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Biz Beat 5-2-2013

H&H Veterinary Care is a new animal clinic at 354 W. 6th Ave. in Eugene, site of the former City Center Cat & Bird Clinic. Sharleen Henery, DVM, is the new vet and Carolee Horning is her practice manager. Both worked previously at Banfield Pet Hospital. The new clinic cares for dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs and even goats and other farm animals, says Henery, whose family has a farm in the Lorane area. Call 343-3419.

Back in the Day Bakery and Café is a new eatery at 143 21st St. in Springfield, the former location of Seasons Catering & High Tea in the Glory Days Anitiques building. Owner is Debbie Green. Her husband, Randy, renovated the space in March and other family members are also involved. Green worked in the medical industry for more than 20 years before following her dream to open a bakery and café. Call 321-3746.

The local nonprofit Just In Time is dedicated to helping people get off drugs and stay sober and the group is planning its fifth annual dinner and silent auction fundraiser “Noche Fantastica” from 6 to 9 pm Saturday, May 4, at the Vets Club Ballroom, 1626 Willamette St. in Eugene. Tickets are $25 single or $45 per couple. RSVP to 342-3442.

MAPLE Microdevelopment, a Eugene-based nonprofit, is working with the indigenous Mapuche people from Chile to develop their own community bank. The community of Lake Budi has developed from the ground-up a vibrant indigenous ecotourism network that is creating new opportunities for sustainable livelihoods in the community (lagobudi.cl). The Mapuche Banking Alternative Initiative will “strengthen the community’s control over their resources, diversify and strengthen the emerging Mapuche-owned sustainable ecotourism and artisan businesses, and preserve Mapuche cultural knowledge and Budi’s biological diversity,” says Alison Guzman of the organization. She and Ignacio Krell will soon travel to Mapuche ancestral lands where they will join community leaders to form an intercultural team. A conversation about this project and its local connections will be from 3 to 5 pm May 5 and May 7 at the Market of Choice upstairs conference room at 28th and Willamette.

Twenty After Four is a “new smoke shop experience” that opened April 20 at 136 S. 6th St. in Springfield. The grand opening featured live glass-blowing, fire-dancers and DJs. Hours of the new business are 11 am to 7 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 pm Sundays. Find the business on Facebook or call (310) 910-5896.

A free Fibromyalgia Awareness Day panel discussion will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, May 2, at the nonprofit Tamarack Wellness Center, 3575 Donald St. in Eugene. The fibromyalgia event will be followed by a 3 to 5 pm therapy event Saturday, May 4, at the pool. See tamarackwellness.org or call 686-9290.

Locally owned SELCO Insurance, a subsidiary of SELCO Community Credit Union, has recently partnered with Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance. The two companies now serve a combined half a million residents in Oregon and Washington. See pemco.com or selcoinsurance.com.

 The Corvallis start-up firm Amorphyx has been named a finalist in the fifth annual Willamette Angel Conference to be held Thursday, May 9, in Corvallis. Finalists are competing for an investment of more than $200,000. The other four finalists are Portland firms. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce heads up the event and next year it will be back in Eugene.

GloryBee Foods hosted its annual Bee Weekend April 12 and distributed more than six million bees to more than 600 individuals, according to founder Dick Turanski.

It’s Eugene Beer Week! From May 4 to May 11, Eugene has everything from the Sasquatch Brew Fest to beer education to special brewer guests. Check out eugenebeerweek.org for the run-down.