Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our January , 2018 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in February, 2018, we would be happy to include you in our February issue - please submit your event by January 19 to info@lafayettechamber.org .
"Impressions-Expressions" at the Moraga Art Gallery
Now through January 6, Moraga Art Gallery, Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga

The Moraga Art Gallery presents "Impressions-Expressions," highlighting Lafayette resident K. de Groot's Asian-accented jewelry, enticing, light-infused paintings by Carol Tarzier, and a bounty of artistic gifts for the holidays. The exhibit, which also includes work by the gallery's thirteen member artists and several guest artists, runs now through January 6.  The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Through November, hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Extended December hours are from 10:00 to 6:00 daily. For more information visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.
Call for Entries for Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest
Entries will be accepted from now until January 14

Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) will host their 3rd Annual ShortDocs Film Fest at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on February 11, 2018 at 3pm. This documentary film festival provides local filmmakers an opportunity to create new work as well as showcase it at a community screening. Entries for the Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest will be accepted from now until January 14th. The competition is open to anyone five years of age or older who is living, working or attending school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga. Film submissions will be judged in one of four categories: elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult.  One student made film will also be selected as an Audience Favorite. www.lamorindaarts.org/shortdocs
Winter Registration now open for Lafayette Recreation 
 
Winter registration is open and they have a ton of indoor sports, after school programs, and other various programs for all ages! View classes and register at www.lafayetterec.org.
Do You Like to Sing?

Contra Costa Children's Chorus, a non-profit community based organization for boys and girls 6-15, now in its 34th. year, is accepting new members for the fall semester.  Besides singing and performing music of all genres, music theory skills are taught at every regular rehearsal. This emphasis helps to provide a unique choral music education experience that produces well-rounded young musicians and choral singers. Rehearsals are held weekly in Lafayette at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane.  Placement interviews are being held during the month of January. Choristers are placed in levels that are age appropriate. No experience is needed for our first 3 levels. For more information, visit www.childrenschorus.org and fill out the registration form under  "Join Us" or email frontdesk@childrenschorus.org.
"Intention" Exhibit of new work by Dee Tivenan, Jennifer Perlmutter, Victoria Huckins, Merl Ross and others.
January 6 - 27, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

The Elephant in the Room, A conversation series, begins January 15th and will address a variety of topics including racism, art world elitism, and our own fears for 2018. Check the website for details: www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com
Fundraising Crab Feed in Benefit of The Sentinels of Freedom
Saturday, January 6, 5pm-11:30pm, Our Savior's Lutheran Church

What's more American then saying Thank You? Someone who understands the price of freedom. Thank your local heroes at the annual Fundraising Crab Feed in benefit of the Sentinels of Freedom. Enjoy live music by Jackson Rohm, delicious food and wine with family and friends. Enter the raffle to win prizes! Tickets at (925) 708-2491.
Lafayette School District Community Engagement Meetings
Monday, January 8, 9am and 6:30pm, Stanley Middle School, 3577 School St.

The Lafayette School District, serving children in grades TK-8, will be holding two Community Engagement Meetings at 9am and 6:30pm., on Monday, January 8 in the Stanley Middle School Library, 3577 School St., Lafayette. With state funding for local schools in constant flux, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the current state of LOCAL FUNDING FOR LAFAYETTE SCHOOLS and provide input on Lafayette School District's feasibility study, currently underway, to identify local funding solutions that will help protect the local quality of education provided in Lafayette's four elementary schools and Stanley Middle School. Both meetings will provide the same information.
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care. Become a CASA Volunteer. 
 
You have the powerful opportunity to impact the life of a vulnerable child when you volunteer with CASA of Contra Costa County. CASA volunteers may be the only reliable and stable presence in a child's life to help encourage, support and motivate them to keep going.

Learn more. Sign up here to attend one of our upcoming info sessions.
Monday, January 8, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, January 26, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Webinar


You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. http://cccocasa.org/menus/become-a-volunteer.html

Lamorinda CERT Program: Re-Unification of School Children and Re-Population following a Large-Scale Evacuation
Monday, January 8, 7pm, Orinda Library Garden Room

Have you ever wondered how law enforcement plans to bring families back into neighborhoods following a major fire? How about how we plan to re-unite families following a tragic event such as an Active Shooter on Campus?  Over the last few years, we have seen significant efforts to understand the various phases of an emergency and how those phases can be managed better.  Specifically, research has shown that communities who are rehearsed in the reunification and repopulation phases of Emergency Management more efficiently move into the recovery phase.  During this program you'll learn how this will be done and CERT members will receive certification to provide assistance to our Lamorinda Agencies. Presentation by Chief Eric Christenson, Lafayette Police Department. RSVP here.
Appointments Training
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room, 1644 N Broadway

Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission? Want to know more about how the process works? How do you access the application? Where to find vacancies? How do you navigate the process? Who can help?
Please join California Women Lead and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for an appointments training to learn the process that one should take to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. With the number of women in government decreasing, we want to empower women to apply for appointments to reach gender equality on boards and commissions. This training is free and open to the public. No Admittance without Prior RSVP. To RSVP visit www.cawomenlead.org/event/WalnutCreekAppointmentsTraining.
"Israel's Place in the World" with Shlomi Kofman - Israel's Consul General in San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest 
Thursday, January 11, 7pm, Temple Isaiah Sanctuary at 945 Risa Road, Lafayette

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Community dessert reception to follow. Sponsored by Temple Isaiah's Israel and World Jewry Committee and Women of Isaiah. More details and R.S.V.P. at temple-isaiah.org/israelandworldjewry.
Seeking Volunteers for Homeless Point In Time Count!

Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division Contra Costa Health Services is seeking volunteers to help with their annual Homeless Point in Time Count in late January.  Volunteers will be trained on how to administer a short survey and then be stationed at specific community sites with other volunteers to conduct the surveys.  This survey provides valuable information on the scope of homelessness, particularly around the number of unsheltered people on the streets and the progress being made to end homelessness. It is also used by local agencies to help plan services and programs appropriately, address strengths and gaps, increase public awareness, and attract resources to help end homelessness.

Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys on Wednesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 25th.  Volunteers who want to participate will need to attend a training the week of January 15th before being able to administer the survey, even if they've volunteered with the Point In Time count before.  We will be in touch with volunteer training information as the event gets closer.

To get more information and to volunteer, please go to this form: https://goo.gl/forms/VPvLU8b3Lx5fyXtv2.
Free Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary Swim Team
Friday, January 26, 6pm, Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church

Join SEED, Lafayette's Special Education and Enrichment Foundation, on Friday, January 26 at 6pm for a free screening of the award-winning documentary Swim Team! Swim Team chronicles the overwhelming struggles and extraordinary triumphs of three young athletes with autism and shows how a swim team can bring hope to a community. Screening will be held at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church in the Youth Room (Room 201). Respite care will be provided at LOPC the same evening - contact dave@lopc.org for more information. To attend the screening click here.
7th & 8th Grade Tri-City Dance
Friday, January 26, 7pm-9pm, Lafayette Community Center

The 7th & 8th Grade Tri-City Dance presented by the Youth Commission will be held on Friday, January 26 from 7pm-9pm. Learn more and register at www.lafayetterec.org.
Petty Theft: Tribute to Tom Petty
Friday, January 26 & Saturday, Jan 27, Doors open 7pm, Music 8pm

An Evening in tribute to Tom Petty! Don't miss The Bay Area's BEST tribute band to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers! $30 Advance $35 At-Door. www.townhalltheatre.com/music-comedy
Jump start your Valentine's at Super Valentine's Boutique
Sunday, January 28, 11am-4pm, Concord Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd.

Valentine's Day comes early this year with the ultimate local shopping experience at the 2nd annual free Super Valentine's Boutique on Sunday, Jan. 28, in the elegant Hilton Concord Golden Gate Ballroom. Shoppers will be able to pamper themselves and buy gifts for their Valentine's Sweethearts. The Boutique is open from 11am- 4pm with free admission and free parking. Donation of food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will earn the donor additional raffle tickets. www.SuperValentinesBoutique.com
Help Save Homeless Lives Through Cold Weather Clothing Program

White Pony Express (WPE), headquartered in Pleasant Hill, has just launched its third Cold Weather Clothing Program (CWCP) for the upcoming winter.   The program's focus is to help the homeless in Contra Costa County endure the cold and often wet winter.

WPE's ambitious program, being handled by its "Free General Store" (FGS), is to distribute at least 10,000 to the homeless articles for the 2017-18 winter, such as warm coats, pants, shirts, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, underwear, and boots.   

WPE is primarily asking for monetary donations to help with purchases of clothing for WPE's Cold Weather Clothing Project.   These can be sent to White Pony Express, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd., #101, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.  Donations of coats, etc., are also being accepted, but they need to be new or like-new donations of cold weather clothing.   This excludes stained, torn, or clothing that shows wear.  Garments should be in a condition that might be given to a close family member.  Donations of new or like-new clothing can be delivered to Suite 101, 3380 Vincent Road, Pleasant Hill, during hours of operation listed here.

Volunteers are also needed for WPE's Food Rescue program, which picks up 5,000 lb. of surplus fresh food (fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy/deli/dry goods, bread/pastries and eggs) every day and then delivers it to nonprofits that feed the hungry in our county-all free of charge.  In just over 4 years, WPE has rescued more than 5,200,000 lb. of quality, nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.

Those wishing to volunteer for WPE should contact Mandy Nakaya at (925) 818-6361 or at Mandy@whiteponyexpress.org. For more information about WPE, visit www.whiteponyexpress.org.

Social Media Workshop: Events, Social Media & You
Wednesday, January 10, 6pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Homework Center
Easy steps to use social media to get the most from 2018 events, whether you're the host, presenter, vendor or attendee. Speaker: Robin S Fox, Digital Strategist .

Ribbon Cutting at Sharp Barber Shop
Thursday, January 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm, 1001 Oak Hill Road
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at Sharp Barber Shop located at 1001 Oak Hill Road in Lafayette on Thursday, January 11 at 5:30pm.

Chamber Office Closure: We will be closed on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Ribbon Cutting at Sage Studio Spa
Thursday, January 18, 5:30pm-6pm, 3744 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #102
Join us for a ribbon cutting at Sage Studio Spa on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30pm. They are located at 3744 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #102.

Open House at the Lafayette Chamber Office
January 24, 5pm-6:30pm, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150
Join us for an open house on Wednesday, January 24, 5pm at the NEW Lafayette Chamber Office, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150.

Ribbon Cutting at US Cryotherapy
January 25, 5:30pm-6pm, 7001 Sunne Lane, Suite 112
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at US Cryotherapy, 7001 Sunne Lane, Suite 112 in Walnut Creek on Thursday, January 25 at 5:30pm.

Business Issues Committee Meeting
Friday, January 26, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Office, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150
We will discuss issues that affect the business community often hosting the Mayor for questions and answers.

7th Annual Lamorinda Home Expo '18
January 28, 10am-4pm    
The 7th Annual Lamorinda Home Expo will be held on Sunday, January 28 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center from 10am-4pm. Meet over 40 professionals from the home improvement industry!

If you have any questions about the Lafayette Chamber events, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at sara@lafayettechamber.org.    


What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.
Jay Lifson, Executive Director