Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  December 8, 2014 News & Events
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).
Wednesday, December 10 - Rx Safe Lamorinda Launch 

Rx Safe Lamorinda - the prescription drug task force will be launched on Wednesday, December 10. Our three local Police Chiefs have all pointed to the rise in prescription drug use as an alarming trend. There are nationally more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than from traffic accidents.

We will be joined by representatives from fire, ambulance companies, treatment centers, schools, and other stakeholders who have local views on this subject. It will be a time to hear from the community and then map out the path for this task force. The meeting will take place at Orinda City Hall's Community Room, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda - from 10:00am to 11:30am


Final Parking Workshop - West End - Wednesday, December 10

City of Lafayette logoOn Wednesday, December 10 from 6-8pm the City of Lafayette will hold the final parking workshop at the United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall located at 955 Moraga Road. Is parking a problem in Lafayette?  Do we need more meters or meters on public lots?  Do we need employee permits?  How about a Parking Garage?  Join the Parking Ordinance Committee for an interactive workshop to discuss downtown parking and potential strategies.  This workshop will focus on the West end of town from Mountain View out to Acalanes Rd. more information, please contact Niroop Srivatsa at 284-1976 or email her at


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.


Thursday, December 18 - Entrepreneur's Club Holiday Party
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Every December our Entrepreneur's Club holds their Holiday Party. This year the party will be on Thursday, December 18 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.
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In This Issue
Wednesday, December 10 - Holiday Mixer - Mechanics Bank
Wednesday, December 10 - Rx Safe Lamorinda Launch
Final Parking Workshop - West End - Wednesday, December 10
Thursday, December 11 - Ribbon Cutting at Amphora Lafayette & 18 / 8 Fine Men's Salon
Thursday, December 18 - Entrepreneur's Club Holiday Party
Last Chance to Nominate the 2015 Business Person of the Year - Deadline December 12
What Does Lafayette Look Like to You? Winter Solstic Photo Contest
Lafayette Gift Cards Makes a Perfect Gift
Warm Winter Coats Needed
Moraga Holiday Events
Lafayette Citizen's Police Academy
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Last Chance to Nominate the 2015 Business Person of the Year - Deadline December 12

This week is your last change to nominate a deserving business for the 2015 Business Person of the Year. 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.
What Does Lafayette Look Like to You? Winter Solstic Photo Contest

Join us for the City of Lafayette's "Day in the Life" Photo Contest featuring photographs taken on the shortest day of the year, December 21Winter Solstice. There are three submittal requirements, deadline is January 9, 2015:

1. Photographers must submit an on line registration form to the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee. To access the form, please go the City's website

2. Photographers must submit an 11 x 14 photographic print taken on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2014 to the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee. Prints may be color or black and white, but may not be larger than 11 x 14. Prints smaller than 11 x 14 can be accepted, but must be mounted on 11 x 14 black matboard. Only one photo entry per person. The back of the photo must contain identifying information, including photographer's name, title of photo, email address and phone number.
Prints should be submitted to: City of Lafayette Public Art Committee, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd. #210, Lafayette, CA 94549, Attention: Juliet Hansen.

3. Photographers must submit a digital image via email to Juliet Hansen, PAC Staff Liaison, The email must contain identifying information including photographer's name, title of photo, email address and phone number.

Photographers must live or work in Lafayette. Photographs must be taken in Lafayette and must be appropriate for general viewing. The City of Lafayette may, at its discretion, use submitted photos to display on its website. The Public Art Committee will review the entries and select the winning photographs to be displayed
in the Art Gallery at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. A reception will be held at the Art Gallery on Monday, January 26, 2015 to recognize the finalists. Questions? or call us at 925-299-3216.


Lafayette Gift Cards Makes a Perfect Gift

There are 17 days left until Christmas and I am sure that people are doing some major shopping this week and next. A great gift to give is a Lafayette Gift Card. People can do that by simply clicking on this linkSupport your local businesses and keep sales tax dollars working for our community. 

For a limited time, you can pick up pre-loaded gift cards at the Chamber office in dominations of $25, $50 & $100. We are located the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce - 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103. Our hours are Monday - Thursday, 9am-4pm and Friday, 9am-1pm.
Warm Winter Coats Needed - Drop-out Deadline Thursday, December 18

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.


Moraga Holiday Events

Saturday, December 13 - 11am-3pm. Free Photo With Santa at 5A Rent a Space, 455 Moraga Road. Families will receive a free photo and frame. Cookies, fruit, hot cocoa, and candy canes will be served and children will make a craft.  It's all FREE and everyone is welcome.

Sunday, December 14 - 5:30pm. Hospisce Tree Lighting at the Moraga Country Club. In the midst of this busy season, you are invited to enter some quiet space around the Moraga-Lafayette Tree of Lights by the pond at the 9th tee, visible from Moraga Road.  For donation and other information, see their website.

Wednesday, December 17 & Thursday, December 18 - California Academy of Performing Arts Nutcracker Performances - 7pm - Campolindo Performing Arts Center. A feast for the eyes as snow falls onstage and the Christmas tree magically grows to great heights, and over 100 children, ages 6 -18 trained right here in Moraga, dance out the ageless story of Clara and her magical Christmas Eve dream.  Tickets are $22, but if you can get a group of 8 or more, tickets will only be $10 each.  Contact Lynn Davis for the group block.

Through December 24 - Santa's Secret Wrapping Room at 5A Rent a Space, 455 Moraga Rd. during business hours. This decorated area is set up with tables, chairs, wrapping paper, tape and ribbon.  Everything needed to get presents wrapped FREE!  Wrap gifts without the watchful eyes of the recipients.


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


Saturday - December 13 - Community Hall - 2:00 - 3:00pm. Opera & Ornaments - A Merola Opera Program holiday concert featuring classical, opera and holiday selections. Join us as we welcome Eugene Brancoveanu, one of Merola's star performers, and an accompanist for a performance of classical, opera and holiday selections. All ages. Tickets $10 per person; general seating. Doors open at 1:30pm.
Tuesday, - December 16 & Wednesday, December 17 - Children's Room - 3:00 - 4:00pm. All Ears Reading - Children can practice their literacy skills by reading to Breeja, a sweet Lab from ARF's Pet Hug Pack. Kids 5 - 11. 
Free. Sign-up at Information Desk

Wednesday, December 17 - Homework Center - 6:00 - 7:00pm. Drop-In Computer Help. LLLC resident technology expert provides answers to all of your computer questions every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm. Free. No registration necessary.


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Upcoming Chamber Events 

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

Thursday, January 15 - Entrepreneur's Club - 8:30am - Chamber Conference Room

Wednesday, January 21 - "Linkedin 2015 - What's New & What Matters for You" Workshop - 8:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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