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Beer Week, Peace and Justice Festival and Canaries in the Coalmine

There are some weekends where so much is going on, it’s hard to suggest any one event over the others. This is one of those weekends, but we thought we’d give it a shot with a few choice cuts.

In case you didn’t know folks, it’s officially Eugene Beer Week. That means places like Ninkasi Brewing, Falling Sky Brewing House, Hop Valley Brewing Company, 16 Tons and The Bier Stein will be offering discounts and specialty brews galore. No matter what kind of beer drinker you are, there will be something you love floating around town this week, so get out there and hit the taps. Beer week runs from Monday, May 7, to Sunday May, 13. 

Another awesome event is the annual Peace and Justice Festival at Wellsprings Friends School, where a number of guest speakers will lecture on community restoration, trauma healing and change beyond the Occupy movement. In Accord Choir will be on-site, singing songs of peace and justice, and a youth panel with a focus on community healing in schools will be held there as well. The 10th annual Peace and Justice Festival is 1 pm Saturday, May 5, at Wellsprings Friends School, 3590 W. 18th Ave.; FREE.

And last but by no means least, we must direct your attention to the Canaries in the Coalmine fiction reading and wine release party, hosted by The Stonecutters Union. In Eugene, we are spoiled with a wealth of poetry readings, however it’s not often that we are blessed with a reading of fiction by local storytellers. The reading will be headlined by EW’s own Rick Levin, and will feature music/dance party by DJ Casper. Canaries in the Coalmine starts 9 pm Friday, May 4, at The Venue, 1440 Willamette St.; FREE.