Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
November 19, 2014
Get Involved: The Holiday Spirit of Dana Point
Decorating Contest Aims to Spread Holiday Cheer & Tourism throughout City

IlluminOcean, hosted and presented by The Resorts of Dana Point, will debut in Dana Point for the 2014 holiday season.  This unique event will feature a magical festival of lights staged amongst the spectacular coastal setting of our Dana Point Harbor.  IlluminOcean is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Dana Point during its 40 Nights of Holiday Lights.  While the first year will see the majority of the lights in the Harbor, IlluminOcean has plans on expanding each year into other areas of Dana Point to create a citywide attraction.  Additionally, the City of Dana Point is adding new holiday lights at the entrances of Town Center and new citywide holiday pole banners. 


The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage our local businesses to get in on the fun and help spread the magic of IlluminOcean throughout Dana Point during the Holiday Season.


We are pleased to announce a new business holiday lights contest, the Holiday Spirit of Dana Point. The contest is focused on including and showcasing our local businesses during the holiday season and encouraging shopping and dining in Dana Point.  We invite you to be creative in decorating for the holidays and help us show what makes Dana Point such a special community.


To help you get started and play on the IlluminOcean theme, the City of Dana Point has purchased a limited number of light covered dolphin sculptures to give away for free to our local businesses to use them in their decor.  Numbers are limited so hurry and pick up your dolphin.


To participate in the Holiday Spirit of Dana Point business decorating contest, contact the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce to sign up and pick up your free lighted dolphin starting November 18, 2014 at the Chamber office.  Dolphins are also available at the Public Works Office in City Hall.  


Judging will take place between December 19th and 22nd.  Judging will be limited to businesses within the city limits of Dana Point, on exterior decor only and must be completely installed by December 19, 2014.  Contest rules subject to change without notice.

Dana Point Businesses Are There For You.
On November 29, Will You Be There For Them?

The holidays are right around the corner and there's no better time to start your shopping. 
Skip the mall and support your local Dana Point small businesses - keep your tax dollars in Dana Point and help to support the businesses who have been such great supporters of our amazing city.

Additionally, while the City and South Coast Water District continue to improve the infrastructure of Dana Point, we want to strongly encourage residents to continue to shop locally and support the businesses on Del Prado that are affected by this large-scale construction project.

Shop small. Shop Local. Shop Dana Point.
An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers

As in years past, California enacted many new laws that will affect the day-to-day operations, practices and policies of California businesses in 2015. 

Some of the new laws, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to California's legal landscape. Other new laws make changes to different parts of existing law or may only affect employers in specified industries. 

CalChamber's free "An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers" white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new laws from the California Legislature, including: 
  • Mandatory paid sick leave, with penalties for noncompliance 
  • New requirement to include training on preventing abusive conduct (such as bullying) as part of mandatory supervisor sexual harassment training 
  • Expanded liability for employers who contract for labor 
  • Plus, other new laws in key employment areas

Severe Drought Conditions Have Worsened 
Additional Conservation Measures are Required
A message from our friends at South Coast Water District

Water reservoirs statewide have reached critically low levels. 

In 2014, we have used 1% MORE water than in 2013, despite the statewide requirement that we reduce water use by 20%. 

We need to limit irrigation using potable water sprinkler systems to 1 day per week with a maximum of 10 minutes of watering per sprinkler station/zone starting on December 1, 2014 until further notice. 

Watering Schedule 
  • Residential: Monday Only    
  • Businesses, Government, Schools, HOAs: Wednesday Only 
Water between 5pm and 9am 

If water supplies are further restricted in 2015, we may need to decrease water use by 40%.

Please note the new irrigation requirement and schedule. Thank you for your efforts to conserve water.

A Message from Dana Point Youth Baseball
Dear Community Business Member, 

I am a member of the fundraising team for Dana Point Youth Baseball and reaching out for proud sponsors from our local business community. DPYB is a registered non-profit organization and becoming a sponsor helps sustain our league.

As a resident of Dana Point since 1973, I became involved in DPYB in an effort to give something back to the community. DPYB is an all-volunteer league and the coaches are local residents who help young athletes become better baseball players and future leaders with purpose, goals and core values.

What occurs during a season is the growth of a young person who learns valuable life lessons through baseball. They learn to work together as teammates, show respect to each other, listen to the coach, accept an umpire's decision, win with humility and lose with grace. They learn how to perform underpressure. They learn tolerance in accepting others for who they are and their abilities. They learn to communicate with each other and integrate themselves in a game of strategy and tactics. All of these tools combines help 
them to not only be game-ready, but life ready. In the process, they have great fun, make friends and build memories with each other. The list of learning lessons is countless and when the season is over, the individual is not only a better baseball player, but a better person.

Becoming a sponsor speaks volumes to the many great families who participate in the DPYB league. Please contact me if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.Thank you for your consideration and I truly appreciate your time.

Rocco DiFrancesco
Email  |  949.705.8699

Upcoming Chamber Events
37th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot is ONE Week Away!
Time is running out to take advantage of our discounted online pricing - Online registration closes Monday, November 24th at 11:55pm. 

You can register for Turkey Trot in person in the Dana Marina Plaza parking lot on November 26th from 12 - 7pm and on race day, November 27th starting at 6am. 
We expect a sell-out crowd this year. Don't delay, register online today!

Can't run this year, consider volunteering! 
Run! Cheer! Volunteer! Each year the Dana Point Turkey Trot has over 400 helping hands that assist with making the event spectacular. Volunteers dedicate their time to help before, during and after the race with a variety of duties from assisting with bib pick up to awarding medals at the finish line. If you are not able to participant in the race this year but still want to be a part of the fun, join Drumstick and the RAP Protein Gummies Volunteer Team. Make a difference this holiday season! 

Visit our Turkey Trot Volunteer page to sign up today.
Turkey Trot - There's an App For That!
You have Turkey Trot questions, and we have answers! Download the official 2014 Dana Point Turkey Trot app - available for both iPhone and Android users now. Stay up to date on all the latest news, book a hotel, meet our sponsors, learn more about awesome Dana Point restaurants, check your race results, track a runner or just check our FAQs. Download the app now! 

Please Note:
Starting Tuesday, November 25th, Chamber staff will be out of the office prepping for Turkey Trot and will not return until Monday, December 1. Please contact us prior to these dates if you need assistance.
Free SCORE Workshop: Build Your Online Toolkit
with Social Media & Email Marketing
Dana Point Chamber Seeking Networking at Noon & Mixer Hosts for 2015
Looking to get more people through your doors? 

We are currently searching for hosts for our 3rd Thursday Mixers and Networking at Noon events. Hosting an event allows you to promote your company/venue to business leaders in Orange County, is a fantastic networking opportunity, and also a way to showcase your services first-hand to fellow Chamber members. 

For more information on hosting an event, contact Vickie or call 949-496-14555

Welcome Our New Members!
Henken Orthodontics

Dr. Edmond Henken is celebrating over 27 years in South Orange County creating his signature "Winning Smiles" not only in Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano Beach , and San Juan Capistrano, but in all of South Orange County. His impeccable style and experience in aesthetic orthodontics finds him performing all phases of orthodontic treatment from young children to adults, specializing in Invisalign , Clear Braces and difficult cases that require surgery. 

Dr. Henken takes great pride in treating three generations of patients along with his outstanding staff, many of whom have been with him for over 20 years. He is a proud member of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce & San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and a proud sponsor of the San Clemente High School Woman's Soft Ball Team, San Clemente Triton Football and Basketball Teams, San Clemente High School Varsity Dance Team, JSerra FootBall Team, Surf Rider Foundation, "Sailors for the Sea" and the US Sailing Olympic Team, 
just to name a few.

His expertise in Bio-Progressive Treatment and Aesthetic Orthodontics has made him sought after, not only locally, but also around the United States, by world champions, professionals and Olympic athletes. 

Henken Orthodontics continues to strive for excellence and the core elements of our leadership is to provide the most outstanding orthodontic care to our patients. The staff also demonstrates a stellar work ethic and integrity; and work hard to be an inspiration for others in our community. 

Henken Orthodontics is conveniently open Monday through Friday with appointments made to accommodate our busy patient schedules. Emergency calls are also provided 7 days a week. 

Henken Orthodontics invite you to visit them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and to look for its new website at TeamOrtho.com coming soon.

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Contact us today or call 949.424.9119 now to book a consultation!
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, LLC
Member Since 2013
Member Since 2013
Member Since 2008
Member Since 2013
FoxLin Architecture
Member Since 2011

Community News & Events
Support Local Business: Shop Del Prado Businesses
"The road to success is always under construction"
Shop Del Prado and support small business owners! 

Remember to take photos and post about shopping local in Dana Point by using the hashtags #ShopDelPrado or #ShopDanaPoint
Shop Local

Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar
Give Thanks & Eat Deliciously

Brio Tuscany Grille Thanksgiving Dinner

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Will Open at 6am on Thanksgiving Day!

Two week countdown to Dana Point Turkey Trot ! Join us at 6am Thanksgiving morning for our viewing and at 1pm for our Thanksgiving feast! Did we mention the bar also opens at 6am? Because it does.

Great Offers from Your Fellow Chamber Members
Family Holiday Photo Special from
Montgomery Photography
Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club
Membership Specials
Jack's Restaurant Presents
Exclusive Holiday Shopping Event!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23   3:00 - 5:00pm

Jack's Restaurant invites you to a special artist's reception and jewelry shopping event with British-American designer Justine Cullen! Justine has just completed a successful KickStarter Campaign and has now become known as "one of the new breed of young jewelry designers." We are happy to help promote her work. This is a rare opportunity! Please join us for refreshments and a chance to see Justine's latest design, including her Serpent's Fortune and Phoenix Rising collections. Lots of holiday gifts for all your loved ones. RSVP appreciated to justine@justinecullen.com or 949.394.2702 

Following the event Jack's will be open for dinner at 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you!
Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter
9th Annual Holiday Party
Have You Been Naughty or Nice?
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Hosting Breakfast with Santa
December 14, 2014 8:00am-11:00am

Join us in the Richard Henry Dana Ballroom for a morning filled with treats. Breakfast will be served and children will enjoy a fun-filled time as they do arts and crafts, decorate cookies, or watch a movie. Face painting will also be available and don't forget a photo opportunity with Santa. 
Adults: $35.00 all inclusive   |    Children ages 6-12: $15.00 
Reservations required.

IlluminOCEAN: 40 Nights of Holiday Lights
The Majestic Sealife of Dana Point Shines Bright in a Dazzling Holiday Display 

The holidays will shine bright this year as Dana Point IlluminOcean debuts 18 large scale lighting attractions for forty nights of holiday lights at the Dana Point Harbor! This wonderland by the sand - created and funded by The Resorts of Dana Point to become an annual winter tradition - features a brilliant spectacle of 18 oversized lighting sculptures with over 225,000 LED lights, and is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown beginning November 26, 2014.

As the whale watching capital of the world, and proud stewards of the coastal ecosystems which drives most of the destination's tourism traffic, the sea-themed holiday lighting sculptures showcase the city's devotion to ocean preservation.

From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures - so big visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale!

As visitors stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds while roaming street performers entertain crowds, glow merchandise shines and "Whale Eyes" 3D glasses give a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle. See the lights. Explore the sights. This year and every year, only at Dana Point IlluminOcean. For additional information, visit IlluminOCEAN.com.
40th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
Boat Parade by Water's Edge
Friday, December 5; Saturday, December 6; Friday, December 12; Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm

Holiday in the Harbor Open House 
Friday, Dec 5, 4:30pm - 7:30pm 

Boat Rides with Santa 
Saturday, Dec 6 & Sunday, Dec 7, 10am - 3pm 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks Photos with Santa! 
Friday, Dec 5, 4:30-7:30pm & Thursday, Dec 11 & 18 3-5pm 

Santa Paws 
Saturday, Dec 13, 10am-3pm

Cast Your Vote: 7th Annual Best of Dana Point
It's that time of year again! The Dana Point Times "Best of Dana Point People's Choice Lantern Awards" voting has begun! 

To vote, visit the Dana Point Times website and click on the link on the right, entitled Vote Here: The Best of Dana Point. Make sure to direct your friends, family and customers to vote as well - every vote for your business helps!

Click here to download a "VOTE FOR US" flyer for you to use in your storefronts or in marketing materials to get the word out to all your customers. 

Polls close December 21st, 2014 at midnight.

Also, don't forget about your friendly Dana Point Chamber of Commerce when voting for "Best Customer Service." :)
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