Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  July 8, 2014 News & Events
Mega-Mixer at Cal Shake's Bruns Amphitheater - Tomorrow -  Wednesday, July 9 - 5:30pm

CalShakes Join seven Chambers - Lafayette, Concord, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Hispanic -  for our summertime Mega-Mixer which will take place on Wednesday, July 9 at the Cal Shakes' Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  

If you are coming for "Mixer" only - park at the Wilder Homes parking lot and use the provided Shuttle. The Wilder Homes parking lot can be reached by taking the Wilder Road exit off Hwy. 24 and follow the signs to the parking lot.

However, if you have pre-purchased a ticket to "Comedy of Errors" and will be going to the show after the mixer please park in the Cal Shake's parking lot as the shuttle bus to Wilder Homes parking lot will not be operating after the show is over.


Tuesday, July 15 - Ribbon Cutting at Gem Lust

Join us for a ribbon cutting at new Lafayette business Gem Lust on Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00pm. Gem Lust is located at 3529 Mt. Diablo Blvd.  
July 16 - "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" Workshop

Brand You On Wednesday, July 16 from 8am-9:30am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center's Art and Science Classroom join us for a "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" workshop. Social Media 101 with a Twist! Google yourself. Does your online image support your word of mouth referrals, or does it detract? In this workshop, we'll focus on must-do online steps (including social media) to help you align your online image with your true personal brand. Workshop Presenter: Robin S. Fox, Social Media Coach. Limited Seating * Reservations Recommended. FREE. Online Registration:   Or Email: Other Questions? Email or call (925) 451-3069.


July 17 - Entrepreneur's Club Meeting - 8:30am
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Join us for our monthly Entrepreneur's Club Meeting on Thursday, July 17 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room.  Our speaker this month is Ranjani Mohana representing the Small Business Development Center and the topic will be on how to do business with Corporations and Government and the tools and steps required to succeed in procuring contracts as well as information on the many services offered by SBDC. Please park on the street.


Welcome to Our New Members!
The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from June 27 - July 7:
C2 Education - Educational Services 
STAND! For Families Free of Violence - Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs 

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Mega-Mixer at Cal Shake's Bruns Amphitheater - Wednesday, July 9 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, July 15 - Ribbon Cutting at Gem Lust
July 16 - "Brand You: Personal Branding in a Social Media World" Workshop
July 17 - Entrepreneur's Club Meeting - 8:30am
Welcome to Our New Members!
Congratulations to Chamber Members Voted 2014 "Best of the East Bay"
Bastille Day Pétanque - Sunday, July 13
Successfully Retailing in the New Economy Seminar - Tuesday, July 15
City of Lafayette Backpack Drive
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Congratulation to  Chamber Members Voted 2014 "Best of the East Bay"

Congratulations to the Lafayette Chamber members that were picked as 2014 "Best of the East Bay" businesses by the readers and staff of Diablo Magazine. We'll get the word out for you!  

Chevalier - Best Food & Live Music
Cooperage American Grille - Best New Restaurant
El Charro - Best Mexican Restaurant
Glamorous Boutique - Best Perfect Dress
J.Colleen - Best New Clothing Boutique
Lafayette Acadamy - Best Tutoring
Lafayette Car Wash - Best Car Wash
Lindsay Wildlife Museum - Best East Bay Museum
Millie's Kitchen - Best Breakfast Joint
NextBarre - Best New Fitness Trend
Orchard Nursery - Best Plant Nursery
Patxi's Pizza - Best Artisanal Pizza
Postino - Best Romantic Restaurant
Powell's Sweet Shoppe - Best Candy Store
Roam Burgers - Best Artisanal Hamburger
Swad - Best Indian Restaurant
The Melt - Best Food Truck
Uncle Yu's - Best Chinese Restaurant
Venture - Best Men's Store
Wine Thieves - Best Wine Store
Wish - Best Cute Shop

Bastille Day Pétanque - Sunday, July 13
All Francophiles are invited to celebrate Bastille Day a day early, Sunday July 13, at the beautiful Pétanque grounds of Lafayette at 480 Saint Mary's Road. The party will start at 11:30 a.m. with a large pot-luck pique-nique under the site's ancient pear trees. Local French singer Isabelle Magidson (part of the popular jazz group Duo Gadjo) will join the group and all will be invited to sing. Then everyone from 5 to 99 years old can learn how to play pétanque, the old French bowling game. No need to be experienced, it is very easy to learn, and some of the best California players 

will be there to show you how to 'tirer' or 'pointer'. Kids are of course welcomed, Noah Sonet, 11 years old champion from Lafayette will be there to make sure kids of all ages are included in the game.

Successfully Retailing in the New Economy Seminar - Tuesday, July 15

East Bay Business Seminar - "Bricks & Clicks" Retailing - Successfully Retailing in the New Economy - July 15 - 8:00 am to 11:30 am at the Community Center, Perera Pavilion, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. This event is for East Bay retail (non-food) small businesses seeking to improve their bottom lines, address pressure from ecommerce and big-box competition and network with other successful small retailers in the region while learning about available free and low-cost resources. Bring your most difficult questions and present your biggest challenges to peers, resource and service providers. Register today for this free event. This Seminar is being presented by East Bay EDA, Alameda County SBDC, Contra Costa SBDC, East Bay SCORE and Constant Contact. The City of Pleasant Hill is co-hosting the event, and Wells Fargo is 
the Principal Sponsor. 


City of Lafayette Backpack Drive 

For the second year in a row, Lafayette Staff is sponsoring the " Back to School Backpack Drive"... inspiring folks to lend a helping hand through the purchase of a new backpack and fresh school supplies; two of the most powerful tools in boosting a child's self-esteem as they head off to school. This is how easy it is:  

(1) Collect a backpack shopping list from City Offices or download one by clicking here.
(2) Have fun picking out the coolest backpack you can find and shopping to fill it with the supplies on your list. (No red or blue backpacks, please.)
(3) Bring your backpack and school supplies to City Offices no later than Fri. July 25. Please drop them off to the attention of Lisa Martin or Michael Cass.

If you have the desire but don't have the time to purchase a backpack and supplies, feel free to partner with a friend. Or grab your wallet and donate some cold hard cash and City Staff will shop for you. Alternatively, you can write a check to cover the cost of the backpack and supplies ($40.00); please make checks payable to "Family Giving Tree". Envelopes to place your donation may be found on the Planning Counter at
City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 210. For more information about the Family Giving Tree, please visit the Family Giving Tree website. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Martin, or Michael Cass, Thanks in advance for your generosity!

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


July 8  - 6:30PM - 7:30 PM - Community Hall.Legion of Honor Docent Talk - Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery. A California Legion of Honor docent joins us to discuss "Intimate Impressionism, " currently on view at the Legion of Honor through August 3, 2014. This extraordinary exhibit showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, currently on loan from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library.$5/person at the door
Click here to register.
July 10 - 6:30 PM - 9:00PM - Community Hall. Diablo Ballet Dance on Film Series: Funny Face. This 1957 classic features Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in a Pygmalion story set in the world of high fashion. Funny Face is an irresistible combination of George and Ira Gershwin songs, style, and star talents and showcases the choreography of the renowned Eugene Loring. Astaire plays fashion photographer Dick Avery, who turns a scruffy Greenwich Village intellectual (played by Hepburn) into a supermodel, takes her to romantic Paris, and falls in love with her. Diablo Ballet's Artistic Director, Lauren Jonas and Diablo Ballet dancer, Edward Stegge, will present fun facts about the film. $5/person at door. Click here to register.
July 11 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Community Hall. A Musical Evening with Bob Athayde & Friends. Enjoy the Sounds of Summer at the Lafayette Library! Relax with Bob Athayde & Friends as they present a musical evening of Jazz standards and some original compositions. The musical trio will delight audiences with their performance on piano, bass and drums. Mr. Athayde is the long-time music director at Stanley Middle School, and will bring his professional jazz trio for a delightful evening at the library. Free program. Reservations recommended at:

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Upcoming Chamber Events 

Tuesday, July 22 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm  - Chamber Conference Room  

Friday, July 25 - Business Forum / Governmental Affairs Meeting - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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