Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  December 15, 2014 News & Events
Thursday, December 18 - Entrepreneur's Club Holiday Party
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Another Party? Why not?  Join us for our annual Holiday E-Club gathering.  Make friends, meet really smart business owners, and get your mug in the annual Holiday E-Club Photo.  We swing the doors open at the Chamber on Thursday, December 18 at 8:30am and you can carry on as long as you like.  Refreshments and coffee served. Please park on the street.


Thursday, December 18 - Young Professionals Holiday Meet-up - 5:30pm

Ho Ho Ho! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, this month's "meet-up" will a causal "Ugly X-Mas Sweater" cocktail party on Thursday, December 18 at 5:30pm in the Chamber Conference Room. While wearing a sweater is not mandatory, there will be a special gift for the guest who's sweater is deemed the MOST tacky hahahaha, We look forward to seeing you there! As always, please feel free to bring a friend or co-worker to the event with you. The more the merrier!!!


Wednesday, December 17 - Merrill Gardens Holiday Open House - 3:00pm-5:00pm


Celebrate the season with Merrill Gardens Lafayette - join us for the 1st annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy light refreshments, live entertainment and the opportunity to tour Lafayette's newest senior community all while wearing your favorite holiday sweater. Merrill Gardens is the new Senior Assisted Living Facility at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and 2nd Street. RSVP by calling 925-299-6912
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.


Tuesday, December 23 - Caroling in the Plaza 

There will be caroling in the Plaza Park at the corner of Moraga Road & Mt. Diablo Blvd. on Tuesday, December 23 at 7:00pm with Mike Zappa.  This event is open to all.
Lafayette Gift Cards Makes a Perfect Gift

There are 10 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.
This Month's Sponsor
Thank you to Branagh Development & The Dana Green Team for sponsoring Lafayette's twinkle lights!

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In This Issue
Thursday, December 18 - Entrepreneur's Club Holiday Party
Thursday, December 18 - Young Professionals Holiday Meet-up - 5:30pm.
Wednesday, December 17 - Merrill Gardens Holiday Open House
Warm Winter Coats Needed
Tuesday, December 23 - Caroling in the Plaza
Lafayette Gift Cards Makes a Perfect Gift
Chamber Office Closes for the Holidays
A Chance to Help our Friends and our Planet
Season of Giving
It is a Wonderful Life in Lafayette!
Lafayette Citizen's Police Academy
What Does Lafayette Look Like to You? Winter Solstic Photo Contest
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Chamber Office Closes for the Holidays

Happy Holidays
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is here for YOU!  But beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23, we won't be here for you. We will be hibernating until Monday, January 5, 2015.  Happy Holidays to our members and our friends
A Chance to Help our Friends and our Planet

Over the last two years Global Student Embassy has helped the chamber with over 150 volunteers at our annual Art & Wine Festival.  This year, we were able to donate back $2,000 to their organization. GSE works with young people in the Bay Area and Latin America to develop the skills and passion to be advocates for ecological restoration and international collaboration on some of the most pressing environmental issues facing our world.  This year, they have expanded their programs here in Lamorinda to to weekly eco-action programs in five schools and will be taking over 100 students from Lamorinda abroad this year! In January GSE will be providing 15 scholarships for our Latin American student leaders to visit the United States, 5 of which will be staying in Contra Costa County with host families. Any contribution made before December 31, 2014 will help us reach our goal for the $10,000 matching donation.  For more information, please visit or contact Chrissy Orangio at 925-297-5662.


Season of Giving

It's the end of another year, and as you prepare to close the books on 2014, you might be thinking about who to share your good fortune with.  Consider reviewing some of the non-profits that operate here locally.  Here is a link to some of the non-profits that are chamber members.


It is a Wonderful Life in Lafayette!

The chamber wants to thank Branagh Development and Dana Green, Dana Green Realty Team, for so generously donating the money needed to keep the twinkle lights on up and down Mt. Diablo Blvd. during the holiday season.  Our Holiday Celebration on December 5th, brought nearly 800  people to Plaza Park.  A special thanks to Whole Foods, Lamorinda Theater Academy, Boy Scout Troop #2014, the Assistance League, the Lafayette Police and the Lafayette Historical Society for helping us create a special night for the kids.


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 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.


What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


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

Thursday, January 15 - Ribbon Cutting at American Kitchen - 5:00pm - 71 Lafayette Circle

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

Thursday, January 22 - Ribbon Cutting at Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness - 5:00pm - 959 Mt. View Drive  

Friday, January 23 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

Sunday, January 25 - Lamorinda Home Expo '15 - 10:00am - Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Tuesday, January 27 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

Thursday, January 29 - Ribbon Cutting at Bay Sotheby's International Realty - 5:00pm - 3725 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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