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ARARA 2017 Conference
The Lodge at Eagle Crest
Redmond, Oregon
June 1–5, 2017



Join us in Redmond, Oregon, to register on-site for the 2017 ARARA conference!

On-site Conference Registration Fees:
     ARARA Member Registration: $85.00
     Non-Member Registration: $125.00
     Child Family Member (4–18): no charge but must register
     Student Registration: no charge
          Enrolled in accredited college or university. Must provide current ID at Conference Registration table.
     Banquet: $45.00
          BBQ with tri-tip and chicken with chili
          Vegetarian option: vegetable pasta with spicy marinara
          Registrants may purchase additional banquet tickets for non-rgistered family members

     Conference T-shirt: $15.00 (subject to availability)

Conference dates: Conference room rates start June 1 for those arriving on Thursday, and are good through Monday night, June 5 for checkout on Tuesday. The event is just outside of Redmond, Oregon, a few miles north of Bend. Field trips are scheduled, as usual, on Friday and Monday, June 2 and 5, with ARARA presentations given Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4.

Social Events: Be sure to plan on arriving Thursday afternoon, June 1, in time to attend the field trip coordination meeting. Get back from your field trip in time to attend a reception on Friday evening. Be sure to attend the silent and live auctions on Saturday evening. You can look forward to light appetizers on Thursday and Friday nights, with "heavy appetizers" at the auction on Saturday. Of course, you won't forget to buy your tickets for the banquet on Sunday night. There will be a cash bar available to attendees at each of these events.

Location: The closest airport to the conference venue is Roberts Field (RDM) in Redmond. The conference hotel and conference center is the Lodge at Eagle Crest, approximately five miles west of Redmond, ten miles east of the old western town of Sisters, 13 miles north of Bend, and a short 10-minute drive from the airport.

Lodging: The Lodge at Eagle Crest, five miles west of Redmond provides our lodging as well as the nearby, easy-to-access conference center just across the lane. While most rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave, you'll want to verify a microwave for some rooms when you make your reservation. Lodging (subject to availability) is $117.18 for a Double Queen, $136.88 for a King Suite, $215.65 for a two-bedroom condo, and $255.04 for a three-bedroom condo, with taxes and fees of 17.8%. For Hotel Reservations please call 877-790-6271 and reference the "ARARA 2017" group. The King and Queen rooms are on the first two floors, and are rented as a Holiday Inn Resort. Because the lodge is on a slight hill, your request for a "first floor" room may actually be a second floor room accessible from ground level. There are also two- and three-bedroom condos located on the property. The third floor of the hotel is available as a Wyndham Time Share and may be available to those members.

Field Trips: The field trip roster includes a unique "Special Field Trip" on Friday. Attendees will visit the Warm Springs Tribal Museum followed by a Kah-Nee-ta Traditional Salmon Bake meal prepared over alder wood and served by tribal members dressed in their finest regalia. The $50 per person fee covers the museum ticket and the lunch event. There are a number of field trip options with a wide range of accessibility levels—including some difficult hikes which will require sturdy footwear and personal mobility, balance and stamina. Whitaker Holes, Crooked River Gorge, Horsethief Butte, Devil's Lake, Pictograph Cave, and Cascadia Cave are just a few of the field trip options. Information on Friday, June 2, and Monday, June 5 field trips can still be viewed online, but sign-ups for field trips are now closed. Any remaining field trip spaces will be assigned at the Thursday evening Field Trip meeting. You must be registered for the Conference to sign up for field trips. Contact Carol Garner at araratrips@rockart.us for any questions on field trip sign-ups.

Speakers: The conference will open on Saturday with plenary speaker Angelo Fossati from the Italian archaeological cooperative Le Orme dell'Uomo. He will also give a public talk at the Archaeological Society of Central Oregon (ASCO) meeting location on Friday evening, June 2. The banquet speaker on Sunday night is Robert David, a local Klamath Tribal member. He will speak at the ASCO monthly meeting on Thursday evening, June 1. Both of the public events are being held in collaboration with ASCO and will be located in Bend. Of course, the conference speakers will be presenting Saturday and Sunday, and are being coordinated by Program Chair Louis Hillman who may be reached at ararapapers@rockart.us.

Auction: Bring your checkbook! Silent and live auctions will be Saturday night, and attendees will be treated to "heavy refreshments." Some fabulous items will be on display in the Vendor room prior to the auction for your perusal. Please contact Carol Garner at gypscholar@aol.com if you have any items to donate, or if you have any questions about the auction.

Vendor Room: Don't forget to make time for shopping in the vendor room! Patti Genack is in charge of this event, and she can be reached at araravendors@rockart.us. Remember, you'll have a chance to buy some beautiful items from the vendors and at the auction, and part of the proceeds are returned back to ARARA.

Students: Student attendees receive free conference registration with a valid student ID to be shown at check-in. Student presenters may apply to receive a stipend through the Education committee. Please contact the Education Committee chair Teresa Saltzman at teresa.saltzman@gmail.com.

Special Education Event: An educational outreach event will occur in conjunction with the 2017 ARARA annual conference on Thursday, June 1, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Lava Ridge Elementary School in Bend, Oregon. We will be enlightening 100 third grade students about the importance of respecting and preserving rock art. If you would like to help, please contact Eileen Gose at goseranch@gmail.com or (541) 516-6405. Click here for further information.

The ARARA volunteers and committees are doing an amazing job at providing another great conference. The local team is passionate and energetic, and are making sure that this is an event to be remembered. Please join us in Oregon! If you have any questions, please email Monica Wadsworth-Seibel at wadsworth-seibel@cox.net.

Contact Information:
Local Arrangements, Jim Keyser
Conference Coordinator, Monica Wadsworth-Seibel
Program Chair, Louis Hillman