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Confluence Festival celebrates the American River

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The 19th annual American River Confluence Festival will be hosted by Protect American River Canyons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the American River Overlook Park on Pacific Avenue in Auburn. The free community event features family-friendly nature, art, and canyon recreational activities, a rock climbing wall, over 40 information booths and vendors, and food in a shaded river village atmosphere. The American River Stage features continuous music and entertainment, including Mary Youngblood, “First Lady of the Flute.” New for 2010 is Confluence Parkway Interpretive Rafting Trips from the Confluence to China Bar on Saturday, June 12. Canyon interpretive specialists will be on each trip to provide information and answer questions on the rich river-canyon ecology and gold rush history of the river. Rafting trips will meet and leave from the Overlook Park at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants must have a reservation. The cost is $35 for adults, or $25 children 10 to 18. Reservations are required for rafting trips. Contact Canyon Raft Rentals at (530) 823-0931 or Sierra Outdoor Center at (530) 885-1844. The American River Silent Auction runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday evening and will include beer and wine tasting. The festival is a benefit for river education programs, river clean-ups a new seasonal information panels for the Auburn State Recreation Area. For more information, call Andrea at (530) 887-9314. For a complete schedule of events, visit www. parc-auburn.org.