March 13, 2017 News & Events


Dick and Robin Holt Congratulations to our 2017 Citizens of the Year - Dick and Robin Holt!
Celebration Dinner is Friday, March 24.

Long time residents of Lafayette, Dick and Robin Holt have been individually and collectively "giving back" to our community at a pace that is hard to keep up with.  Robin has served as PTA President at Happy Valley, President of the Happy Valley Garden Club and President of the Friends of the Lafayette Library.  Dick served for many years on the city's Planning Commission, Environmental Task Force, President of Lafayette Rotary, board member of the Lafayette Community Foundation, creator of the Concert at the Res and the inspiration for building a permanent stage at the reservoir.  As Robin often says, "Volunteering in our community, it's what we do."  Read the full article about the Holts in the March issue of Lamorinda Weekly.

REGISTER NOW for the Citizens of the Years celebration dinner honoring Dick and Robin Holt on Friday, March 24 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Deadline to register is Monday, March 20.
A Day in the Life Photo Contest "Day in the Life" Photo Contest - What Does Lafayette Look Like to YOU?
Monday, March 20, All Day!

Join us for the City of Lafayette's "Day in the Life" Photo Contest. Featuring photographs taken in Lafayette on March 20, 2017 -- Spring Equinox! Photographers must live or work in Lafayette. Photographs must be taken in Lafayette and must be appropriate for general viewing. The City of Lafayette may, at its discretion, use submitted photos to display on its website or other social media. The Public Art Committee will review the entries and display photos in the art gallery at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (LLLC) in June 2017. A reception will be held on June 12, 2017.  Questions? Visit

Welcome to our Newest Member!
The following business has joined the Lafayette Chamber the week of March 6-12, 2017.
We encourage you to contact Daniel to learn more about his services.

Daniel Tejada - First Data - Credit Card Processing 

Marilyn Monroe Spas Lafayette Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7pm, 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Join us for our March Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa (formerly the Lavande Spa) on Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm.  Marilyn Monroe Spa is located at 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Bring your business cards!

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Cambiati Wellness Programs Ribbon Cutting Cambiati Wellness Programs
Thursday, March 23, 5pm-5:30pm, 3446 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Join us for a ribbon cutting at Cambiati Wellness Programs on Thursday, March 23 at 5pm. Cambiati Wellness Programs is located in near Merrill Gardens at 3446 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Cameron Burks
Coffee with Cameron Burks, City Council Member
Friday, March 24, 8am, Chamber Conference Room

Join us for Coffee with Cam Burks on Friday morning, March 24, 8am at the Lafayette Chamber Offices. Please park on the street.

Young Professionals Conference - East Bay 
Saturday, April 1, 9:30am-4pm, Roundhouse Conference Center, San Ramon

No joke, on April 1st Contra Costa will have its first Conference dedicated to young professionals. The event will be held at the Roundhouse Conference Center in San Ramon from 9:30am-4:00pm. The list of speakers is impressive with the final slot saved for Lafayette's own Jim Marggraff, Director of Product Management - Google. In addition to the presenters the conference will feature panelists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to discuss issues and ideas on how to advance your career and personal development, seek affordability, build communities, and ways to be a person of influence with purpose and passion. For more information and to register visit

The Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals "Meet Up" group now has over 200 members with entertaining and educational monthly gatherings. Check us out -


Zoonie_s in for Taste of Lafayette Taste of Lafayette Restaurant Tour - Tuesday, May 16
Lafayette Art _ Wine Festival Art and Wine Festival Weekend - September 16 and 17
  • Festival, Corporate, Stage and other sponsorship opportunities are now available for online registration.
  • Here's a shout out to the latest partners that have joined: Blodgett's Floor Coverings, Cobain Orthodontics, GSE Global Student Embassy, J Rockcliff Realty - Larry Williams Team, Mike Hustlar Catering, Rivulet Chiropractic, Solar Technologies and Sutter Health - Alta Bates.
Check out our new event page and see what opportunities are available for your business this year. Dogtown Downtown is Saturday, April 29. Rock the Plaza will be every Friday in June. The Lafayette Res Run for Education is October 22.  Lafayette Community Breakfast is November 17. It's A Wonderful Life Tree Lighting is December 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at   
Member News & Announcements

In Memoriam: Las Trampas says goodbye to Jan Erickson
During her 30 year tenure on the Las Trampas Board of Directors and after, Jan was a fundraiser, party-planner extraordinaire, and fierce advocate for people with developmental disabilities. We will miss Jan's wit, graciousness,and compassion. She truly was part of the Spirit of Las Trampas. The Celebration of Life service will be held on March 17 at 3pm in the Orinda Country Club. Memorial gifts may be made to: Las Trampas Capital Project, 3460 Lana Lane, P.O. Box 515, Lafayette, CA 94549 or the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. 

LPIE's Power Party Online Auction and Pay-to-Play Party Selection is Now Open!
Support LPIE and the education of children in the Lafayette public schools! You don't have to come to the party to support education in Lafayette. The LPIE auction is now open - you can bid on packages anywhere, from your home to your office and even on the go! Make a difference on what LPIE can fund and win some incredible items and packages! It is simple and designed to help you easily manage your bids. Go to .

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Workshops for March 2017

The Small Business Development Center has posted it's  March workshops.  View workshop schedule here. For more information contact Kelly Kalfsbeek at

Baby & Toddler Event at Misto Lino
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18 (and through the 24th), Misto Lino, 3585 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Please join Misto Lino March 17-24 at their location in the Lafayette Mercantile for an event to celebrate the little ones! Enjoy 20% off all baby and toddler merchandise including Jelly Cat, Maileg, Milk Barn, Little Giraffe, Pehr, SDH, Coral & Tusk, Sugarboo...and more! Help us kick off the event - join us this Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, for fun shopping, an exciting raffle, and special treats courtesy of SusieCakes! For more information view the flyer, call (925) 284-6565 or visit

Rivulet Chiropractic is Having a COW!
We're having a COW (Chiropractic Opportunity Week)! We're hosting a special event, March 20 - 25, at Rivulet Chiropractic, to reach out to folks who might have some misconceptions, or curiosity, about what chiropractors do. Share us with your friends, family, coworkers and anybody you think could benefit from chiropractic care! Introduce them to our office, and they will receive a complimentary consultation/exam to learn about how chiropractic care can help them.

Central San Academy
The Central San Academy six-week program is open to members of the public to learn about everything they do, including recycling water, collecting household hazardous waste, maintaining sewer pipes, and of course, cleaning wastewater. For our first session last year, we were honored by the California Special Districts Association with the Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award, and we hope to build on that success. Classes are about 2.5 hours each, held one evening a week for six weeks from April 4 to May 9, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The April 25 class is a daytime facilities tour from 12:30 to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit our website at or view a short video on the program at

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 21, 9:30am-3:30pm, Lafayette Community Center-Jennifer Russell Building, 500 St. Mary's Road
The City of Lafayette is sponsoring the American Red Cross annual blood drive. Drop ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred. To schedule your appointment go to: and enter the sponsor code: LAFAYETTE or you may call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Your donation is greatly appreciated and needed. A pint of blood donated can save up to three lives!

EMERGE Summit for Young Professionals
April 6, 2017, 8am-4:30pm, Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St, Sacramento
Metro EDGE is inviting all young professionals to an amazing day of inspirational speeches, educational breakouts and networking with fellow young professionals from the capital region. On April 6, 2017, 600 of your peers will rally together at the Emerge Summit - a day dedicated to empowering, motivating and showcasing young professionals. Spearheaded by Metro EDGE with support from the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation, the Emerge Summit is a collaborative effort of the organizing leadership of 10 regional professional programs. $100 (non-member) early-bird. Use promo code YPgroups.

Project LPIE - Be a Judge!
Project LPIE is an opportunity to recognize the talented Acalanes High School students for their project-based learning with a unique community twist! Students compete in any of the 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum. Project judging is done by professional business people with extensive expertise in the various categories.

The program is coordinated by the Lafayette Partners in Education and Acalanes High School with support from the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators and the business community in Lafayette, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st Century. Student Project Submissions Include: Acting, Applied Design, Community Service, Computer Programming, Creative Writing, Digital Design, Entrepreneur, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Photography (Digital), Science/Engineering, Video Production, Visual Arts and Vocal Music.

Projects are due April 12, judging will take place between April 19 - May 3; live auditions will take place April 19-28. All projects will be displayed and the winning projects announced during the Project LPIE Recognition Reception and Open House on May 12, from 4-6pm in the Community Room at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. To learn how to get involved, click here.

2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest
Each year the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds a civics contest for high school students.  This year the civics contest is titled Not To Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.  The topic is as follows: Consider and describe the relevance of the Japanese internment today as our nation combats terrorism. More information regarding the civics contest is located on the Ninth Circuit website:  Submissions are currently being accepted, the submission deadline is April 16. 

Responsible Beverage Service Training for California ABC Licensed Establishments
Wednesday, April 19, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Library Art & Science Room
What is the Responsible Beverage Service Training? This training provides updates on all the do's and don'ts of selling alcohol according to the law. Business owners, employees, servers, bartenders and clerks are all encouraged to participate! A free lunch will be provided and a certificate will be given upon completion of the training. RSVP to Jaime Rich at or (925) 349-7338.

2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit with Special Guest Assemblymember Tim Grayson
Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord
2017 Diablo Valley Mayors' Summit will be held on Thursday, April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Concord Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord. To reserve a seat or to sponsor this event, please contact Jay here at the chamber office at View Flyer

Grant Opportunity for Funding from the Bay Area Air Quality and Management District for the Installation of EV Charging Stations

The Air District is pleased to announce the 2017 Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing, and operating new publicly available charging stations at qualifying facilities within the Air District's jurisdiction. This program is funded through the Air District's Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund, which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of criteria pollutants from on-road vehicles. The deadline to apply is May 22. Learn more here.

JetSuite Chamber Member Benefits Offer
Chamber members can save 15% on JetsuiteX flights! Use code LAFAYETTECHAMBER. Click here to book your flight.

Friends of the Lafayette Library presents Sweet Thursday - Jil Plummer with Brenda Oum
Remember to Remember
Thursday, March 16, 7pm, Library Community Hall
Back by popular demand! Join author Jil Plummer and local business owner Brenda Oum, subject of the fictionalized true story Remember to Remember, about a courageous child who survives the Cambodian death march through the Khmer Rouge killing fields, never giving up on her dream of freedom. Free, refreshments provided. To register click HERE.

Friday Connections for Seniors Coloring Club
Friday, March 17, 1pm,Arts & Science Room
Friday Connections offers a variety of activities, games, film screenings and guest speakers for older adults. Catch up with friends over a cup of tea or meet someone new. Walk-ins always welcome! Free, every Friday at 1pm. For more information and to register click HERE.

Contra Costa Performing Arts Society - Classical Piano Concert
Saturday, March 18, 2pm, Library Community Hall
Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon with the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Master Artists Group, and be treated to an hour of classical piano favorites. Free. Sponsored by the LLLC Foundation. To register click HERE.  

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Brown Bag Luncheon SEO and Pay-per-click Free Brown Bag Luncheon Workshop
NEW DATE - Wednesday, March 29, 12noon-1pm, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Find out how to get your website to show up when customers are searching for your business. Zip2Media president and Lafayette Chamber member, Kerry Inserra, will be leading a workshop on search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) marketing at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Office, on Wednesday, March 29, from noon-1p. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning how to dramatically increase their website's visibility (and more customers) with Google, Bing and Yahoo. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

Using Facebook Live for Business Success in 5 Easy Steps
Wednesday, April 12,  6-7:30pm (check-in begins 5:50), Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center
In this workshop, we'll cover how to get started with Facebook Live for business, including what to share, how to share it - and when to go live. Instructors:  Julia Glyde, Speaker & Trainer and Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist.

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 23, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Be nice to Mother Earth! For more information visit

April Mixer at Lily Dong Photography
Wednesday, April 26, 5:30pm-7pm, 3506D Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for our April mixer at Lily Dong Photography. Bring your smile and your business cards!

Coffee with the Mayor, Mike Anderson
Friday, April 28, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday morning at 8am at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street!

Dogtown Downtown!
Saturday, April 29, 10am-12pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
Doggie Parade starts at the Lafayette Library at 10am. For more information visit

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

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

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
(925) 284-7404