News & Events from the Lafayette Chamber
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Monday, March 12, 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: DIY Social Media Visuals
Wednesday, March 14, 6-7:30pm, Library Homework Center

Step by step! Free tools and tips for creating images to share on different social media platforms and your website/blog. Speaker: Robin S Fox, Digital Strategist. This workshop is free but registration is encouraged.
Coffee with Vice Mayor Cam Burks
Friday, March 16, 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. Free and coffee is served!
Congratulations to our 2018 Citizen of the Year – Don Jenkins!

A celebration in his honor will be held on Friday, April 13 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. Registration deadline is Friday, April 6, but we encourage you to register early as we expect the event to sell out! Pictured here is Don Jenkins and his wife Becky.

The Chamber Welcomes our Newest Members!
Welcome to the Lafayette Chamber
  The following businesses have joined the Lafayette Chamber the week of
March 5-9. Please join us in welcoming them!

Batch & Brine Lafayette - Restaurants

Join us for Tuesday Talks!
Tuesdays starting March 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150

Tech Talks:
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

Tuesday Talks:

Each Tech or Tuesday Talk is limited to 10 participants! Click the event name to register.
Young Professionals
Young Professions Meet Up!
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30pm-7pm, Metro Lafayette

Save the date for the next Lafayette Chamber Young Professionals Meetup! We will be meeting at Metro Lafayette on Tuesday, March 27, 5:30pm-7pm. Find out more here.
Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480
March Mixer at Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30pm-7pm, 925 Moraga Road

Join us for our March Mixer! We'll be at the Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480. Bring your business cards!
Yankee Pier
Ribbon Cutting for Yankee Pier's 10th Anniversary
Thursday, March 29, 5:30pm, 3593 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Join Yankee Pier for Happy Hour every Saturday in March 2pm-5pm! And join the Lafayette Chamber for a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 29 at 5:30pm.

Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay voting has begun!

By clicking here you can cast your ballot and use Diablo magazine's Voting Kit. The Voting Kit is designed to help you reach customers through social media, digital advertising, email blasts, and in-store promotion.

The Best of the East Bay winners are determined by counting the number of unique votes each business receives within a category. If your category is not represented, please write it in at the end of the ballot for consideration.  Vote by March 31. Download your social media and flyers here.
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.
Restaurants - Sign Up Now for Taste of Lafayette

Local restaurants and caters - 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. Last year we had 30 participants in Downtown Lafayette. Chelini Pasta, Lantern Catering, Pizza Antica and Yankee Pier are committed to returning. You?

Thanks to our returning sponsors: Tom Stack Coldwell Banker, Republic Services and Cobain Orthodontics for returning as our wine sponsors. Other sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Sara for more details.
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.
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.
Four Tips to Consider Before Starting a Small Business
By Andrew Foust, Wells Fargo Small Business Leader

As the economy continues to improve, it’s a positive sign to see more people venturing out to start a small business. Yet it’s important to take time to research and plan so you start your business off on the right foot. Whether you are a new or an experienced entrepreneur, there are a number of strategies to help guide you along the way. Click here for four tips to consider before starting a small business.
Member News, Events & Announcements
Lamorinda Entrepreneurs Social Mixer
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Casa Orinda, 20 Bryant Way, Orinda
Lamorinda Entrepreneurs continues its 2018 schedule with a good old fashioned meet & greet at Casa Orinda. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with small business owners and local entrepreneurs working on their startups. $10 admission includes appetizers prepared by Casa Orinda. No host bar. Learn more about Lamorinda Entrepreneurs at http://lamorindaentrepreneurs.com.

60th annual Rotary Career Night
Wednesday, March 14, 6pm-8:10pm, Miramonte High School
The Miramonte College and Career Center is seeking volunteers to share their professional experience with students for this year’s 60th annual Rotary Career Night! Career Night will take place on March 14th from 6 - 8:10 pm at Miramonte High School and will consist of dinner for volunteers, followed by two 40 minute panels. If you are available or know someone with an interesting background, please email Samantha Stuber at SStuber@auhsdschools.org.

Call for Nominees for California’s 7th Senate District’s “Salute to Small Business” Winner
As business and community leaders, Senator Steve Glazer is reaching out to you for your help in identifying nominees for California’s 7th Senate District’s “Salute to Small Business” Winner. The winner will be recognized by Senator Glazer at the 2018 California Small Business Day luncheon on Tuesday, June 19th at the Sacramento Convention Center. All nomination forms are due back by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 16. Winner will be announced on Friday, March 30. For more information contact George Escutia at George.Escutia@sen.ca.gov. View Form.

2018 A Runner's Mind Jig and Jog
Saturday, March 17, 9am, Lafayette Reservoir
Registration for the 2018 A Runner's Mind Jig and Jog is now open! This year, we're shaking things up a bit, introducing a whole new way to race! The Jig and Jog is a prediction-style race that puts the fun back in racing. Runners will provide their "predicted" finishing time prior to the start. Those who finish the closest to their predicted time will win fantastic prizes! The rules are simple: no mile markers, no clocks, no GPS devices. Early bird registration is $32 ($20 if you're 18 or under) and goes through March 1, so sign up today to get the best price! It goes down March 17 at 9am at the Lafayette Reservoir. Learn more and register now at www.armjigandjog.com.

Kids and Snacks - Setting Healthy Habits
Tuesday, March 20, 6pm-7pm, Lafayette Library Community Hall
Free Healthy Snacks discussion by Dr. Nazia Sheriff from Olive Leaf Pediatrics. Snack Demo by Chef Lynda from Cooking with Kids Foundation. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Absolute Center's 15th Anniversary!
Celebrate our anniversary with Absolute Happy Hour! RaeLea will be leading an amazing Mat & Props class at 4:30pm on March 23. Stay after class for a glass of Champagne and toast our 15th year! Join us Saturday March 31 for Pilates in the Park at the Lafayette Reservoir Stage Area. We will meet at the studio at 9:30am and walk to the Reservoir for a 10:15am mat class led by Louise. You can also meet us there. Celebration to follow! absolutecenter.net

Walk and Talk Town Hall
Saturday, March 24, 10am, Carr Ranch in Moraga
Assemblywoman Baker will be hosting a Walk and Talk Town Hall on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00am at Carr Ranch in Moraga. The starting point will be at Rancho Laguna Park, 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga. We have partnered with John Muir Land Trust and Environmental Defense Fund. It will be a nice walk through nature while getting the latest updates on state legislation. View Flyer

The Small Business Development Center of Contra Costa
SBDC offers a wide variety of workshops including Business Planning and Marketing/Social Media. View flyer here or visit their website at www.contracostasbdc.org.

3rd annual Bay Area Kids' Book Fairs April 7-8
We are accepting exhibitor space reservations now for our 3rd annual Bay Area Kids' Book Fairs on the April 7-8 weekend in Silicon Valley (Saturday in Sunnyvale) and the East Bay (Sunday in Lafayette). We had spectacular turnouts both days the first two years at our free Fairs, so don't miss out. Register today for your exhibitor space.

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.

Moraga Community Faire & Car Show - Saturday, May 12
Join the Moraga Chamber at the 12th Annual Moraga Community Faire & Car Show at the Rheem Shopping Center from 11-4pm! The Community Faire will have live music, kid’s activities – including the popular pony rides, local art, Lamorinda youth and schools, including Saint Mary’s College, Lamorinda wineries, food trucks, as well as local businesses, non-profits and service organizations – and stroll among 100 stunning classic cars! Showcase your business and services to over 3,000 local residents! For more information and to download registration forms visit www.moragachamber.org.   Want to have a BOOTH or be a SPONSOR? The Community Faire offers Sponsorship packages in many forms to fit your needs. Contact Ashley Louisiana, Event Chair, at ashley@recyclesmart.org or 925-876-6219.
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.

A Tale of Two Conductors: A Sneak Peek
Monday, March 12, 3pm-4:30pm, Community Hall
Two conductors will take the podium at California Symphony’s upcoming Mozart Requiem concert. Be the first to hear an exclusive sneak-peek conversation from them personally about the unique program, their collaboration, and how Mozart’s Requiem is like a marathon. California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera and guest conductor Ragnar Bohlin will introduce and discuss the music and collaborative process. Learn more here.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation Science Cafe presents NASA's Return to the Moon and Mars
Tuesday, March 13, 7pm, Community Hall
Do you have the "right stuff" to live and work on Mars, or the Moon? Guest Speaker Dr. Margaret Race of NASA and the SETI Institute offers a fascinating, behind the scenes peek at what NASA and its partners are doing to plan the next interstellar missions.
FREE for future astronauts (i.e.students) - call 925-283-6513 ext.102 to reserve. Learn more here.

Friends of the Lafayette Library Sweet Thursday presents Bianca Bosker, Cork Dork
Thursday, March 15, 7pm, Community Hall
Join Bianca Bosker, NY Times bestselling author of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live For Taste, as she discusses her funny and informative book that will appeal to novice and expert wine drinkers alike. Register here.

Friends of the Lafayette Library WOW presents Casanova: The Seduction of Europe at the Legion of Honor
Wednesday, March 14, 2pm, Community Hall
Renowned today as a seducer and an adventurer, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was known to his contemporaries as charming, witty, and worldly. He was also a gambler and a spy. This exhibit brings Casanova's world to life through approximately 90 period works and explores themes of travel, courtship and seduction, theater and identity, and the pleasures of dining. Register here.

Master Artists Concert
Friday, March 16, 7pm, Community Hall
Bring a friend and join the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society 'Master Artists' group for an evening of classical piano favorites. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library. Register here.

Friends Corner Book Shop - Half Off Sale
Saturday, March 17, 9am-1pm
Stock up for spring reading! Located at First Street & Golden Gate Way
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