Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  December 1, 2014 News & Events
Thursday, December 4 - Ribbon Cutting at Bay Sotheby's International Realty - CANCELLED

The Ribbon Cutting that had been scheduled Thursday, December 4 at 5pm at Bay Sotheby's International Realty's new building has been CANCELLED.      
Friday, December 5 - "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration

Join us at our 2nd annual "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration in Plaza Park at the intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 4pm-7pm on Friday,
December 5 . Come celebrate the holidays with tree lighting, food, drinks, music, entertainment,
children's activities,and Santa!


Wednesday, December 10 - Holiday Mixer - Mechanics Bank

Mechanics Bank The Holiday Season is not official until we kick it off with the annual Holiday Mixer. Join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Mechanics Bank  - 3640 Mt. Diablo Blvd. - for food, fun, beverages and our big holiday raffle. If you are going to make it to one mixer a year, this is the one!

Enjoy food from many of our award winning local restaurants. It's the holiday season! Come on down, let your hair down and get into the spirit! Spend time with our Laughing Santa. A great place to network!

The holiday mixer is $10 for members unless you bring 3 or more cans for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solana then it is free ($20 for non-members).


Thursday, December 11 - Ribbon Cutting at Amphora Lafayette & 18 / 8 Fine Men's Salon  

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at two new Lafayette businesses and Chamber members on Fiesta Lane (next to The Cooperage Restaurant) - Amphora Lafayette at 7 Fiesta Lane & 18 / 8 Fine Men's Salon at 15 Fiesta Lane. The Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 5:00pm.


Welcome Our New Members!


The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from November 24 - December 1:

Diablo Valley Montessori School - Preschools / Child Care

This Month's Sponsor
Thank you to Branagh Development & The Dana Green Team for sponsoring Lafayette's twinkle lights!

Branagh Development
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In This Issue
CANCELLED - Thursday, December 4 - Ribbon Cutting at Bay Sotheby's International Realty
Friday, December 5 - "It's a Wonderful Life" Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, December 10 - Holiday Mixer - Mechanics Bank
Thursday, December 11 - Ribbon Cutting at Amphora Lafayette & 18 / 8 Fine Men's Salon
Welcome Our New Members!
Nominations Being Accepted for our 2015 Business Person of the Year - Deadline December 12
Warm Winter Coats Needed
Lafayette Citizen's Police Academy
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Nominations Being Accepted for our 2015 Business Person of the Year - Deadline December 12

Submit your nomination form by fax, mail, email, carrier pigeon or in person, to the Chamber at 100 Lafayette Circle #103 by Friday, December 12, 2014. Here is the criteria to consider;
* Current Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Member;
* Is involved with a successful business;
* Has been involved with either the Chamber or other community based organizations;
* Their work should support our mission: To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette;
* Someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community where people will want to live, work and shop;
* Someone who models excellence in everything they do;
* Someone who brings this community together and/or makes up proud to be a member of the community.

Please include:
* The name of the business
* Name of the nominee
* Specific information about the person's contributions to the business community
* Your name and business name

Mail to the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lafayette Circle, #103, Lafayette, CA 94549, Fax to 925-284-3109 or scan and email to Then save the date: Friday, January 30th when we honor our Business Person of the Year.


Warm Winter Coats Needed

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is an official drop-off site for the "gently used" Warm Coats program. We have partnered with the Rotary Club of Lafayette. If our doors are closed, please drop the coats in the box on the porch. Please bring coats by Thursday, December 18.  The coats will be donated to Shelter Inc. in Martinez. Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa helps to rebuild lives, one family at a time, giving them shelter, and providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency.


Lafayette Citizen's Police Academy

Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen is recruiting six chamber members to be involved in a new pilot program here in Lafayette.  The Citizen's Police Academy will give you the opportunity to learn how the police department functions.  The program uses a mix of lecture and hands-on experience much like a real police academy.  This should give the participants an overview of what it's like to be an officer.  You must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Lafayette or work in Lafayette, willing to undergo a cursory background check and you have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the past year.  Some of the areas covered will be investigation, disaster response, narcotics, accident investigation, traffic stops,  a trip the crime lab and the county jail, use of force and if you are interested, a trip to the Sheriff's Firearms Range.

Applications are available at the Chamber office or you can call Cathy Surgess at the police department at 283-3680.  This program will be limited to six chamber members.  Interested?  Then what are you waiting for...


What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


Monday, December 1 - 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center. Frozen! Come watch it with us! Details: Kids (1:00) and Teens (3:30).


Sunday, December 7 - 3:00PM - Homework Center - Authors and Athletes Family Series Presents: Marissa Irvin Gould- athlete, school teacher, wife, mother and author! Gould introduces tennis to young readers in her enchanting, award- winning children's book about the four Grand Slam Tournaments - Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and the US Open. Hear her incredible journey from Junior Grand Slam Champion, to NCAA Champion, to WTA professional tennis star. Find out how she balanced academics and athletics, and what it is like to turn pro and compete in 22 Grand Slam Tournaments! $5 per person at the door. Click here to reserve.


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Upcoming Chamber Events 

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

Tuesday, December 23 - January 2 - Chamber Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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