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www.orindachamber.org   925.254.3909   info@orindachamber.org
Candis Kattenburg, Executive Director  
26 Orinda Way, Orinda, California  94563

Premier Chamber Member


Enhanced Chamber Members




Comedy Night is This Friday!
Order your tickets now!

Still accepting  
more advertisers & volunteers.    
Candy Kattenburg:  info@orindachamber.org, 925.254.3909 or president@orindachamber.org, 510.224.8548.

Ads on the screen are only $100!!  
Don't miss this chance to advertise at this event  
to our prestigious community.

Don't miss the fun!  

 Master of Ceremonies

Wayne Coy.  Tune in KKDV radio 99.1 FM mornings at 5 to 9 am and you'll enjoy Wayne as he plays the best music variety and talks about all sorts of local issues right here in the Diablo Valley!  Before his life in radio, Wayne was a stand-up comedian, the first, in fact, to ever play at Tommy T's club in San Leandro. Wayne offers these quips about himself. I could have been Eddie on the old TV show "Courtship of Eddie's Father", did a TV commercial with O.J. Simpson before he was a murderer and went to elementary school with MC Hammer and D'Wayne Wiggins from Tony Toni Tone. 

The Comedians

Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh is one of the fastest rising Stand-Up Comedians in the USA headlining nights at some of the most famous clubs in California including the Hollywood Improv, Hollywood Laugh Factory, Long Beach Laugh Factory, SF Punchline, SF Cobbs, and selling out many other clubs all over America. Kabir has also opened and shared the stage with some of the biggest Stand-Up Comedians in the world including Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Bill Burr, Russell Peters and has also been seen touring on the "BFF" Tour with Jo Koy and Anjelah Johnson.

Kabir's highly anticipated tour all through Europe and India kicked off in September, 2012 and included seven sold out shows in the U.K. including Glasgow, Birmingham and six shows in Bombay, India.

Kabir has been called "The Next Big Indian Comedian" by India West, and has been called "One of the must see Stand-Up Comedians in the U.S." by T
V Asia. Kabir's energy, in-your-face attitude mixed with clever material and the love to please and crowd anywhere has grown him a monster fan base in a few short years, and is a must see any chance you get.  We are so pleased to welcome Kabeezy back to Orinda! 

Kirk McHenry 


Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Kirk has had a variety of experiences. Life in the inner city, prep school in the suburbs, college life in the south and even a successful four-year stint in the United States Marine Corps. He blends all of his life experiences together into a storytelling brand of comedy that has been described by some as Bill Cosby with a Richard Pryor twist. Having already opened for such stars as Paul Mooney, Bobby Slayton, Tommy Davidson and Don "D.C." Curry, Kirk has been labeled one of the Bay Areas fastest rising young stars by his peers. He even gained recognition as one of the top 10 comics in the Bay Area by Karma 777 Film works & Productions. In addition to Kirk's comical talent, he is also a freelance writer and voice impressionist. He was nominated for Outstanding Voice Performance by the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corporation (N.A.V.G.T.R) for doing the voice of "Toe Jam" in the SEGA game Toe Jam & Earl III: Mission to Earth.



Ellis Rodriguez


Originally Born in Boston, Ellis Rodriguez is by far the funniest of nine children raised by loving immigrant parents from Panama. Living in a multi-racial, uni-cultural family gave him a unique perspective on life. He grew up speaking Spanish at home, English at church, and Ebonics in school.
Ellis Rodriguez spent his early twenties serving in the United States Marine Corps, but found his calling when he picked up a mic, and did what he'd been doing his whole life, entertaining anyone who would listen. And now countless are listening, and laughing. His commanding presence, charming personality and hilarious material make him one of the best up and coming comics today.
Ellis Rodriguez's passion for stand up comedy is evident whenever he performs, he is a favorite at comedy clubs across the West Coast including the Improv, Laugh's Unlimited, Tommy T's, PepperBelly's, and the Laugh Factory. This Latino former Marine is smart and charismatic, and always full of surprises. An energetic performer, his comedy is appealing to any comedy audience.




Shea Suga

From early in her childhood, Shea has always been one to put a smile on your face and a tickle in your tummy. Shea learned early how to cope with challenges and obstacles by sharing her stories with others with a comedy spin on it.

If you have never seen ... Shea Suga's act, then you have been missing out on some big belly laughs. Shea developed a great passion for being on stage as she watch other comedians perform live, and comedy sitcoms on TV. Watching the Queens of Comedy truly inspired Shea to dream her way into the industry.

Her friends, family, and even strangers, have always encouraged and pushed her to do her comedy. Shea's first featured gig was for Headliner Lunell in May of 2005. Since then, she's been incredibly successful in the Bay Area, blessed with a huge following and fan base. In a very short time Shea has developed a huge following of dedicated and devoted fans. Her goal in her career is to book Commercial Campaigns and become a known Comedienne all over the world.From early in her childhood, Shea has always been one to put a smile on your face and a tickle in your tummy. Shea learned early how to cope with challenges and obstacles by sharing her stories with others with a comedy spin on it.

If you have never seen ... Shea Suga's act, then you have been missing out on some big belly laughs. Shea developed a great passion for being on stage as she watch other comedians perform live, and comedy sitcoms on TV. Watching the Queens of Comedy truly inspired Shea to dream her way into the industry.

Her friends, family, and even strangers, have always encouraged and pushed her to do her comedy. Shea's first featured gig was for Headliner Lunell in May of 2005. Since then, she's been incredibly successful in the Bay Area, blessed with a huge following and fan base. In a very short time Shea has developed a huge following of dedicated and devoted fans. Her goal in her career is to book Commercial Campaigns and become a known Comedienne all over the world.

Cody Woods

Cody Woods is one of the most hilarious and talented comedians rising today. While growing up idolizing comedians as a child he discovered he had a natural way of making everyone laugh early on. At the age of thirteen he was recommended to the local comedy club by a teacher despite being sent to detention by that teacher the same day. With his unique versatility on stage, audiences are treated to a rare blend of extreme honesty, off the cuff wit, social commentary, animation with spot on impressions all while maintaining a laid back narrative. Now a young yet seasoned comic, Cody can be seen featuring and headlining comedy clubs all over California. He has regularly worked with big names such as Tommy Davidson, Damon Wayans, Steve O., Robin Williams, Bobby Slayton, Bruce Bruce, Cocoa Brown, Wllie Barcena, Lynn Koplitz, Tom Segura, Will Durst, Tom Rhodes, Tom Papa, Todd Glass, David Spade, Kevin Farley and many more. At his beginning stages he was already a two time finalist in the Northern California Comedy Competition held at the world famous Improv Comedy Club at the age of eighteen and nineteen. He was featured on Roger Ebert's blog shortly after as well as online streaming giant, Hulu.com.




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The Mission of the Orinda Chamber of Commerce

missionThe mission of the Orinda Chamber of Commerce is to promote businesses and business interests in the City of Orinda by providing information, communication, and activities that benefit and enhance the community, citizens and City of Orinda.

ThismonthWhat's happening at the Chamber?    

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce
New 2014 Membership & Sponsorship Program to Fit Your Organization's Objectives  
(Click the image below to for more details and to enroll)

As you renew your membership this year, schedule a consultative meeting with Candis or Roy (call 925-254-3909 to arrange an appointment).  Make the very most of your membership time and dollars.  Pro-rated memberships are available for those who wish to start with the new membership/sponsorship program now.

michaelWelcome, Michael Friedes Design Associates!
2 Theater Square Orinda

Chamber Board Member - Roy Hodgkinson, Chamber Execuive Director - Candy Kattenburg, Chamber Board VP - Paul Koenig, Olivia and Harrison Friedes, Allison McCrady, Laurie Lowery,Chamber Board Member - David Cronin, and our host, Michael Friedes.

Annual State of the City Luncheon on  
Wednesday, March 26th  
with the Orinda Rotary
With Mayor Severson 
and Chamber Member,  
Cyndi Girgis of Hilton House as Small Business of the Year

Time: 12 noon - but show up early to park and visit!
Location:  Orinda Community Center 
Cost:  $20 
RSVP:  Info@OrindaChamber.org  
  or Sue@BreedloveInsurance.com





After a cocktail hour starting at 5:30, we'll enjoy a family style meal prepared by La Piazza Restaurant, a member of both Orinda Rotary and the Orinda Chamber.   
Cash bars will be presented by the Rotary and the Lamorinda Winegrowers.   
The Trivia Bee will start a 7 sharp - A friendly competition with teams made up of friends, families, community groups, and businesses.  The winning team will have a prize to donate to the non-profit of their choice and bragging rights till next year's competition.

This is a great chance for community groups to take part - in the raffle opportunities and the fellowship!  Call Sue Breedlove 925-254-6262 or Sylvia Jorgensen 510-224-8548 with questions about how to do a mini fundraiser/raffle prize, with volunteer interest, for help getting a team together.


2014 Ambassador Program!

Members!  This is your opportunity to make a big difference for your membership value and to our business community.
See the current list of Ambassadors further on in this email.
If you would like to join the Ambassador team,
contact Carlos Rangel at Shelby's,
Dina Zapanta at First Republic Bank,
or Candis Kattenburg at the Orinda Chamber.

A special THANK YOU to DINA ZAPANTA and CARLOS RANGEL for organizing a wonderful Ambassador event...
and another special THANK YOU  to SUE and JIM BREEDLOVE for launching the ambassador program last year.

Executive Director, Candis Kattenburg
Jack Jorgensen, new and youngest member, and ambassador, Elite Bulletin,
and Dina Zapanta,
First Republic Bank, Chamber Board Member, and Ambassador Co-Chair.
Carlos Rangel, Shelby's Restaurant, Chamber Board Member, and Ambassador Co-Chair, helping ambassadors get plugged in!


Sue Hurrell, and new Ambassadors
February Ambassador Mixer


In cooperation with the Lafayette Chamber, the Moraga Chamber, and various local community organizations, we have assembled the first edition of an Orinda Chamber and Friends calendar.

Please submit Chamber Member events and announcements to president@orindachamber.org.  We will update in this newsletter....and be sure to 'friend' our page on Facebook! 

Send in your community dates!
Updates and Corrections will be made as reported on the April 1st newsletter.

fbThe Orinda Chamber is now on facebook! 
Please go to the Chamber's page and like it and recommend it to others. 

Post a selfie -
at a Chamber Event
in front of a Live at the Orinda Poster
at another Chamber's business....

memberMember Announcements

Members are encouraged to send in their announcements for the next newsletter to president@orindachamber.org in jpeg format.


Career Night Panelists needed for the 56th Annual Orinda Rotary Career Night at Miramonte High School to be held Monday, March 17 from 6pm - 8:30pm.


We are in the beginning stages of planning for the 2014 Orinda Rotary Career Night. Each year we have ten different career panels consisting of a moderator and three panelists representing a variety of career clusters.  Parents, Miramonte alumni who have completed college and have at least 2 years working in their chosen field and community members are encouraged to contact Eloise Schneider, College & Career Advisor at eschneider@acalanes.k12.ca.us if they are available to participate that evening and/or to be considered for next year's event. We try to diversify the panels each year with new panelists as many students attend the same panel more than once in their four years at Miramonte.  


Potential panels include: Global Business, Technology, Engineering, Law & Politics, Health Care, Social Media & Communications, Military & Public Service, Psychology, Green Jobs, Science Professions and Entrepreneurship.



newmemberNew Members This Quarter:

Elite Bulletin

Jack Jorgensen

Michael Friedes Design Associates
Michael Friedes
2 Orinda Theatre Square #135
Orinda, CA 94563

Fax: 510-336-0620

Renewals this quarter:  


Animal House

Pete Ritter

159 Crest View Drive



Patti Camras, REALTOR�
Coldwell Banker Northern California   
5 Moraga Way 
Fax: 925-253-0416

Nora Harlow
Community Affairs Representative
P.O. Box 24055
Oakland, CA 94623
Fax: 510-287-0149
Geppettos Cafe
87 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563
Fax: 925-939-5055

Horizon Home Health Care Service
Lorenzo Friar and Harold Goodman
51 Moraga Way, #4
Orinda, CA 94563
Fax: 925-258-9501

Sleepy Hollow Investment Company
Diane Wolfe
Vintage Office Building
25 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA  94563

Hanazen Sushi Restaurant
87 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563


Justin Hurd and Sylvia Jorgensen 

The Hurd Jorgensen Group, Merrill Lynch

1111 Broadway, 22nd Floor

Oakland, CA  94607




The Oakland Zoo - East Bay Zoological Society

9777 Golf Links Road
P.O. Box 52138
Oakland, CA 94605


Frank Woodward, REALTOR�   
 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Services
2 Theatre Square #211
Orinda, CA 94563

925-788-4963 (mobile)
925-253-4603 (office/direct)
Fax: 925-254-7781




Michael Walker

RPM Mortgage

Loan Agent, NMLS ID: 902476  
51 Moraga Way #2
Orinda, CA 94563
ax: 877-440-3675   

thankyou The Chamber wants to take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate.....

Eric Jorgensen! 

Go to a chamber event and you are likely to see Eric there volunteering, after preparing or setting up for the event, and is one of the last to leave after helping to clean up and pack out.  We have to point out that Eric is married to our chamber president, Sylvia, and supports her efforts at the chamber constantly.

Candis adds her special thanks to you, Eric, as you have been a great friend and chamber volunteer!

Marketing Opportunities

SHOP Shop Orinda Bag

Be a part of March's

Shop Orinda Bag Promotion!


The Shop Orinda Bag Prize donation is given to a different neighboring organization about 10 times a year to promote Shopping in Orinda!  The bag is filled with prizes and gift certificates for the winner to spend in Orinda!  The prize bag has been awarded in Moraga, Lafayette, Oakland, at other surrounding communities.  


The prize donations don't have to be anything big!  And you don't have to contribute every time or you can give a few months' worth of contributions for the upcoming bags.  Soooo, If you would like to contribute something, please let Sylvia or Candis know. Call Sylvia at 510.224.8548 or Candy at 925.254.3909, or email Sylvia at  president@orindachamber.org or Candy at info@orindachamber.org.


Contributors in 2013 were: 
Lamorinda Theatres, McDonnell Nursery, Orinda Peet's Coffee, the Hurd Jorgensen Group - Merrill Lynch, CalShakes, Susan Hurrell - CPA, Flying A Gasoline, hello Tiara, Citibank, Shelby's Restaurant, The Orinda Theatre, First Republic Bank, Arbonne - Cathie Burrows, Petra Cafe, Picollo Napoli, Alison McCrady - Artist, EBMUD, and the Orinda Chamber of Commerce.


THANK YOU!      


Who can join the Orinda Chamber?

Businesses, Residents, Utilities, Home-Based Businesses, Non-profits, Churches, Schools, Clubs....Everyone!
Click here for more information about membership or call Candis at 925-254-

Why?  Because you care about the
Orinda Business Community.

Who is the Orinda Chamber? Click here for our on-line Membership Directory or call
Candis at 925-254-3909 for a printed directory.  


The Orinda Chamber Ambassadors

Want to get involved with the Orinda Chamber, but don't want to bite off more than you can chew? Be an Ambassador. Help promote the chamber positively to prospective members, help new members find their groove, attend fun events, and get a badge! 


Contact Dina Zapanta of the Chamber Board and First Republic Bank, at 925-254-8993 or Candis Kattenburg, the Orinda Chamber Executive Director, at 925-254-3909 with your interest.

Ambassador Chairperson,
Dina Zapanta
First Republic Bank
Jose Anaya
Anaya Real Estate
Sue Breedlove
Breedlove Insurance
Dick Burkhalter
Friend of the Chamber
Rick Carter
State Farm
Melanie Flum
Oak Springs Pool
Sophina Gellon
Theatre Square Management
Tony Inzerillo
Lamorinda Winegrowers
Eric Jorgensen
Friend of the Chamber
Jack Jorgensen
Elite Bulletin
Chris Lane
Risk Concepts
Carrie Lifson
SES Insurance
Randy Madeirios
First Republic Bank
Roger Poynts
Lamorinda Winegrowers
Ken Roesling
Mechanics Bank
Tom Romaneck
Romaneck Painting Company
Charlie Vollmar
Epicurean Exchange
Michael Walker
RPM Mortgage
Leslie Ward
Lamorinda Winegrowers

The Chamber Board of Directors
Our Chamber Board meetings are open to all members.  Please contact Candis for location and if you want to request an addition to our agenda.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

Sylvia Jorgensen
Merrill Lynch
Vice President
Paul Koenig
Attorney at Law
Patti Camras
Coldwell Banker Northern California
Jim Breedlove
Breedlove Insurance
Board Member
Dina Zapanta
First Republic Bank
Board Member
David Cronin
Orinda Convalescent Hospital
Board Member
Nora Harlow
Board Member
Roy Hodgkinson                    
Board Member
Chris Flum
FullScale Events Productions & Party Rental
Board Member
Carlos Rangel
Shelbys Restaurant
Board Member
Richard Westin
Liaison to the City of Orinda
Tonya Gilmore
City of Orinda
Executive Director
Candis Kattenburg
Orinda Chamber

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