Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
October 24, 2014
Construction Alert from South Coast Water District
Saturday Construction Work Scheduled to Begin This Weekend
Following the completion of Phase 1 and coordination between South Coast Water District (SCWD) and the City of Dana Point, SCWD is pleased to break ground on Phase 2 & 3 of the Dana Point Lantern District Infrastructure Improvement Project (project). The project consists of water, sewer, and recycled water infrastructure improvements. These improvements are a core element of the City of Dana Point's long-term plans to create a vibrant, lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. 

The construction sequence began with the installation of sewer infrastructure on Golden Lantern, south of the intersection of Del Prado and Golden Lantern. Construction will continue north against traffic on Del Prado, with the sewer line terminating at Del Prado and Amber Lantern. Following sewer-main construction, laterals will be connected perpendicular to traffic lanes. Further updates will be provided as construction progresses. 

Saturday work to begin October 25 at the intersection of Amber Lantern and Del Prado
In an effort to reduce total construction time, a second crew will begin installing water infrastructure improvements on Saturday October 25, 2014 at the intersection of Amber Lantern and Del Prado. The second crew will start on Amber Lantern and turn north onto Del Prado, against the flow of traffic. Sewer infrastructure will continue on Violet Lantern before continuing on Del Prado. Please note that the City is working on a separate median construction project on Del Prado.

Don't let a little construction dust get in the way of supporting our local Dana Point businesses. Shop Del Prado and support our small business owners like Jack's Restaurant/Bar, Luxe Restaurant and Martini Bar, Killer Dana Surf Shop and Dana Point Hardware (just to name a few!) who have supported our great community for so many years. Make sure to take advantage of the cost saving coupons below!
Coming Soon: 2015 Dana Point City Maps
Promote Your Business to Visitors & Residents  
We are proud to announce that we are producing the Official 2015 Dana Point City Visitors Map and we want to promote your business! We will be printing 50,000 maps which will be distributed to local hotels, visitor centers, new Dana Point residents and will of course be available to our city visitors at the Chamber of Commerce offices.

This is the official map from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and will be full of informational highlights, historical points, things to do, restaurants, shopping, places to stay and much, much more!

Space is limited so act fast. The deadline to reserve space for the January publication is November 30, 2014. Click the link below to learn more about how to reserve your ad space.

Details are available here.
Candidates Forum Video Now Available Online

If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Candidate Forum, hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the Dana Point Civic Association, Dana Point Times and the League of Women Voters of the Capistrano Bay Area, you're in luck! Video from the event is now available online for your viewing pleasure. 

Get to know the nine candidates running for your Dana Point City Council. Watch the video now.
Stay Informed: Dana Point Planning Commission 
New Project Study Session 
Upcoming Chamber Events
November Membership Orientation 
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, November 5th   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, November 5th 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.
November Networking at Noon
Hosted by Brio Tuscany Grille
November 6th  11:30AM - 1:00PM
24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629

Join us on the first Thursday of the month for a delicious meal and the opportunity to network - all while supporting a great chamber member restaurant! November's Networking at Noon will be held at Brio Tuscany Grille.


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.


The cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes a 2-course lunch, beverage and gratuity. 


Please pre-register for the event as it helps us to give an accurate headcount to the kitchen. 

Space is limited so register now - and don't forget your business cards! 



Government Affairs Forum
How California's Drought will Affect Dana Point
Featured Speaker: General Manager, South Coast Water District
Andrew Brunhart
Thursday, November 6th   5:30 - 6:30pm
Dana Point Community House   24642 San Juan Ave, Dana Point
37th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot is Less Than 5 Weeks Away!
It's that time again! We're in gear for our 37th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, one of the biggest events in Orange County and a family tradition for thousands of participants. 

The Dana Point Turkey Trot is the premier trot in Southern California and has been named one of the top 3 destinations in the world for Thanksgiving by Fodor's Travel. If you are looking to boost exposure for your business, help local charities or get involved with this significant event in Orange County, consider aligning your business with the Dana Point Turkey Trot. We offer a range of different levels of involvement for all types of businesses with the goal to promote business, continue a family tradition and give back to our community. 

We're currently seeking vendors for our 2-Day Health & Wellness Expo, individuals or groups to join our volunteer team of over 400, and as always we are always accepting banners to be placed along the race course promoting your business! Contact the Chamber team if you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above.

The majority of our 16,000 participants are locals giving YOU a great opportunity to get involved with the South Orange County community! 

Our Turkey Trot is the perfect place to bring your family to run the race before your stuff your face - don't forget to register you and your family for our 10K, 5K or Kids' Gobble Wobble 1 Mile race. See you on Turkey Day!

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Welcome Our New Members!
Capo Beach Church

In 1975, Chuck Smith Jr. started teaching a Bible study in the home of Jim and Fran Counter in Dana Point. After constant growth, they founded Calvary Chapel of Dana Point on a four-acre, hilltop property above the harbor. In the summer of 1985, they closed escrow on the Capistrano bowling alley and began renovations. Next time you walk through their sanctuary doors, you might catch an imaginary glimpse of bowling lanes headed right towards the stage. While they began as a branch of Calvary Chapel, they eventually became an independent church in 2002. They are a group of free-spirited, sandal wearing, beach community individuals that strive to welcome anyone and everyone in with open arms. They have five main services throughout the week for you to choose from. The weekend services on Saturday nights are held at 6:30 pm and on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:30 AM. All three services are identical, so pick one that fits your wake-up time or sports schedule.

S & L Catering

S&L Catering is owned and operated by Susan & Lou De Stefano and is located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, CA. We are a full service catering company and can accommodate any events from sit-down dinner to a more casual buffet style reception. We also can help with catering needs such as event planning, party rentals, beverage and bakery needs, photography, musician and floral needs and event venue. Our aim is to provide you with a seamless event. 

We take pride in providing excellent service at a reasonable price to our customers. It is our privilege to work towards making your special day a perfect one! We know how to make your event memorable, stress free and something you and your guest will talk about for years to come. 

We look forward to meeting with you so we can show you what we have to offer to make your party or event special.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2002
Bill Shepherd, Civic Member
Member Since 1987
Member Since 2013
Member Since 2005
City of Dana Point
Member Since 1990
Member Since 2009
Majestic Housing & Development LLC
Member Since 2013

Member Since 2011
Community News & Events
Fun Halloween Celebrations for Any Age!
City of Dana Point
Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie
Friday, October 24th  4:30 - 9:00PM
Lantern Bay Park

Fun FREE activities for the whole family! Carnival Games, Costume Parade, Cupcake Decorating, Marionette Show, Pumpkin Decorating Contest for ages up to 12 years...bring your already decorated pumpkin. 

The night ends with the Moonlight Movie - Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (PG) beginning at 6:30pm. Free refreshments during the movie and each child will get a special treat! 

For further information call 949-248-3530.

Capo Beach Farmer's Market
Brio's Spooky Halloween Party

Olamendi's Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Dana Wharf Boo Cruise
All Aboard Wine Bistro's Halloween Masquerade
Dress Up For a Treat from Dana Point Jet Ski
Give Thanks in Style at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
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
Ahoy, only 11 weeks away until the 40th Annual Boat Parade of Lights!! This year we are celebrating 40 years of the boat parade of lights. This year's theme is "FantaSEA Holiday" to showcase the rich history, abundant sea life and ocean-inspired lifestyle of our beautiful city. 

This year we are expecting enormous crowds with the addition of the electric and illuminating event presented by The Resorts of Dana Point, "IlluminOcean". Dana Point IlluminOcean will electrify the Harbor with 40 nights of holiday lights. This wonderland by the sea 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. 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 -some so large, visitors can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale! 

This is YOUR opportunity to be a part of this time honored and community loved event. Sponsorship is EASY! Sponsorship starts at $150 in cash/gift certificate and you get to make your own category and criteria as well as attend a night on the judging boat to pick your winner.

Click here to download a sponsor application.  
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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