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Biz Beat 2-13-2014

The annual KLCC Microbrew Festival carried on at the Fairgrounds last weekend despite the snow and ice, and “this was the first time we’ve had ever had people arrive by ski, sled and snowshoes,” says Cheryl Crumbley of KLCC. She says proceeds were down about 50 percent due to the weather, but only six out of 65 breweries didn’t make it. “For the attendees, this year’s brewfest was excellent because the music was great and the crowds were small (no lines).” The low attendance was “a big blow,” but Crumbley says there are no plans for a make-up event. In the People’s Choice Awards, first place went to Silver Moon Brewing of Bend, second place to Mazama Brewing of Corvallis, third place to Rusty Truck Brewing of Lincoln City. Winners of the home brew competition will be announced later. See klcc.org. 

A free talk, “Learn the Pitfalls of Owning a Food Business,” with state food safety specialist Jeff Green will be at 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Green will talk about current food safety regulations and standards for starting or operating a food cart, coffee shop, restaurant or home-based food business. Get tips on how to stay in compliance with food safety laws and prepare for inspections.

LCC’s Small Business Development Center (Lane SBDC) has announced a new Indianprenuership Program that will offer assistance to Native and non-Native Americans who want to start a business or expand an existing business. The nine-month program will kick off from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Longhouse on the LCC main campus. Marcy Middleton is the instructor and advisor. See lanesbdc.com or call 463-6200.

White Bird Clinic has named. Dr. Leigh Saint-Louis as medical director. She is board-certified in family medicine with dual concentrations in maternity care and behavioral health. She has lived in Eugene since 2009 and served as medical team leader for Occupy Medical Clinic for 18 months. She will maintain a part-time medical practice at Tamarack Wellness Center in south Eugene.

The UO Law School’s Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund is planning its annual auction at 5:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Eugene Country Club, 225 Country Club Road. OLSPIF is an organization run for and by students to enable law student employment in positions that serve the public interest. $50 for single seating. Registration is at law.uoregon.edu. Click on “events.”

The Catholic Community Services annual Winter Clothing Drive runs through Feb. 17. Donations of winter coats, socks, mittens, hats, blankets, linens and shoes are being distributed free by CCS to homeless and low-income families at its community service centers in Eugene and Springfield. Collection boxes have been set up at more than 30 area churches, organizations and businesses. The clothing drive also accepts cash, which will be used to purchase winter clothing for those in need of assistance. Visit ccslc.org to make a donation.

A course preview of classes on Nonviolent Communication will be from 7 to 9 pm Monday, Feb. 17, at the CALC office, 485 Blair Blvd. The 12-week class will be facilitated by Gary Baran. RSVP to calcoffice@gmail.com or call 485-1755, ext. 207.