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County to recognize chamber's business program

The Lane County Commissioners will recognize the Eugene Chamber of Commerce's CONTACT program today for winning an award in business retention and expansion.

The program, which is sponsored by Lane County, won the "Sustainable Program Award" last year at an economic development conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The category recognizes programs that promote long-term innovative strategies and collaborative efforts with businesses.

The recognition takes place at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room, Public Service Building, 125 E. Eighth Ave., Eugene. For more information, call 682-3747.

Panel discussion with Muslim women set at UO

An informal panel discussion with local Muslim women will be held at 6 p.m. today at the International Resource Center in the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus.

Two U.S. converts to Islam, Theresa Abouzeid and Scotty White, will lead the discussion. Muslim Student Association members will also participate.

The free discussion concludes a monthlong film series exploring how Muslim women are portrayed.

For information, call 346-1543.

City reminds property owners to control unruly weeds

Weeds and other plants are growing like crazy because of the recent heavy rains, so Eugene officials are reminding property owners to control the height of vegetation near streets, sidewalks and alleys.

Grass and weeds more than 10 inches tall, trees and shrubs that obstruct streets, alleys and sidewalks, and blackberry vines that extend into a public right-of-way or cross property lines all can be considered nuisance vegetation, said Kristi Hayden, the city's vegetation program manager.

If the city has to order the removal of overgrown plants, trees or shrubs, property owners could be charged for the work, she said. The minimum charge is $166.

For more information, call 682-4821 or visit:

Female defense workers of WWII plan luncheon

The Rosie the Riveter Association will hold a no-host luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.

All women who worked in a defense plant during World War II are welcome to attend. For information or a ride, contact Opal Nelson at 942-5877.

Legislators to attend meeting for seniors, disabled

The Advocacy Committee of Lane Council of Governments and the Lane Independent Living Alliance will hold a meeting, "Senior and Disability Advocates Legislative Dialog," from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Seniors, people with disabilities and their advocates will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Lane County Legislative Delegation. Legislators will provide updates on pending legislation and 2005-06 budget issues.

The groups say that with many cuts threatening the senior and disabled population, attendance is strongly recommended.

For information, call 682-4137.

Florence rhody fest to feature benefit pie, plant sale

FLORENCE - The Lady Elks will hold a plant and pie sale as part of the 98th annual Rhododendron Festival community celebration this weekend.

The plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The pie sale, featuring homemade pies, will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. until sold out.

The Elks will also serve barbecued chicken dinners beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Elks Lodge parking lot on 12th Street.

All proceeds will support local charities.

Ownership is topic of Rubicon Society lunch talk

John Charles, president of the Cascade Policy Institute, will present "Assets vs. Income: The Importance of Ownership in Reducing Poverty" at the noon luncheon meeting of the Rubicon Society on Thursday at the Pearl Street Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant in Eugene. Lunch is optional. For information, call 689-8873.

Lay person sought for State Bar's board of governors

The Oregon State Bar has an opening on its 16-member board of governors for a volunteer non-lawyer to serve a four-year term. The board has four non-lawyer members who have voting rights equal to the 12 lawyer members on the board.

The board meets five times a year in the Portland area. Travel expenses are reimbursed. The board oversees activities of the bar, which include licensing, education, regulation and disciplining of about 12,000 lawyers working in the state.

The bar also has openings on several committees. Applications and more information are available by phoning 1-800-452-8260, Ext. 308, or on the Web at

Choreography students to present original pieces

University of Oregon student choreographers will present seven original works in "No Assembly Required" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Dougherty Dance Theater on the third floor of Gerlinger Annex, 1484 University St.

Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 for students and senior citizens). The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

The program includes "An Ode," a trio by Marco Davis, inspired by Rufus Wainwright's song "Oh What a World"; "Lost and Found," a duet by Tabitha Perkins, with music by Evanescence and a live guitarist; "Secrets and Support," a sextet by Carley Manion, with a score by UO music student Brett Wartchow; "Seen and Not Heard," a tap dance piece by Manion; Shannon Britten's "Unspoken" for dancers and onstage deejay; "Phased," a quintet by Lindsey Primrich; and "Nyumbani," a quartet by Joanna Bristow.

For more information, call 346-3386.

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Date:May 18, 2005
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