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Biz Beat 2017-10-12

AeroSynth Electronic Wind Instruments is a new high-tech startup based in Eugene. Company founder and inventor of the AeroSynth instrument is Brad Stewart, who has 40 years experience in embedded electronic systems, product design and engineering. Stewart says his next-generation electronic wind instrument (EWI) is played much like a saxophone, clarinet or recorder, and goes far beyond earlier EWIs that were awkward, bulky and expensive. Several working prototypes of the AeroSynth have been made but mass production and marketing are still in the future. One of his top priorities is getting low-cost EWIs (about $150) into thousands of schools. Stewart says he’s tapping his own resources so far, but he's also looking for marketing help and financial partners. Videos of Stewart demonstrating and talking about the instruments can be found at aerosynth.com.

• Value Village at 555 W. Centennial Blvd. in Springfield closed last March after 20 years, and the building is now being remodeled into a 27,000 sq. ft. gym called Pursue Fitness. “We have spent $1.2 million transforming the old Value Village into a beautiful facility,” says owner Troy Hake. “We have held to a low price with a basic membership only costing $15 a month with no enrollment fees, no annual fee, no hidden fees, no contracts.” A pre-sale on memberships began Oct. 9 in anticipation of the fitness center opening Nov. 1. A description of the facility and its programs can be found at pursuefitness.club or by calling 503-383-8274.

• The sixth annual Community Service Awards Breakfast will be at 7:30 am Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Venue 252, 252 Lawrence St. in Eugene. Community members who are champions in the field of drug and alcohol treatment in multiple categories will be recognized. Find registration information at serenitylane.org — look for “CSA breakfast.”

• Public radio stations are busy with their fall fund drives now and KLCC is doing its online “Stealth Drive” through Oct. 17 in an attempt to raise enough money to avoid the traditional on-air campaign that interrupts programming. One fall fund drive that does not get much attention is KRVM, which has a loyal audience for full-time acoustic music. The station at 91.9 FM in Eugene and 88.5 FM in Oakridge provides on-air experience for local high school students, along with production and engineering skills training.

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