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Biz Beat 5-16-2013

EWEB meeting rooms that have been open to community and nonprofit groups for years may no longer be available starting next October if EWEB goes through with leasing out the second floor of its North Building. EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson did not disclose who would be leasing the offices but it is “highly possible” that meeting rooms at EWEB will be part of the lease agreement. Dozens of groups use the meeting rooms and those that have booked rooms through the year have been notified. 

Brew To Bikes: The Artisan Economy” is the topic at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, May 17, at LCC’s downtown campus, 101 W. 10th Ave. Charles Heying, Portland State University professor of urban studies, will lead the discussion about how creative small businesses can construct a hub of artisan ingenuity. $5 for non-members. See cityclubofeugene.org.

The nonprofit KindTree-Autism Rocks is planning an Adult Prom benefit starting at 7:30 pm Saturday, May 18, at the Vets’ Club Ballroom, 1626 Willamette. Tickets at the door or online are $15 for individuals, $25 for couples. See kindtree.org or call 521-7208.

The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) is celebrating 20 years of community service in Lane County with a “20 Years Around the Sun” event from 1 to 7 pm Saturday, May 18, at CAT, 455 W. 1st Ave. in Eugene. The event will include do-it-yourself welding and sewing workshops, an open shop at Eugene Bicycle Works, a mountain bike obstacle course and a rideable bike museum. See catoregonl.org or call 344-1197.

The Wayne Morse Family Farm is having its annual open house from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, May 19, at 595 Crest Drive in Eugene. The event includes exhibits, a documentary film showing, an ice cream social from 2 to 3:30 pm and music by the Kutsinhia Cultural Arts Center Marimba Bands.

Nearby Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental education for children, is offering scholarships for summer daycamps in local natural areas, such as Alton Baker Park, the Ridgeline Trail and Skinner Butte Park. Weeklong daycamps run from June 17 through Aug. 25. See nearbynature.org or call 687-9699.

NextStep Recycling officially opened its updated and enlarged Recycling Dismantling Center May 15 at 2101 W. 10th Ave. The new center has more work space, is climate controlled and has “tons of natural light,” says Jennifer McAuley of the nonprofit.