News & Events from the Lafayette Chamber
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Monday, April 9, 2018
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm

(925) 284-7404
Social Media Workshop Series: Online Security Best Practices for Local Businesses
Wednesday, April 11, 6pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Homework Center

As a local business, you have a lot to manage online. Email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Suite and Analytics, WordPress sites, Amazon, online vendors, online banking, and many more cyber utilities we use on a daily basis are constantly vulnerable to attacks and breaches, which can wreak havoc on our personal and professional lives. How do you keep all of these logins or identities safe, secure, and out of the hands of those pesky and nefarious hackers? How do you safely share logins with employees? How do you verify that your account logins are always you and not someone else? How do you prevent your browsers from being hacked? How about people getting on your WiFi networks without your knowledge? At this open-forum class with Neighborhood Computers, we will discuss how to structure your web and technical identities in a secure way for today’s world and learn better practices for your business. 6-7:30pm, Library Homework Center. Speaker: Grant Stubblefield, Neighborhood Computers, ncsupport.com. The event is free but registration is requested.
KKDV Coffee Break
KKDV’s Ultimate Coffee Break at the Chamber Office
Thursday, April 12, 10am-11am, Lafayette Chamber Office, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150

Join us for KKDV’s Ultimate Coffee Break on Thursday, April 12 from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Chamber office. Coffee and Bundtini’s will be served!
Lamorinda Business Forum - Non-Profit Best Practices
Monday April 16, 5pm-7pm, Orinda Community Center - Room 7

Meet with foundations and non-profits of Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga to discuss fundraising, marketing practices and more. The Lamorinda Business Forums are opened to chamber members and their invitees. Free to attend! Learn more here.
Lafayette Chamber Tuesday Talks!
Tuesdays, 12pm-1pm, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150

Tech Talks: Best Technology Practices 2018 – Passwords
Tuesday, April 17, 12noon-1pm, Chamber Conference Room, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150
Want an insight into the world of enterprise technology solutions? Want to know how to keep your computer running smooth, efficient, and secure? How about managing all of those pesky passwords you need to remember? The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Neighborhood Computers will host an open forum and discussion about the best IT practices for your home or office computer regarding passwords. Register here.

Upcoming Tuesday Talks:
Tuesday, June 19 - Security Starts with You

Each Tuesday Talk is limited to 10 participants! Click the event name to register.
Lafayette Chamber Office - 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150
Welcome to Our Newest Chamber Members!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Lafayette Chamber Members. The following have joined the week of April 2-6. Visit their website for more information!

Blazin Jayz LLC #2 - Smoke Shop
New Day for Children - Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs
PauseNow - A Mobile Meditation Center - Health Care / Wellness

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Wednesday, April 25, 5:30pm, 3559 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste 100

Join us for our April Monthly Mixer at Lafayette Pack & Ship! Bring your business cards!

Don Tatzin
Friday, April 27, 8am-9am, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room (251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150)
Bring your questions for your elected officials and found out what is happening in Lafayette! Yes, coffee is provided!
Early Bird Tickets Now Available for Taste of Lafayette!

Lafayette’s favorite dinner party, the Taste of Lafayette, will be held on Tuesday May 15, 5:30pm-9pm. Start at the Taste Pavilion, near the Bank of the West in Downtown Lafayette, for a hosted reception with music, appetizers, wine and beer. Then stroll down Lafayette’s Restaurant Row, savoring samplings from 25+ restaurants. Get your tickets before they are sold out! Early bird tickets only available through April 30.
Taste of Lafayette Participant
Restaurants - Sign Up Now for Taste of Lafayette!

Wow! We can’t wait for next month’s restaurant tour.
 

Thanks to our event sponsors: Tom Stack Coldwell Banker , Republic Services and Cobain Orthodontics. Other sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Sara for more details.
Lafayette City Councilmembers
Mark for Calendar for Dogtown Downtown!
Saturday, May 19, 9:30am-12noon, Lafayette Plaza (corner of Mt Diablo Blvd and Moraga Road)

Yoga starts at the Library Pavilion at 9:30am. We welcome all to join in the FREE Parade at 10am. Demonstrations. Contests. Dog adoptions. We still have a couple of vendor spots open, if interested please contact Sara.

Stop by the Lafayette Library to get YOUR PICTURE taken in the Doghouse… our City Council is pictured here from last year.
2018 Diablo Valley Mayor’s Summit – Sponsorships Available
Save the date – Wednesday, May 9, 11:30am -1:30pm, Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill

Along with the Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek Chambers, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner for this year’s 2018 Diablo Valley Mayor’s Summit with Special Guests Assemblymember Tim Grayson and Contra Costa County Supervisor- Karen Mitchoff. Mayor’s Edi Birsan from Concord, Rob Schroder from Martinez, Tim Flaherty from Pleasant Hill, Justin Wedel from Walnut Creek and our own Don Tatzin will make up the panel discussion. The event will be held at the Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill from 11:30am -1:30pm. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person for chamber members and $60 for non-members. Sponsorships are offered to chamber members at $1,500 and include a reserved table of 10, priority seating, logo in pre-promotion, program and acknowledgement on the day of the event. If you are interested, please give Sara a call at (925) 284-7404. View flyer.
Office Space Available at 1078 Carol Lane
Looking for shared office space in Lafayette?

Excellent opportunity to get office space in Lafayette with plenty of parking. 1078 Carol Lane has a space that is over 500 square feet that has an office that would be shared with a one man business that has been a tenant for 22 years. Rent is very reasonable with room for one to three people. This property is on the East End of town. If you are interested, please contact Warren Bochin at 925-200-1975, wboschin@earthlink.net.
Member News, Events & Announcements
Lamorinda Entrepreneurs Speaker Event: The Business of Making Things
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda
Lamorinda Entrepreneurs continues its 2018 schedule with a lively discussion with local business owners who make physical products as part of their successful companies. Learn about the challenges, opportunities and strategies in manufacturing, sales, marketing and operations for these businesses. No host bar. Please note Orinda Country Club dress code: collared shirts for men and no denims. Learn more and register at http://lamorindaentrepreneurs.com.

Mt. Diablo Business Women Business Networking Lunch
Wednesday, April 11, 11:30am–1pm, Massimo Ristorante, 1604 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
Networking, lunch, and featured speaker business development coach, Susan Danzig, on “Confidently Communicating Your Value and Your Pricing to Clients.” Registration deadline: Sunday, April 8. To register, go to: http://mtdiablobusinesswomen.org, and scroll down to “Upcoming Events.” For more information, contact Miriam Schaffer at 925-457-1027.

Age Defying Secrets - The key to looking your best at any age!
Thursday, April 12, 6:30pm-8pm, Lafayette Beauty
Do you wonder what is appropriate to wear at your age? Or, if you should let your hair grow its natural gray color? Many women today want to age gracefully but are not sure if they are making the best choices with their hair, make-up and wardrobe to look their absolute best. Learn a few age defying secrets can help you master a flawless image. Learn more and register here.

Lamorinda Business Women's April Networking Event: From Networking to Closing the Sale: How to Bridge the Gap
Friday, April 13, 9am-11am, St. Marks United Methodist Church in Orinda, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda. During this highly interactive meeting we will cover: Qualifying – Are you talking to the right company to do business with? Discovering – How does your value proposition align with the potential client’s specific pain points? Negotiating the Price. Closing the Sale. Speaker: Richard Harris, Founder/Sales Consultant, Harris Consulting Group. RSVP by Wednesday, April 11.

ABOUTFACE
The Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is again offering two-day painting workshops at no cost to all Contra Costa Veterans. No art experience required. Bring your family to join in on the fun and paint a portrait too! All painting material will be provided.

April 14, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Concord Veterans Center, 1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 106, Concord , CA and April 22 & 29, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, NIAD Art Center, 551 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 94804, More times & locations at AC5.org.

If you are a Veteran living or working in Contra Costa County visit AC5.org or call (925) 646-2278, or email Staff@AC5.cccounty.us. Register here.

Girls Mean Business
The Girls Makers Market will host their inaugural event this May – a marketplace where young entrepreneurs can share ideas and sell their wares. Born out of a social media discussion among local parents, this group has quickly mobilized to plan a series of events supporting girls with existing businesses, as well as those who wish to get a business kick-started. The first event will be a mini-marketing session, led by some of the “girlpreneurs” who are already selling on Etsy or at local farmers markets. The group’s main event is a makers market – where these budding entrepreneurs will showcase their products to friends, family and the local community. The girls will be encouraged to donate a portion of their earnings to a charity of the group’s choosing. Mini-marketing training session: Sunday, April 15, 4:30 - 6:00 pm. 2018 Spring Makers Market: Sunday, May 6, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn more here.

Pleasant Hill Chamber presents Get Your Business Online with Google, Free Intro to Online Marketing
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00 -1:30pm, John F. Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill
Learn how to market your business and connect with customers online. Join us for a free workshop to get started and improve your online presence. For more details, contact the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce at (925) 687-0700. Register by Friday, March 30. View flyer.

Grand Reopening Celebration at Sanctuaire Spa in Lafayette (formerly Marilyn Monroe Spa)
Wednesday, April 18, 4pm-8pm
Celebrate the grand reopening of the luxurious Sanctuaire Spa. Explore our spacious 2,000 sq. foot spa equipped with a relaxation lounge, sauna and steam rooms, single and couple treatment rooms, a hair and blow dry salon, and pedicure and manicure room. Learn from experts in therapeutic massages, skin treatments, and more on your options for maintaining full body wellness. Win prizes and get free swag from Jan Marini Skin Research and Farm House Fresh skincare. Get deep discounts on spa memberships, products, and services offered at this event only. Receive up to 20% on treatment packages, group and parties, and much more! The first 70 attendees will receive a free swag bag from Jan Marini Skin Research. Learn more here.

Fight ID Theft with your Better Business Bureau - Free On-the-Spot Shredding Event!
Saturday April 21, 10am-2pm, Concord City Hall, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord
The first rule in identity protection - If you don’t need it, destroy it responsibly. YOU are your own best defense against identity theft! Bring up to five bankers boxes/bags of paper documents (or equivalent) per household, and we’ll shred it for you on the spot - for FREE!  Paper only - binders will not be shredded. Please remove all metal clips (paper clips okay). This is a green event - all paper is recycled. Learn more here.

Lafayette Rotary’s Concert at the Res - Saturday, May 12, 11:00am -3:00pm
This year’s event includes the award-winning jazz band from Acalanes High School, the Rossmoor Big Band/Generations in Jazz, the Bentley High Jazz combo, the Stanley middle school Symphonic Orchestra who will be joined again this year by the Westlake Middle school from Oakland, the stunning dancers from the Performance Academy, and the talented Town Hall Education performers. The event takes place on the Reservoir Stage that the Rotary Club build and the money raised goes to buying musical instruments for our local schools. Golf carts are available for transportation up to the stage from the parking lot. This annual event, FREE TO THE PUBLIC, is presented by the Lafayette Rotary Club and is financially sponsored by Diablo Foods, Oakwood Athletic Club, Cortese Investments, Lafayette Car Wash and Detail Center, Concord BMW, Minuteman Press, Lamorinda Weekly, Orchard Nursery, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and the generosity of many local and anonymous individuals.
Save the date for these upcoming Chamber Events

Locanda Positano Ribbon Cutting/Open House, Thursday, May 3, 5:30pm, 1003 Brown Ave

Alex Rose Interior Design Studio Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, May 10, 5:30pm, 3416 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite D 

Taste of Lafayette, Tuesday, May 15, 5:30pm-9:00pm, Register here.

Dogtown Downtown, Saturday, May 19, 9:30am-12noon

Premier Kitchen Mixer, Wednesday, May 23, 5:30pm–7pm, Amphora will be present to offer olive oil tastes, 3373 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Modern Tone Studio Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, May 31, 5:30 pm, 1018-B Almanor Lane (behind Jack in the Box)
Night at the Library
Saturday, June 2, 2018 
Join fellow Lafayette business leaders and support the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Did you know that no other organization brings more people into downtown throughout the year than the Lafayette Library? Give back with a business sponsorship - includes two tickets to the coolest party of the summer with gourmet food, music, dancing under the stars, and much more. Purchase today: tinyurl.com/Night2018. For information call: 925-283-6513 ext.102.

AARP Free Tax Assistance
Fridays, through April 13, 10am-3:30pm, Oak Room
IRS-certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free tax preparation for low-moderate income Contra Costa County residents. This service is offered to people of all ages, with special attention to those 50+. One appointment per tax return can be scheduled. Walk-ins accepted, but priority is given to those with an appointment. Please call the main desk at 925-385-2280 to register.

Contra Costa Master Gardeners: Edible Flowers
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm-8pm, Arts & Science Room
We all know beautiful flowers enhance our gardens, but many people are unaware of how to use flowers in the kitchen. Join Master Gardener Holly Sauer for a fascinating discussion on the many types of flowers that are actually edible. Holly will show you fun ways to enjoy and enhance your culinary efforts with beautiful flowers year round. Register here.

WOW Presents: The Art of Rube Goldberg at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Wednesday, April 11, 2pm, Community Hall
San Francisco native and UC Berkeley graduate Rube Goldberg is best known for his "invention drawings" - overly complicated chain-reaction machines designed to perform simple tasks. However, Goldberg was also a versatile and celebrated cartoonist whose work addressed fashion, sports, politics, gender roles, and other aspects of modern life. This exhibit is the first comprehensive retrospective of Goldberg's work since 1970, and brings together never-before-exhibited original drawings and preparatory sketches alongside rare photographs, films, letters, and memorabilia from the Goldberg family archives. Register here.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and Diablo Ballet present "The Red Shoes" - Film and Presentation
Friday, April 13, 1pm-3pm, Community Hall
An up-and-coming ballerina gives everything to succeed and pays the ultimate price in the visually stunning, 1948 Academy Award winning film "The Red Shoes" starring Moira Shearer. A pre-screening talk by Diablo Ballet’s Robert Dekkers and Lauren Jonas provides fascinating information about the making of this masterpiece, and shares details about Diablo Ballet’s world premiere of their live ballet version of The Red Shoes, premiering this May 4th and 5th. Registration required, $5 payable at the door. Register here.
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