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Bits and Pieces: Stafford's 100th

Yes, 1914 was a big year, because it was the birth year of famed Oregon poet William Stafford.

There’ll be a variety of events, activities and programs throughout Oregon and elsewhere in 2014, including the annual William Stafford Birthday Commemorative Readings and “Stafford Birthday Parties.”

Paulann Petersen, Friends of William Stafford board member and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, will again administer the January birthday events.

Oregon Reads 2014 will be a yearlong event, sponsored by the Oregon Library Association, whose 200-plus libraries will encourage visitors to read Stafford’s works. Kim Stafford, his son, kicks off Oregon Reads 2014 with a reading of poems and a talk about his father, 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

There are many other events at Portland-area venues.

Go to the Friends of William Stafford website, stafford100.org, for complete information.

OCT grant

Oregon Children’s Theatre has received another National Endowment for the Arts grant, for the fifth consecutive year — $10,000 for the development of “Zombie in Love,” which opens March 1.

Maryhill’s year

The Maryhill Museum of Art, above the Columbia Gorge and outside Goldendale, Wash., has been a popular destination because of its beautiful views and, of course, its art.

The 2014 season features: “James Lee Hansen: Sculpture,” March 15-July 27;

“Angela Swedberg: Historicity,” March 15-Nov. 15; “The Flip Side: Comic Art from New Yorker Cartoon Artists,” March 15-Nov. 15; “Maryhill Favorites: The Female Form,” March 15-Nov. 15; “African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection,” Aug. 9-Nov. 15; “Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists,” May 1-July 31.

For complete info: maryhill museum.org.