Enjoy the golden glow of sunset over Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island on a ferry cruise around the San Francisco Bay, while lingering over ultra premium wines from some of the world's most accomplished wineries. Servino Ristorante will offer up some of its tasty hors d'oeuvres, and Sam's Anchor Cafe will introduce offerings from its new Chef Robert Taylor, who will be there in person to share his culinary vision.
Entertainment provided by acclaimed guitarist,Eric Schoenberg.
Champagne Charles de Cazanove
Champagne Philippe Gonet
Frank Family Vineyards
Hartford Court Wines
Romeo Vineyards & Cellars Sempre Vive
Considered one of the Top Ferry Rides by Sunset Magazine, the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry’s Sunset Cruise is an experience not to be missed. Boarding begins at 6:10 pm from the Angel Island Ferry dock. Directions and parking.
Departure is promptly at 6:30 pm.
VIP Wine Tasting Tickets
Chamber Networking Mixer
Wednesday, May 25
Chamber Mixer @ The Tiburon Tavern
Wednesday, March 25, 2016
5:30 to 7 pm
Cindy's Hair Studio
1640 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA 94920
Chamber mixers are open to the public and are a great way to meet your neighbors and your local merchants and business owners. Come tell us what's new in your business.
$10 members | $15 non members
Great Food & Drink | Business Card Raffle | Networking Opportunities
Seminar Series for Small Businesses
Is Social Media Right for You?
June 1, 2016
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Mill Valley & San Rafael Chambers of Commerce to introduce a new Seminar Series for Small Business Owners. Aimed at small business owners and professionals, the seminars are held on the third Monday of every other month from noon to 1 pm. The seminars are free for members of the participating Chambers and $10 for non members.
Is Social Media Right for You?
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 - networking after
Location: Corte Madera Town Center Community Room – in the office building at the south end - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201
Come hear the presentation, and then shop for fresh produce at the Farmers Market or have lunch at one of the Town Center’s restaurants!
Which social media channels are right for your business? How often should you post? What’s the point of social media, anyway? This presentation will highlight the importance of your presence on social media, which platforms make the most sense for your business, and how to incorporate social media into your marketing toolkit.
Presenter: Lisa Taylor Powers, TheLT.co
Lisa Taylor Powers is a marketing consultant who creates holistic, tailored marketing strategies for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. She works with clients in industries such as financial management, tech, biotech and consumer product goods. Clients include: Levis, Wealth Plus, AO Logistics and Applaud Medical. Lisa is known for developing fresh, creative solutions to routine problems and guiding her clients in building buzz for their brand.
Business of the Month:
Bill Lukens, Attorney–at-Law
Meet one of our chamber’s newest members – Tiburon attorney William M. (Bill) Lukens.
Bill says being a trial lawyer is perfect for him because he loves to argue. “My mother loved to argue, and I remember having all kinds of great arguments with her even as a five-year-old kid,” he says.
Bill grew up in San Diego on an orange ranch that his great grandfather planted. He graduated from Berkeley in 1960 with a business/real estate major and decided to stay in northern California. “L.A. started growing after World War II, and it wasn’t the same,” he says. He went on to the Hastings School of Law, graduating in 1964.
The same year he joined the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, he moved to Tiburon. He says he recalled, as a nine-year-old, sailing past here on a cruise boat during a family vacation to San Francisco. “That was a very poignant experience. I remember thinking it looked like a great place to live,” he says. He later visited Sam’s with friends and says he liked, even better, what he saw up close.
“When I was growing up, my dad worked at Columbia Pictures and spent three hours a day driving to and from his job. I always thought that was too much driving, so when I learned there was a commuter ferryboat from Tiburon to the city, I knew that’s where I wanted to live,” he says.
His first rented home was right on Raccoon Strait, and he recalls watching whalers steam close by his deck with whales strapped to both sides of the boat on their way to the East Bay processing plant.
Bill met his future wife, Susan Formanek, while commuting on the ferry. She was a Tiburon native whose father owned the old Harbor Lights on Main Street – where Vineyard Vines now sits.
The two were married in 1967, and in 1971 Bill left the big firm in the city to open his own practice with Chuck Patterson in a suite upstairs at The Boardwalk. “I was lucky to have two great mentors who lived locally – Allan Littman and Denis Rice who were also good friends,” Bill says.
Over the years, Bill served on Tiburon’s Planning Commission and then on the Board of Adjustments – now Design/Review. He and Susan also began to raise a family: Peter, Stephen and Maggie.
The pair bought a huge, dilapidated house in old Tiburon, nicknamed “The Manor,” from Ellen Bennett, a 1920s Hollywood star. Bill says many of their friends thought they were crazy, and he admits it and its big yard needed an enormous amount of work. It took the couple 18 years to turn it into the impressive home and garden it now is.
In 1980, Chuck retired, and Bill moved his practice into San Francisco and formed the Lukens Law Group, staying there for the next 34 years. This was where he honed his skills and made a name for himself in the legal world. As a trial lawyer, he specialized – and still does – in business fraud, property disputes and lender liability litigation.
“I don’t like arrogance or dishonesty, and I really enjoy helping people out of business trouble,” he says. “It’s very hard for little businessmen to protect themselves because it’s so expensive to process civil cases.”
He got one of those cases right away when he was hired by the owner of an apple processing plant who was going to lose everything to the Bank of America. After a hard and long fought battle –10 years of litigation – Bill’s client finally won a $47-million judgment. This now is California’s most cited case on lender liability issues.
In December 2013, when his landlord decided to restructure his tenants, Bill closed his San Francisco office and opened his own practice back where he started in Tiburon – upstairs at The Boardwalk.
Bill warns would-be clients that you can’t just file a case because you think you’ve been wronged. “You’ve got to have a winning case, and only an experienced lawyer can tell you that,” he says. “Too many lawyers either don’t know any better or need the business.”
Bill says he’s happy to have his office in Tiburon again. “It’s fun to be back here and to work with locals,” he says in an invitation to new clients. “My motto is, “Have voice, will travel.”
Attorney Bill Lukens is at The Boardwalk Shopping Center, upstairs in Suite A. Phone, 415-433-3000. For more information, go to wwws.lukenslaw.com
Tiburon Waterfront Standup Paddle Board Race
A fun race with courses suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced standup paddle boarders. The races will start and end at Sam's Anchor Café in downtown Tiburon and will proceed along the Tiburon waterfront with incredible views of San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Come on out to enjoy incredible people, amazing views, support local business and win some great prizes!
Don't miss this great day on the bay. Register now!
Congratulations to the winner of our first ever #SUPTiburon photo contest from our first race in March: Marissa Miller for her fantastic photo capturing the sky above Angle Island as the beginner class crossed the starting line of the race.
Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016
1 to 4 pm
One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival pairs 60 of the finest wineries with 20 of the area’s most popular local restaurants to create a unique wine tasting experience that sells out every year. Located in downtown Tiburon, the festival boasts beautiful views of San Francisco and the Bay, live music and a spectacular silent auction with one of kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries. This is a great opportunity to try some amazing wines and the meet and learn from the winemakers themselves!
for more information about the Tiburon Wine Festival.
What to Do on the Tiburon Peninsula
Tiburon's fascinating history and natural beauty also provide a variety of unique attractions. In Tiburon, the 1884 Tiburon Railroad-Ferry Depot Museum-the only dual-use railroad terminal to survive west of the Hudson River-is on the National Register of Historic Places. Old St. Hilary's, a Carpenter Gothic church set in the midst of a wildflower preserve, was built in 1888 and offers stunning views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
Ark Row, former houseboats on Tiburon Lagoon before it was filled in the 1940s, now houses restaurants and shops along upper Main Street. Tiburon Playhouse, site of the Tiburon International Film Festival, shows first-run domestic and foreign films.
And in Belvedere, the China Cabin is the restored Social Saloon of the SS China (1866), a national maritime monument with a gilded Victorian drawing room. Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
No time? No muscles? No matter. Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve, a tiny preserve tucked into a shady canyon along Paradise Drive, offers a very easy, 0.7 mile loop trail that's perfect for a quick hike or a leisurely wildflower walk. This little-known gem wanders through a thick forest of California bay, climbs moderately through woods with coast live oak and toyon, then segues to grassland, crossing a seasonal creek en route.
Angel Island State Park
For a short course in California history, board the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry for the 10-minute boat trip to Ayala Cove, entry to Angel Island State Park. From here the 740-acre mountain island encompasses the history of the Golden State from its Coast Miwok beginnings to the Army presence through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and most recently, as a NIKE missile base. Immigration's pivotal role comes to life at the Immigration Station, where thousands of mostly Chinese immigrants were detained-and some denied entrance to the United States-during a period of exclusionary immigration laws. www.angelisland.org
Directions to the Tiburon Peninsula
After exiting Highway 101, take Tiburon Boulevard (Highway 131) east until you reach the tip of the peninsula. As you approach Main Street, the downtown hub, you'll find the Boardwalk Shopping Center on the right and Point Tiburon Plaza to the left.
Park your car at one of the several lots downtown. Tiburon is a pleasantly walkable destination. For a helpful map, pick up a self-guided historical walking tour brochure (free) from the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society in the Donohue Building on Paradise Drive or visit the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce office at 96B Main Street.