December 4, 2017 News & Events

 
It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette was Amazing!

It was a beautiful way to kick off the holiday season with all of our friends, family and neighbors. Santa arrived on Lafayette's 1st Fire Truck, Old Betsy, with a police escort to loud cheering crowds along Golden Gate Way and Plaza Way.

Thank you to our sponsors Lafayette Realtor Dana Green and Branagh Development for helping us host this event and create Santa's Village. Thanks to the many children who filled our stage with holiday songs.

Thank you to Sunrise Rotary for offering complimentary hot cocoa to all the Plaza guests. Thanks to State Farm Agent Kelley Reed for providing coloring books and crayons along with KIND snacks for providing bars to all the children waiting to see Santa. And a shout out to Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria, Stanley School Volunteers, Boys Team Charity, NCL Acalanes Chapter, Christina Alba, Karen and Larry Blodgett, Reid Edwards, Dennis Erokan, Mo Levich, Tom Schnurr and Suzie Shepard ... thanks for all the extra effort to make this event so special.

Business Person of the Year - 2018 
Nominations due Friday, December 8, 1pm

We are accepting nominations for the 2018 Business Person of the Year award. The dinner to honor the recipient will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Submit this form by Friday, December 8, 1pm to make a nomination. View previous honorees here.
Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center Lafayette Chamber Holiday Mixer
Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
 
Join us for our 2017 Holiday Mixer at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center on Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Food from award winning restaurants and caterers! $10 for members, $20 for non members or bring at least 3 canned food items for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and your admission is free!
 

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Sign up to showcase your business_ Great opportunity for our local restaurants and caterers to showcase a special menu item or treat at our Lafayette Chamber Holiday Mixer
Mixer is Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt Diablo Blvd

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is hosting it's annual Holiday Event on Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm at the Lafayette Veteran's Memorial Center. This is a great opportunity for our local restaurants and caterers to showcase a special menu item or treat.

We usually expect around 150 guests at this event. We hope you will consider being a part of this tradition by donating a tray of hors d'oeuvres, dessert or any dish you would like to share  - as many of you have in the past.  One or two "bites" for each guest is sufficient and it also contributes to the success of this Chamber event.

The party begins at 5:30pm and we appreciate having food delivered to Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center by 5pm. We would LOVE for you to bring yourself and stay to enjoy the festivities with us but completely understand if you need to drop and run. Also, if you are unable to deliver and serve your food, let us know and we will have a volunteer pick up from your restaurant.

Any questions or to sign up please contact sara@lafayettechamber.org or barbara@lafayettechamber.org.
Lafayette Beauty Ribbon Cutting at Lafayette Beauty
Thursday, December 14, 5:30pm, 3606 Mt Diablo Blvd.

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, December 14 at 5:30pm at Lafayette Beauty, located at 3606 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Your Marketing Materials Here_
Building Our Showcase at the Lafayette Chamber Office   

At our new office location, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, we have installed a display for YOUR marketing materials. A business card display is also installed and awaiting your cards. Stop in and bring your materials for our showcase!
Advertise in the 2018 Directory Advertising Opportunities in our 2018 Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Directory  
 
Ad reservations are now being accepted for the 2018 Lafayette Chamber Directory. Advertising options are outlined on this flyer. Space is limited and sells out quickly! We will be mailing the directory to every Lafayette household in March, 2018.
 
For more information, contact barbara@lafayettechamber.org.

Member News, Events & Announcements 

Off the Couch_ Into the War for Hearts and Minds Off the Couch: Into the War for Hearts and Minds
Monday, December 4, 6pm, The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Budd MacKenzie will discuss his work with women, children and the needy in war-torn Afghanistan. He founded Trust in Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools and improving tragic lives. Khaled Hosseini, MacKenzie's friend and the author of The Kite Runner says, "He [MacKenzie] asks us to not forget that millions inside war-wracked Afghanistan, especially children and women, remain marginalized, brutalized, and in need of education, work, food, shelter." Among other recognitions, MacKenzie was awarded the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award by the Dalai Lama in 2014. RSVP here. 

LABWo December Vendor Social and Luncheon
Join the Lamorinda Business Women for their December Vendor Social and Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 11am-1:30pm at the Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr, Moraga. It's a Pot Luck Luncheon - bring a dish to share! http://bit.ly/2A7pZ2K

Saint Mary_s Basketball Saint Mary's College and Common Interest Management are hosting Lamorinda Night
Saturday, December 9 at 5:00 PM during our men's basketball game against Seattle University
Lamorinda Night will celebrate the communities of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.  Attached is a special ticket offer we've created for local businesses and groups to join us for this celebration. We hope to see you on December 9th in McKeon Pavilion for Lamorinda Night and our nationally ranked men's basketball team.

Coffee Shop is introducing "Call Ahead Coffee" at their Lafayette location
Call ahead and have your order brought to your car! Utilize the free 10-minute parking spots behind The Coffee Shop Lafayette. No need to unbuckle the kids! The Coffee Shop is located at 50 Lafayette Circle. Call 925.962.9537 to place your order. coffeeshop411.com/locations/lafayette

A Career with Rivulet Chiropractic?
Looking for a truly awesome team member with a burning desire to succeed in the healthcare field. If you are highly motivated and seek to make a difference in people's lives, then this is a great job for you. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Wordpress, mailchimp and general social media platforms are coveted. Up to 30 hours per week to start, part-time with potential for full time. Email your cover letter and resume in pdf to christina@rivuletchiro.com.

2018 Camp and School Fairs Registration Now Open
Sign up today for the 6th Annual Camp and School Fairs - Tri-Valley
Camp & School Fair, Saturday, Feb. 24, 11am-2pm, San Ramon and or the Contra Costa Camp & School Fair, Sunday, Feb. 25, 11am-2pm, Lafayette. We're looking for every kind of camp and school imaginable to present to our FREE Camp & School Fair attendees. Our audience is seeking programs from day care through college plus preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school. We've found that products and services which go hand-in-hand with education, recreation and families are an integral part of our free Camp & School Fairs and add to the complete range of services offered to our attendees. Learn more and register here.
Recycle Smart this Holiday Season - Recycle all Plastic Film

Did you know that along with plastic bottles, toys and containers, you can recycle all of the plastic packaging film in your blue recycling cart? Just bundle or "pillow" the plastic film into one plastic bag and toss it in! This includes:
  • grocery bags
  • clean produce and meat bags
  • bread bags
  • dry cleaning bags
  • newspaper bags
  • film packaging around toilet paper and paper towels
  • zip lock style bags
  • clean film packaging around food/meat products
  • film packaging around DVDs/CDs
  • bubble wrap and shipping air pockets (deflated is best)
  • plastic garbage/recycling liners
  • ice bags
  • six-pack beverage holders (cut)
  • thick plastic around beverage containers
For more information about what can be recycled in your blue recycling cart visit www.RecycleSmart.org or call Republic Services at 925-685-4711.
Space Wanted & Available 
 
Seeking Restaurant Space: 1,500 square feet
Jeff Assadi of La Finestra Ristorante is currently looking for an available restaurant to lease in Lafayette. Would like at least 1,500 square feet. Should you have information please contact Jeff at 284-5282 or email him at jeffassadi@yahoo.com.  Jeff is available for catering for corporate events, formal and informal events. www.lafinestraristorante.com

Seeking Space: 300 square feet
Local business person looking to lease a space approximately 300 square feet in Lafayette. Water source is necessary. Please contact: Marta Chavalas, marta@skincarebymarta.com or (510) 917-9791.

Lafayette Home Available For Short Term Rental
We are interested in renting our furnished home in Lafayette for three months between mid January and May 2018 while we do some long awaited travel.  Our 1850 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home near Lafayette Elementary and Stanley Middle School is an easy ½ mile walk to the center of Lafayette and BART in a fabulous neighborhood.  It would be perfect for someone with kids remodeling their home or folks wanting to have a comfortable home base to explore San Francisco and Northern California.  Rent is $3500 for one month, $3000/month if you want 2 months and $2500/month if you take all 3 months and provide minimal home maintenance tasks.  We have some flexibility, so send us a message if you have questions or are interested.

  

Hour of Code: Learn to Program!
Monday through Thursday, December 4-7, Two sessions daily in the Technology Lab
3:30pm-4:30pm or 4:30pm-5:30pm
Learn how fun computer programming is! Join us in the Tech Lab for daily sessions of coding activities for students of all ages from elementary through middle school. Tutorials can be done by yourself, or collaborate with a friend or two! Please sign up for just one session per day. To learn more about Hour of Code, visit code.org. For more info about LLLC's program click HERE or visit lafayettelib.org and search "Hour of Code."

DVC Guitar Ensemble
Thursday, December 7, 7pm, Community Hall
Enjoy the sounds of the season - and more - with the 15 member DVC Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Rick Flores. Free Program. Learn more here. 

Friends of the Lafayette Library Wonders of the World series presents Couture Korea at the Asian Art Museum
Wednesday, December 13, 2pm, Community Hall
Featuring more than 120 works, Couture Korea showcases both historical Korean fashion and modern reinterpretations, and considers fashion as an enduring expression of social and cultural values. Register here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, December 13, 5pm, Arts & Science Room
Star Wars Episode 8 "The Last Jedi" is premiering December 15th. Come watch Episode 7 "The Force Awakens" with us and fellow fans in the Arts & Sciences Discovery Center on the Mezzanine Level.
Register here.


 
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Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed December 25 - January 1 for the Christmas/New Year's Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9am. We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at sara@lafayettechamber.org.    

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cell phone number to Sara at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
(925) 284-7404