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Biz Beat 1-16-2014

The David Minor Theater at 180 E. 5th Ave. is expanding and showing $3 matinees now that Ronny Goldfarb of Ronny’s Audio Vision next door retired the first of the year, according to Josh Goldfarb, Ronny’s son and the owner of DMT. “We are also in the process of expanding and maximizing the space now available to us. So stay tuned for updates!” he says. The DMT has been in business for the past four years. See davidminortheater.com or call 762-1700.

The Mentor Lane Campaign is a new coalition launching this month during National Mentoring Month. The coalition comprises local mentoring programs in the county and emphasizes the “enhancement of mentor recruitment and sharing of resources,” says Jen Jackson of Sponsors, Inc. “The coalition has an organized referral system to find mentors the organization best suited for their mentoring interests. Mentors also have access to a ‘discount card’ that provides volunteers at any agency in the coalition access to community-wide discounts.” Email jenjackson@sponsorsinc.org or call 505-5663.

The nonprofit Civil Liberties Defense Center has been named one of the Top 10 Activist Groups in the U.S. by CounterPunch. The Eugene-based law firm will be celebrating its 10th anniversary during the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the UO in late February. CLDC founder and director Lauren Regan will be a keynote speaker at PIELC. See counterpunch.org for “10 Small Groups that Make a Big Difference.”

We noticed Lane Arts Council is looking for a full-time manager for its Arts Education Program. Better hurry if you are interested. A review of applications is beginning Friday, Jan. 17. Email lanearts@lanearts.org. 

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is now available to help individuals and families sign up for health insurance, Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids through the Cover Oregon marketplace. “We are fortunate to have two expert enrollment assisters who are working full time to educate our community about Cover Oregon and the Affordable Care Act,” says Jody McCurry of PPSWO. “We invite everyone to attend our free enrollment events happening throughout Lane County over the next few months.” People can make individual appointments or stop by one of the health centers during enrollment hours. Call 543-7664 or visit  ppsworegon.org.

GloryBee Foods has been named winner of the 2014 Mayor’s Bold Steps Award that recognizes businesses that are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line — people, planet and prosperity. The winner was announced at the State of the City event on Jan. 8. Runners-up for the award were Rainbow Valley Design and Construction and Life Technologies. For more information about the award, go to eugene-or.gov/boldsteps.

The first Wine Exploration and Food Pairings for Women classes are being planned for Thursday evenings Jan. 23 to Feb. 13 at the Oregon Wine LAB, 488 Lincoln St. The classes are a collaboration between wine enthusiast Roxanne Watson and chef Elizabeth Stuart. Each class is $40. Call 520-8126 or find the event on Facebook.

Congrats to KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer, who earned a national award this month for his career committed to public radio journalism. Sommer will be presented with the 2014 Leo C. Lee Award in the Public Radio News Directors Inc.’s annual conference in Virginia in June. 

The Eugene Film Society (EFS) is a collaboration between Edward Schiessl and Joshua Purvis of Bijou Cinemas and local businesses, nonprofits, colleges and the UO to promote film festivals and cinema events, “encouraging competition and collaboration among local film organizations,” Purvis says. The next event will be an EFS Screening & Social from 5 to 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Bijou downtown. The event will include short independent films, highlights from the Cinema Pacific and Open Lens film festivals, student work, food and beer.