Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our November , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in December, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our December issue - please submit your event by November 17 to .
Community Breakfast 39th Annual Lafayette Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
November 17, 7am-8:30am, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center

The 39th Annual Lafayette Community Thanksgiving Breakfast will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. Keynote speaker will be Deanne Pearn, MPP Executive Director of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing. The event will be catered by Jeff Assadi of La Finestra! Music provided by Wendy Tamis, Harpist.  Reservation deadline is Wednesday, November 15.  Make your online reservation here! 

It_s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration
Friday, December 1, 4:00pm-6:30pm, Lafayette's Plaza Park

Free admission! Fun, family-friendly celebration -  tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts - and this Santa's "sleigh" is Lafayette's historic fire truck, Old Betsy! Presented by the Chamber and sponsored by The Dana Green Team and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2017 Holiday Season. Learn more here.  

November is Homelessness Awareness Month!

This year's Homelessness Awareness Toolkit is full of events including advocacy, volunteer and donation opportunities, including a chance to donate to the Housing Security Fund, as well as resources for concerned community members. Use this great tool to get informed and take action to help address homelessness in our community. To get a copy of the toolkit, click here.
2nd Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference
Wednesday, November 1, Pleasant Hill Community Center

Why should you and/or your colleagues attend the 2nd annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Contra Costa County on Nov. 1st at the Pleasant Hill Community Center? Because the business sector is and will continue to be a primary driver of innovation in sustainability ... new products, new buildings, new solutions. We talk a lot about the need for more "green jobs" but what we really need is more green entrepreneurs! SEC is a non-political event/forum where we can openly discuss "the business of sustainability." While there are lots of issues and challenges, there are also lots of opportunities for new and existing businesses that will lead to new products, new solutions and new jobs. For more information visit
The Acalanes DramaDons Present: She Kills Monsters
November 1, 2, 3, and 4, 7:00pm, Acalanes High School Little Theatre

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into the action-packed adventure. She Kills Monsters is a high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture. The show is packed with a half-dozen combat scenes, adventure-style costumes, puppets, furry monsters, and even a dance-off.

The Acalanes DramaDons are incredibly excited to present She Kills Monsters as the entire production team from actors to stagecraft are working hard to put up a play that has so many cool things Acalanes has never seen before. Advance buzz for the play is strong and we fully expect tickets to become hotly sought after!  $7 Students and $12 General. Tickets available at
Be a Hero! BVE PTA Blood & Bone Marrow Drive
Friday, November 3, 8:15am - 1:15pm, BVE Multi-Purpose Room

Donate Blood - To schedule your appointment or for more information visit (Sponsor Code BURTON) or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

Join the Bone Marrow Registry - Donors ages 18-44 and in general good health, please drop-in to learn more, do some paperwork & swab your cheek - no appointment necessary. Learn more about the registry & eligibility at If you are unable to attend but would like to order a swab kit, go to  For more information please visit Blood & Bone Marrow Drive here.
Lamorinda Gives Back: Charity Poker Tournament
Friday, November 3, 7pm, 1515 Restaurant & Lounge, 1515 N Main, Walnut Creek

Join Lamorinda Give Back for a high-stakes evening to benefit Mobility Matters. Leave the monthly garage game rules at the door, we're bringing in the professionals to help run this like the WSOP. The rules of the game will be covered at the event, but you can expect a good time benefiting a great cause.
Lafayette Juniors 24th Annual Rummage Sale
Saturday, November 4, 8am-2pm, Special Early Bird Entrance fee $5 per adult from 7am-8am, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette

Pre-loved designer clothes, baby and kid clothes, toys, children's gear, furniture, household goods, and much more. Cash and credit cards accepted. All sale proceeds benefit local non-profits that serve children, families, and communities in need. Visit for more information.
Walk and Talk Town Hall
Saturday, November 4, 9am-10:30am, St. Mary's Road Staging Area, 1913 St. Mary's Road

Assemblywoman Baker will be hosting a Walk and Talk Town Hall in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District on Saturday, November 4th at 9:00am at St. Mary's Road Staging Area, 1913 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. It will be a nice walk through nature while getting the latest updates on state legislation. Please RSVP to or call (925) 328-1515.
Lamorinda Moms 20th Annual Preschool Fair
Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm-8pm, Oakwood Athletic Club, 4000 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Finding the right preschool for your child can be daunting. If this is something your family is researching, join us at our FREE 20th Annual Preschool Fair where we can help you navigate the choices by hosting 30 preschools from the East Bay all in one spot! The Preschool Fair is a great opportunity to talk to the school directors and staff from preschools in Lamorinda and the surrounding areas about their teaching philosophy and offerings.

You'll have the chance to learn more about our 2017-2018 charity partner, Mindful Littles and the work that we will be doing together. Of course, there will also be fun giveaways, raffles, freebies, and information from our generous sponsors. This is a FREE COMMUNITY EVENT so bring a friend and spread the word!
Diablo Ballet - A Swingin' Holiday and More!
November 10, 8pm; November 11, 2pm & 8pm; November 12, 2pm; Del Valle Theatre - 1963 Tice Valley Road, Walnut Creek

Get ready to swing into the holidays! Your favorite yuletide songs are mixed with amazing swing dancing and live music in Diablo Ballet's annual hit A Swingin' Holiday and More, November 10 - 12, at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. Seasonal tunes by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Nat "King" Cole, and jazzy renditions of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite are performed live by the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra with the amazing swing moves of the Diablo Ballet dancers.

The program also features the renowned ballet classic Valse Fantaisie by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and the touching contemporary dance work No One Does It Like You by award-winning San Francisco choreographer Robert Dekkers. Following the performances, join the dancers in the Del Valle Theatre lobby for a complimentary dessert reception. Tickets: $49. For information, visit or call (925) 943-1775.
North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert with the Rossmoor Big Band
Saturday, November 11, 7pm, Rossmoor Event Center

Tickets are $20 from the Rossmoor Recreation Department at Gateway. Raffle with great prizes - $5 each or 5 for $20. Sponsored by The Rossmoor Recreation Department & The Rossmoor Big Band to benefit The Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
Temple Isaiah Hosts Interfaith Climate Action Forum
Sunday, November 12, 4pm, Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road

Temple Isaiah's Environmental Action Committee is sponsoring an interfaith climate action forum on Sunday, November 12 at 4pm at Temple Isaiah (945 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA 94549). Free and open to the public. LEARN, ENGAGE, ACT!  is a forum that will inspire people of conscience by presenting the science of climate change, the moral imperative for action that is firmly rooted in and shared by all faith traditions, and how each of us can participate and make a difference. Be the change! For more information visit
Luxe Home Open House & SHELTER Inc. Benefit Event
Thursday, November 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Luxe Home is hosting an open house event on Thursday, November 16 at their newly expanded showroom, Luxe Home by Douglah Designs. Stop by between 5:30pm-7:30pm to wander around our new showroom and help us in supporting Shelter Inc, an organization whose mission is to prevent homelessness throughout Contra Costa County. There will be wine and hors d'oeuvres and we will be selling raffle tickets with some amazing prizes!! All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will go to Shelter Inc. Click here to register for the event.
Small Things - Holiday Pop-Up Gift Shop at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Shop Dates: November 16 - December 23, Holiday Reception: Thursday, November 16, 6pm-9 pm, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Imagine stepping into a local gallery and finding the perfect gift. Then discovering that your purchase supports local artists! It's all possible at "Small Things" - The Holiday Pop-Up Gift Shop, opening November 16 at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Discerning shoppers will find an array of unique handcrafted items from original art to jewelry, porcelain, wood sculptures and even mixed media shadow boxes. Over 50 regional artists will contribute to a host of one-of-a-kind artistic items, all with a focus on small, slow art to gift for the holidays. Or, start your art collection with affordable works from local artists. Gift wrapping available, purchase and carry. "Small Things"  will be open November 16 - December 23 with a Holiday Reception on Thursday, November 16, 6pm-9 pm. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat, noon-6pm.  Please note the Gallery will be closed Nov 23-25 and Dec 24-Jan 5.
Holiday Boutique to benefit A New Day for Children - Empowering Girls Rescued from Human Trafficking
Saturday, November 18, 10am-3pm, St. Mary's College, Dryden Hall, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga

The holidays are coming! Come shop for unique gifts from one of a kind vendors and support a great cause at the same time! Gift wrap station! RAFFLE including Warriors tickets, Amazon gift cards, gift baskets, and more!! For more boutique info email
Turkey Trot at the Moraga Country Club
Thursday, November 23, 8:30am, 1600 St Andrews Dr., Moraga

Bring your family, bring your friends and enjoy the start of your Thanksgiving Day with the 1st Annual MCC Turkey Trot Fun Run. As you are running/walking the road and paths of the beautiful Moraga Country Club you will be working up an appetite for Turkey and the fixings you will know that you are helping others less fortunate. Your race contributions go to the Food Banks of Contra Costa & Solano Counties. Sign up at
Forma Gym Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 23, Civic Park, 1375 Civic Dr, Downtown Walnut Creek

An East Bay Thanksgiving Day Family Tradition! This Thanksgiving, before the big meal, games, and pumpkin pie why not get a little exercise with a few thousand of your neighbors. The Forma Gym Turkey Trot is an event the entire family can enjoy. There are several races to choose from including Kids Fun Runs, 10K and 5K runs, and festival areas with costume contest. The event takes place in beautiful Downtown Walnut Creek and goes through a flat terrain of neighborhoods, businesses, and part of the Iron Horse Trail.

By running the Turkey Trot you will also be giving back to your local community through our beneficiaries like the Food Bank, WCEF, PEAK, and The Wellness City Challenge. We also have a special promotion of $5 off the race plus a matching donation of $5 to Lafayette Partners in Education. Just use the discount code LPIE upon checkout.

For more information about the race and to signup please visit
LPIE and #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 28

For the second year in a row, LPIE is hosting a dining-out experience for #GivingTuesday - the international day of giving celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The event last year was successful, raising over $2,000 for LPIE during this fun community event.  Lafayette families visited Patxi's, The Cooperage, Rancho Cantina, Bonehead's and Smitten, enjoyed good food, and entertainment by local students from our schools. Thank you to these businesses who donated a portion of the day's receipts to LPIE and offering you the opportunity to dine and support LPIE.  Spots for participating businesses are limited, but if you are interested in being a part of this effort, please contact us at or at 925-299-1644.
Previews: Nov 30 & Dec 1, Runs December 2 -  December 16, 2017

A bitterly cold Christmas Eve, 1864, Washington, D.C. In the White House President and Mrs. Lincoln plan their gift-giving, while on the banks of the Potomac a young rebel soldier is captured by a Union blacksmith; nearby John Wilkes Booth hatches a plot, and an enslaved woman and her daughter become separated on their journey to freedom.  Featuring hymns and carols of the period, this warm and deeply moving musical play masterfully interweaves stories of lives from both sides of the Civil War.

Ribbon Cutting at J. McLaughlin
Thursday, November 2, 5:30pm-6pm, 3547 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm for a Ribbon Cutting at the new Lafayette store, J. McLaughlin. They are located at 3547 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Social Media Workshop Series - Plan Ahead: Social Media Strategy 2018 for Your Local Business
Wednesday, November 8, 6pm-8:30pm, Homework Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Prepare now to hit the new year strong! How to assess what's working with your social media strategy and create an action list for next steps. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Admission is free but registration is requested.

Ribbon Cutting at Phoenix Skincare & Waxing
Thursday, November 9 @ 5:30pm-6pm
Join us on Thursday, November 9 at 5:30pm for a Ribbon Cutting at Phoenix Skincare & Waxing's new location at 1080 Carol Lane #263.

Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed on Friday, November 10 for Veterans Day.

Lamorinda Business Forum - The Customer Experience
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30pm, Moraga Room in the Soda Center, Saint Mary's College
Topic is The Customer Experience. Panelists include Jay Kerner, President & CEO, U.S. Realty Partners, Inc.; Tom Frainier, CEO/President, Semifreddi's Bakery; Sneha Patel, West Coast Regional Manager, The UPS Store Inc.; and Lena Waters, VP Integrated Marketing, DocuSign. Admission if free, refreshments provided! For more information, click here.

November Mixer at Club Pilates
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30pm-7pm, 3506 Mt Diablo Blvd Suite E
Join us for our  November Monthly Mixer at Club Pilates on Wednesday, November 15,  5:30pm-7pm. Club Pilates is located at 3506 Mt Diablo Blvd.,  Suite E, Lafayette.

Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday Mixer - Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center
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!

Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed December 25 - January 1 for the Christmas/New Year's Holiday.

If you have any questions about the Lafayette Chamber events, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at    

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