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Activist Alert 1-2-2014

• The Eugene Food and Ag Forum is the local version of InFARMation and meets on the first Sunday of each month from 4 to 6 pm at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. The next forum will be Jan. 5.

Sen. Lee Beyer and Rep. Phil Barnhart will host a series of “listening sessions” from 7:30 to 9 am starting Monday, Jan. 6, at Randy’s Main Street Café in Brownsville, then at Nana’s Cafe inside the Coburg Pizza Company in Coburg; then from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 9, at Aunt Dings Restaurant in Walterville. RSVP at 607-9207 or by email at rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us.

• Public hearings on Eugene city budget options have been scheduled for 5:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Harris Hall and 5:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Eugene Public Library. Community members will be asked to respond to a list of Budget Committee options or suggest their own. Five of the six current options being put forward present different combinations of service reductions, while the sixth option calls for a citywide across-the-board reduction of 2 percent for all departments. See eugene-or.gov/budget.

• Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg is kicking off a campaign to raise money for the construction of an additional three Conestoga huts in Springfield. The campaign is in collaboration with the Springfield Shelter Rights Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul’s overnight parking program and local churches. Each Conestoga hut costs about $1,200 to build. Donations can be mailed to CALC at 458 Blair Blvd., Eugene 97402, and designated “SSRA Conestoga Huts.” Donations can also be made at calclane.org.