Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  September 2, 2014 News & Events
Thursday, September 4 - Ribbon Cutting at T's FireHouse Restaurant

Please join T's FireHouse Restaurant and Sports Bar for an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 4 at 5:00pm. They will be serving fabulous Indian appetizers for guests that stop by. They are located behind Kelly Moore Paint Store at 3709 Mt. Blvd. There is plenty of parking available. Look for their van with the logo on the side, parking is shared with Kelly Moore Store. We appreciate your participation in welcoming our new members to our community! Look forward to seeing you.


Wednesday, September 10 - Mixer at Atria Lafayette

Our monthly mixer is Wednesday, September 10 at 5:30pm at Atria Lafayette - 1545 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette.  You can look forward to networking and yummy food. Bring a raffle prize if you want to have your business recognized.      
Thursday, September 11 - Tri-Ribbon Cutting at Lashify Studio, Sandra Martin Skin Care & Make-up Studio and Conceive & Receive

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at three businesses -  Lashify Studio, Sandra Martin Skin Care & Make-up Studio and Conceive & Receive -  located at 1043 Stuart Street on Thursday, September 11 at 5:00pm. 
Wednesday, September 10 - Transportation Workshop


The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is updating the Transportation Plan and they are seeking your help.  Please consider attending their public workshop on Wednesday, September 10 - 7:00pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette to tell them what your vision of the future includes.  For more information visit
Sunday, September 14 - Travis Manion Foundation's Annual 9/11 Heroes Run

This year the fun run/walk is September 14 at 9:30am at the Lafayette Reservoir. Its a 5k (3 miles), kids, strollers, dogs welcome. Come get some exercise for a good cause. Just like last year the Cal Rugby team will be sending out part of the team to participate!  Travis was a U.S. Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007 by a sniper. His family started this foundation in his honor to help support veterans, first responders and their families in the wars post 9/11.  For more information about the run, please contact Mairin MacDonald - - (858)997-5015

Tuesday, September 16 - Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study Community Workshop

Contra Costa County, in partnership with the cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek, has been conducting the Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study.  We are studying options for an improved bicycle/pedestrian connection between the Iron Horse Trail and the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. The preferred connection will generally be along Olympic Boulevard/Newell Avenue corridor. There will be a Community Workshop on Tuesday, September 16 - 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Multi-Purpose Room at Parkmead Elementary, 1920 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek. The purpose of the Community Workshop is to capture community comments on the draft recommendations. The Draft Preferred Alignment Report is available on the project website. If you are unable to attend this workshop, you can find information on the project website and you can also submit your comments using this website.
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Thursday, September 4 - Ribbon Cutting at T's FireHouse Restaurant
Wednesday, September 10 - Mixer at Atria Lafayette
Thursday, September 11 - Tri-Ribbon Cutting at Lashify Studio, Sandra Martin Skin Care & Make-up Studio and Conceive & Receive
Wednesday, September 10 - Transportation Workshop
Sunday, September 14 - Travis Manion Foundation's Annual 9/11 Heroes Run
Tuesday, September 16 - Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study Community Workshop
Volunteer for Art & Wine Festival Online!
Mixing 101 Seminar - Tuesday, September 23
Reservoir Run Online Registration
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Volunteer for Art & Wine Festival Online!

We can't do the Art & Wine Festival without you.  New this year is online volunteer sign-up. The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. Just fill out the volunteer sign-up form and e-mail, fax or mail it to us OR sign-up online at

Also check out our Festival mobile website to see what's happening at the Festival this year.


Mixing 101 Seminar - Tuesday, September 23

David M. de Leeuw, Publisher of The Chamber Link, will be presenting a seminar on Mixing 101: Mixing at Business Networking Events on Tuesday, September 23 from 10am-12pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Does the thought of entering a busy roomful of strangers cause you to feel fear? Is it your goal to meet these new people, to increase your pipeline of business prospects? Are you unsure about how to efficiently sift through the crowd to find your prospects? Do you want better guidance than another elevator speech lecture?
* Unearth the reasons many do not go to business mixers, and then - overcome them.
* Learn a before-mixing checklist that will prepare you and help you feel at ease.
* Gain new and effective mixing skills and strategies.
* Grasp techniques to maximize your follow-up with your newfound prospects.
* Your workshop presenter is David M. de Leeuw, Publisher of The Chamber Link
* David brings 34 years of sales and sales management success to his workshop, "Mixing 101."
* He built his success on networking, especially at mixers held by local Chambers of Commerce. By fine-tuning a system of mixing and follow up, David's business thrived.

Cost is $29.00 for chamber members. Click here to register. 


Reservoir Run Online Registration

Online Registration for the 22nd annual Reservoir Run held on Sunday, October 26 is now open. This year's t-shirt is based on the artwork of student Julien O'Donnell. Remember this event benefits Lafayette Schools. For more information visit our website. We are also looking for volunteers for this event.  If you can volunteer, please contact Sara Regan in the Chamber Office at

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


September 4 - The Organized Mind - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Community Hall. Daniel J. Levitin, Author, "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload" and "This Is Your Brain on Music," in conversation with Indre Viskontas, Host, Inquiring Minds. In the information age, people are expected to make faster, more frequent decisions about their lives despite facing an unprecedented, unrelenting barrage of data each day. It's no wonder, then, why the average person is prone to missing appointments, losing track of their car keys and generally feeling worn out as they struggle to keep up. For more information click here.

September 8 - "Turn back Time!" Writing Contest - All Day -  Library Open Space. "You feel the pull of the Touchstone. You put out your hand to touch it and you are whisked to..." Where in the world, when in history (or the future!), why have you been taken there by your Touchstone? Tell us about your adventures! Contest entry forms available at your library & on our website: Contest entries due Sept 22 to Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga Libraries. Grand prize is tickets for four to San Francisco's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum! Each library will have additional prize winners! A Lamorinda Kids Read! event. Read the Book! Join the Fun! For more information click here.

September 19 - 6:30pm-8:00pm - Community HallDistinguished Speaker Series Presents: Artist and Author Paul Madonna. Paul Madonna writes and draws All Over Coffee, the weekly series published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on and is the author of two books, All Over Coffee (City Lights 2007), and Everything is its own reward(City Lights 2011), which won the 2011 NCBR Recognition Award for Best Book. $20 per person, or $40 for reserved seating and post event reception. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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Upcoming Chamber Events 
Tuesday, September 16 - Ribbon Cutting at Jewels Just for You & Skin Solutions Customer Appreciation - 5:00pm - 3441 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Wednesday, September 17 - Ribbon Cutting at Whimsy - 5:00pm - 3643 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Thursday, September 18 - Entrepreneur's Club - 8:30am - Chamber Conference Room

Saturday, September 20 - 19th Annual Art & Wine Festival - 10am-7pm - Downtown Lafayette

Sunday, September 21 - 19th Annual Art & Wine Festival - 10am-6pm - Downtown Lafayette

Monday, September 22 - Chamber Office Closed for Art & Wine Clean-up

Tuesday, September 23 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

Thursday, September 25 - Ribbon Cutting at Dudum Real Estate Group - 5:00pm - 
999 Oak Hill Road, #100

Friday, September 26 - Business Forum / Governmental Affairs Meeting - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

Mark you calendar:

22nd Annual Reservoir Run - Sunday, October 26
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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