Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  March 2, 2015 News & Events
Wednesday, March 4 - Shop Lafayette Meeting 4:00pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room

Each year the chamber budgets funds to help market Lafayette to the Lamorinda community and beyond. During the recession, our efforts were focused on the importance to "shopping local."  This year we are looking at new ways to bring people to Lafayette as a regional attraction.  We do this through events and promotions.  If you would like to be part of this discussion, please join us this Wednesday, March 4 at 4:00pm in the Chamber Conference Room.  Please park on the street.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact


Friday, March 6 - Orinda Chamber of Commerce presents A Night of Comedy!

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce presents A Night of Comedy! on Friday, March 6 at the Orinda Theatre. This year's comedians are Jimmie "JJ" Walker from TV's "Good Times" and Jeff Applebaum with Master of Ceremonies Anthony Hill. Will call at 6pm, Doors open at 7pm and Showtime at 8pm. This evening includes Comedy, Champagne and Wine & Beer. Advance tickets and click here for more information.

Marechal Duncan named 2015 Citizen of the Year

The "keeper" of Lafayette's history, is making alittle history of his own. Marechal Duncan, 93 years old and still leading the charge on so many projects in Lafayette, was picked from a distinguished list of nominees as this year's Citizen of the Year. He and his wife Doris have been residents of Lafayette for 60 years. It seems as if
Marechal never slows down and you can find him everywhere. His passions include the Lafayette Historical Society where he currently serves as Vice President, and the Lafayette Community Foundation's Liaison Committee for Seniors, where he serves as Co-chair for the annual Senior Symposium. Marechal also served as Co-chair of the Lafayette Sesquicentennial Celebration back in 1998. Marechal is always telling us "today's news is tomorrow's history." Well
Marechal, now you too will be part of the long history of "Citizens of the Year" that have helped shape the Lafayette we know and love today. 

The "Citizen of the Year" dinner is sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Lamorinda Weekly. The event takes place at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa on Friday, March 27. Cocktails begin at 6:00pm and Dinner at 7:00pm. Reservations required.


Wednesday, March 18 - "Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies" Workshop

Facebook Icon Join us for this free workshop - Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies. Setting up a Facebook Page is the easy part. Finding engaging content to post every day? That can be tricky. In this workshop, we'll talk about time effi¬cient content creation strategies, plus tactics that help your posts get noticed. Wednesday, March 18 at 8am. Workshop location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Arts & Science Classroom, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (Enter from Plaza, off First Street).

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In This Issue
Wednesday, March 4 - Shop Lafayette Meeting
Friday, March 6 - Orinda Chamber of Commerce presents A Night of Comedy!
Marechal Duncan named 2015 Citizen of the Year
Wednesday, March 18 - "Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies" Workshop
Thursday, March 19 - Entrepreneur's Club
Welcome Our New Members!
Sponsorships Available
Thursday, March 19 - What's Next for Lafayette? - Join the Community Conversation
Project LPIE looking for a few good volunteers
Voting Open for 2015 Best of the East Bay
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Thursday, March 19 - Entrepreneur's Club

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Our monthly Entrepreneur's Club meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room. Our speakers this month are John and Stef Shaterian, founders of fLO Content. Their topic will be REEL Talk: A Process for Creating Unique, Creative and Compelling Videos. Please park on the street.

Welcome Our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from February 24 - March 2:

Cooking with Kids Foundation  - Educational Services
Sponsorships Available

Sponsorships and space for the 2015 Art & Wine Festival are selling at record pace. Don't be left out. September 19th & 20th mark our 20th year bringing as many as 100,000 people to downtown Lafayette. Call Sara Regan for details at 925-284-7404 ext. 12 or email her at You can also find out about other sponsorship opportunities including the Reservoir Run, Taste of Lafayette, Summer Concerts, Dogtown Downtown and Earth Day.


Thursday, March 19 - What's Next for Lafayette? - Join the Community Conversation

It's time for the community to initiate a discussion regarding what's next for Lafayette. The City wants to know what else is on your list. To collect the boardest
range of opnions representing all of the community, they have put together several ways to share your thoughts:

1. Fill out the survey found in the Vista newsletter and mail it to the City.
2. Fill out the survey online.
3. Send a letter or email that reflects your priorities to
4. Attend a Community Conversation meeting in your neighborhood & make your voice know.

There will be three Community Conversation meetings all at 7pm - March 19 at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center; April 16 at the Lafayette Community Center and May 14 at Oakwood Athletic Club. Childcare will be provided - to reserve a spot email City Clerk Joanne Robbins at


Project LPIE looking for a few good volunteers

Project LPIE is an opportunity to recognize the talented Acalanes High School students for their project-based learning with a unique community twist! The students compete in any of the 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum. Project judging is done by professional business people with extensive expertise in the various categories. Judges are needed to complete this project.  If you would like to participate, please reply to Myrna Kimmelman at email: or call her at 299-1644.
Voting Open for 2015 Best of the East Bay

Each year Diablo Magazine produces their version of "Best Of". Many of our local businesses and chamber members have been highlighted in the annual issue. This kind of FREE Publicity cant be underestimated. Vote for your friends and yourself by clicking on this link. The deadline to vote is March 15 and you must vote online.

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Monday, March 02 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Children's Room. Hats off to Dr. Seuss!
It's Read Across America Day! Let's celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Join us for crafts, Book Bingo and of course, reading Dr. Seuss books!
For more information click here.

Tuesday, March 03 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center. Contra Costa Master Gardeners - Citrus Basics. A gardening expert will be on hand to share the basics of planting and caring for citrus trees.For more information click here.

Wednesday, March 04 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Community Hall. The Martian: A Conversation with Andy Weir. Best-selling author Andy Weir visits the Lafayette Library to discuss his wildly popular book, The Martian. Joining Andy will be Dr. Pascal Lee, Chairman of the Mars Institute, which plans future human missions to Mars. NASA Scientist Dr. Margaret Race will moderate a discussion between Andy and Dr. Lee about the future of manned missions to Mars. Additionally, Andy will discuss production of The Martian film, coming in 2015 and starring Matt Damon. For more information click here.

Thursday, March 05 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Community Hall. An Evening with author Laurie R. King. With nearly three million copies in print, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King's award-winning Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series is one of the most successful detective series in history. Winner of the Edgar, the Nero, the Macavity and the John Creasey Awards, she's celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, time and again. In King's highly anticipated new suspense mystery, Dreaming Spies, detectives Russell and Holmes navigate the exquisite yet perilous royal hallways of a politically unstable Japan and are confronted with an old acquaintance in Oxford whose rare skills may surpass their own. For more information click here.

Sunday, March 08 - All Week - Library Open Space. It's Bugs Week at the Lafayette Library! They creep and they crawl, they fly and they flutter, they hiss and they buzz!! Join us this week for lots of "buggy fun!" Raffle tickets will be given for attendance at each event. Great prizes from Oakland Zoo, Lindsay Wildlife Museum and more! For more information click here.  


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Upcoming Chamber Events 

Tuesday, March 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

Wednesday, March 25 - Mixer at GemLust - 5:30pm - 3529 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Friday, March 27 - Coffee with the Mayor (sponsored by PG&E) - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room 

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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