November 13, 2017 News & Events

Community Breakfast
39th Annual Thanksgiving Community Breakfast
Friday, November 17, 7am-8:30am, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center; Reservation deadline is Wednesday at noon.

Reservations are now being accepted through Wednesday at noon for our 39th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast! The breakfast will be held at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. Keynote speaker Deanne Pearn, MPP Executive Director of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing will present "Home is just the beginning..."

The event will be catered by Jeff Assadi of La Finestra! Music provided by Wendy Tamis, Harpist. Reserve a table for your group! Reservation deadline is Wednesday, November 15 at noon. Make your online reservation here!  Or download and submit this flyer.

Lamorinda Business ForumLamorinda 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.
Club Pilates 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.

It_s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette The Holidays are
Just Around the Corner!  
Last night we flipped the switch and the Holiday "twinkle lights" were turned on.  We will keep them illuminated through the first part of January.  We want to thank Dana Green and Matt Branagh for helping the Chamber underwrite the cost of the lights each year.  And of course don't miss the kick-off party to the holiday shopping season, It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette, on Friday, December 1 at Lafayette Plaza Park.


Welcome to Our Newest Member!
The following business has joined the Lafayette Chamber November 6-10. Please join us in welcoming them! 
Lafayette Beauty Store - Beauty Salons & Services

Lafayette Chamber Premier Members

Quick Links 
Update your Contact Information, Advertising Opportunities for our 2018 Directory!   
You should have received a letter in the mail with a form to update your contact information for the 2018 Lafayette Chamber Directory. There is also a flyer about advertising in the Directory - space sells out quickly! We will be mailing the directory March 2018.

Forma Gym Turkey Trot The Forma Gym Walnut Creek Turkey Trot -  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

Office Space - Wanted & Available! 
Seeking Office Space: 2500 square feet
Chamber member looking for a office space for 2500 square feet preferably in Lafayette but would consider Moraga and Orinda. Please contact Barbara at

Seeking Office Space: 50-100 square feet
Chamber member looking to rent a space between 50 and 100 square feet in Lafayette. Please contact

Lafayette Lease Vacancy Available Dec 1!
Looking for someone to sublet who could share the suite with another person. We have double glass doors that separate one large suite for privacy. It's an ideal location. Parking and internet included. Close to Bart. Desk, chair, and filing cabinets included. Rent is $600 per/month. Could start as early as Dec 1st or January. Please contact Kerry at

News & Announcements 

Young Professionals Mix/Raffle and Raise Money for the North Bay Fire Victims
Wednesday, November 15, 5pm-7pm, Jack's Restaurant & Bar, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill
Jack's Restaurant/Bar and taps will be hosting the Young Professionals Network of Pleasant Hill in the family room with a small patio area! Appetizers will be served. Cash Bar will be also available. Great location, and for a better cause. Anything helps. Learn more here.

Luxe Home Open House & SHELTER Inc. Benefit Event
Thursday, November 16, 5:30pm, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Please join us, together with Diablo Magazine, in welcoming Luxe Home by Douglah Designs to La Fiesta Square in the heart of Lafayette. You are invited to look, feel and experience our newly expanded showroom at our open house. While you browse our 3,000 sq. ft home showroom, enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, meet our design specialists in person, and help raise funds for a great cause.

Raffle ticket proceeds will benefit SHELTER Inc., an organization whose mission is to prevent homelessness throughout Contra Costa County. We encourage you to be generous; the more tickets you buy, the more SHELTER Inc. receives, and the better your chances to win! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase before the event at our Luxe Home showroom or on the day of the event.  RSVP here.

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.
*    Thursday, November 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*    Friday, November 17, 12:30 - 2 p.m. ONLINE. You will receive info after you sign up.

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. Learn more here.

52nd "ARTFUL GIVING" Holiday Exhibition
Saturday, November 18, 11am-5pm, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek
"ARTFUL GIVING" will open with a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION on Saturday, Nov 18 from 11am - 5pm. Plus two TRUNK SHOWS, Dec. 7 & 14. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 AM - 5 PM. Free, open to the public, no reservations needed. Valley Art Gallery is located at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. Learn more at; (925) 935-4311 

Money in Politics Update
Saturday, November 18, 3pm-4:30pm, Cedar Room of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road
What positive initiatives can mitigate the impact of Big Money in our elections? The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley will give an update about "Money in Politics" on Saturday, November 18 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Lafayette. Helen Hutchison, president of the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) and Lee Lawrence, LWVC Government Director, are the featured speakers. The meeting will take place in the Cedar Room of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road. For more information: or Lee Lawrence at

Lamorinda Arts Council "Call for Poet Laureate Applications"
Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) president Lawrence Kohl announced the formation of a Poet Laureate Program (PLP) which marks the first opportunity of its kind for our local literary community. Thanks to endorsements from the City Councils of Orinda and Lafayette, the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP will manage and support the Poet Laureate who will serve both Lafayette and Orinda. The Poet Laureate will be called upon to write theme-based poetry and read poetry at civic and other events such as public ceremonies and dedications. They will also support the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP activities in the schools and community and serve as a liaison with literary organizations. Poets interested in this position are invited to apply online at Deadline to receive all online applications is December 31, 2017 at 5pm.

Contra Costa Master Gardeners: Drought-Tolerant Gardens
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 PM   Arts & Science Room
Whether we are in a drought or not, California receives little rain in the summer. Learn more about our climate and how to create a landscape that is more than just cactus and rocks! For more information click HERE.
To register email

Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Jazz Piano Concert
Friday, November 17, 7:00 PM, Community Hall
CCPAS presents a musical evening of jazz piano, featuring a variety of performers playing both standards and new favorites for your listening enjoyment! For more information and to register click HERE.

STEAM TinkerLab: Owl Pellet Dissection
Monday, November 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Homework Center
Join us for two days of exciting STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) stations with a variety of materials and a special daily activity! For more information and to register click HERE.

Build Your Own Arduino Rover
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 20, 21 & 22, 1:00 - 4:00 PM,   Technology Lab
This is a three-day MakerFest workshop. Learn to build and program an Arduino Rover (smart car). Participants should have some experience with programming and electronics. Materials fee, laptop, and parent-signed waiver form required. For grades 6-12. For more information and to register click HERE.

STEAM TinkerLab: Pancake Bot - Print Out Pancakes!
Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Homework Center
Join us for two days of exciting STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) stations with a variety of materials and a special daily activity! For more information and to register click HERE.
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Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

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!

Ribbon Cutting at the Lafayette Beauty Store
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Dec 14 at 5:30pm at the Lafayette Beauty Store, located at 3606 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

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, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at    

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