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Lafayette Social is happy to announce the following fun and safe upcoming events – more ways to foster community and connect people with some of our best businesses and restaurants. Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Golden Happy Hour (4:30 p.m.) La Finestra Ristorante, 1419 Moraga Way, Moraga We’re collaborating with Lamorinda Village to bring our senior citizens together on the second Tuesday of each month. All Lamorinda seniors are invited. Jim and Nancy Scala will be greeting everyone. Space is limited, so please be sure to register at Wednesday, Aug. 24 – LS Networking Lunch Series (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Sideboard Lafayette, 3537 Plaza Way Local businesses and nonprofit professionals come together on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Space is limited, so please be sure to register at LafayetteSocial. com/events. YOU ARE INVITED! COME MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND RECONNECT WITH LONG-TIME ONES.

While we’re kicking off the month of August, with all that it brings, we are also taking a moment to celebrate the launch of the first annual Lafayette Community Day – a day in June where we took time out of our busy schedules to “Come Together Lafayette” to do

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good work and build community. As the saying goes, “Lafayette is powered by

volunteers,” and that sense of communitarianism was in full force on June 4 when about 200 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and tackled beautification projects around town. (See the story and photos on page 14 of this issue.) Volunteers of all ages worked side-by-side to prep and paint the gazebo in Gazebo Park, remove brush and debris from our downtown creeks and parks, paint picnic tables, remove litter along our busiest thoroughfares, spruce up the historic Wayside Inn, install fencing at the Lafayette Community Center to protect native plants, and pack and sort food to ship to Ukraine. In the Plaza Park and at the former Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, we celebrated diversity and inclusion, raising the Pride Progress Flag in support of our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors, painting messages of kindness on rocks, packaging seeds to sow compassion, and being inspired by our youngest residents to “Bee the Change.” Following the morning of hard work, participants gathered in the community to celebrate, get to know one another better, share a meal, and enjoy listening to the Traveling Wilburys Revue. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. With the first Lafayette Community Day behind us, I look forward to continuing the spirit of the day. When we come together to do good, we build community and, in the process, make Lafayette more welcoming and beautiful.


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In this issue, we are celebrating this summer’s first annual Lafayette Community Day. In addition to the cover photo, inside you’ll find many photos featuring the generous resident volunteers who joined forces to help our community on that day. You’ll also travel back in time with resident Stan Pedder as he shares fond memories of his childhood in Lafayette 80 years ago. There are also quite a lot of bees buzzing around in this issue! You’ll meet a brother and sister team who are helping to raise awareness about how we

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can help bees and bring more pollinators to our area. A group of three brothers shares their favorite summer break stories, including how they participated in the Bee the Change project on Community Day and enjoyed playing along the sandy shores of Santa Cruz. Much more inside.

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meet your neighbors By Andrée Hurst with Sloan Rhys | Photos by Rosalind Bassett

The siblings are very committed to spreading the buzz about bees, and they hope people’s number one takeaway from their programs is that bees are in trouble due to many factors. Rhys warns, “We all can’t sit by and hope these problems will be solved by themselves. We must take action to help the bees, or the situation will worsen.” They find that most people love bees, and the largest request they get is on how to start a hive in one’s backyard. “That’s reason to feel hopeful,” Rhys said. The public can visit Sloan and Rhys’ bee hives during their public meetings. “We open up our beehives a couple of times a year.” To be updated on when they have their next activity, follow them @lamorinda_bees on Facebook and Instagram. And yes, they sell their delicious, local honey at their meetings.

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The pair sell their local honey at several educational gatherings a year to help them maintain their hives and programs.

Sister and brother, Sloan and Rhys Pullen, first met bees through a 4-H project as impressionable elementary school kids. “When we first saw an opened hive, we both just looked at each other in amazement. There has been no turning back.” The pair have been in the 4-H bee project for six years and are teen leaders. Sloan is entering her sophomore year at Campolindo, while brother Rhys will be a freshman at San Diego State University. Two years ago, they got some great news that has allowed them to share their love of bees with the community. “During the stay-at-home period of Covid, we heard about an environmental youth grant program through Sustainable Lafayette,” says Sloan. “We pitched a concept for a community bee project like our 4-H bee project that would be for everyone, not just kids. We won a $1,000 grant and bought two hives that have been installed on a six-acre ranch close to Campolindo where we hold meetings and educational gatherings for the public.” They have had lots of support from the community. Through social media, they have been able to get their project in front of people of all ages from the Lamorinda community, some of whom then attend their educational meetings a few times a year. They say their favorite thing about bees and beekeeping is seeing their hives grow and harvesting honey! Rhys says, “It is so rewarding to see a happy, healthy hive. Our food chain, which includes bees in significant numbers, is under strain. California’s agriculture- based economy relies heavily on pollinators, but bee populations are

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Sloan and Rhys Pullen with their hives.

Sloan in full beekeeping gear with the bee hives.

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Sloan says, “We love to see a very healthy hive like this upon opening it.”

declining. We must inform the public of the simple actions they may take to lessen the harm being done to bees.” Sloan says, “Something that farms, towns, and any homeowner can do is limit the use of pesticides in gardens. Pesticides harm bees, and since bees forage for miles in all directions, they, unfortunately, are very vulnerable to what people apply to their plants and flowers.” Additionally, they advise residents to create watering stations for the bees during the summer.

Sloan and Rhys leading one of their community programs.

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What grade are you going into this fall? Kushal, the oldest, says, “This fall, I’m going to be going into the fourth grade. I’m 9.” Kailash will be entering second grade at 7. Vivek is 4 and tags along with his big brothers, enjoying whatever they do! What has been one of your favorite family summer outing memories? Kushal says, “My favorite family outing memory from my summer break was going to Santa Cruz and going on all sorts of fun rides including The Undertow, one of the roller coasters, and seeing a lot of my friends. We also went to the beach, and me and my brothers

made this giant sand mountain by the surf to see if the waves could knock it over, and we successfully did it!” Kailash mentioned that he loved going to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, where he, “learned a lot of stuff and I liked going down the big slide there. I also liked seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from there.” What other things do you enjoy doing during summer? Kushal enjoys “going places! Me and my mom and brothers all go on Thursday field trips together. A couple of the places are Santa Cruz, which I already mentioned, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and Lawrence Hall of Science. I also made it into the baseball playoffs for Little League!” Kai likes “swim team and summer camp, and going to visit my grandma in New Jersey.” You helped on Community Day in Lafayette. What did you like about it? “What I liked was the Bee the Change project. We were putting up bees (that we made) with all sorts of nice notes on the wings around town. As an example, one said, ‘stop littering!’ Another one said, ‘save the earth,’ and one more said, ‘pick up trash.’ Basically, it was like putting up these nice notes. We put them all over by Sideboard down to Starbucks. I also liked to watch the band on the green, and I made kindness rocks. So I mean the day was great.” Kai “liked reading what people wrote about saving the world.”

Kushal hanging up bees during the Be-the- Change project as part of Community Day.

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Vivek, Kushal, and Kailash Prabhakara enjoying their summer break together.

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charitable passions Photos by Suzanne Iarla


The following town and nonprofit participant organizations provided volunteer projects for this year’s Lafayette Community Day: • White Pony Express • Assistance League – Diablo Valley • Lafayette Creeks Committee

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, we experienced our first-ever Lafayette Community Day, presented by our Community Foundation in partnership with our City and Chamber. Volunteers power Lafayette, and much of what makes us love Lafayette happens through countless hours of volunteerism. Volunteers fanned out across Lafayette in the morning hours to work and then returned for a luncheon celebration with music on the green provided by Traveling Wilburys Revue, a small nonprofit fair, and the opportunity to paint kindness rocks and attend the Bee the Change activity in the gallery space across the street. In-kind contributors included Amy Dryer Designs, Evergood Sausage, Peet’s Coffee, Lafayette Social , Minuteman Press – Lafayette, Noah’s Bagels, and Andrée Hurst Communications.

• Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) • Lafayette Parks, Trails, and Recreation

• Lafayette Public Works • Lafayette Senior Service • Lamorinda Arts Council • Lamorinda Village • Mindful Littles

A big thank you to our major sponsor, Republic Services, and to Martin Homes for their financial support.

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Special thanks the Lafayette Juniors Photos Courtesy Heather Scharf Photography

LAFAYETTE JUNIORS’ lifestyle tour For more than 20 years, The Lafayette Juniors Lifestyle Tour (formerly known as Kitchen Tour) has wowed visitors the delightful lessons that make a house a home

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Third Time’s a Charm I purchased an older home to renovate in

the Silver Springs neighborhood after two earlier attempts to find my dream home – one that turned out to be too big and one too small!

Early in the process, it became clear that it would be best to demolish the house and start from scratch due to various issues with the home’s structure. As a home remodeling expert, I knew this approach would actually be more budget-friendly and would allow me the freedom to create the home of my dreams. One of the most important things was to expect the unexpected (like hitting underground water when excavating for foundations)! Reminding myself to be flexible and managing my expectations was the key to easing some of the stress that comes with building and renovating. Of course, any stress during construction was quickly forgotten when my beautiful, modern farmhouse-style home was finished, and I could resume entertaining family and friends!

with its self-guided tour of some of Lafayette’s most inspiring homes and outdoor spaces. It’s a fun day and a fruitful fundraiser in support of nonprofits that serve children, families, and seniors in need throughout our area. Of course, the homes on the tour don’t get that way by accident! Not all, but many of the homeowners who open their homes on that day, spend months, sometimes years, designing, renovating, and learning along the way. Here are three participants of the 2022 tour talking about the golden nuggets of their home renovation experiences.

Regan Scovic, Springhill Picturesque Craftsman Beautiful Design Without Compromising Functional Layout When we set out to design a new outdoor space for our family, we knew we wanted to strike the right

Karen and Tom Mulvaney, Upper Happy Valley Iconic Red Farmhouse An Unexpected Project Our family lived in the same Lafayette residence for 34 years

balance between form and function. As a real estate agent,

I often see homes where the owners have gone through extensive remodels only to favor one over the other. Before beginning our project, we sat down as a family and discussed the wish list for how the space would be used now and in the future. All family members felt invested and excited to see their ideas come to life in both beautiful but practical and functional applications. We even figured out how to incorporate a three-point line on the sports court that didn’t feel like we were living in a practice facility! To learn more about the Lafayette Junior’s Lifestyle Tour, the causes they support, and how to volunteer your time or home for the annual tour, visit

with no plan to move. But, down the street, in a tiny 1910 farmhouse we owned, a water pipe broke, collapsing the sweet original structure. It was important for us and our neighborhood to build in the original style of the red farmhouse, so we created a team of experts to help. Learning from earlier projects, we envisioned what spaces were most important to us and what we could live with or without. We knew and realized again that flexibility, accountability, reliability, and communication are vital. Construction is a marathon of decisions, compromises, and patience. Working together helped us with every step and brought to life our newly- built “old red farmhouse” and attached garden.

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The following excerpts are from Stan Pedder’s full-length oral history of his life recorded and transcribed by the Lafayette Historical Society (LHS) for posterity. Read the full oral history transcript on the LHS website at And now, in Stan’s words ... I must be one of Lafayette’s oldest residents. I am 87, born in 1935, and moved here from Berkeley with my parents and my younger sister Sally in 1940 and haven’t gone anywhere since. I am a product of the local schools. I own real property downtown

A photo of Buckeye Ranch, a favorite spot for horseback riding according to Stan. Courtesy Lafayette Historical Society.

Riding horses has been a lifelong passion of Stan’s, and was a favorite family activity.

they had dammed the creek and the swimming hole was large enough for great swimming, fishing, and catching giant frogs. At some point, flood control pulled the plug on the small lake, indicating flood concerns. In the early years, it seemed everyone had a horse. The Lafayette Horseman’s Association was a thriving organization. Ken and Ada Brown’s Rolling Ridge Ranch and Buckeye Ranch were favorite places for the horsey set. We boys all had jobs like paper routes, being a caddy for golfers at the Orinda Country Club, picking fruit, pumping gas, and bagging groceries. Some summers, I would sell my grandfather’s pears by the lug box to travelers on the highway with a simple sign, “Lug box pears $1. You pick them.” I did pretty well financially at that. My first job was to feed neighbors’ chickens, 300 of them, twice daily for 50 cents a day. I got a dollar on Saturdays when I also cleaned and boxed the eggs for sale; such a deal. In the eighth grade, I got a bagging job at Super Saver market, which is long gone. The owner, Mr. Levy, told me he only paid 67 cents per hour, but I could eat all I wanted. That sold me. Before Frank Sinatra could sing “New York, New York,” Lafayette was my kind of town. Please read the rest of Stan’s story, more like it, on Lafayette Historical Society’s website. Please visit

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and a horse ranch in the hills above Burton Valley. I graduated from College of the Pacific and law school at Cal Berkeley in 1960 and practiced law here for 60 years before retiring this year. Before I got much older, I wanted to express some of my memories of this special spot on Earth I call my town. My grandfather came to California in the mid-1920s and opened his law office in San Francisco. He and my grandmother lived in Berkeley, where they raised their four children. My dad was Jack, their eldest. Before the Caldecott Tunnel opened in 1935, my grandfather purchased 30-plus acres in Lafayette, near Happy Valley. Grandfather built and worked a ranch with cows, horses, pigeons, chickens, and all the fruit trees and vegetables known to man. In 1940, he gave my dad five acres of his ranch to build our home. It was the year I turned 5. What a wonderland for me and my 3-year-old sister Sally to grow up in. Lafayette kids had more fun. It used to rain cats and dogs during winter, and there was mud and water everywhere. As kids, we loved to play in our creeks, sink in as far as we could (into the mud), and would use a rope, vine, or friend to help pull us to safety. We had horses to ride, climbing trees, and unlimited hiking. We had it all. Behind the Park Theater, we had a great swimming hole as This is a photo from a swimming hole in Lafayette from roughly the same period of Stan’s youth. Courtesy Lafayette Historical Society.


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Jim walks the res every day, and with hand weights! He feels apples are a simple but powerful addition to any diet and health program for those interested in living long and well.

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chamber community news a focus on By Jay Lifson PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT NONPROFITS STEP UP TO THE PLATE

people between 18-29 report thoughts of depression or hopelessness, and 71% agree that there’s a mental health crisis in America.

The Lafayette Chamber has over 90 nonprofit members, and many of them are focused on health, mental health, hunger, homelessness, abuse, and personal empowerment.


Lafayette residents Elliot and Tammy Kallen co-founded “A Brighter Day” in 2016 after the

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loss of their son Jake to suicide. A Brighter Day unites stress and depression resources with teens and their parents intending to stop teen suicide. Many resources are available to help families through these troubled times. The Kallens are making those resources available.

We have all heard this. Positive thinking can affect your attitude. But optimism is not so easy for everyone. Kids can’t wait to be teenagers, and teenagers want to be adults. Then they find out that life is often hard. Harvard recently published their Spring 2022 Youth Poll, which covers politics, personal identity, LGBTQ acceptance, DEIB issues, education, and, for Generation Z, the most troubling issues around mental health. Covid-19 has left a wake of problems like the ability to interact with others – 52% of

Peter Pan Foundation Started by Leslie Noel Hansen, the PPF was founded to inspire children of all ages to find their inner talents and confidence, to help them to reach their potential and find the best versions of themselves, on and

off the stage. They are instilled with confidence, develop strength of character, and enhance creativity, all the while engaging in philanthropy. This enables them to have the strength to help others around them. Rotary Club of Lafayette The Rotary Club of Lafayette will be presenting a free concert at the Reservoir. Stand up to help the homeless and hungry in Contra Costa County. Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. “This concert is dedicated to the hundreds of volunteers helping people in need every day. Join neighbors and unite to find your way to help with the crisis of humanity.” Bring a picnic and a blanket!

The Lafayette Chamber has over 90 nonprofit members, and many of them are focused on health, mental health, hunger,

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