Lafayette

Events

Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series: Just Eat It at Lafayette Library on July 28th

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Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series: Just Eat It:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm | $10 (donation)

How could Americans possibly be throwing away nearly 50% of our food? Filmmakers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste in ‘Just Eat It.’ After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of food being tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on throwaway foods.

$10 donation requested at door; $5 students. Free refreshments served! No reservation required.

Salons

Wax A Peel Salon Opens in Downtown Lafayette

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3579 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The skin care and waxing salon Wax A Peel has relocated from Pleasant Hill to downtown Lafayette behind Patxi’s Pizza in the Lafayette Clocktower. Check out the services they offer on their website here.

From their Facebook page:

Wax A Peel specializes in facial and body waxing as well as facial peels. We use nothing, but hard wax (stripless wax) for all the sensitive areas such as your bikini, underarms, and facial waxing. All bikini and Brazilian wax’s we offer you numbing spray and a glass of champagne or wine to help put you at ease. If your looking for fast and thorough Wax A Peel is your place! The skin care sold and used to perform the fabulous skin changing facials is Image Skincare. Image is a member of safe cosmetics and is featured in the International Emmy Awards. Image’s philosophy is to use superior and active ingredients to achieve outstanding results.

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Restaurants

Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen and Coffee Bar Coming to Lafayette in Spring, 2016

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Park Plaza, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the hugely popular, Danville-based, Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen and Coffee Bar is opening a second location in Park Plaza in downtown Lafayette and are hoping to open in Spring, 2016. Last year we learned that the gluten-free bakery Mariposa was coming to Park Plaza as well so this is going to be a happening place this time next year! Check out their Danville morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. As a huge fan of Sideboard I’m really excited that they’re coming to Lafayette. Still not sure where to park but hopefully parking will be available near the library?

Events

MakerFest at Lafayette Library on July 25th

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MakerFest:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 25th, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

Spend a day at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center celebrating makers in our community! Demonstrations for all ages including: 3D printing, Air-powered Rocketry, Programmable Microcontrollers, Lego Robotics, Book Art, so much more. Hands-on projects like cardboard city, DIY Instruments, candy sushi, button making, make your own slime, build a rocket, computer programming for beginners! There’s something for everyone. All ages are welcome. Come and create with us! Free Event.

Special Guests include Saurabh Narain & his amazing Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot, QFusionLabs and their Cubit plug & play programmable microelectronics board, Dave Bricetti Progamming Classes, Republic Services Recycling, M.A.C.H.925 Creative Balloon Racers, Needle Arts Mentoring Organization crochet & knitting demos, Pysansky egg decorating demos by local crafter Evie Michon, Hackingtons Programming School, DoReMi Creations Leather and Up-Cycled Creations and more.

Events

Adam Miller, One-Man Dance Band, Playing at Mighty Fine Guitars on July 18th in Lafayette

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Photo from www.adammiller.com.au

Adam Miller, One-Man Dance Band:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Circle
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
8:00pm | $15-$20 (suggested)

The gentlest reminder, complete with a [reminder video].

Show starts at 8:00pm on Saturday night, July 18.
This will be a pass-the-hat party with a Suggested Donation of $15 – $20 per person.No RSVP required. No babes in arms, please. Spread the word. BYOB.

Events

Girls to Women in the Maasai Culture at Lafayette Library on July 18th

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Girls to Women in the Maasai Culture:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
3:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

You’ve met Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu, now join us for a special event featuring Meeri Tuya and Sanaipei Loice visiting from his Maji Moto Camp in Kenya. Come meet these beautiful Maasai women and hear their amazing stories overcoming cultural obstacles to create a life for themselves through education.

Jewelry sales will benefit the maternal and child health clinic at Maji Moto. Don’t miss this unique window into the Maasai culture.

Crime

Don’t Feed the Bears in Lafayette

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Spotted exiting Safeway in downtown Lafayette. The sign says:

DON’T FEED THE BEARS
Auto Burglaries are on the rise!
Remember to:

  • Lock your car
  • Remove valuables
  • NEVER leave bags, purses or backpacks inside

Lafayette Police Department

Seems like reasonable advice to me. Has anyone noticed an uptick in auto crimes elsewhere? Is there a way to view monthly/yearly stats for crimes in Lafayette or elsewhere?

Daily Life

Stores in Lafayette Charging 10 Cents for Paper Bags

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Lafayette has followed Walnut Creek’s lead and banned plastic bags as of last week. Paper bags are available for purchase for 10 cents. Do you support the ban for environmental reasons? Are you against the ban, if so, why?

From the City of Lafayette informational page:

Are businesses required to charge?
Select businesses are required to charge a minimum charge of $0.10 per checkout bag (compostable bags, recycled paper bags, or reusable bags) that they provide to the customer. A business may choose to charge more for carryout bags they provide. Businesses that must impose the charge include:

Grocery Stores & Markets (Chow, Diablo Foods, Open Sesame, Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods)
Pharmacies (CVS, Walgreen’s Pharmacy)
Convenience Stores (7-11, Kwik Stop, Gas Stations)
Liquor Stores (Jackson’s Wines & Spirits, Wine Thieves)

What are the requirements for public eating establishments?
Starting on July 1, 2015, all public eating establishments (such as restaurants, delicatessens, cafeterias and food trucks) cannot distribute single-use plastic checkout bags to customers for their take-out food for delivery or pick-up. Customers can opt for no bag, paper bags may be provided to customer at no charge, and reusable bags can be used at the discretion of customer and restaurant. Individual paper or plastic product bags without handles may be used around containers of soups or stews to prevent spilling. Additionally, eating establishments are prohibited from utilizing Styrofoam and are required to utilize food and beverage containers that are readily compostable or recyclable.

Shopping

Lafayette Pet Shoppe Closing End of July

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3517 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

According to an ad in the Lamorinda Weekly the Lafayette Pet Shoppe on Mt. Diablo Blvd. is closing by the end of July. “Lost our lease – Owner retiring! Store liquidation”. “Up to 50% off, everything must go”.

Events

Racing to Zero Documentary Playing at Lafayette Library on June 30th

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Racing to Zero Documentary:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm | $10

Sustainable Lafayette presents its fifth summer film series at the LLLC, featuring three recently released, award-winning documentaries. The first, ‘Racing to Zero,’ explores San Francisco’s unique perspective on trash, garbage, and junk. Dedicated to protecting the environment, San Franciscans are aiming to make the city 100% waste free by 2020.

$10 donation requested at door. $5 for students. Free snacks, cookies, coffee and refreshments will be served.