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Biz Beat 11-14-2013

 It’s too late to register for the Regional Prosperity Summit that began Thursday morning, Nov. 14, at the Ford Alumni Center, but the event carries over at 8:30 am Friday at Hilton Garden Inn, 3528 Gateway St. in Springfield. Contact Beth Forrest at 682-5882 or email beth.l.forrest@ci.eugene.or.us.

Oak Street Vintage has moved to a new location after six years at 14th and Oak. The vintage furniture and clothing shop is now located in the Farmers’ Union Marketplace at 5th and Olive. Grand opening is from 4 to 7 pm Friday, Nov. 15, at 152 W. 5th Ave. Call 345-1883 or visit oakstreetvintage.com.

Greenhill Humane Society is having its sixth annual “Art for Animals” auction starting at 7 pm Friday, Nov. 15, at the Downtown LCC Center on 10th Avenue across from the Eugene Public Library. Live music by jazz singer Halie Loren, local art by Frankie Moro, Robert Canaga, Jud Turner, Kenneth Strandhardt, Alison Shiboski and others. $20 tickets in advance at green-hill.org or $25 at the door.

McKenzie Flyfishers is having its annual auction and dinner starting at 6 pm Monday, Nov. 18, upstairs at the Boulevard Grill, 2123 Franklin Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, optional dinner is $14. Auctioneer will be Joe Moll, executive director of the McKenzie River Trust. Donated items include a day of helicopter fishing and home stay in New Zealand (courtesy of Caddis Fly Shop), several guided local fishing and hunting trips and lots of fishing gear. The event is also an opportunity for non-members to check out the club and its outings and fish conservation programs. Contact Mark Rauch at marauch@comcast.net or visit mckenzieflyfishers.org.

Saturday Market’s last day downtown this year will be Nov. 16 and Holiday Market will begin at the Lane County Fairgrounds the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25. Market hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm for three days, Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, then run weekends only the first two weeks of December. The market will be open Dec. 20-24 and will close early at 4 pm Christmas Eve. See holidaymarket.org or call 686-8885. Lane County Farmers Market’s Holiday Market in the adjacent Performance Hall will follow the same schedule. See lanecountyfarmersmarket.com or call 431-4923.

What’s going on at that empty corner lot at 11th and Lincoln? The site was originally cleared for a cohousing project and has been empty for years. It is now covered with heavy equipment and construction materials. Owner Martin Henner tells us he’s renting out the space to contractors working on big downtown projects. Henner has a vision for affordable, mixed-use development at that great location and we hope it materializes someday. Plans are on hold but the website still works at eugenecohousing.tripod.com.

The OSU Extension Service will be moving into the vacant Kaufman House at 10th and Jefferson in Eugene, a former senior center owned by the city of Eugene. The Extension Service is currently in the Rainbow Valley Design & Construction building at 783 Grant St. and its offices will be closed Nov. 25-29 during the move. Doors will open at the Kaufman House Dec. 2. Call 344-5859 for more information.

The nonprofit Institutional Stove Solutions in Cottage Grove is field-testing a new fuel-efficient 100-liter stove adapted for water pasteurization in a village in Zambia in southern Africa. The unit can provide potable water for 1,000 people a day but the community needs two more units to meet its needs, at a cost of about $30,000. Contact Fred Colgan at InStove or visit instove.org for information about the fundraising campaign. 

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