Compass Newsletter
NOVEMBER 20, 2017
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
Chamber Events

Located in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is celebrating its 40th year!  Our flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble.  Join us on Thanksgiving Day and give yourself an excuse for an extra piece of pie!

November 23, 2017 at 6:00AM to 12:00PM
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, CA

Onsite Registration is available Wednesday, November 22nd 12:00pm-7:00pm and Thursday, November 23rd beginning at 6:00am

Meet Our New Members

Bridget Willard, aka You, Too, Can Be a Guru , is a marketing consultant, teacher, and social media strategist who specializes in business to business relationship marketing.
She offers consulting, training, Twitter audits, social media management, along with custom marketing solutions.
Chamber News

The Dana Point Chamber Office will be closed Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for the 40th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot. 

We will resume normal office hours Monday, November 27th. Please leave a message at (949) 496-1555 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Let us know your favorite places and events in Dana Point!  For the 10th year, Dana Point Times is hosting the Best of Dana Point for residents to let us know the their favorite parts of our beautiful city!

Voting is open until December 10th. Click here to voice your opinion!

Vote for the Dana Point Turkey Trot for Best Local Annual Event for the 4th year in a row!
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The Orange County Superior Court is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury. Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura, chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee, said, "I encourage Orange County residents to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to improve our community." The 19-member Grand Jury will take the official oath of office on June 29, 2018 for a one year term.

During the Prado West construction, Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado shops, restaurants, and businesses are open!

Visit the Development Pipeline site for updates on development in Dana Point, or give us a call at the Chamber at (949) 496-1555 with any questions.
Upcoming Member Events
Sponsor a Marine for Thanksgiving Day

As a Nation let us pay tribute to our brave Service Members & Families.  When you sponsor a Marine for Thanksgiving Dinner, you are giving them a chance to be together with other Marines, Sailors, our Wounded and their families in a warm, supportive atmosphere with a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner.  You are showing you care and appreciate the sacrifices they are making.  Most importantly, you are saying "Thank You." 

For only $35 Waterman's Harbor Restaurant in Dana Point will provide a fully-plated Thanksgiving Dinner, dessert, entertainment and raffle prizes. Our partners for this special event on Thanksgiving Day will assure our American Heroes that they feel the gratitude of our Community for their sacrifices and service.  

Donations can be made through the DPRMSG website

or mail your contributions to:
PO Box 471
Dana Point, CA 92629

Semper Fi,
Your Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group
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Thanksgiving at Laguna Cliffs Marriott

Give Thanks in Style.
Spend Thanksgiving feasting with a view - join us at Vue Restaurant for a Champagne Buffet and live entertainment.

Champagne Buffet
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 | 1:30p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Live Entertainment by John Troy
Adults: $95 | Children (ages 6 - 12): $40
Reduced Valet Parking

A Feast of Lights

The Saddleback College Music Department is pleased to present A Feast of Lights on December 1st through the 3rd in the McKinney Theatre. The choral ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Scott Farthing, and the symphony orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Yorgos Kouritas, come together for this special holiday program of vocal and orchestral music for all ages to enjoy. A Feast of Lights has been a holiday tradition for over 25 years--perhaps one of the oldest traditions at Saddleback College. This year's festive program will highlight both old and new holiday favorites for chorus and orchestra. Get the holiday season started off with this sparkling concert for all ages! Light refreshments will be served after each performance.
Dates for A Feast of Lights: 
Friday, December 1st 7:30 pm 
Saturday, December 2nd 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 3rd 2:00 and 5:00 pm

  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Saddleback College ticket office, Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. or online at If you are needing assistance, you may call the ticket office at (949)-582-4656 during the hours listed. 

Superhero Holiday Boat Parade

BOOM, POW, WOW ....The holidays are just around the corner, and we are gearing up for a "SUPER HERO HOLIDAY" with the 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights, December 8, 9, 15 & 16.
  • Family Fun Festivities 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Restaurants & Shops Area
  • Boat Parade | 7:30 p.m. | Water's Edge
  • Trolley Service | 3:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • SANTA PAWS PHOTOS: Saturday, Dec. 2 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Bring your dog to get a photo with Santa | El Torito Courtyard
  • MERRY MOVIE NIGHT "ELF" Saturday, Dec. 2 | Festivities begin at 3 p.m., movie begins at 5 p.m.

Baby Beach

  • BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA Saturday Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec 3 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dana Wharf Sportfi shing and Whale Watching
  • SANTA PHOTOS Friday & Saturday Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa - FREE
historical society
Dana Point Historical Society Holiday Reception

The Dana Point Historical Society cordially invites you a holiday reception on Sunday, December 10, from 2-5 p.m. at the Society's museum, Dana Point City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 104.

We will have our annual slide show featuring pictures from this year's events and programs.

Please be sure to join us for this afternoon of holiday cheer and friendship as we reminisce about our successes over the past year!
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday November 21st City Council Meeting - CANCELLED

Wednesday November 22nd Dana Point Turkey Trot Health & Wellness Expo

Thursday November 23rd 40th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot

Saturday November 25th Farmers Market

Monday November 27th Planning Commission Meeting

Saturday December 2nd Farmers Market

Sunday December 3rd Yappy Howl-iday Celebration

Tuesday December 5th City Council Meeting

Thursday December 7th Networking at Noon

Friday December 8th 43rd Annual Boat Parade

Saturday December 9th Farmers Market

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Thursday December 14th Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer

South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Friday December 15th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Saturday December 16th Farmers Market

43rd Annual Boat Parade

Chamber Seeks Hosts for Networking Events

Looking to get more people through your doors? We are searching for hosts for 2018 Networking at Noon and Third Thursday Mixers. Hosting an event allows you to promote your company/venue to business leaders in Orange County. It is a fantastic networking opportunity and is a great way to showcase your services first-hand to fellow Chamber members.
Donating a raffle prize is also a great way to market your business. When you donate to our Third Thursday Mixer raffle, you will have your logo, linked to your website, featured in our e-blasts!
For more information on hosting an event or donating a raffle prize, please send us an email or call (949) 496-1555
Chamber of Commerce  Scholarship Fund

The Dana Point Chamber members are committed to continued education, not just for current business owners but also for future entrepreneurs.  That's why we've created scholarships for Dana Hills High School students.

Over the past three years we have donated $19,000 to Dana Hills High School students and next year we'd like to support even more students and we need your help! Help us reach our goal of  $5,000 to help five students! Pledge a donation to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce for the Dana Hills High School Awards Program. Awards are presented at the Dana Hills High School Senior Awards ceremony.
The Chamber is Here to Help!
The Chamber wants to know what you're up to!  We market your business through our website, social media, e-newsletters, phone calls, in-person visits, brochures and flyers.  Update your online profile with upcoming events, hot deals, member-to-member discounts, and more!  If you need help, or simply don't have time, send us your information and the Chamber will do it for you!   
We want to know what you're up to!

-Like us on Facebook and Instagram

-Tag us in your posts and share to our page

-Send us upcoming events, promotions, sales, discounts, etc. 

-Share your "big moments" with us (anniversary, awards & recognition, etc.)

Email Ashley von Gremp your information! 

If you are interested in supporting our business community, join the Dana Point Chairman's Circle! Please contact Ashley von Gremp for more information.

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