May 4 - May 8, 2015

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Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings

Please join the Chamber Ambassadors as they help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Halstrom Academy with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, May 20. The Halstrom Academy will host an open house beginning at 5:00pm with the ceremony taking place at 5:30pm.

Halstrom Academy
101 Ygnacio Valley Road, #345
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Halstrom Academy is a non-traditional, year-round, private school offering middle and high school students a personalized one-to-one teaching approach that provides the opportunity to maximize their academic potential in a small, nurturing environment. To learn more about Halstrom Academy, click here

Welcome New Chamber Members

Do business with Chamber Members

To learn more about these member businesses, click on their weblinks.
Crush My Market

Lloyd Silver

V & V Fine Jewelry
Vessela Iordanova

Rockhaven Financial Services
Tom Norris

Anthenium Partners Inc.
Ameet Sardesai

Aamco Total Car Care
Derek Tinder

Stamp Out Hunger

One-day national food drive

On Saturday May 9th, letter carriers will be collecting food for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano as they deliver the mail in this one-day national food drive. Mark your calendar to leave a bag of nonperishable food by your mailbox, prior to regular mail delivery on May 9th.  Your donations will help the Food Bank fill many empty tummies during the summer months when food donations are typically low.

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Voted "East Bay's Best Outdoor Event"
by Contra Costa Newspapers.

The Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival is the Bay Area's biggest and best kick off event of the  summer!The 34th annual Walnut Creek Chamber  of Commerce & Visitor Bureau Art & Wine Festival on May 30 & May 31 in beautiful Heather Farm Park is the granddaddy of them all, drawing 100,000+ visitors from throughout the region.
Face-to-Face Marketing Opportunities
Promote your products and services while pouring a wine or beer directly to Festival attendees from your own company branded  booth. (Booth / Wine / Beer provided by the Chamber)

Wine / Beer Pouring Booth: Chamber Member Booth Fee $800 / Non Member Booth Fee $1,200. For more details and a registration form {Click Here} To Register online {Click Here}

Commercial Exhibitor Booth: Promote your product or service directly to Festival attendees from your company branded 10 x 10 Commercial Exhibitor Booth Space. Please call Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President for availability at (925) 934-2007. 

For a Great Time...Volunteer

Chamber Art & Wine Festival Volunteers Wanted

Volunteer Opportunities at  the Best Outdoor Event in the East Bay! 34th annual Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival

Celebrating its 34th year, the Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival is made possible by the generous donation of volunteer time. Businesses and individuals interested in being involved in this community event can volunteer to assist with an array of festival activities including set-up, stocking booths during the event, tear down & clean-up, and other festival needs. This event is a lot of fun and a great team building activity.  So, if you like people and you have sun-block in your fanny-pack, you may be a perfect volunteer for the Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival. 

For more information on specific volunteer opportunities and shifts, please contact the Chamber Chamber at (925) 934-2007 or email 


2015 UXL Award Winners Named

Eric Rudney, Rudney Associates received the prestigious 2015 UXL Citizen of the Year Award and Diablo Publications was honored with the pre-eminent UXL Business of the Year, presented on April 16 by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at its annual installation luncheon.

Pictured (left to right): Marcie Hochhauser, Chamber Senior Vice President;Eric Rudney, Rudney Associates, Citizen of the Year; Barney Fonzi accepting Business of the Year for Diablo Publications, and UXL Emcee Angela De La Housaye, De La Housaye & Associates, ALC.

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Simply the Best

Fourteen Outstanding Small-Business Owners to be Honored at East Bay Leadership Council’s 15th Annual Awards Luncheon
Pictured (left to right):  UXL Emcee Angela De La Housaye, De La Housaye & Associates, ALC and Barney Fonzi accepting Business of the Year for Diablo Publications 

In honor of their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements and community spirit, 14 small-business owners, selected by Contra Costa County and Tri-Valley Chambers of Commerce, will be honored at the East Bay Leadership Council’s 15th Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 8. 

Delivering the luncheon keynote will be the renowned Concord chocolatier Rachel Dunn. ABC7 News anchor, will be master of ceremonies.The event is hosted each year by the Council’s Small Business/Entrepreneur Task Force, which is co-chaired by Angela De La Housaye of De La Housaye & Associates and Jenny Kohler of the Bay Area News Group. 

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A Cat With 30,000 Lives

ARF - Member in the News

ARF is rembering a special cat who took a wrong turn 25 years ago at the Oakland Coliseum and became a catalyst for saving lives.

On May 7, 1990, at a televised baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, a stray tortoiseshell cat wandered onto the playing field in search of food, stopping play and capturing the attention of the roaring crowd. Tony La Russa, then-manager for the Oakland Athletics, coaxed her into the dugout, and he and his wife Elaine took responsibility for finding “Evie” a home. To their dismay, not a single animal shelter in the area could take her in, leaving her with no chance for survival. They were inspired to take action, and less than a year later with the help of other animal lovers, they co-founded ARF. Today, more than 30,000 dogs and cats have been saved as Evie’s legacy since that inspiring moment on the ballfield. 

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