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Sept. 14 briefs

HISTORY PROFESSOR TO TELL NATIVE WOMAN'S TALE OF CULTURAL SURVIVAL

The monthly Crossroads Lecture will feature David Peterson Del Mar, Ph.D., speaking on 'A Woman of Substance: The Life of a Clatsop Indian During Pioneer Times,' Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Museum.

Admission to the Crossroads Lecture is $3 per person and free to WCHS members, employees of corporate members, and PCC faculty, students and staff. Parking in lot A in front of the museum is free with a museum permit. The museum is located on the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, just east of N.W. 185th Avenue on N.W. Springville Road.

Peterson Del Mar will discuss Celiast, a Clatsop woman born a few years before the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River. Celiast and her second husband, school teacher Solomon Smith, lived in French Prairie and eventually moved to the Clatsop Plains in 1840 to assist in opening a Methodist mission.

'She made a place for herself and her children in an overwhelmingly white environment,' Peterson Del Mar said.

Peterson Del Mar notes that most Native Americans of Celiast's day did not write about their lives, making it difficult for historians to access information about them. However, contemporary historians and archivists like Peterson Del Mar believe it is important to help tell the stories of those who were previously overlooked.

Peterson Del Mar holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Oregon. He taught for several years and was tenured at the University of Northern British Columbia.

ELSIE STUHR CENTER STAFF HOLDS FITNESS ASSESSMENT FOR OLDER ADULTS

The fitness staff and volunteers at Elsie Stuhr Center will conduct a fitness assessment workshop for older adults on Sept. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. Drop-in charge is $3.

In the past four months the Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., has held two assessments and tested the functional skill level of more than 200 people. This nationally recognized fitness test for older adults is a series of six skill tests that is administered to determine each participant's ability to maintain an independent lifestyle.

For more information, call 503-629-6342.

RACE FOR THE CURE EVENTS INCLUDE SURVIVOR LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW

Hundreds of survivors and family members will gather together to celebrate life at the survivor luncheon on Sept. 16, from noon to 2 p.m. The event will take place at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom, 777 NE MLK Blvd. Cost is $25 for survivors, $30 for supporters, and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Breast cancer survivors ranging from recently diagnosed to 25 year-plus survivors will model in the survivor fashion show, featuring clothing by Coldwater Creek; they will also share talents they discovered after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Komen Portland Race for the Cure weekend, and particularly the survivor luncheon, is an opportunity for families and friends affected by breast cancer to come together in one place and look toward the future. Many Oregonians have been touched by the disease - one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and Oregon has the second highest rate for breast cancer in the country, behind Washington State.