would take to revive the landmark-worthy cinema. To help facilitate the discussion, the City of Lafayette has scheduled a community meeting to talk about the range of potentials and eventualities that could result in a resorted, functioning venue of some sort there on Plaza Park where the Park Theater has stood watch for the past 77 years. You can see photos of what the Theater’s interior looks like now right here. The meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, at 6pm, at City Offices, in Room 240. Mayor Tatzin & Vice Mayor Burks will attend. We hope to see you there as well. The City Offices are located at 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., and the meeting room is on the second floor. We are not sure yet if popcorn will be served.
Issues Discussed: Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night
It seems like the entire town packed the Veterans Memorial last night for the Lafayette Homeowners Council Candidates Night. Residents heard a lively discussion on the issues facing our City from all five City Council candidates who are running for two seats in this November’s election (pictured with moderator Carl Di Giorgio, right). The four Lafayette School Board members will serve on the board as the election was uncontested. The School Board Members-Elect, who made three-minute statements, were Jean Follmer, Suzy Pak, Rob Sturm, and Kenny Tuckerman. The five City Council candidates who made five-minute statements and then took questions from the audience were Susan Candell, Teresa Gerringer, Karen Maggio, Ivor Samson, and Dave Smith. The candidates agreed on some of the issues and, as one would expect, disagreed on others. With that said, make sure you study each candidate’s positions carefully and then come out and cast your vote on November 6. You can see more photos from Candidates Night 2018 on the City photo site here.
Our Crime Prevention Commission: Keeping Lafayette’s Kids Safe
Lafayette’s Crime Prevention Commission held a Child Internet Safety Forum at Burton Valley Elementary Wednesday night and it included FBI Special Agents, prosecutors and law enforcement officers from the Contra Costa County DA’s office who presented to a standing-room-only group of parents. All agreed that it was a fantastic event and parents and concerned residents were pleased to receive useful information and tips on how to protect their kids while they are online, and how to engage with them about being “Internet safe.” The real-life stories the presenters offered as examples were especially impactful. Crime Prevention Chair Rees Morgan organized and hosted this critical event for the community — and will host another event at Stanley Middle School in the next few months. Vice Mayor Cam Burks attended and commented to the group that the City considers Internet safety for our kids – and educating our parent community in this space – of the profound importance of this issue. The City intends to continue to support the Commission holding these events frequently. All of us are proud of how the City and our schools are working together on important issues – another great example of Lafayette partnerships in action.
Maintenance Requests: Public Works Is On It
Our fine Public Works crew made some folks pretty happy this week when they responded to a call to clean up the area of Brown Avenue under the freeway. We want to thank residents for alerting us to the situation. While not all the area there is within the City’s jurisdiction, Public Works maintenance responsibility does include the street and sidewalk on Brown Avenue below the freeway and BART tracks. The slopes up to Highway 24 and behind the fences are maintained by Caltrans. The City sent out a crew to clean up weeds, litter, and debris along and behind the sidewalk and gutter under the 24 overpass. They submitted a work order to Caltrans requesting maintenance of the excessive weeds and dry vegetation on the slopes under the freeway. Also, the City requested removal of litter behind the right-of-way on the slopes and erosion control measures to prevent excessive mud from washing onto the sidewalks once rains begin. Did you also know that Lafayette Rotary club typically hosts a cleanup day each year that concentrates around the Caltrans right-of-ways around town? If you have a maintenance request for the City, simply fill out the form here and we’ll get right on it.
Meet Stephanie Warford, Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Warford is the newest member of the Lafayette Parks, Trails and Recreation team, joining us within the past year. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from California State University Sacramento where she met her husband with whom they have two daughters together. After working in sales at Nordstrom for over 13 years, she opted for a career change and she currently serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Offices which she absolutely loves. She also loves to go to the beach, travel to Hawaii, read, and you will be hard pressed to find a bigger Disney fan anywhere you go! Stop in and introduce yourself to Stephanie next time you’re at the Community Center.
Lafayette Citywide Garage Sale
We all have way too much stuff. Now’s the time to get rid of it – and have a heck of a time with neighbors and friends. It’s Lafayette’s first citywide garage sale, Saturday, Oct 6, 2018, all day, everywhere. Here’s how it works: If you're a seller, register the address of your garage sale online or by calling (925) 671-5813. Deadline to register online is Friday, October 5. To receive a lawn sign, you must register by Monday, October 1. A lawn sign will be brought to you by our sponsoring business. If you register after Monday, you may not receive a lawn sign. You may wish to advertise with additional street signs (not in public rights of way) and advertise online or in newspapers. Please take all signs down after your sale. Donate leftover items to our local thrift stores. Now, if you’re a buyer, you can browse the ads to find households taking part in the citywide garage sale. Start early but not before listed times. Experienced shoppers come early to find the best buys. Bring a reusable bag or a cart, which will allow you to carry heavier items more easily and to protect fragile objects. Everything you want to know is here. Have fun and clean out your junk!
The Gold Coast Chamber Players are Back
The Gold Coast Chamber Players begin their 2018-19 season on Saturday, September 29, at 7pm, in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. with Chamber Players, Coast to Coast. This program features the Manhattan Chamber Players (MCP) in a collaboration with the Gold Coast Chamber Players (GCCP). The MCP roster is comprised of some of New York City’s leading musicians, both as chamber musicians and soloists. Bookending the program are two pieces featuring soloistic chamber music. Joaquin Turina’s Scene Andalouse for Viola, Piano and String Quartet that begins the program is warmly romantic. Finishing the first half of the program will be a GCCP commission of a string trio by local composer, Mary Bianco, and a performance of Vaughn William’s Phantasy Quintet. The second half features the epic Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet by Ernest Chausson. More information and tickets: http://www.gcplayers.org/.
This Saturday: Lafayette Rotary and Trust in Education Partner to Help Kids in Afghanistan
Trust in Education is made up of people who are interested in helping other people. Partially sponsored by Lafayette Rotary, Trust in Education helps Afghan children take classes, learn how to use equipment, and learn in the libraries that supporters provide. These children, especially girls, would not have these educational opportunities without help. Families are working hard to put food on their table. The economic development and solar projects that we fund, and they build, make that job easier. There will be a packing party on Saturday to help package up donated goods to be sent to Afghan children. It will take place Sept. 22, from 10am -3pm at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549. Find out more here.
Also Tomorrow: National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 22 is National Public Lands Day! Celebrate close to home by visiting public lands such as the Lafayette Community Park, Briones Regional Park (EBRPD), Lafayette Reservoir (EBMUD) or Acalanes Ridge (John Muir Land Trust). All national parks will have free admission and many will host volunteer service projects open to all. For more information visit http://go.nps.gov/svo5vx
Gardening at the Library? Get Ready to Get Dirty
Like to get dirty in the garden? You’re not going to want to miss the Library’s Contra Costa Master Gardeners: What Went Wrong in Your Garden? (& How to Fix It), on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30pm, in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. This talk covers common vegetable growing problems and how to correct them. You’ll hear about solutions to vegetable crop problems and also receive suggestions for what vegetables to plant for the most reliable good results. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette. For more information and to register just click here. Don’t forget: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
Lafayette Listens Topic of the Week: Speak Out on Agenda Items!
Make your voice heard and speak out on agenda items that you care about. And you can do so from the comfort of your sofa (or at your breakfast table with a cup of joe). Lafayette’s City Council will meet on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 7pm, in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (see details below). You can comment on any agenda item using Lafayette Listens, our public engagement tool. If you like Nextdoor, you’ll love Lafayette Listens, where you can support each other’s comments and see what everyone is saying. View the entire agenda and comment here. Please comment by noon on Monday, September 24, so that we can provide your views to the Council for consideration at their meeting. Thanks for getting involved in Lafayette’s public meetings!
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 City Council, beginning at 6:15pm, in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
- The Design Review 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
We just can’t get enough of the Art & Wine Festival. How about this photo sent to us by Vice Mayor Cam Burks of the band called Rock City? They played on the Premium Stage as 200 people swarmed the area. What makes Rock City truly unique is that the guys are all Lafayette dads with kids in Lafayette public schools who do countless shows to benefit our school district. Band members are: From left to right: Brian Sullivan on bass, Scott Anderson on drums, Andy McKinney, the lead singer and guitarist, Ali Platto, lead singer, Christine McKinney on keyboards, and Brad Edelman on lead guitar. You guys rock!
Quote for the Week
I know it’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll but I like it.
-The Rolling Stones
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