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Events to celebrate salmon's return

In commemoration of Oregon Trail Day and to celebrate the return of salmon to the Columbia River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two events at Bonneville Lock and Dam.

Oregon Trail Day will be celebrated Aug. 12. A living history re-enactment of the decision 'Do we take the Barlow Road or the river?' will take place on that day at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., on the third floor of the Bradford Island Visitor Center in the Main Theater. A short movie about the Oregon Trail will follow each presentation.

The Salmon Festival celebrates the return of the salmon to the Columbia River. Could you survive everything a salmon goes through during its amazing travels from stream to ocean and back again? Visitors will have an opportunty to act out the life-cycle of a salmon on an educational mini-golf course created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Salmon films and programs will be shown throughout the day.

The Salmon Festival will be held August 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bradford Island Visitor Center. Underwater views of salmon on their way to spawning grounds are visible in the visitor center's fish ladder daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to these two events, ranger programs, interpretive displays and films at the Bradford Island Visitor Center wil be provided throughout the summer to share more stories of the history, science and nature of the Columbia River Gorge and Bonneville Lock and Dam.

To get to the Bonneville Lock and Dam, take exit 40 off I-84. For more information about these or other activities at the dam, contact the Visitor Center staff at 541-374-8820.

Local groups awarded grants

The Oregon Arts Commission awarded $655,500 in grants to 102 Oregon arts organizations through fiscal year 2007 operating systems. Among those groups receiving funds are three from Clackamas County.

Lakewood Center for the Arts received $2,500 in an operating support grant to support the mainstage, cabaret and children's theatre programs of the Lakewood Theatre Company, visual arts and performing arts education classes and art exhibitions in the Lakewood Gallery.

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University received $3,000 to support exhibitions of contemporary Northwest art and accompanying catalogues, publications and discussions.

The Arts Action Alliance Foundation in Oregon City received $5,000 to support the Alliance's mentors and helpline requests responding to arts needs in Clackamas County and extending the Alliance's ability to demonstrate arts solutions for community problems.

Exhibit features 'plein air' art

Oswego Lake Gallery's first annual 'Plein Air' exhibit, named 'Life on the Lake,' includes a plethora of oil paintings depicting scenery of Oswego Lake and local parks and neighborhoods by numerous artists who braved the great outdoors to quickly capture these scenes.

The phrase 'en plein air' refers to this practice.

Local artists Marla Baggetta and Hazel Schlesinger are among the artists participating.

The public is invited to drop by the gallery at 315 1st St. and vote for their favorite painting and meet the artists at a First Friday artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

The exhibit will hang through Aug. 29.

For more information, call 503-635-5152 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Willamette River photos shown

The West Linn Public Library, at 1595 Burns St., presents an exhibition of photographs by West Linn resident Charles R. Roberts, Sr.

The photographs depict views of the Willamette River in the areas from Wilsonville to Portland. Some of the views are iconic, while others are highly idiosyncratic.

The images are all produced using traditional silver-based techniques in a classic darkroom. The black and white negatives are reproduced on fiber paper, which is then toned with selenium. An unflattering view of the Willamette River from the shore of West Linn may surprise and trouble viewers accustomed to more picturesque glimpses of the river.

Roberts is a retired public prosecutor who has lived in West Linn for 10 years.

His photography tends to emphasize landscape and architecture, although he also takes pictures of his grandchildren. He still owns his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.

The photos are on exhibit through Aug. 29.