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Biz Beat 10-17-2013

Abstract Bodyworks has opened at 2840 Crescent Ave., Suite 100, near Crescent Village in north Eugene. Owner Ed Collins says the Abstract program is designed for those over 50 “who want to live 15 years younger in as little as 15 minutes a week.” The program focuses on slow-motion strength training to “reverse the aging process and regain muscle strength and overall health.” Collins previously managed the rehab and exercise division of Back2Strength. Katie Collins, a graduate in exercise science at NCU, will manage the business. Call 844-1608. Abstract Bodyworks also has studios in Washington state, Florida and England. 

Drain’s Fall Craft & Collectible Market will be open from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Drain Civic Center, 205 W. A St. in Drain. Vendors can call Mary Willis at 505-0091 or email pattiakins@ymail.com. The event is a fundraiser for Christmas tree lighting and other local events.

SpringFilm is a new free documentary film program at the Wildish Theater in downtown Springfield, a collaboration between the Springfield Museum, the Public Library and Willamalane. The first showing of Grizzly Man, followed by discussion, was Oct. 16, and the next showing of Go Tigers! will be 6 pm Nov. 7. Contact Jim Cupples, executive director of the Springfield Museum, at 726-3677 or find SpringFilm on Facebook. 

Sponsors, Inc. has been ranked third by Oregon Business magazine on its list of “100 Best Nonprofits” to work for in Oregon. The results were employee-driven and based on extensive questionnaires about workplace satisfaction. This is the second year in a row that Sponsors, Inc. has ranked third on the list. See the magazine’s story at wkly.ws/1l4 or call Trish DeJohn at Sponsors, 485-8341.

Dining for Women is an organization that seeks to “empower women and girls living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education and economic self-sufficiency” around the world. Founder Marsha Wallace is on tour and will speak at the Eugene chapter’s next gathering at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 23, at LCC Downtown Center. Two local nonprofits will benefit from Dining for Women this year: Center for Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!) and StoveTeam International. Contact Nicki Maxwell at 517-0427 or visit diningforwomen.org for more information.

Womenspace has been named Charity of the Year by The Emerald City Roller Girls, which has donated $700 of its proceeds from the 2013 season to the nonprofit that is the “primary provider of intimate partner violence services” in Lane County. Womenspace had to close its walk-in services due to budget cuts earlier this year. The Roller Girls are planning their season opener Feb. 8 at the Fairgrounds. 

KLCC’s Fall Radiothon ended Oct. 11 with a total of $276,795 donated or pledged to the station, surpassing the fall goal of $275,000. More than 3,800 KLCC listeners became members or renewed their membership during the fall fundraising campaign, according to Gayle Chisholm of KLCC. Find the local public radio station at 89.7 FM.

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