On March 15, Maryhill Museum opens for the season, and what a season it promises to be.

Of course, the big, big event is the opening of our new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing. It will open to the public on May 1, along with our new cafe, Loie's.

The formal dedication of the new wing will take place during the weekend of May 12-13, but there's much to see and do at the museum before then.

Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m., Lecture: Family and the Writing Life, Mary Dodds Schlick, adjunct curator at Maryhill and author of Coming to Stay: A Columbia River Journey, joins her daughter, Katherine Schlick Noe, in a family-to-audience talk about writing and the intertwining of nonfiction and fiction in their lives. Noe's debut novel, "Something to Hold," is inspired by her childhood experiences living on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the early 1960s. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, March 17, 1 to 4 p.m., Family Fun: St. Patrick's Day: Make a leprechaun during this drop-in activity for kids of all ages. All materials provided. Free with museum admission. On Family Fun days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult museum admission.

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