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by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Artist Dennis Cunninghams linocut illustrations for William Staffords Osage Orange Tree will be on exhibit at 510 Museum & ARTspace through February.

Be sure to pick up a Lake Oswego Reads passport at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., or at any LO Reads event and have it stamped at each event you attend.

Passports with at least three stamps will be entered in a drawing at Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon’s reading at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the library.

The prize is a framed print of one of William Stafford’s photographs hanging in the library during Lake Oswego Reads.

Following are this week’s Lake Oswego Reads events.

Feb. 6

Lisa Wisers art is exhibited at Grahams Book and Stationery this month. Her piece Listen was inspired by William Staffords work. Wiser is one of 18 artists exhibiting this month at Grahams.

Art unveiling reception for month-long art show — 6 to 7:30 p.m., Graham’s Book & Stationery (460 Second St.) and Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery (480 Second St.). Come see the interpretations of Stafford’s poetry by 18 artists at Graham’s Stationery. Following the unveiling, view art by Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high school students on display at Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery. Meet the artists and William Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. A short program is planned to occur at 6:20 p.m.

Feb. 7

Lewis & Clark College symposium — 3 to 5:15 p.m. at the college, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. Continues 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8. Learn more at lclark.edu/live/events/18881-symposium-you-must-revise-your-lifestafford-at-100.

Centennial celebration featuring Li-Young Lee and Ted Kooser — 7:30 p.m. at Newmark Theatre, Portland. Tickets range in price from $19 to $57 online at portland5.com.

Feb 8.

Children’s Little Big Foot puppet show — 11 a.m. at the library. Enjoy a musical adventure with a magical puppet cast by Penny’s Puppet Productions. The show is based on William Stafford’s children’s picture book, “Everyone Out Here Knows: A Big Foot Tale.”

Through February, go on a scavenger hunt at the library to find Big Foot. Ask for details at the children’s room help desk.

Feb. 9

Lake Oswego Rides bike ride — 12:15 p.m., meet at the library. Join former Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman and Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson for a ride past the home of William Stafford, along River Road and ending at Foothills Park. Poetry reading follows ride. Register by calling Cyndi Glazer at 503-675-2538 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Docent-led walk and poetry reading at Stafford Stones — 1:30 p.m., meet at the covered shelter at Foothills Park. Members of the Friends of William Stafford will read favorite poems.

Feb. 10

Film screening and discussion of “Every Was Has Two Losers” with director/producer Haydn Reiss — 7 p.m., Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. Reiss is known for his documentaries on poets. William Stafford spent four years during World War II in public service camps as a conscientious objector and started a journal that he continued throughout his life. Reiss’ film, based on these journals, confronts collective beliefs surrounding war.

Feb. 13

Dessert and discussion with Kim Stafford — 6 p.m., Lake Oswego High School, 2501 SW Country Club Road. Enjoy a buffet dessert hosted by Lake Oswego Women’s Club in the Lake Oswego High cafeteria, followed by a discussion by Kim Stafford at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. People without tickets will be seated in any available space, 15 minutes before the presentation.

Feb. 14

Discussion group No. 2 — 1 p.m., Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave. Share one of your favorite Stafford poems and discuss his life and work with other poetry enthusiasts.