Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
September 11, 2013
Construction Begins on Dana Point Town Center Water, Sewer and Storm Drain Improvement Project

Guest column by South Coast Water District

After years of planning and coordination between South Coast Water District (SCWD), the City of Dana Point and the community, we are pleased to break ground on the Town Center Water, Sewer and Storm Drain Improvement Project (Project). The Project will bring added water, sewer and storm drain improvements to the Town Center area and provide the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the anticipated number of people living and working in Town Center.

Construction is being approached in phases with the water district starting and completing utility work before the city begins street-level changes. The water district will tackle Pacific Coast Highway first and replace lines from Copper Lantern to Blue Lantern over the next three months. 
Once finished, the city will come in to complete median, sidewalk and landscape work. Construction along PCH is expected to last through October 2014, at the end of which, traffic will travel in two ways down the now one-way road. At the same time the water district can begin construction on Del Prado utilities. 
Both city and water district officials have confirmed outreach will be done to address any issues that may arise and work is being done to mitigate effects on residents and businesses. 
The South Coast Water District has launched a construction hotline at 949.499.4555 ext. 9. 
Download the fact sheet here.
Last Call for 2013 Turkey Trot Sponsors
It's that time again! We're in gear for our 36th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, one of the biggest events in Orange County and a family tradition for thousands of participants. 

If you are looking to boost exposure for your business, help local charities or get involved with this significant event in Orange County, consider sponsoring the Dana Point Turkey Trot. We offer a range of different levels for all types of businesses with the goal to promote business, continue a family tradition and give back to our community. The majority of our 16,000 participants are locals giving YOU a great opportunity to get involved with the south Orange County community! 

If you have questions or if you'd like to support this important event, click here for more information, email Natalia or call the Chamber office at 949-496-1555. 

A special thank you to our current 2013 Sponsors of the Dana Point Turkey Trot: 


Member Spotlight: 
Member Spotlight: EliteMedizin Dr. Anne Luhan

About 80 Million Americans suffer from varicose veins-those bulging veins that you see on the surface across the legs and feet. It turns out that most do not know that you can now treat them in about 15 painless minutes.  


Watch the video above to learn more about Dr. Anne Luhan, her practice EliteMedizin and this cutting edge procedure.


Learn more at EliteMedizin's website 

Member Spotlight: 
Relay For Life of Dana Point




The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. 


Your reasons for getting involved in Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. Watch the video above to learn more about Judy Brandmeier, and her reason for getting involved - her son Craig.


Learn more about making a donation, signing up for a team, or just general event information about Relay For Life of Dana Point here.
Upcoming Chamber Events
October Networking at Noon
Hosted by Gemmell's Restaurant
October 3  11:30am - 1:00pm

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and our Membership Committee invite you to join us for Networking at Noon at Gemmell's Restaurant.

This event is open to members and non-members to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while supporting a great chamber member restaurant and stimulating our local economy!
For entrees, attendees will have a choice of either Pork Tenderloin, Angel Hair Pasta or Chicken Crepes.

The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. Please pre-register for the event as it helps us to give an accurate headcount to the kitchen. 
Welcome Our New Members!
Crank & Grind

A family owned business, Bike Religion opened in 2007 and has incorporated the tradition of bike riding with drinking coffee in their new coffee shop Crank & Grind.  Nestled within the bike store, patrons have the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee before and after a bike ride around Dana Point.  


Australian native Karen Lanzon runs the operations for Crank & Grind and supports local businesses in Orange County.  Crank & Grind brews K�an Coffee from Newport Beach and sweets from Dana Point's own Carley Cakes.  If you aren't the coffee drinking type, Crank & Grind also provides a variety of teas, protein shakes and milk shakes with no artificial flavorings for the little bikers in your family.

Goodwill Orange County

Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has helped people with disabilities find employment, become independent and support themselves and their families. We're proud of our heritage and have a rich, active history in the local community: 
  • Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902 by Reverend Edgar J. Helms in Boston Massachusetts. 
  • Goodwill of Orange County opened its doors in 1924 as a branch of the Los Angeles-based Goodwill Industries of Southern California. 
  • Our Orange County operation began as a storefront on Fourth Street in Santa Ana and has since become a well-recognized community service provider and leading employer with more than 900 employees and an annual budget of more than $78 million.
  • We serve more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities and other barriers to independence each day.
Juicilicious Juice Bar

Here at Juicilicious, we use 100% organic produce from our local farmers. Our juices are extracted with a cold-press juicer, which means juice does not heat up and therefore protects the digestive enzymes and nutrients in the juice. In short, it makes very healthy juice, also with a longer life span! They are made-to-order, taste-tested, kid & adult approved! Our juice is made fresh daily, bottled in glass (to-go orders) and is entirely eco-friendly! 16oz & 32oz available at our Dana Point Juice Bar!

Kimble Photography

Kimble Photography is a premier Orange County Photographer. Located in the beautiful city of Dana Point, we serve the South Orange County area with portrait photography, headshots, candid photography, wedding photography, commercial photography, and photojournalism. 


We photograph destination weddings and love to travel, our work has been utilized by numerous public and private organizations. Whether you are a large corporation or a small family, Kimble Photography is ready to provide truly stunning photography for all of your needs.  

Nordhavn Yachts


Nordhavn Yachts has been designing and building superior, seaworthy yachts since its inception and has earned its reputation as a leader in the trawler industry. Over the years, Nordhavn has continued to push the cruising envelope with new designs and breakthrough concepts. 


In 2001, the company took a production Nordhavn 40 around the world in 26 weeks without any major failure. Three years later, a group of 15 Nordhavns crossed the Atlantic in the company-sponsored Nordhavn Atlantic Rally. Nordhavn now boasts the most circumnavigations of any other company and its customers continue to break cruising records all over the world. The current line-up of models ranges from 40 to 120 feet and includes a Motorsailer and an Expedition Yacht Fisher. Nordhavn currently has four offices in the U.S. and international offices in England and Australia, and has a loyal following around the globe.  

Wave Balance Wellness Center


The first of its kind, Wave Balance Wellness Center offers natural drug free healing. We offer cutting edge PEMF therapy that rids the body of cellular inflammation to reduce your pain, and repairs the damaged cells so that the pain does not return!  

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Community News & Events
Dana Point Historical Society 2013 Home Tour
Call For Sponsors & Tickets Now On Sale
Sunday, October 6, 2013 11am - 4pm


"...from the hills of Hollywood to the sea... in Dana Point"

Sidney Woodruff, the enterprising builder who developed both Hollywoodland and Dana Point, used this statement to promote his distinctive urban "home-place" in the Hollywood Hills near Los Angeles and his Community of Enchantment By -the-Sea in Dana Point. 

This year, at our thirteenth annual Home Tour, we are featuring those homes and buildings Woodruff built here in Dana Point, his dream of a resort and play-land by the sea.  

Our signature house for the 2013 Home Tour is Woodruff's own original home. It will be open to visitors along with a number of other carefully preserved and, in some cases, enlarged Woodruff homes in Lantern Village. You will enjoy the architecture, the d�cor and the gardens of these treasured homes. T

Ticket order form & sponsorship information is available here. Details will be sent to ticket buyers.
39th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights Seeking Sponsors 
Everyone loves a parade, and when you add music to it, it becomes something memorable. This might just be the biggest karaoke parade in history! 
Join us as crowds gather at the water's edge to view and listen to the magnificent 39th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, decorated to this year's theme "HERE WE COME A'CAROLING" 
Wouldn't it be great for you and your business to be a part of this magical parade this holiday season? 
Join the parade and participate this year in making the holidays brighter and more memorable by becoming a "Parade of Lights" Sponsor.
Click here to download a sponsor application. 
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events with Ocean Institute
Shark Night
September 18 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Guest speaker Rodney Fox will talk about his appreciation and understanding of great white sharks through his own experience and research. 
On December 8, 1963, Fox was viciously attacked around his chest and hand by a great white shark! He suffered near fatal wounds which required extensive surgery and 452 stitches. Join us for an evening with Mr. Fox, as he discusses his 50 years as a filmmaker, leading conservationist in protecting wildlife and the environment. Mr. Fox has established, The Fox Shark Research Foundation, to inspire an appreciation and understanding of great white sharks. The latest documentary on his 50 years with sharks is under production and his book, "Seven Tenth's Water - Sharks, The Sea and Me," is due for release in Australia in October 2013. 
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the gruesome shark attack in South Australia 
Ernie Brooks Art Exhibit
September 19 | 6:30pm
Join us for a special evening at the House of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano featuring the work of famed underwater photographer Ernie Brooks. Enjoy over 70 of his spectacular photos and meet the artist in person. 
Mr. Brooks has won international acclaim for underwater photography and audio/visual presentation. In the pursuit of dramatic marine images, he has descended into the mysterious waters beneath the polar icecaps as well as into the depths of almost every ocean on Earth. He has contributed to numerous magazines and organizations including: Cousteau Society, California Highways, Ocean Realm, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nature Conservancy and Natural Wildlife, to name only a few. His work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monterey Bay Aquarium Shark Exhibit, Yugoslavia 'Man in the Sea,' Our World Underwater, Smithsonian 'Planet Earth' and was also honored by the Smithsonian Institute in January of 1995. 
This event is hosted by the Sand Dollar Guild. All proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute. $40 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Natasha at 949-496-2274 x412.
Reserve Your Holiday Event Early & Save
at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club

Two Great Offers from Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Book Your Holiday Event Now

Book your holiday event now through Sept. 30th and take advantage of the following:  
  • 10% off food and beverage menu pricing. 
  • Complimentary champagne toast for all guests. 
  • One complimentary resort guestroom and spa treatment for VIP Guest. 
Babymoon Package 

Babymoon package includes resort accommodations, one bottle of sparkling apple cider, signature salty snack, daily Resort fee, late check-out, "Mommy to Be" gift from the Spa and one 60-Minute prenatal massage.

Vote For The Spa at Laguna Cliffs in the SpaFinder Wellness 2013 Readers' Choice Awards
October Wood Presented by So Cal Woodie Club
OctoberWood is the newest Woodie Event put on by the Southern California Woodie Club and is the last event of the season. 
Established in 2011 by members of the Southern California Woodie Club, OctoberWood has become a well attended and extremely popular event, displaying the Southern California Woodie Culture. October Wood is held at Lantern Bay Park in the City of Dana Point. 
OctoberWood is free to all Woodie Owners and enthusiasts. 
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