The Weekly Roundup, February 28, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?
Coronavirus Information for Lafayette Residents
The City of Lafayette is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will keep residents informed of the steps being taken by Contra Costa County Health Services, California Department of Public Health, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in responding to the limited number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States. As of February 27, three confirmed cases from outside Contra Costa County are being treated at hospitals in the county.
While the likelihood of infection is low, Contra Costa Health has created a Novel Coronavirus webpage to provide county residents with the latest information on COVID-19. This is the best source of up-to-date information for Lafayette residents. You can also download a COVID-19 fact sheet. In addition, you can visit the California Department of Public Health’s website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for more information on COVID-19.
According to Contra Costa Health Services, the best way to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19, is to practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- People who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow; wash your hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose or mouth
- People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are well
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your unwashed hands
Contra Costa residents should contact their healthcare providers if they have symptoms and had close contact with someone with symptoms who traveled in the last 14 days from China, where the outbreak began. All travelers to the U.S. from China since Feb. 2 have been asked to self-quarantine under the guidance of their local public health department for 14 days.
PG&E Tree Removal Work in Briones Regional Park & the Girl Scout Camp
PG&E informed the City of Lafayette on Thursday that it is conducting tree removal work in Briones Regional Park near the Buckeye Ranch Trail and at the Girl Scout Camp property adjacent to Briones Regional Park. PG&E notes that all planned work is outside of the City of Lafayette boundaries. PG&E reviewed vegetation in the area around the pipeline per the recommendation of a third-party assessment and identified 13 trees and eight brush units that need to be removed. PG&E has coordinated with East Bay Regional Park District and the Girl Scout Camp and is proceeding with this tree removal work.
PG&E's work began near the Buckeye Ranch Trail on Monday, February 24, and the utility anticipates the work will take approximately two weeks to complete. Once PG&E has completed work near the Buckeye Ranch Trail, it plans to begin work at the Girl Scout Camp property. Questions regarding PG&E's work should be directed to PG&E's outreach specialist, Greg Wright, at 1-415-214-2602 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City’s Art Committee Honored, Walk & Talk Planned
Not only was Lafayette’s Public Art Committee honored by the City Council at their meeting on February 24th for its “time served,’ as it were, but the Committee is planning a Walk & Talk that will begin at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Gallery at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Award-winning Lafayette painter and print maker, Pam Fletcher, will be at the Gallery to talk about her work, which is currently on exhibition at the Gallery. The Walk will begin at 1:15 p.m., and visit works at the LLLC, Plaza Park, La Fiesta Square, the Mercantile Building, the Town Center, the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, ending at 945 Mountain View to visit artist Alice Stern's recent installation at that site. Alice will also be giving a talk about her work. The walk will take about 90 minutes. Find out more. Oh, and thanks to Pippa Fisher, Lamorinda Weekly’s intrepid reporter and photographer, for the great photo of the PAC and City Council at this week’s meeting.
The Election is Tuesday, March 3: Drop Your Ballot at City Offices
We’re pretty sure you know that Election Day is next week, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. But did you know that you can drop your primary election ballot at City Offices? The Contra Costa Elections Office and the Lafayette City Clerk have made it easy for you to park your car, head on up to the second floor office of Lafayette’s offices at 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., and slip your ballot into the secure drop-off box at City Offices. Of course, ballots may also be dropped off at any polling place on Election Day, of course, and mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before March 3, 2020. But wouldn’t it be easier to stop by Lafayette City Offices, drop off your ballot and say hi to our smiling staff? Remember, City Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please do not leave ballots under the door. You must put them into the ballot box yourself. For more information about voting, call 925-335-7800, or visit the Elections Office website at www.cocovote.us.
Are You Feeling Lucky? Lafayette Community Center’s Poker Night
$70 per person includes poker, food, blackjack, drinks, prizes, and more at the Lafayette Community Center’s 1st Poker Night. The goal is to raise funds for a new and expanded Community Center Playground! Poker Night is on Saturday March 14, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette. There are some awesome prizes for First, Second, & Third Place, plus a prize for First Place in Blackjack. Top Dog will be grilling up Brats and Dogs on site! Never played before? No problem! Come at 6pm for a “learn to play” refresher. Cards fly at 7pm! Don’t miss this awesome event for an even more awesome cause! Purchase tickets now, or stop by the Community Center office, or call (925) 284-2232.
Lafayette Rotary’s Swing to Freedom
Want to help a very worthy cause? Tickets are now available for Lafayette Rotary’s Swing to Freedom Gala being held on March 7, 2020, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549. Enjoy a champagne welcome, hosted cocktail reception, an elegant sit-down dinner, and music from Carlos Reyes followed by merriment and a lively auction of fabulous gifts and experiences. The silent auction will benefit the Lafayette Rotary Foundation and the proceeds from the live auction and fund-a-need will support New Day for Children which assists young girls to recover from sexual slavery.
Since their inception, New Day for Children assisted 89 girls and our efforts supported 12 of these girls. Swing to Freedom has also provided much needed medical and dental care, tutoring for school, weekly therapy, two equine therapy camps, life skills development, fun activities – including a few days a beach house in Santa Cruz-- airfare for college and trade school tours, tours of other programs for trafficking survivors, and home visits. Find out more and get your tickets to this important fundraising event.
Now Accepting Nominations for Lafayette Green Awards!
Do you know a resident, student, teacher, local business, community organization, or architect/builder that took impressive steps to become more environmentally friendly in 2020? If so, then make sure to nominate them for a Lafayette Green Award by April 3, 2020. The “Environmental Awards of Excellence,” as they are officially known, is jointly sponsored by Sustainable Lafayette and the City of Lafayette, and recognizes outstanding efforts that contribute to a more sustainable community. Last year’s recipients included: Julian Jackl for his successful campaign in reducing single-use plastics at Burton Valley Elementary School and Corie and Peter Knights for their work on helping to end the demand for endangered wildlife products. Nominations are evaluated by the City’s Environmental Task Force, across five different categories, based on three primary criteria:
- How successful did the candidates activities reduce their footprint?
- How much have the candidate’s activities help achieve the City’s environmental goals?
- How much have the candidate’s activities inspired others in the community?
To nominate a person or organization for a Green Award, please complete a nomination form by April 3. For more information, please contact Melanie Erickson, Planning Technician, at (925) 299-3207. Go green!
Talk About Going Green (or Maybe a Spot of Color), It’s the Lafayette Garden Club
Join the Lafayette Garden Club for their next meeting on Thursday, March 12, in the Lafayette Veteran's Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Welcome spring and prepare your garden for summer. The speaker is Daniel Nolan, who spent almost 10 years at the famed Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco before forming his own design business. His work, in some of the Bay Area's most beautiful residential and commercial properties, is described and pictured in his 2018 book, Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens. There is no charge to attend. Interested members of the public are welcome. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Here’s the Latest on the Park Theater Trust
Before any great movie makes it to the big screen, a lot of action has to take place behind the scenes. It’s the same with new nonprofits and in advance of a potential acquisition, The Park Theater Trust has been busy setting up bank accounts, investigating insurance options, and reviewing interactive software for its website www.parktheatertrust.org. One piece of really great news – TPTT has received its IRS determination letter so it is now officially a tax-exempt organization. In addition to these important housekeeping details, they’ve added a new board member, Larry Haydon, a life-long Lafayette resident with 45 years of experience with investment real estate including commercial, retail, office, and residential properties. Larry is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Interested in volunteering for this exciting cause? Contact us at PO Box 1624, Lafayette, CA 94549 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hold Your Breath: East Bay Regional Park District Looking for 60 Lifeguards
The East Bay Regional Park District is currently looking to hire 60 additional Lifeguards for the 2020 season. They are looking for motivated individuals to join the team and help make a difference in our community. The Park District’s Lifeguard Service has 12 swim facilities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. They offer paid training, no certifications required to apply, and you must be 16 years of age by April 18, 2020. For more information regarding the position and to apply, click on this link. For any additional questions contact, please call (510) 690-6625.
Town Hall Theatre Announces Second Annual Playwrights’ Cagematch
Town Hall Theatre tells us that they are thrilled to announce their Second Annual Playwrights’ CageMatch on Monday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Five Playwrights enter but only one will emerge victorious. Join us as playwrights far and wide square off! The Playwrights’ CageMatch is a chance for playwrights to show their stuff in an audience-decided live competition. The only requirements for aspiring contributors were that the scenes had to be 20 minutes or less, have no more than four characters and demonstrate gender parity.
The theme this year is “among the trees.” The setting is a clearing among the trees, in a forest or woodland area, anywhere in the universe; there may be a doorway, portal or entranceway or two, and maybe even a window. A lovers’ encounter or post-apocalyptic tale, perhaps? They looked for creative and elegant back-stories that incorporated the setting into the scenes but the tone, theme or genre was up to the playwright. Town Hall received entries from all over the U.S., and even from Canada, New Zealand, and Qatar! Artistic Director Susan E. Evans, LitUp Dramaturg Katie Zeigler, THT staff, and volunteers are selecting the top five submissions, and each gets one rehearsal. The five scenes are presented on March 23, at a live staged reading at Town Hall, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, and the audience will vote by token to determine the winner. Click here for more information.
Friends Corner Book Shop: Your Friend and So Much More
Many of you know that when you shop at Friends Corner Book Shop you support the Lafayette Library and Learning Center - funding Sunday hours, enhancements to the book collection, programs for all ages, and more. The shop contributes about $140,000 each year to the Library. You probably also know that the Shop relies on and accepts donations, which help maintain an ever-changing shop of treasures. What you may not know is that they receive many more books in donations than they can house in the shop. They do their best to accommodate as many as possible, to rotate the collection, and to offer lots of great sales, but sometimes they just have more than they can sell.
That’s where the community work comes in. Here are some examples of the other ways the Shop has been able to use your donations:
- Providing books to help schools that have lost their libraries due to funding challenges such as in Oakland and Richmond;
- Helping areas affected by natural disasters, like towns in Texas and Kansas whose schools and public libraries were lost to a hurricane or tornado, and in Napa, Sonoma, and Butte Counties, to replace the loss of school libraries and personal collections from fires; and
- Donating to organizations like the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinez, the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Richmond, the Veterans Home in Yountville, shelters for those affected by domestic violence, foster homes, and the Richmond Jail so that children can read when visiting their parents.
And Don’t Forget…
- The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has a whole slew of ribbon cuttings for new business in Lafayette coming up this spring. These are a great opportunity for you to engage new businesses and welcome them to our community. Ribbon cuttings take place Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and last about an hour or less. Put these on your calendar: March 5 – Co-Work Lamorinda, 935 Moraga Road, Suite 210; March 12 – Edward Jones Financial, Fred Steingraf, 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite 161; March 19 – 9Round Lafayette, 3561 Mt. Diablo Blvd.; March 26 – Beauty Boutique, 3534 Golden Gate Way; and March 31 – Stat Med Urgent Care’s new location, 3799 Mt Diablo Blvd., Suite 100, Lafayette.
- Whether or not you like Jazz, Stanley Music invites you , to a not to missed duo performance : Pianist Sullivan Fortner and Vibraphonist Kyle Athayde will play on Tuesday, March 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., in the Stanley Middle School Music Room. Students should check with their teachers to get permission to attend. Community members are also invited to attend. This concert is sponsored by an anonymous donor to the Generations in Jazz Foundation. See you there.
Next 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 next week’s public meetings please visit our full calendar.
- Transportation & Circulation Commission, Monday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Discovery Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda and staff reports.
- Planning Commission, Monday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m., in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Read the agenda and staff reports.
Photo for the Week
What are you planning to do on Leap Year Day tomorrow?
Quote for the Week
If lads don't leap this year, the lasses may.
-Poor Sir Robin's Almanac, "Observations Upon the Four Quarters of the Year," 1792
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