Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  March 24, 2014 News & Events
Business Retirement Plan Seminar: What You Need to Know - Tuesday, March 25 
 The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, along with the Orinda and Moraga Chambers of Commerce, invite you to a lunch seminar to learn about Retirement Plans and your business at La Finestra Ristorante, 100 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette on Tuesday, March 25 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Whether you have a plan or not, this outstanding panel of presenters can help you ask the right questions to maximize your plan's potential under the current laws, start of update your plan, and give you tips on how to follow the rules. Seminar recommended for Business Owners, C-Level Executives, Human Resource Directors, Tax Preparers

Speakers include:

Merrill Lynch, Nicole Preovolos, VP, Senior Retirement Plan Consultant; Transamerica, Trey Banton, Regional Vice President; Internal Revenue Service, Stanley Posis, Revenue Agent; Sara Ennor, Estate and ERISA Attorney; and Nicholas Pension Consultants, Leonard Roberts, Principal and Consultant. Moderated by Sylvia Jorgensen, President of Orinda Chamber of Commerce.

Seminar fee of $25 includes lunch. Register online or call 284-7404.
Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, March 25 - Noon - Chamber Conference Room
Green Logo The Green Committee's monthly meeting is on Tuesday, March 25 at noon in the Chamber Conference Room. We are getting ready for Earth Day and you can be part of the celebration and event we produce every year at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, on Sunday, April 27th. 
This years' focus in on Water Conservation.  
We are also planning the annual "clean up day" at the Lafayette Reservoir on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd. 
The film Plastic Paradise will be show this month at Rheem Theatre on the 18th and at the Lafayette Library on the 29th. For more information on this film visit the website.  
The committee is also doing follow up meetings with property owners wishing to learn about helping the businesses they lease to more sustainable.  Join us! 

Young Professionals - Next Meet-up on Wednesday, March 26 - 5:30pm
This is going to be unlike any of our events... Ever! We will be meeting at the Roundup Saloon in down town Lafayette. There will be networking, socializing and, as always, you know it's going to be a great time!!! See you there. We are the 40 and under group from the Lafayette Chamber that promotes professional development, intellectual discussion and FUN.  Join us!  We will meet on Wednesday, March 26 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Check out meet-up for more information and to learn about future get togethers.


Las Trampas Fundraiser at Patxi's - Wednesday, March 26

Wednesday, March 26 - Dine and Donate. ALL DAY... at Patxi's Pizza, 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) can sip Blue Bottle Coffee with extraordinary pastries in the morning, stop in for lunch, and take home incredible Chicago Pizza for dinner. Or order-in at the office.  Las Trampas receives 5% of the net day we encourage you all to enjoy  a full day of someone else's cooking!  At the same time you support a community-minded Lafayette business and the programs Las Trampas provides to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.


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In This Issue
Business Retirement Plan Seminar: What You Need to Know - Tuesday, March 25
Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, March 25 - Noon
Young Professionals - Next Meet-up on Wednesday, March 26 - 5:30pm
Las Trampas Fundraiser at Patxi's - Wednesday, March 26
Ribbon Cutting at Caroline's Salon - Thursday, March 27
Business & Governmental Affairs Forum - Friday, March 28, 8:00am
Citizen of the Year Dinner - Friday, March 28
Cast your Vote for Best of the East Bay - Deadline March 29
PG&E Planned Safety Work for This Summer
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Ribbon Cutting at Caroline's Salon - Thursday, March 27

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Lafayette Chamber member, Caroline's Salon at 5pm on Thursday, March 27. Caroline's Salon is located at 33 Lafayette Circle in La Fiesta Square.


Business & Governmental Affairs Forum - Friday, March 28 - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room
Join us on the 4th Friday of each month to discuss the current projects and issues that face our community. We meet this month on Friday, March 28 at 8:00am in the Chamber Conference Room and our agenda will include a discussion on how to solve the underfunded downtown lighting and landscaping assessment district, the work the Parking Committee is reviewing, upcoming work at Town Center (KB Homes project) south of the BART Station and completion of the East End median construction. Coffee and light breakfast is served.  The meeting is open to the entire community. Stop by, ask questions and stay informed.  
Citizen of the Year Dinner - Friday, March 28

The Citizen of the Year dinner honoring Vice Principal Toni McShane from Stanley Middle School is SOLD OUT. Please find a way to wish her well and congratulations as she prepares for retirement this June.

Cast your Vote for Best of the East Bay - Deadline March 29

It's that time again to cast your vote for your favorite Lafayette business at Diablo Magazine's "2014 Best of the East Bay". Just visit their website and cast your vote in up to 101 different categories.  The deadline for voting is Saturday, March 29,
PG&E Planned Safety Work for This Summer 
 PG&E is in its 4th year of executing the Public Utilities Commission-approved Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP), whereby we are modernizing and improving the safety of our gas transmission system. Part of that program is to test the strength of our natural gas transmission pipelines using water pressure. This summer, we will be executing this type of work on our line that runs through downtown Lafayette. The project will require excavations and traffic control around the Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd. intersection. Early collaboration with the city is underway, and most of the work will occur at night through the summer months. 

The PG&E team would be happy to discuss the project. Tom Guarino, East Bay Government Relations Team, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Email :
Phone: 510.847.6154

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What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


Tuesday, March 25th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, LLLC Community Hall. Dr. Pascal Lee, Director of the Mars Institute. Dr. Lee is chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project. Join us as Dr. Lee shares his knowledge and experiences in planning future human missions to Mars! Copies of his book, "MISSION: MARS" will be available for purchase and signing. Free. All ages. No reservations necessary.

Tuesday, March 25th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, LLLC Arts & Science Room. Berkeley Rep Docent Talk - Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Join us as a Berkeley Rep docent describes this madcap show directed by Christopher Bayes. We'll learn of Steven Epp's return to Berkeley Rep in the criminally funny production. Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo penned more than 70 incisive scripts, and this is by far his most famous. Free. For reservations please call: 925-283-6513 x103 or email:

Thursday, March 27th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Lafayette Veterans Memorial. Lamorinda Reads presents: Author Mary Roach "America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) returns with a rollicking foray into the mysterious and underappreciated mechanics of the human body. In her latest book Gulp, Roach explores questions such as: Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? Join us for this hilarious, irreverent, and fun evening with Mary Roach. Free event. First come, first seated. No reservations necessary.

Sunday, March 30th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, LLLC Arts & Science Room. Greenbelt Alliance - An Armchair Tour of Mount Diablo. Join us for an afternoon armchair tour of Mount Diablo geology! Greenbelt's famed Outings Coordinator, Ken Lavin, will discuss our beloved local treasure. Is Mount Diablo a volcano? What made the wind caves (not the wind, obviously)? What are those fossil sea shells doing high up on the mountain? We'll also see evidence of recent (in geological terms) volcanic activity, as well as photos of last summer's massive fire. We'll journey through the history of Mount Diablo, including anecdotes about the adventures (and misadventures) of Diablo's famous geologists. Free. To reserve call: (415)543-6771 or go to: 
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Upcoming Chamber Events
Wednesday, April 9 - Mixer at Byron Park - 5:30pm - 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

Saturday, April 12 - Dogtown Downtown - 10:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center - for more information visit the website.

Wednesday, April 16 - Why Blog & How to Leverage Social Media to Find More Readers - 8:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center 
Thursday, April 17 - Entrepreneur's Club - 8:30 am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103
Lafayette, CA 94549