October 11, 2016 News & Events
Lamorinda Business Forum Lamorinda Business Forum
Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm, Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle

For our final installment of this quarterly program, Lamorinda Business Forum, we are proud to present "Pitfalls to Avoid as You Grow Your Business" Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm, Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle.

A business owner works determinedly to grow his/her business and to succeed in the most competitive marketplace of all time. Not paying attention to certain concerns, or putting off concerns until the business owner has more time, could produce disastrous results and diminish or destroy what the owner has worked so hard to produce. Hear local professionals discuss the common mistakes that businesses make while growing, and what possible actions to take to avoid or remedy these mistakes. Dino Riggio (Dino Riggio & Associates) will facilitate a distinguished panel through Q&A. Panel includes: Bruce Ramsey - Founder of the Ramsey Law Group; Francoise Hansen - Founder of Balance Right Services, a bookkeeping services company; Craig Santa Maria - Co-Owner of Santa Maria & Co Risk and Insurance Services; and Rob Silverman - Founder of R. Silverman Law Group.

This is an interactive event, so come loaded with questions. Come early to mingle, presentation will start at 5:45pm sharp. There will be 20-30 minutes after the presentation to talk to any of the presenters and guests. The Big Room at Lamorinda Music is located at 81 Lafayette Circle. This event is presented by the Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette Chambers. A great place to network and meet your peers from the other chambers. This event is free! Learn more here.
Lafayette Reservoir Run
REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Lafayette Reservoir Run to Support our Local Education

Every registration makes a difference.

Each local school selected by the entrant gets 10% back from the registration fees - all 4 local elementary schools plus the middle school and ALL 4 high schools.

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is in the lead for the Early Bird Contest that ends on 10/16.

Plus each school is rewarded directly for every volunteer that helps puts on this event. It takes a village. Additional percentages are dispersed based on the total net income too. Sign up to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/res-run-volunteer-2016.

There is an EARLY BIRD CONTEST going on right now through Sunday, October 16 for the local schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette, Springhill and Stanley. Register now and help them win the contest which means even more money.  If you choose Acalanes, Campolindo, Los Lomas or Miramonte they will still get 10% of their registration fees back too. Register NOW!
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Premier Members

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Please join us in welcoming our newest member!

The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following business from October 3 - October 7, 2016. 
We encourage you to visit their website for more information.  

Global Shore to Sea Consulting Services - Consultants  

LPIE's Business and Real Estate Partner Program - Mexican Fiesta
Tuesday, October 18, 5pm-6:30pm, LPIE Parking Lot, 3450 Golden Gate Way

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) thanks our generous business community for their ongoing support of our Lafayette schools.  We invite current donors and those interested in learning more about our Business and Real Estate Partner program to join us for a Mexican fiesta on October 18 from 5pm-6:30pm in the LPIE parking lot (3450 Golden Gate Way). Enjoy delicious food courtesy of Rancho Cantina, ice cream from Smitten and music by Lafayette's own students. Thank you for supporting LPIE, our schools and our community! www.lpie.org
Notice of BART Pathway Closure

As part of its approved improvement plan, KB Home is obligated to widen and improve the ped/bike pathway from the Town Center retail parking lot to BART's southern parking lot.  Additionally, a storm drain pipe will be installed under the pathway.  To efficiently and safely construct these improvements, the existing pathway along the creek will be closed from October 12 to November 30, weather pending. KB Home will install signs to divert users to the detour route (Mt Diablo Blvd. to Happy Valley Road to BART). View attached PDF file for more information.
Community Events and Member Announcements

Lafayette Community Foundation's Inagural Winemakers Dinner
Sunday, October 16, 6:30pm, Postino Restaurant, 3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for an evening of culinary delights from Spain, paired with exceptional wines from the region! Five delicious courses will be served! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

CASA of Contra Costa County - Bring Positive Change to a Child in Foster Care!
Monday, October 17, 6:30pm-8pm; Wednesday, October 19, from 12:30pm-2pm
A child in foster care longs for a safe and loving family like no one else. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. Bring positive change to a child in foster care. And in doing so, change your life as well. Sign up to attend one of our Informational Sessions to learn more. 

The Longest Day Volunteer Launch Party
Wednesday, October 19, 6-7pm, Alzheimer's Association, Lafayette Office, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 250, Lafayette, CA 94549
Join us to mix, mingle and learn more about the volunteer committee for our annual signature event, The Longest Day, which is responsible for planning, marketing, and partnering with other organizations for The Longest Day.  Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Lacey at LTodd@alz.org or 408.372.9901, or visit www.alz.org/TLD.

MCE-Hosted Community Event - Learn More About New Energy Choices
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Walnut Creek City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1666 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Come to an MCE-Hosted Community Event to learn more about the new energy choices coming to Lafayette and Walnut Creek! Now is the time for residents and businesses in Lafayette and Walnut Creek to make their final decisions about MCE service before the end of the 60 day enrollment period without a $5 service fee for residents and a $25 service fee for businesses. You can always choose to opt up to MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable, and back to PG&E service, but the sooner you choose, the better! RSVP here.

Upcoming Small Business Development Center Workshops
The Small Business Development Center will be holding local events through December including First Steps to Successful Start-ups, Finding Investors For Your Business, Maximizing the Sale of Your Business, Basic ABC's Employment Laws for Business Owners, 4 Easy Steps to Motivate Your Customer to BUY and Human Resources Workshop at their Pleasant Hill location. And Growing a Consulting Business and Search Engine Optimization Strategies in Walnut Creek. View attached flyer for details.

Walnut Creek Chamber China Trip
Come with us to China!  Our stay in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai will take us to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, world famous Chinese gardens and museums.  We'll have spectacular panoramic views of many magnificent regions and plenty of opportunities to discover the city and local food with the help of a guide and on your own.  All for the low price of $2,199 per person double occupancy.  This includes roundtrip air from SFO on Cathay Pacific; hotel accommodations for 7 nights;  daily breakfast; 4 lunches; and 4 dinners. An optional 3 night extension to Hong Kong is available. See attached brochure for more information.  Any questions please call Lynn Pauline at the Walnut Creek Chamber (925) 934-2007. Download flyer here.

EBMUD WaterSmart Retrofit Program
EBMUD is promoting a pilot program to help property owners of multi-family units and commercial buildings to take advantage of our EBMUD WaterSmart Retrofit Program. Basically, this program assist property owners to retrofit all sanitary fixtures, devices and landscape upgrade at no cost upfront and will take the payment on the back end of their water bills each month. The payback period must be less than five years. If the property owners are able to retrofit sanitary fixtures and upgrade landscape at their properties, they can save significant amount of water, thus cutting utility cost. Please refer to my PDF attachment. For more information contact Joseph Lerma at (510) 986-7611 or joseph.lerma@ebmud.com. Download flyer here.  
Be sure to also check out the October Local Events Not to Be Missed!

Distinguished Speaker Series presents Litquake - Braving the Elements, Special Guests:  Jason Mark and Nathanael Johnson
Friday, October 14, 7pm, Library Community Hall
Jason Mark, author and editor of Sierra Magazine, and Nathanael Johnson, author of Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails, and Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, view nature from different perspectives, but they both tackle the same question - How do we value nature? Join their lively conversation as they discuss their books and take a closer look at how we can make space for nature, opening our eyes and hearts to the beauty of nature wherever we may live. For more information click HERE.

Learn to Cartoon - from the Charles M. Schulz Museum
Saturday, October 15, 2pm, Library Community Hall
Join Charles M. Schulz Museum staff for an intro to cartooning, animation, and Charles Schulz through a variety of drawing and art activities. For Kids (5-11) and Teens (12-17). Free. For more information click HERE.

Lafayette Library
Always check out the latest events at www.LLLCF.org and follow LLLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Lamorinda Business Forum - Thursday_ October 13 Lamorinda Business Forum - Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm, Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle
For our final installment of this quarterly program we are proud to present "Pitfalls to Avoid as You Grow Your Business".  Dino Riggio (Dino Riggio & Associates) will facilitate a distinguished panel through Q&A.  This is an interactive event, so come loaded with questions. The Big Room at Lamorinda Music is located at 81 Lafayette Circle. This event is presented by the Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette Chambers.  A great place to network and meet your peers from the other chambers.  Learn more here.

Social Media Workshops Social Media Workshop - Wednesday, October 19, 6pm, Lafayette Library's Homework Center
Topic: How to Get Your Local Business Found on Google the Easy Way. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Learn more and register here.

Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon, Lafayette Chamber Office

Mixer at Byron Park - Wednesday, October 26, 5:30pm-7pm, Byron Park, 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

Coffee with City Planning Director - Niroop Srivatsa - Friday, October 28, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Office

Trick or Treat Street Trick or Treat Street - Friday, October 28, 4pm-6pm, Downtown Lafayette (1st Street to Dewing Ave.)
For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, October 28, 2016. All participating businesses will displace a "Trick-or-Treat Poster" and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don't forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag. Learn more here.

Lafayette Reservoir Run 201624th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run - Sunday, October 30, 8am, Downtown Lafayette 
Help your school qualify for early bird credit! Sign up now for the 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run! 2 Mile Fun Run at 8:00AM, 5K Run at 8:30AM, 10K Run at 8:45AM. Plus Costume Contest, Live Music and Healthy Lifestyles Fair. Register here. Sign up to volunteer here.
Chamber Office Closed: Monday, October 31 for Reservoir Run Cleanup

Ribbon Cutting at Gymboree - East Bay - Thursday, November 3, 5pm, 3450 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at Gymboree's new Lafayette location in front of Merrill Gardens at 3450 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Gymboree has been in Lafayette for years and is excited to show you their new facility! Ribbon cutting will be held at 5pm.

Home Care Assistance Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Home Care Assistance - Thursday, November 10, 4pm-7pm, Ribbon Cutting at 5pm, Home Care Assistance, 3518 Mount Diablo Blvd., Suite P

You're Invited! Celebrate Aging Well in Lamorinda and Home Care Assistance New Lafayette Location at a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. Join the Home Care Assistance care team, Orinda's Eileen Nevitt, LCSW, ACSW, CMC and Lafayette-based Mobility Matters to celebrate the opening of their new office in Lafayette. This fun event which will address the importance of bringing the Lamorinda community together to support the needs of the area's aging population. Educational talks from the team and Eileen Nevitt will focus on how each senior, their families and care teams can communicate effectively so the individual can reach optimal levels of safety, health and wellness. The event will also include a silent auction featuring beautiful gift baskets, with the proceeds going back to support Mobility Matters. RSVP to Francesca Vogel at (925) 989-6877. For more information visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Lafayette.

37th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast - Friday, November 18, 7am-8:30am, Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Rd
Dick Callahan, Keynote Speaker, presents "Are You enjoying your Journey?." Catered breakfast provided by Lantern Catering. Music provided by: Harpist Wendy Tamis. Register here.

It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette - Friday, December 2, 4pm-6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
Free admission. Fun, family-friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts. Santa is scheduled to parade along Golden Gate Way on Lafayette's treasured Old Betsy fire engine, along with a police escort. This caravan will start from the Lafayette Historical Society and arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones! Learn more here.If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cell phone number to Sara at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director