Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
August 20, 2015
Town Center Lantern District Street Improvement Project PHASE 2A Construction Alert / Look-Ahead Schedule
A message from the City of Dana Point
As you can see out there, things are starting to come together. We still have a lot of work to do, however, so prepare yourselves. The most significant work is our final street repair and overlay work scheduled to occur primarily during the week of August 24th, although some of that work will start sooner.

Upcoming construction will take place at the following locations between August 17, 2015 and September 4, 2015. Weather or unforeseen issues may impact the schedule at any time. Please also see map above
A) DEL PRADO FROM RUBY LANTERN TO GOLDEN LANTERN (BOTH SIDES AND MEDIANS) - Parkway and median improvements continue during this period on both sides of Del Prado. 
B) LANTERN DISTRICT ARCHWAY - Remaining architectural elements, stucco, etc. will be constructed this period and next. 
C) INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS AT GOLDEN LANTERN/DEL PRADO - Traffic signal modification work, street improvements, and median modification work to allow for conversion to two-way traffic will continue at this intersection and along Golden Lantern. 
D) PCH BANNER POLES - The concrete banner poles on PCH between Del Prado and Ruby Lantern will be installed during this period. They are already on site being staged on Del Prado near Ruby Lantern.
E) ASPHALT REPAIRS/FINAL PAVING - Asphalt repair work and placement of finish asphalt will begin along the entire Project area (see map), including Golden Lantern, during this period, and will generally be completed this month. 
F) INTERSECTION CROSSWALK PAVERS - Once finish paving is complete, brick paver crosswalk installation will begin at the following intersections: Del Prado/Ruby, Del Prado/Amber, Del Prado/Violet and Del Prado/Old Golden Lantern. The brick pavers will match the installed pavers in the medians on Del Prado. This three to four week work effort is anticipated in September. 
G) RETURN TO TWO WAY DIRECTION - This work is estimated to occur in late September following the crosswalk paver work and is our final major construction impact.

This second phase will complete Del Prado Street from Ruby Lantern to Copper Lantern. This will help create the pedestrian friendly, mixed use environment for shopping, dining, and socializing envisioned in the Town Center Plan. The Project is a result of years of planning and coordination between South Coast Water District (SCWD) and numerous members of our residential and business communities who worked collaboratively to create the Downtown vision.

Visit the City of Dana Point's website for even more information on the Town Center plan.
Chamber Member Benefits: Free Calendar Listings!
A new benefit to our Chamber members is our interactive Chamber calendar. 

Hosting an upcoming holiday event? Our members can now feature their events on our Chamber website events calendar! Whether it's a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holiday party, we invite you to share your event on our calendar with our members and the local community. PLUS, you can subscribe to our calendar's RSS feed and receive up to date information on upcoming events. 

This is a feature for Chamber Members Only. All submission are subject to approval.

Join the Dana Point Turkey Trot Virtual Race Bag
Want to market your business to 11,000 Turkey Trot runners?

If the answer is YES, we invite you to participate in our Virtual Race Bag offer for the Dana Point Turkey Trot. The Dana Point Turkey Trot, in its 38th year is the Dana Point Chamber's biggest fundraiser. Named one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting 11,000 runners to the beautiful Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. The Dana Point Turkey Trot emails each runner a virtual swag bag, offering local coupons, deals and information. 

This step-by-step process allows you to create an offer which is sent to each runner one week before and one week after the Turkey Trot. Your placement could be a traditional discount offer, online store discount, educational information, or even simply advertise your services right inside our bag! As added value to you, Virtual Race Bags provides performance metrics showing total impressions and prints generated by your coupon or ad. Best of all it is "Green" and keeps litter out of beaches and the harbor! 

For more information please click here, and to confirm your participation, please contact Vickie McMurchie.
Ocean Institute Million Dollar Home Raffle
Early Bird Deadline is TONIGHT!
This is just a friendly reminder that the Ocean Institute's Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle early bird deadline is tonight at 12:00 midnight.  If you were thinking about supporting the Institute by  purchasing a ticket this is the optimum time.  There are extra chances for prizes for people who purchase by tonight and if you buy two you will also be entered in the multi-ticket drawing.  

The grand prize is $1 million or a Laguna Beach home. Single ticket buyers qualify for a chance at winning the grand prize and a share of $80,000 worth of bonus prizes. Buy two tickets and have a chance at the grand prize and $190,000 in bonus prizes. A maximum of 20,000 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the  Ocean Institute.

The grand prize drawing will be held, Saturday, November 14 at the Ocean Institute,

To purchase tickets, call 949.542.3600 or print the entry form  available online  and fax it to 949.542.3601.

Upcoming Chamber Events
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
Help Us Welcome New Business to Dana Point!
TODAY  12:00 PM
34255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by the City of Dana Point
TONIGHT    5:30 - 7:30pm
33282 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point       $12 Members  $20 Non-Members
Please join us TONIGHT for our August mixer, hosted by the City of Dana Point from 5:30-7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, meet our City Council members, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying delicious food and drinks! Food will be provided by our friends at Jack's Restaurant & Bar and Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar. The bar will be staffed by Chamber Staff, Ambassadors and Board Members :) Dessert will be provided by the Dana Point Historical Society.
Help our Chamber grow stronger by bringing a friend - invite a local business owner or even a friend to attend the event!
The cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.
The event will be hosted outdoors, so please dress in layers. 
Chamber Mixer Raffle Items Needed
We're looking for amazing raffle prizes for our upcoming 3rd Thursday Mixers. As a member of the Chamber, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to market yourself to our membership. 
Please contact us if you would like to make a donation for an upcoming mixer. As always, we are appreciative for our member's continued support.

Mark Your Calendar: Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, September 2nd   5:00 - 6:00pm
Brio Tuscany Grille      24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point
  Do you know the value of your Chamber Membership? 
Are you looking to get the most of out of your membership?
Come to our New Member Orientation! Join us on Wednesday, September 2nd from 5:00 - 6:00pm at Brio Tuscany Grille
We encourage new members, new employees and current members looking for a "refresher" course to attend this event. Attendees will receive your New Member Packet and plaque, plus you'll get a detailed presentation of your Chamber member benefits. 

This orientation is your opportunity to meet Chamber staff, Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and fellow new members, while learning about all the exciting opportunities your Chamber membership offers you!  Click here to RSVP.
September Networking at Noon at El Torito
  Thursday, September 3rd   11:30am - 1:00pm
Dana Point Harbor   34521 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA
$20 Members     $25 Non-Members

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us on Thursday, September 3rd for Networking at Noon at  El Torito.

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and eat a delicious lunch - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant!

Every attendee gets 30 seconds to stand up and introduce themselves and their business - it's a great way to learn more about your fellow Chamber members and  generate new business leads .

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. 
Welcome Our New Members!
Nularis provides the easiest and fastest way for enterprises to save money on energy costs by utilizing the industry's most complete offering of LED lighting. Nularis' typical customer will experience an 80% reduction in their lighting electricity costs - and lighting generally constitutes the largest part of an enterprise's power bill. 

At the root of Nularis' innovation is the fact that incandescent and halogen bulbs currently waste 90% of their energy in the form of heat instead of light, while 95% of the energy in LED's is used to generate light. Moreover, not only are LED lights extremely energy efficient, they dramatically reduce air conditioning costs, replacement lamp costs and installation costs because Nularis LED lamps generally last more than 5 years.

Nularis was founded in 2010 in order to address the sizable enterprise market which will rapidly switch to LED lighting due to the dramatic energy efficiency that LED's provide and the sizable utility rebates and subsidies that enterprises can receive. 

Today, Nularis has more than 20 assembly and procurement arrangements with factories in Asia, giving the company one of the broadest and most complete LED lighting offerings. The company has more than 300 LED models in its product line, approximately 8 times as many LED lamps found in traditional retail stores or wholesale distributors.

Relevé Unlimited
Relevé Unlimited is a boutique event design agency delivering our unique brand of American Riviera style to special event production and destination management for the ultimate success of incentive programs, corporate meetings and conferences, festivals and social gatherings. 

Headquartered in Santa Barbara County, we've provided event services locally, nationally and worldwide since 1991.  Our destination management practice pays special attention to Central and Southern California including Santa Barbara, Ojai and the Santa Ynez Valley - and we proudly deliver programming to San Diego, The OC, and the greater Los Angeles area from our Orange County office. 

Our 24 years of reliable and uniquely creative event services have placed Relevé Unlimited in the forefront of leading SoCal DMCs (destination management companies) and we enjoy a high percentage of repeat customers. Our strong relationships with such leading hotel properties as Bacara Resort and Spa, Belmond El Encanto, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Canary Hotel Santa Barbara - A Kimpton Hotel, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, and The Resorts of Dana Point ensure the ultimate in knowledgeable, seamless service for your important guests. 

Whether you simply need the best in reliable and efficient transportation logistics - or all-inclusive corporate event and activity planning, Relevé Unlimited is here to help. Our highly skilled, professional staff always puts forth extra effort in the areas of creativity, listening to our clients, concise communications, budget attentiveness, and a caring attitude.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 1993

Member Since 1997
Member Since 2013

Harold Kaufman, Civic Member
Member Since 1987

Member Since 2012

Marie Siegel, Civic Member
Member Since 2005
Member Since 1999

Member Since 2012

Member Since 2013
Community News & Events
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
August 20th Ribbon Cutting: Fitness Together

DPCC Third Thursday Mixer at City Hall

Ocean Institute's 11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle
Early Bird Deadline

August 22nd City of Dana Point's Emergency Preparedness Expo

Ocean Institute's Shark Month

Farmers Market
August 23rd Dana Point Summer Concert Series
December of 63 (Frankie Valle & Four Seasons Tribute) & The Fabulous Ultra Tones (Disco)

Lantern District Alliance Trolley Hop
August 24th Dana Point Planning Commission Meeting
August 25th CUSD First Day of School

City of Dana Point: Ocean Water Quality Subcommittee Meeting
August 26th Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair

2015 Lantern Village Association Annual Meeting
August 27th Senior Twilight Dinner
August 29th Farmers Market
August 30th Dana Point Summer Concert Series
DC Babylon & The Hanging Gardens Band (Jazz to Rock) & Springsteen- The Ultimate Tribute to the Boss
Sept. 1st City of Dana Point: City Council Meeting
Sept. 2nd Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair

DPCC: Member Orientation
Sept. 3rd DPCC: Networking at Noon - El Torito
Sept. 7th Labor Day - City Hall & Chamber Offices Closed
Thank You to our 2015 Chairman Circle Sponsors


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