Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  February 22, 2016 News & Events
Tuesday, February 23 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Decide today to do something positive for your business and for our community. Get active with our Green Committee. A Green Committee Open Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. At tomorrow's meeting we will be discussing candidates for this year's Green Awards, planning for April's Earth Day event "Act Local" and how to get more businesses to come on board and register as a Lafayette GREEN Business. Please park on the street. Better yet, bike or walk over.
Wednesday, February 24 - Mixer at Las Trampas - 5:30pm-7:00pm - Las Trampas 
Our February Monthly Mixer will be held at Las Trampas on Wednesday, February 24, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Las Trampas is located at 3460 Lana Lane, Lafayette. Join us for this excellent networking opportunity with an exciting new twist!
Wednesday, February 24  - Citizen's Police Academy - 7:00pm
Citizen's Police Academy begins Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm. For the next six weeks, a select group of residents and business owners will have the opportunity to see and do things that not too many people get to do:  visit the jail (and leave with a clean record!), drive a police car, shoot a rifle, collect DNA at a crime scene, and visit the coroner's office.  And who can pass on the opportunity to rob one of our local banks? (We actually do this -- you don't get to keep the cash though). These are just some of the experiences that our participants in the program. They also get a chance to meet and spend time with our officers, who really enjoy the program.  There's no running, wall climbing, or anything like that involved in the program, so don't worry about that. But if you do join, you have to come with the expectation that you'll learn something new and maybe even make a few new friends.   The program is free, there are still a few openings. Email Cathy Surges-Moscato at the police department for an application today!
Friday, February 26 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8:00am-9:00am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room 
Join Lafayette's new mayor Mark Mitchell to hear what's happening around town with plenty of time for questions and answers. Friday, February 26 at 8:00am-9:00pm in the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Some of the topics will include the study being done for a potential sales tax initiative, the Downtown Congestion Study, and a look at the housing developments the downtown is preparing for. Sponsored by PG&E. We serve coffee and a light breakfast, you supply the questions for Mark!  Please park on the street. 
Through Saturday, February 27 - Sustainable Lafayette is now accepting Nominations for 2015 Green Awards
Do you know a resident, local business, student, teacher, church, builder/architect, or organization in Lafayette that made an impressive effort during 2015 to reduce its environmental impact? If so, please consider a nomination for a City of Lafayette Green Award.  The annual Lafayette Green Awards will recognize outstanding efforts during 2015 that have contributed to a more sustainable community and helped the city achieve its environmental goals. Nominations are due by the end of the day, Saturday, February 27.  Any Lafayette resident or organization with a Lafayette address can submit a nomination. You can nominate yourself or another person or organization. Click here to nominate.
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In This Issue
Tuesday, February 23 - Green Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 24 - Mixer at Las Trampas
Wednesday, February 24...-...Citizen's Police Academy
Friday, February 26 - Coffee with the Mayor
Through Saturday, February 27 - Nominations due for 2015 Green Awards
Monday, February 29 - Prescription Drug Abuse: What EVERY Family Needs to Know
Now through March 6 - Vote for Diablo Magazine's Best of the East Bay
Friday, March 18 - Lafayette's Citizen of the Year Dinner Celebrating Tom Steuber
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is just 207 Days Away!
Welcome to Our New Members!
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Monday, February 29 - Prescription Drug Abuse: What EVERY Family Needs to Know -  7:00pm - 8:30pm - St. Perpetua Parish Hall
Prescription drug abuse/misuse has become a national epidemic and our local communities have been heavily impacted by this public health crisis. At least seven young men from Lafayette have been lost to an overdose over the past 3 years ... a catastrophe in such a small town. Join St. Perpetua for an evening of education and frank discussion about what can be done to help prevent the devastating downstream impacts prescription medications such as painkillers, sedatives and stimulants can have on youth and adults of all ages.  This presentation, held Monday, February 29 at 7:00pm-8:30pm, is appropriate for adults and youth who are 13 years and older. Learn more here 
Now through March 6 - Vote for Diablo Magazine's Best of the East Bay
Diablo magazine's annual Best of the East Bay voting runs through Sunday, March 6. Vote for your favorites here.  
Friday, March 18 - Lafayette's Citizen of the Year Dinner Celebrating Tom Steuber - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa 
Tom Steuber has presided as Scoutmaster for Lafayette's Boy Scout Troop 204 for twelve years. He has guided hundreds of boys through their scouting journey including an unprecedented 100 scouts that have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to his work with Lafayette's youth, Tom's company Associated Services, has reached out and supported underprivileged teachers, schools and classrooms throughout the Bay Area.  A remarkable humanitarian and a special Lafayette neighbor.

Join us as we celebrate Tom Steuber on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Cocktails at 6:00pm and Dinner at 7:00pm.  You can make reservations by clicking here, or by calling our office at  925-284-7404.  Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, March 16th.
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is just 207 days away!
Eckerstrom Productions is back as our partner coordinating the Art Booths for the weekend. Please contact them direct if you have any interest in an art or craft booth. Diablo Publications is returning as a Corporate Sponsor. Thank you to this week's returning sponsors and vendors: Dudum Real Estate Group , RE/MAX Accord and Minuteman Press. Welcome Back! Stay tuned for our weekly updates on A&W Festival news in the weekly email blast.
Welcome to Our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
from February 16-19:

Doing College and Beyond - Educational Services
Law Offices of Ronald B. Bass - Attorneys / Legal Services    
Patten Museum Consulting - Consultants
Aloha Pediatric Dentistry - Dentists, Pediatric
Creative Touch - Beauty Salons & Services

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Monday, February 22 - Town Hall Theatre Discussion: Angels in America - 6:30 PM-8:00 PM - Homework Center. In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind, and dreaming ahead. - Angels in America, Perestroika. Join us for a panel discussion on the themes, history, and contemporary relevance of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning work. Designed for: Adults (18+). Details here.

Wednesday, February 24 - Empty Hands, One Woman's Journey to Save Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa - 7:00pm-9:00pm - Community Hall. The Lafayette Library welcomes Sister Abegail Ntleko in conversation with Meg Styles, President and Founder of The Gretta Foundation. Zulu nurse and healthcare activist Sister Ntleko, author of Empty Hands (described in Oprah Magazine as a "tenaciously hopeful memoir"), is a recipient of the Dalai Lama's 'Unsung Heroes of Compassion' award. She is visiting from South Africa to share her story of overcoming poverty, racism, and sexism to earn her education and live a life in service to her community by adopting dozens of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Admission is FREE. Registration required. Click here to register.

Saturday, March 5 - Night at the Lafayette Library
On Saturday, March 5, at 7pm we'll be breaking all the library rules! Join us in the Community Hall for "A Night at the Lafayette Library" and go library rogue! You'll enjoy delicious food, libations, and noisy laughter with friends while cavorting through the library stacks. Tickets are on sale now. Raffle and Silent Auction are open, too. Visit  

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Upcoming Chamber Events
Tuesday, March 8 -  Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals - Mix & Mingle @ Postino - 5:30pm
The next gathering of the Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30pm at Postino, 3565 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. Professionals age 40 and younger are invited to wind down, mix and mingle after work in a wonderful Lafayette venue. Learn more here
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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