May 15, 2017
The city of Orinda is moving forward with a vision for the downtown. This is a conversation all residents need to be a part of - and many are, as well as the business community. Your chamber is present and wants to hear from you. See below about what has been going on.

June 1st will be a big mixer at Land Home Financial Services, come and cultivate your business network!

We are working on the first Orinda Senior Fair. If you have an interest in being included, this is the time to let us know

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Free networking opportunity: Land Home Financial Mixer on June 1st

Downtown development update
     Main Street America recently presented its first draft report proposing revitalization strategies for downtown Orinda. The city's biggest asset is its population, very wealthy and educated, and the very important untapped downtown potential spending since about 80% of purchases are made out of the city limits.

Main Street explained that successful cities like San Luis Obispo have built a vibrant downtown because catalyst strategies have been defined for different shopping areas, each with a different purpose. For Orinda, Main Street imagines that the crossroad area would be developed as culinary and entertainment, while the village would be revitalized as convenience goods and services, as well as professional services. They see a big potential for development in Orinda in the wellness/healthy lifestyle sector and think that developments in this category could happen on both sides of 24, even may be able to link both sides.

Main Street presenter stated that downtowns that do not evolve die, and that revitalization in Orinda does not necessarily mean attracting many more residents since the untapped potential is so large. For example, if only 10% of meals eaten outside of Orinda were recaptured, it would be enough to support 4 or 5 new restaurants.
The final report will be presented at the city council in the coming weeks, all are invited to come and participate.

Draft report available HERE
Orinda Senior Fair on July 21 - get a space

The chamber of commerce is partnering with the City of Orinda, Lamorinda Village and the Orinda Association to offer to the community the first Orinda senior fair. The themes are different options for healthy living, resources for seniors and their caregivers, but also technology, cultural life and entertainment.

It will take place at the Orinda park the same afternoon as Opera in the Park event. This first edition is limited and only a dozen spaces will be available, with priority given to partners and chamber members. Please contact to reserve your spot. 
News From Our Members:  Cal Shakes 2017,  Orinda Books, Orinda Theater.

Click on the titles to get tickets:


More information HERE



Tickets HERE
News from the Moraga and Lafayette chambers


Peace, Love and Rockin' the Plaza
Produced by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, the Summer of Love Lafayette concert series is the 12th 
annual Rock the Plaza event, with a special twist. 
This year's Rock the Plaza Summer concert series will feature music from that special time when free spirit,
peace, love and compassion became the principles young people embraced and music was at the heart of the hippie movement. 
  The lineup includes cover bands that feature the music of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil
Young, and many of the sounds from 1967:

June 2:
San Francisco Airship
June 9:
Shakey Zimmerman
June 16:
Dream Posse
June 23:
The final Summer of Love Lafayette segment features Barry "the fish" Melton and his band. These guys 
were all there in the Haight back in '67.  
Find the schedule HERE
News from the community  

Lamorinda Idol 2017 Auditions

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce that registration for Lamorinda Idol 2017 auditions is now open. The singing competition is for anyone in kindergarten through 12th grade who is living or attending school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga, and auditions will be held May 11 through May 13 at the Orinda Intermediate School. Information HERE


Admission is $10, tickets and more information HERE

Special Dinner and Theater offer: bring the receipt from one of Orinda theater and get 2 for 1 regular theater tickets!

Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour. Saturday, May 20th, 10 am - 3 pm.

Tour six beautiful Lafayette homes for a great cause, with masterfully designed unique, elegant, and awe-inspiring kitchens. The Tour benefits Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center. Tickets are $40 ($35 tax deductible), box lunch available for $15. Purchase tickets at or Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.  

Click HERE for more information

Thank You To the Chamber's Enhanced Members!

Breedlove Insurance - 925-254-6262

Breedlove insurance
Land Home Financial Services 925.885.6760

Oakland Zoo - 510-632-9525

Pacific Gas and Electric - 1-800-743-5000

Republic Services - 925-685-4711

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Urgent Care in Orinda - 510-204-8075

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President's Corner
Fantastic Total Sellout - not inflammatory rhetoric in this case, just a description of the Orinda Restaurant Tour on Tuesday, May 2. (click HERE for photos) The weather could not have been better, the music was outstanding at all 4 venues, and the over 200 participants reported having a terrific time but too much food! Let's hope for a repeat experience at the July 4 th  parade and the Chamber of Commerce hot dog franchise at the Community Park - perhaps accompanied by a quenching Czech Beer!

Roy Hodgkinson       
Thank you to our
 Ehnhanced members


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