The Weekly Roundup, October 4, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Yes, Those are Wild Pigs and They’re Making a Mess All Over Town
This autumn, nature – with a little help from humankind – has provided a special surprise for all of us: wild pigs. Yes, you read that correctly. We have an influx of wild pigs this fall in Lafayette. While not unheard of in our semi-rural town, the boars this year seem to have been emboldened, tearing up lawns and landscaping all over town and running rip-shod across our prized Lafayette Community Park. The invasive hogs, originally native to Eurasia and Africa, were introduced to California in the 1700s as livestock and for reasons best left to historians, many became feral. But this year, according to the City of Lafayette's Director of Parks, Trails & Recreation, Jonathan Katayanagi, while the pigs have roamed Lafayette from time to time, they seem to be especially prevalent this fall. Not only have there been numerous sighting of the beasts, but these feral pigs have been busy ripping up yards as they look for food in lawns and landscaped areas.
The City parks were recently hit hard with hungry hogs as a band of over two dozen perpetrating pigs peppered the playing fields with potholes as they ploughed for food in the 52-acre Lafayette Community Park. City maintenance staff have been working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to find the best way to protect the fields during the height of the busy soccer season. The City has decided to take a “defensive” approach, if you will, by installing a fence around the fields. While perhaps not aesthetically pleasing, it is hoped that the temporary wire fence will deter the pesky boars and allow our soccer players to enjoy their game. You can learn a whole lot more about wild pigs in this guidance from the Department of Fish & Wild Life. And remember, make sure to shut the gates when leaving the Community Park ballfields!
$300,000 For New Brook Street Park Facilities!
While on the subject of Lafayette parks, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan recently joined Lafayette City Councilmembers, Parks, Trails & Recreation Commissioners, and residents to kick off the refurbishment of Lafayette’s Brook Street Park. The playground is the only play space available to young children in the downtown area of Lafayette, and an important gathering spot for Lafayetteans of all ages. The refurbishment became possible when the Assemblymember and City partners were successful in securing state funding of $300,000 in this year’s State budget to build new facilities.
Lafayette’s Brook Street Park will be a much more fun destination for our children and their families to enjoy, noted Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson. And at the ceremony, held on Wednesday, Councilmember Teresa Gerringer, thanked Bauer-Kahan for her help in securing state funding. The project will provide for the complete replacement of the dated “pirate ship” play area, and the new park’s facilities will focus on children younger than five and with special needs and feature a brand new ADA-friendly playground complete with an "expression swing." The City anticipates breaking ground on the new park this coming spring. We can’t wait.
John Muir Land Trust’s Open House Celebration in Honor of Lafayette
Even more about parks: Please join us for an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music as the City and John Muir Land Trust celebrate another great year. And this year, JMLT is honoring the City of Lafayette’s partnership in acquiring the 20-acre Batwing property, achieving nearly half our goal of 44 acres of new community parkland. Also being celebrated that evening is the selection of JMLT as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. If you love our wide open spaces – or just love to have fun – don’t miss this great evening. Thursday, October 24, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., 924 Main Street, in Martinez. Here more here.
Moraga Road Maintenance Work Ahead
Lafayette’s contractor and the City’s Public Works Crew will be taking advantage of a school holiday to close Moraga Road so that maintenance work can be conducted on Monday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The closure will take place between Sky Hy Drive and Silver Springs Road. Work may include patch paving, ditch and inlet cleaning, vegetation clearing around signs, and other work to help maintain the safety of the road. Signs will be placed in advance to warn drivers of the road closure. Drivers will be required to take alternate routes between the Town of Moraga and the City of Lafayette. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we’re trying to keep our streets in the best condition possible.
Ready, Set, Go: The 27th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run for Education
Lace ‘em up, ‘cause the annual Lafayette Res Run for Education is happening on Sunday, October 20. This celebrated run attracts upwards of 4000 people of all ages and athletic abilities each year, including hundreds just cheering on the runners, seeing friends and neighbors, and, of course, enjoying music performed by Stanley Middle School. Attracting serious runners from across the Bay Area, the run’s features a unique combination of small-town feel, beautiful scenery, a fast 5K race, the challenging 10K course, which includes a trip around the Lafayette Reservoir, and a 2-mile Fun Run/Walk. All races start and end at the same location: the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Oak Hill Rd. Race Start Times are 5K Race-8:00 a.m., 10K Run -8:15 a.m., and the 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk-8:45 a.m. This fabulous event – a hometown favorite – is presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds going right back to our local schools. Register online now.
Who is Behind that Mask? Town Hall Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Masquerade Gala
Celebrate Town Hall Theatre’s 75 years of community! In honor of its milestone 75th Anniversary, Town Hall Theatre will host a Masquerade Gala on Saturday, October 26, at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Join the troupe for its biggest party of the season, and raise a glass to Town Hall’s past, present, and future. The evening swings off with a cocktail hour featuring live music, followed by a delectable dinner. Then, there’s a cabaret show featuring well-beloved faces who have graced the Town Hall stage in seasons past. Following the cabaret, raise a paddle at the Fund-a-Need Live Auction, and then cap the whole spectacular evening off with desserts and dancing!
What a history it’s been: In 1944, the Dramateurs performed “Catching Up With Christmas” at the Orinda School PTA, ten years later the Theatre moved into the “barn,” as it was known, on School Street. And, now, 75 years later they are still going strong, with their 300th production! Don’t miss this big fancy-dress, masquerade-themed evening to celebrate the spirit of 75 years of theatre for the Lafayette community. Tickets are $175 per seat, and available through the Town Hall Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.
Art Moves Project Comes to Lafayette Park Plaza
The Art Moves Project – aka AMP – is proud to present “You Me Us: In Community,” its third annual public art installation with dance, taking place on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, with two free performances at 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., each day. Art Moves continues to create new forms of public art for the Lafayette community by commissioning California-based artists and choreographers from varying disciplines and backgrounds, who use non-traditional and socially relevant themes for an outdoor multi-sensory experience. “You Me Us: In Community” is a study of how dance, film, music, and sound converge to create a unifying community experience that explores native vs. non-native plant ecosystems. Find out a whole lot more about Art Moves by contacting Dina Bogan at (415) 306-1866 or emailing her at email@example.com.
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery’s Community Mural Project Unveiling and Reception
This Saturday, October 5, from 5:00 –7:00 p.m., at JPG@TheBank, 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd., local teens will turn an empty ATM niche into a meaningful mural right in the center of Lafayette. Artist, architect, pacemaker, and community activator, Lara Dutto, leads this community mural project inside the abandoned ATM niche on Moraga Road, transforming this disused space into a beautiful scene right in the heart of our town. Several local teens helped create the mural off-site and installed it over a three-day period. They will put the final touches on the installation this Saturday. Please join them for the celebration and to hear from the crew about the process and workshop for the mural. Free to all, including refreshments and a student musical performance.
Read All About It: Events at the Library
Contra Costa Master Gardeners: What Went Wrong in Your Garden? (& How to Fix It), Thursday, October 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., in the homework Center: Are you a gardener – or hoping to be one? You will want to be there for this talk that covers common vegetable growing problems and how to correct them. You’ll learn what causes tomatoes to crack, why zucchinis sometimes shrivel and die, and why broccoli and cauliflower sometimes produce only tiny heads. Learn why onions often produce flowers and fail to develop good bulbs. You’ll hear about solutions to these and other vegetable crop problems and also receive suggestions for what vegetables to plant for the most reliable results. Find out more and register now. And remember: "Support your Library...Shop at Friends Corner Book Shop!"
Local Happenings You Won’t Want to Miss
- Lafayette Juniors 25th Annual Rummage Sale, Saturday, October 5, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
- Lafayette Community Foundation's First Annual Oktoberfest, Sunday, October 6, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Cooperage American Grille
- Saturday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.), Gold Coast Chamber Players “Pairs,” a musical Noah’s Ark.
- Town Hall Theatre “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” through October 19.
- Film Screening: “The Biggest Little Farm,” October 24, 7:30 p.m., Live Oak Room, Lafayette Community Center
- American Red Cross Blood Drive, City Offices, October 30, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Make your appointment now!
City Translators Are Here to Help
Did you know that the City of Lafayette has translators/interpreters on staff standing by to help? If you’d prefer to conduct City business in a language other than English, we have Spanish, Farsi, Tagalog, Mandarin, Tamil, and Hindi speakers ready to assist. Please let us know if you’d like a City translator to help.
City Offices Closures
City offices will be closed Thursday, October 10, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm., for an all-staff meet, and all day on Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.
This Week’s Public Meetings
Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette, but there are also meetings throughout the week. Unless otherwise noted, public meetings are held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. To view all of this week’s public meetings please visit our full calendar.
- Zoning Administrator Special Meeting, Monday, October 7, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite 265, Lafayette, in Room 265. Agenda and Notice of Public Hearing Packets
- Planning Commission, Monday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Agenda and Staff Reports
- Transportation & Circulation Commission, Monday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Agenda
Photo for the Week
JoAnne Archer, a longtime Lafayette resident now living in Rossmoor, models the latest fashion accessory: a Love Lafayette car magnet. JoAnne, a former flight attendant, owned and operated her business, Sewfine Interiors, out of her home in Lafayette for many years. She was quite active with the Chamber of Commerce as a board member, advisor, and ambassador, and also served on the City’s Senior Services Commission. She’s now active with Lafayette Rotary, where this photo was taken. Do you want a Love Lafayette car magnet for your auto, fridge, file cabinet, or as a fashion accessory? Simply come down to the City Offices between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and claim one for yourself!
Quote for the Week
The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does.
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