News & Events from the Lafayette Chamber
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm
Closed Monday, February 19 for President's Day

Nominations Due for Citizen of the Year!

Nominations are now being accepted for our 2018 Lafayette Citizen of the Year. Do you have a person in mind for this year’s nomination?

  • Must be a current Lafayette resident.
  • Must be someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop.
  • Must be someone who models excellence in everything they do.
  • Must be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.
 
A celebration dinner will be held March 23 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa to honor the winner! The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 16 at 1:00pm. Nominations can be sent to jennifer@lamorindaweekly.com.
Verify Your Member Directory Information!
Lafayette Chamber Directory
We are finalizing our member information for the printed 2018-2019 Lafayette Chamber Directory. Not kidding, we really are! If you have not verified your contact information with the Chamber please do so this week.

This Directory is a printed booklet that will be delivered to every Lafayette household this spring.

Call the office at (925) 284-7404 or email Linda@LafayetteChamber.org.
 
Advertising Opportunities in our 2018 Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Directory
Directory Advertising
Ad reservations are now due for the 2018 Lafayette Chamber Directory. Yes, this is a printed piece!

Advertising options are outlined on this flyer. Only a few advertising spaces remain, please call us today! We will be delivering the directory to every Lafayette household this spring.
 
For more information, contact Barbara@LafayetteChamber.org .
The Chamber Welcomes our Newest Members!
Welcome to the Lafayette Chamber
  The following businesses have joined the Lafayette Chamber the week of
February 5-9. Please join us in welcoming them!

Dudum Real Estate Group - Real Estate Services
Locanda Positano - Restaurants

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, February 23, 8am-9am, Chamber Conference Room

Join us for Coffee with the Lafayette Mayor, Don Tatzin! Yes, coffee is provided!
February Mixer at Reliable Receptionist
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30pm-7pm, Hosted at Victory Workspace, 1261 Locust, Walnut Creek

Do you ever get frustrated when you call a business and can’t reach a live person? Reliable Receptionist helps local business owners look more professional with our small, dedicated team. Forget missed calls or costly interruptions - we capture new business without the expense and headache of hiring an on-site employee. We specialize in assisting contractors, chiropractors, and attorneys.

Join Chamber members and guests for our first Chamber mixer of 2018 on February 28, 5:30pm-7pm at Reliable Receptionist, hosted at Victory Workspace, 1261 Locust, Walnut Creek. 
Order Your Own Lafayette Flag!
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the City of Lafayette, the City is offering flags with the City logo on them. Two sizes, 3x5 feet and 5x8 feet. See attached form for cost and ordering information.

Flags are digitally printed with the Lafayette City logo printed in color on a white background on heavy nylon, bound around the perimeter and fitted with brass grommets on one end. The flag has about a one year outdoor life span on a pole. Deadline to order is Tuesday, April 3. Personal delivery in 3 to 4 weeks. Deliver or mail the form and your payment to the Lafayette Chamber or call for payment Credit Card payment.
Tech Talks: Best Technology Practices 2018
Third Tuesday of each month, starting March 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Lafayette 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? And which updates do you really need to perform on your Mac or PC? The Lafayette Chamber and Neighborhood Computers will host an open forum and discussion about the best IT practices for your home or office computer regarding security, backup, and syncing. Join us for our first Tech Talks and come learn with us!

Tuesday, March 20  Best Practices
Tuesday, April 17  Passwords
Tuesday, June 19  Security Starts with You

Each Tech Talk is limited to 10 participants!
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 avaible through April 30.
Restaurants - Sign Up Now for Taste of Lafayette

Local restaurants - join us for the Taste of Lafayette on Tuesday, May 15. Restaurants are asked to provide 500 small bites to Taste participants between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Call the Chamber to confirm your participation. (925) 284-7404
Member News, Events & Announcements
Lamorinda Entrepreneurs: Open Mic Night & Social
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Lafayette Library Arts & Science Discovery Center
What keeps you up at night? What's your biggest painpoint? Have a recent breakthrough you'd like to share? Lamorinda Entrepreneurs presents a unique opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and even take the stage to present your issue and seek some immediate feedback. Every attendee can sign up and secure a 5 minute spot to take the mic and share a current achievement or challenge in a collaborative, supportive setting. Audience members will share insights, feedback and advice to each presenter.
Refreshments will be provided. Come join us-- there's collective power and knowledge in our community of entrepreneurs and business owners! Use the promo code Chamber to get 50% off the usual $10. Sign up here. Learn more here.

Take the Mystery Out of Tax Planning for Your Business
Friday, February 16, 9am-11am, St. Marks United Methodist Church, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda
Lamorinda Business Women's February gathering will feature a talk by Bailey & Brown, LLP. Please RSVP here by Wednesday, Feb. 14. We hope to see you there! Learn more and RSVP here.

Don’t Miss Diablo Women 2018, An Advertising Opportunity and Event Invitation
Publicize your professional successes and personal achievements by participating in this years Diablo Women, a special advertising section honoring Bay Area women. This iconic east bay promotional opportunity is a cost effective way to put the powerful, creative, and interesting women associated with your business in front of over 120,000 readers of Diablo Magazine. All advertisers will be invited to attend a special evening of conversation, networking, and presentations. Reserve your profile by March 9. Profiles will run in the May edition. The Diablo Women event is scheduled for May. For more information please call your account rep at (925) 943-1111.

Lamorinda Arts Council's 15th annual High School Visual Arts Competition
The High School Visual Arts Competition is open to all high school students living in and/or attending public or private school, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District, in the Lamorinda area, defined as Moraga, Lafayete and Orinda. The registration deadline is February 23rd at midnight. Students will exhibit their work at the Orinda Library Gallery from March 1st to 26th. An Artists & Awards Reception will be held at the gallery on March 7th from 7-8:30pm. Learn more here.

Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business at Saint Mary's College Conference on Business and Human Rights
Thursday, March 1, 12:30pm-7:30pm, Soda Activity Center: Plaza, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga
The conference aims to promote a dialogue that embeds human rights issues in broader philosophical, ethical, and Catholic frameworks. The half-day conference will have two panel sessions followed by a keynote speech. Learn more here.

Connected Horse programs at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda
Based on the innovative Connected Horse Research at UC Davis, Xenophon is offering 4 week Equine Assisted Workshops for people with early stage dementia and their care partners. No horse experience necessary, all activities from the ground, no riding. Participants must be ambulatory and have the physical stamina to be at the barn for 2-3 hours. Care givers and persons with dementia must be able to participate as a pair. This new experience offers participants the opportunity to benefit from non riding activities with horses. Benefits can include improved non verbal communication, increased confidence, improved sleep and reduced feelings of depression or anxiety. View Flyer. If interested in participating, please contact (925) 377-0871, info@xenophontrc.org.

Town Hall Theatre Opening Night Season Announcement
Saturday, March 3
Artistic Director, Susan E. Evans will be your host Opening Night as she announces the shows for the 2018/19 Season! Join Town Hall Theatre for this special evening as we continue to elevate your experience at Town Hall Theatre! Get your tickets here.

Orinda Trivia Bee
Friday, April 6, Doors open at 5pm, Family Style Dinner at 6pm, Game at 7pm, Orinda Masonic Lodge, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda
Orinda Rotary and Orinda Chamber present the Orinda Trivia Bee. Not to BEE missed! $360 per team dinner included! Winners take a Cash Prize for the Non-Profit of their choice. To register, contact the Orinda Chamber at (925) 254-3909 or click here.

2018 Moraga Community Faire & Car Show
Saturday, May 12, 11am-4pm, Rheem Valley Shopping Center
Save the date! The 12th Annual Moraga Community Faire & Car Show put on by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce will be on Saturday, May 12th, 11:00-4:00pm at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center! This popular community event attracts over 2,500 local residents each year, will have live music, kid’s activities – including the popular pony rides, local art, Moraga youth, schools and Saint Mary’s College, wine tasting, food trucks, as well as our local businesses, non-profits and service organizations – and almost 100 stunning classic cars! The event is open to Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette based businesses, and Moraga Chamber Members. Booth and Sponsor forms will be available soon! For more information visit www.MoragaChamber.org.
Winter Photography Contest
Now through February 14, 2018
Teens – take your best shot! Use winter as your theme and take whatever photo evokes that theme. Three winners will be selected. Lafayette visual arts teachers from the local middle schools and high schools will help judge. Winners' photos will be displayed in the Teen Center for two weeks. Photos can either be e-mailed to pbrogan@ccclib.org with the Subject Line “Winter Photography Contest” or brought in to the Lafayette Library (max size of 8.5″x11″). Submissions are due by February 14. Learn more here.

AARP Free Tax Assistance
Fridays, through April 13, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM 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.

Teens: Help the Homeless
Wednesday, February 14, 4pm-5pm, Teen Center
This Valentine's Day, show some love by writing letters and cards, and help put together care packages for the homeless served by the Trinity Center. The Trinity Center requests the following donated items for care packages: toiletries, snacks, socks, gloves and hand warmers. Items can be brought in advance to the Information Desk to the attention of Patrick. For Grades 6-12. Learn more here.

Documentary Film: Sinking of the Gustloff
Thursday, February 15, 6pm, Arts & Science
Learn about one of the greatest maritime disasters ever in this gripping documentary film about the 1945 sinking of a German transport carrying nearly 9,000 refugees by a Soviet submarine. The film follows three survivors as they return to the site of tragedy for the first time since the sinking. Popcorn and licorice will be served. This film is for high school students as part of the Lamorinda Teens Read "One Community*One Book" program. Learn more here.

Friends of the Lafayette Library Sweet Thursday presents John Lescroart Poison
Thursday, February 15, 7pm, Community Hall
NY Times best-selling author John Lescroart will discuss his latest riveting crime novel Poison, in which attorney Dismas Hardy returns to investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects. Poison will keep you guessing until the very end! Learn more here.
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