Armed Robbery in Downtown Lafayette Near Chevalier Restaurant


From the Lafayette PD:

Lafayette Officers are currently responding for an armed robbery that occurred in the 900 block of Moraga Road. The suspect fled the scene in a Dark Blue Late Model Chevy or Ford SUV with no license plates. The vehicle was last seen EB on Moraga Boulevard from Moraga Road. The suspect is described as a Hispanic Male, 30 yrs, medium build, wearing a black shirt and khaki pants. Residents who have information about this incident are asked to contact Lafayette PD, 925-284-5010.

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for $5 at Smitten Lafayette on Wed. Oct. 22nd, 2 – 5pm

3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for LPIE at Smitten Lafayette:

Help Smitten Ice Cream be a great neighbor and come enjoy all the scoops your stomach can handle! (Just make sure to bring your elastic-waist pants…)

On Wednesday, October 22nd from 2-5pm, the Brrristas at Smitten Ice Cream – Lafayette will be serving up scoops to support Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools.

Tickets* = $5 for unlimited scoops of all flavors. Alll profits go directly to LPIE.

*One per ice cream eater, big or small. Valid 10/22/2014 at Lafayette shop ONLY.

Learning Express Toys Opening Nov. 21st in Downtown Lafayette

3568 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

After a few years without a toy store, a new toy store called Learning Express Toys is opening in downtown Lafayette on November 21st where Traction Cycling used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Learning Express Toys has locations nationwide with the nearest location in San Ramon.

From their website:

Learning Express is the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores. To date, there are more than 130 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. These local stores are dedicated to providing quality toys, expert staff, exceptional customer service, and community support through fundraising—the keystones of the Learning Express brand.

The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin at the Lafayette Library this Thurs.


The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $10

LLLCF’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Malcolm Margolin in Conversation with Kim Bancroft

In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive and even thrive? In “The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher,” biographer Kim Bancroft explores the world of Margolin and Heyday Books – a nonprofit press devoted to California’s cultural and natural history. Heyday promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs, Heyday has built and continues to grow and sustain a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
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Amphora Opening Late October in Downtown Lafayette

7 Fiesta Ln, Lafayette

Berkeley-based olive oil and balsamic vinegar company Amphora that we learned would be opening next to the Cooperage in downtown Lafayette is planning to open in late October. In addition to offering extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oils and balsamic vinegar from around the world, this Lafayette location will also feature small bites such as hummus, salads, and popcorn to highlight the various olive oils and balsamic vinegar they will be offering. As you can see in the photo above there will be outdoor tables in front as well as seating inside to enjoy these small bites. Note that the patio furniture will change from the current design.

Check out their website here. Below are the canisters used for their balsamic vinegar. Stay tuned for more updates…


Teen Battle of the Bands at Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Oct. 11th


Teen Battle of the Bands:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
3:00pm – 5:00pm | Free

In this exciting event, teen bands will battle it out on stage in front of their friends and peers alike for cash and other prizes. The doors open at 2:45pm and the show will begin at 3:00pm.

Radio station Live 105 will take on hosting duties and have a table with games for attendees. The Guitar Center will also have a table and raffle for a free set of guitar lessons. The library’s own Bookmark Café will be present to sell food and beverages. Raffle prizes will be randomly awarded to audience members between each set.

For bands who are interested in auditioning, please visit

Free, no reservations necessary.

Stevie Coyle at Mighty Fine Guitars on Oct. 11th


Stevie Coyle:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
8:00pm | $15 – $20

MFG proprietor Stevie Coyle doesn’t often book himself into The Big Room at Lamorinda Music, but “the public has spoken.” La-di-dah, eh?

(Strangely, he has also started referring to himself in the third person.)

Show starts at 8:00pm. This will be a pass-the-hat party with a Suggested Donation of $15 – $20 per person

85 Lafayette Circle, immediately adjacent to Lamorinda Music
Lafayette, CA 94549

No RSVP required. Spread the word. BYOB.

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The Pillars of Heyday with John Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr at the Lafayette Library Tomorrow


The Pillars of Heyday with John Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $20

Malcom Margolin’s Heyday Books has been publishing original California stories for the past forty years. Topics cover native peoples, newly arrived immigrants, nature, and explorations of California’s most original thinkers, poets, and visual artists. Join us for a discussion with two of Heyday’s most prolific and popular writers and collaborators: Jack Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr.
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Lafayette Reservoir Run on October 26th


Lafayette Reservoir Run:

Downtown Lafayette
Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First St. & Moraga Rd, Lafayette
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
8:00am | $35

The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette are co-sponsors of the Run which is traditionally held on the last Sunday in October. Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city’s most popular “family affair”, involving kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. 2200-2500 participants compete in a 10k or 5k Certified Runs and a 2 mile run/walk for fun through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Sprinters, walkers, the “stroller brigade” and many of Lafayette’s top four legged residents share the streets on that festive Sunday morning.

Presented By: Lafayette Chamber of Commerce & City of Lafayette
Event Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Start Location: Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First St. & Moraga Rd.
Registration Opens: 6:30am
Staggered Start Times: 2mi run/walk 8:00am, 5k Certified Run 8:30am , 10k Certified Run 8:45 am
Race Descriptions:

  • 5k Certified Race – flat, “chip” timed course, runners only (NO Dogs or Baby Strollers).
  • 10k Certified Race – hilly, “chip” timed course around the reservoir, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK.
  • 2 Miles Run/Walk for Fun – No Timing – Fun Run ONLY, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK

Race Course: 10k Moraga Road west to El Nido Ranch Road, around the Lafayette Reservoir and back to Moraga Road. 5k or 2 mile DO NOT go around the Lafayette Reservoir.
Race Certified By: The Athletic Council/Road Runners of America (TAC/RRCA)

  • Adult registration fee – $30; Day of Race fee – $35
  • Elementary school fee – $22; Day of Race fee – $27