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Biz Beat 3-29-2012

The nonprofit Helios Resource Network now has matching grant money available for nonprofits and emerging groups planning to become nonprofit, according to Helios President Cary Thompson. The small-grant program focuses on sustainable action and education in Lane County. For more information see heliosnetwork.org/grantinfo.htm or call 636-0465.

A regional carsharing program is scheduled to launch April 2 in Eugene and Springfield. The program is a collaboration between LTD’s Point2point program, Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s WeCar program, and the cities of Eugene and Springfield. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be at noon Thursday, March 29, at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, followed by 2:30 pm at 906 Charnelton St. in Eugene. The program will begin with four Ford Fusion cars. Call LTD at 682-6183. 

Eugene mortgage broker Casey Lown of Alpine Mortgage Planning is now providing free information on HARP 2.0, the Home Affordable Refinance Program designed to help “underwater” home owners with loans through Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac take advantage of today’s lower mortgage rates. He can be reached at 743-2970 or email casey.lown@alpinemc.com

The Oregon Bach Festival brings thousands of classical music fans to the Eugene area each summer and the dates this year will be June 29 to July 15. Performances will be in Eugene, Portland and five other cities this year. See oregonbachfestival.com And overlapping the Bach Fest will be the Oregon Country Fair July 13-15, with early tickets now available online at ticketswest.com 

Mountain Rose Herbs of Eugene now has “the only certified organic tea line on the market packaged with 100 percent post-consumer waste materials,” according to VP Shawn Donnille. See mountainroseherbs.com  

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