Confluence News & Events – April 2017
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Confluence Legacy Maker Dinner a Success!

Historic film of a wild Columbia River thundering at Celilo Falls filled an entire wall as pianist Darrel Grant played his turbulent piece Rivers. It was one of many memorizing moments at the first annual Confluence Legacy Maker Dinner. The event included special presentations by Oregon's Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Woody and Confluence Founding Board Chair, Antone Minthorn. Maya Lin was sadly unable to attend due to illness. But guests enjoyed her favorite cocktail and toasted to her good health.  

Confluence was also thrilled to announce the establishment of the Lillian Pitt Education Fund, to support Confluence in the Classroom, a program that connects students with native artists and educators to do meaningful projects about the Columbia River system.
A most heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, who made this amazing event possible and all of our honored guests and supporters gathered for our special night.  

Donate now to the Lillian Pitt Education Fund! 

Photo by Ricardo Nagaoka.

Earth Day Work Party Mulching at the Land Bridge

Nearly 40 volunteers braved the rain for an Earth Day mulch party at the Confluence Land Bridge in Vancouver. Crews hauled 8 cubic yards of soil to planting beds that are filled with native plants. Camas flowers are blooming! Volunteers included teens from the Urban Youth Program in Vancouver. The event, which was a collaboration with the City of Vancouver, was such a success, Confluence and the city are hoping to organize another mulch party in the fall. Thanks to our volunteers, to the City of Vancouver and to the Jordan Schnitzer and Thomas Lauderdale Confluence Art Endowment for supporting this project!

Story Gathering Fills Alberta Rose With Indigenous Voices

Confluence recently hosted another successful Story Gathering at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. Panelists Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs), Paul Lumley (Yakama) and David Lewis (Grand Ronde) engaged in a compelling story-driven session about the history and cultures of the Columbia River system. 

Many thanks to everyone who participated and don't miss the next Story Gathering on May 6th in The Dalles.  See 'Confluence Connects' for upcoming Story Gathering dates and information.
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upcoming events 

Story Gathering 
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles
May 6, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enthnobotonical Tour with Greg Archuleta
May 20. 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
Old Apple Tree Park, Vancouver, WA

Screening of “Broken Treaties”
This OPB documentary features Oregon’s tribes and explores stories that are missing from history books.
May 25, 2017
Ecotrust, Portland
2nd Floor Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Screening

Cape Disappointment National Trails Day
June 3, 2017
Confluence will join WA State Parks and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse in celebrating National Trails Day and the season opening of the historic lighthouse. It is also a WA State Parks Free Day! 11:00am - 4:00pm  Guided walk at 3:00pm.

Story Gathering 
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center 
November 4, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm

More About Gatherings 
First-person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment that surrounds us.  Learn More. 

Tributaries: Confluence History Blog 

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