Beyond the Toxics 8th Annual Jazzy Bee – Eugene Weekly

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It’s National Pollinator Week, and Beyond Toxics is ready.

The soft jazz voice of Halie Loren and her quartet, as well as the guitar playing of Olem Alves and his instrumental jazz trio, underline the Beyond the Toxics 8th Annual Jazzy Beea benefit Thursday to save Oregon’s bees.

Beyond Toxics has worked tirelessly over the years to bring attention to the decline of bees and other pollinators that, through the use of harmful pesticides, threatens the food security of vulnerable Oregon communities.

The non-profit organization notes this week that of the 100 crop varieties that provide 90% of the world’s food, 71 are pollinated by bees. In addition, bees pollinate 95 kinds of fruits, nuts and vegetables. They are so vital.

For the past two years, the Bee Jazzy performance has been virtual due to the pandemic, this year it’s set to celebrate pollinators in person, and with great music.

The 8th Annual Beyond Toxic Bee Jazzy, a benefit to save Oregon’s bees, will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Silvan Ridge Winery, 27012 Briggs Hill Road. Tickets are $30 each and include a commemorative wine glass and a Silvan Ridge wine glass.

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