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Trick or Treat Street
In place of trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic, participate in this community-wide, socially distant Halloween celebration!
Halloween’s going to be a little different this year (like just about everything else). And Lafayette Recreation has been busy planning for all the ghosts and goblins that will appear on October 31. In place of trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is invited to participate in Lafayette’s Dress Up & Drive socially distant Halloween celebration.
The idea is simple: put on your costumes, dress up your house or business, and dress up your car with all kinds of Halloween decorations – the more outrageous, the better. Then hit the road and cruise Lafayette’s spooky streets – or just stay home and watch the car-parade of ghouls from your front window. It is bound to be a haunting blast, whether you enjoy from the comfort of your haunted house or drive around town in your wicked wagon. To prepare, residents are encouraged to get their over-the-top “Spooktacular” decorations up right now to make sure you are ready for the official town tour the evening of October 31.
Make sure to register your house or business by October 23 so that it can be featured on the City’s official online Halloween Dress Up & Drive map. You can do so right here: http://bit.ly/DressUpDriveRegister. The map will be posted the week of October 26, and you can find it and all the spooky details at https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/quick-links/parks-recreation/halloween. Please remember that Lafayette’s Dress Up & Drive is a COVID-19 friendly, bring your own candy event. So please do not pass out candy, remain in your car, home, or yard, and please always maintain social distancing. And, as with every Halloween, obey all traffic laws and be aware of your surroundings. But, above all, have a blast!
No Tricks, Just Treats!
Happy Halloween from SERVPRO Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda!
At SERVPRO Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we would like to wish all of you a safe and Happy Halloween. This year is packed with fun and exciting events for the whole family and we would like to share with you a list of our neighborhood hosted events to explore!
Story Time with author Bob Barner!
Thursday Oct. 24th, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549
Designed for: Kids (5-11)
Story Time with Bob Barner! Author of the classic Dem Bones. Space is limited so register early!
Lafayette Trick or Treat Street 2019
Friday Oct. 25th, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lafayette Chamber: 251 Lafayette Circle Ste 150, Lafayette, CA 94549
Trick or Treating through local businesses on Mt. Diablo Blvd from Plaza Way to Dewing Ave, Lafayette circle and in La Fiesta square. This event is free for everyone and recommended for children 9 and under. Come in costume and don’t forget your trick or treat bag.
LYC Haunted House
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 26-27, 2019
Not So Scary – 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM - $3/person
Very Scary 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM - $5/person
Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
Cash preferred or Card taken at the door. Proceeds are donated back into Lafayette for youth-related causes.
Halloween Walk for Littles & Middles
Sunday Oct. 27th, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Orinda Theatre Square, 2 Orinda Theatre Sq. Orinda, CA 94563
Free event of trick or treating down the block. Hosted by the Orinda Theatre Squad and The Mamahood.
Disney’s ‘Coco’ Craft & Storytime 2019
Saturday Nov. 2nd, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94556
Join the Moraga Library for a story, calavera craft, and refreshments to celebrate the Day of the Dead while listening to the soundtrack from Disney and Pixar’s ‘Coco.’
If you would like any more information please feel free to check out their website at patch.com. For all the events in the East Bay.
America's next eclipse is in 2024
If you weren't able to see one of the most anticipated and unifying events this country has witnessed in nearly a hundred years, don't worry. You won't have to wait an entire century until the next one -- just seven years. Another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on April 8, 2024.
Although the last eclipse was peaking over two minutes in the path of totality, the 2024 eclipse will have peaks of 4½ minutes. In the United States, it will be visible in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA.If you're eclipse chaser who doesn't mind globetrotting, you can also catch these total solar eclipses around the world in the coming years:
- 2019: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina
- 2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic
- 2021: Antarctica
- 2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
- 2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia
- 2028: Australia, New Zealand
- 2030: Botswana, South Africa, Australia
for more information go to CNN.com
Test your escape plan often
- Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.
- Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
- Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
- It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
- If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
- Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
- Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
- In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.
How You Can Help People Affected by the North Bay Fire
Our prime purpose in life is to help others. - Dalai Lama
While dozens of fire crews go from house to house to save lives, killer wildfires continue to menace North Bay California with 26 dead and hundreds missing. The 21 fires currently burning across the northern part of the state have also destroyed more than 3,500 buildings and torched more than 191,000 acres — a collective area nearly the size of New York City. These wildfires collectively are the deadliest in California’s modern history.
- If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate on short notice.
- If you see a wildfire and haven't received evacuation orders yet, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called.
- If ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do it immediately- make sure and tell someone where you are going and when you have arrived.
- If you or someone you are with has been burned, call 9-1-1 or seek help immediately; cool and cover burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.
HOW TO HELP RIGHT NOW:
• Santa Rosa has currently met its immediate requirement for volunteers, but they ask that people interested in volunteering or donating as-needed sign up with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has a sign-in sheet here. For Sonoma County, you may call 707-573-3399 if you're hoping to volunteer.
• The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has also been called in to help. If you wish to donate or volunteer, you can register on their website.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ... “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
Help People by Donating to Hurricane Irma
Together we can make a difference. You can help by making a donation to the American Red Cross.
After Hurricane Harvey caused devastation along the Texas coast few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida over the weekend. Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide. Widespread flooding and wind damage have been reported across most of the Florida Peninsula and Southern Georgia.
With over 180 mph gust of winds and the longest cyclone around the globe, Hurricane Irma caused many lives, destroyed homes, government buildings, and businesses. As the rain continues, many people are in danger with flooding across the Southeast U.S. The amount of people injured and dead is still unknown, as death toll rises. The estimate overall cost of property damages and lost businesses may well rise up to hundreds of billions of dollars.
You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by these recent catastrophic hurricanes.
Click HERE to make a donation.
East Bay Rental Housing Trade Show
We were able to attend the 9th Annual Bay Area Trade Expo for Residential Rental Property Owners and managers in Oakland this year.
The Trade Expo took place October and was a great success! It was a wonderful opportunity to take part in a community event that allows us to meet with so many contacts and get informed about this ever-changing industry. We look forward to next year’s event!
Dont Wait, Communicate!
National Preparedness Month 2015
September is National Preparedness Month and here at SERVPRO we want to remind you to communicate with your loved ones on what to do in case of an emergency. We are always ready for any emergency and are faster to any size disaster! Make sure you have your emergency plan ready today!
When we say we are always Here to Help we mean it, we are available to you 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Next time you or someone you know has an emergency call your local SERVPRO professionals!
4th of July
Have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend.
It is important that during the holiday we stay safe and use fireworks in a manner that won't harm others.
Servpro of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda
We are happy to begin our trek into a new area as SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda! We have opened up our new offices with in Contra Costa County as SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda, and we look forward to serving this community and establishing new friendships along the way.
Our new office is located in Richmond CA closer to you and enabling us to respond to your emergency faster. Being in the East Bay area gives us the opportunity to meet and interact with new people and businesses to discuss our many services and our commitment to make your emergency damages "Like it never happened". Our staff is willing to work to aid in fire restoration, water cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, and also offer cleaning services like biohazard cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning and vandalism clean up.
Give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call if you encounter an emergency, we can handle any sized disaster!
Dial (925) 299-1323