Orinda, California



December 17, 2010

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Upcoming Chamber Events

Orinda Chamber Ribbon Cutting: Risk Concepts Insurance Brokers
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Risk Concepts Insurance Brokers, Inc.
3732 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 375, Lafayette, CA 94549
(map) Look for balloons!
Join your fellow Chamber Members and other guests as we formally welcome Risk Concepts Insurance Brokers Kelly & Mike Robertson to the Orinda Chamber.

Orinda Chamber Luncheon
Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Orinda Country Club
315 Camino Sobrante,
Orinda, CA 94563
RSVP: Highly Recommended - not required if purchasing tickets online (click here)
(click here)

Cost: $30.00 per person - to purchase tickets online (click here).
Guest Speaker: Tom Franier - Co-Owner of Semifreddi's Bakery
Topic: "Slow Capitalism"

Visit Semifreddi's web site

The Semifreddi's story begins in the year 1900 in Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo, New York where our grandfather Frank Poorten, an immigrant from Germany, opened his own bakery on the corner of Broad Street and Delaware Avenue. We didn't know we had baking in our blood until very recently when we found a picture of grandpa Poorten standing proudly in front of his Buffalo bakery. (Fried baloney, anyone?!)

So it could have been either fate or genetics that led us into the baking business back in 1984. At that time Barbara was a UC Berkeley graduate who had also earned a culinary arts degree. Michael (Barbara's husband) had also graduated from Berkeley with a degree in economics and brother Tom, equipped with a Berkeley MBA, joined the business after bailing out of the corporate world. The three of us shared a common passion for baking great bread and pastries. To save money, we lived together in a small Berkeley flat and in 1984, Semifreddi's opened its doors in a 450-square-foot bakery in Kensington, California (right next door to Berkeley).

We learned quickly that baking great bread and pastries requires both patience and know-how. Lesson #1 was that you have to let the dough rise slowly and consistently. The same lesson applies to running a successful company. Since 1984, Semifreddi's has grown slowly and consistently to become one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier artisan bakeries. We are passionate about baking and dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional products and great value.

First Annual State of the City Address and Special Recognition Awards Dinner
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Times: Cocktails: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Dinner: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Orinda Country Club
315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda, CA 94563 (map)
RSVP: Required by Feb. 22. 2011 - not required if purchasing tickets online (click here)

Cost: $65.00 per person - to purchase tickets online (click here).

Join Chamber Members and City of Orinda Officials as Mayor Victoria Smith presents the "State of the City" address, and as we recognize outstanding members of our business community. This premier Orinda Chamber event will provide community insight and fun for all those attending.

Past Chamber Events

Chamber Holiday Mixer A
Seasonal Hit. Citibank Hosts a Winner!

Ratna Munshi , Citibank Branch Manager (at right wearing festive red) and the entire bank staff welcome Chamber Members and guests at the Holiday Mixer.

(L-R) Herb Hofendahl (Simple Reverse Mortgage Solutions), Sue Breedlove (Breedlove Insurance Services & Chamber President) and Pete Ritter (Animal House Pet & Home Care) enjoy the festivities.

Kris Holst (Past Chamber President) and Paula Holst sample the refreshments with holiday smiles.
Citibank and its gracious staff opened the vaults of hospitality while welcoming Orinda Chamber Members and guests to their attractive bank on the evening of December 9th. Bank Manager, Ratna Munshi set the style in her elegant red attire - topped by her warm smile as she greeted all. The occasion was the perfect launch for Orinda's holiday season.  

Other Local Events

Orinda Theatre Launches
International Film Showcase

For those who enjoy extraordinary movies, not made available to the general public, the new INTERNATIONAL FILM SHOWCASE coming to the Orinda Theatre January 28th, 2011 is what you have been waiting for. 


For seven days each month The Orinda Theatre will screen a feature film that has never been released commercially in the Bay Area and is not currently available through any other medium.  These exceptional films cannot be downloaded, rented, or viewed anywhere else.

Gala premier opening of "Max Manus," Norway's 2009 best film award and Oscar submission, on January 28, 2011. The true story of Norway's Nazi-fighting war hero

Exclusive one-week engagement. (more here)

New Members

Bonfire Pizzeria (opening February, 2011)
Owners:  Ryan Mason, Adam Sall, and Justin Bain
2 Theatre Square #144, Orinda, CA 94563


Renewing Members

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Mason-McDuffie
Regina Englehart
51 Moraga Way, Suite 1
Orinda, CA 94563
fax: 925-254-1521

City of Orinda
Janet Keeter, Monica Pacheco
22 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563
925-253-4211, fax 925-254-9158

Carolyn Mueller
50 Vashell Way #120
Orinda, CA 94563

"Gateway" Wilder Development
Michael Olson

900 Walnut Ave.
Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592


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Other Chamber News

Hospice Tree Lighting Brightens Orinda's Holidays on Dec. 4th

(L-R) Eric and Sylvia Jorgensen; Bob Routt; Candy Kattenburg; Rick Kattenuburg; Todd Chritton (Santa) Sue Breedlove; Patti Camras; Keith Miller and Susan Martin

Chamber Welcomes Hilton House Expansion With Ribbon Cutting

(L-R) Sue Breedlove and Cindy Hilton at the Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Cindy's new branch store just across from the main store at 21 Orinda Way, in Orinda.
As featured during the now-legendary and packed Hilton House Consign/Design & Estate Liquidations, Inc. holiday party on December 2nd, the new branch store, just across the parking lot from the main store and next to Village Pizza, features a wide array of furnishings and home decor - with bargains at every glance. Make it a point to visit during your holiday shopping, for one-of-a-kind presents unavailable elsewhere. 

Chamber Welcomes Table 24 Restaurant at Nov. 30th Ribbon Cutting

(L-R) A.J. Nisen, Candy Kattenburg, Patti Camras, Sylvia Jorgensen, Sue Breedlove, Sue Severson, Michael Karp, Lisa Karp, Paul Wildrick, Michchael Karp, Victor Ivy, Dina Zapanta.
Chamber Members and guests welcomed the new Table 24 Restaurant to the community on the afternoon of November 30th and all enjoyed the event. To read more about the restaurant and its founders, Michael Karp and Victor Ivy in the Local Happenings Magazine article - click here.

Chamber Runs Ad to
Boost Members' Holiday Business
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce participated in the below ad run in the Lamorinda Weekly November 10th edition to boost holiday business for its members.

The Lamorinda Weekly is mailed or delivered to
24,200 Lamorinda homes and businesses bi-weekly.

Click the above image for a printable flyer and give a copy to your patrons!

Chamber Web Calendar Opens for Members to List Events 
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce is now making its online calendar available to Members who would like to promote their coming events or sales. If you are not familiar with the calendar, see it here. The Calendar is an excellent way to promote your events, and this service is free as an additional benefit of Chamber membership.

To have your event or sale listed, simply provide the following information:

Company Name: Your company name
Event Location: full address with zip
Event Name: name of the event
Event Date(s): date of the event
Event Start Time: start time of the event
Event End Time: finish time of the event
Event Description: brief description of the event
Event Web Link: URL for the event (if avail.)
Contact Person: name of person in charge
Event email email for more info.
Event Phone: Telephone for more info.
Time Saver Hint: Highlight the gold area above, right click and select "copy" - then paste the information into your email - replacing the right column with your specific event information.

Email the above information to info@orindachamber.org at least one week prior to your event.

Orinda Chamber Board of Directors
President Sue Breedlove Breedlove Insurance
Vice President Bob Routt Diversified Mortgage Group
Secretary Patti Camras Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Treasurer Dina Zapanta First Republic Bank
Board Member Sylvia Jorgensen Merrill Lynch
Board Member Rick Kattenburg Kattenburg Architects
Board Member

Susan Martin

Prudential California Realty
Board Member Keith Miller Pacific Union International Real Estate
Board Member AJ Nisen Bank of America Home Loans

Liaison to the City of Orinda Monica A. Pacheco City of Orinda
Executive Director Candy Kattenburg Orinda Chamber


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Chamber Adds Easy Payments Online for Members and Event Sponsors.
Members, Event Sponsors and others now have the convenience of making payments to the Chamber using their Credit or Debit Cards. Check the new feature (click here) - and keep it in mind for any future payment needs. 

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Tel: 925-254-3909
email: info@orindachamber.org

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