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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Broadway Rose Theatre New Stage renovation and Oregon Zoo's Pacific lamprey

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - A Pacific lamprey shows off its jawless mouth at the Oregon Zoo.The place is the thing

Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre Company, which stages top-rate musicals during the spring and summer months, plans to expand its facilities.

The New Stage houses the Broadway Rose theater and administrative offices, and was shaped from the C.F. Tigard Elementary School's former cafetorium in 2008. With sold-out performances, organizers need more space for their full education programs and expanding staff and operations.

Expansion will include a new studio space to facilitate artistic development, support education programs and accommodate community partnerships for rehearsals, youth camps, workshops, audience and donor engagement, special events, play readings, civic forums and meetings. It'll also include a costume shop and enlarged scenic shop, and administrative offices.

Broadway Rose has a new 30-year lease with the Tigard-Tualatin School District to ensure longevity of its home. The company wants to raise $3 milion through cash reserves, foundation and corporate grants and gifts from individuals; $1.6 million has been secured, with the reminder to be raised by spring 2020. The project begins in spring 2020 and concludes in October 2020.

For more: www.broadwayrose.org/campaign.

Unique fish

The Oregon Zoo now houses five Pacific lamprey in the Cascade Stream building in the Great Northwest area.

Pacific lamprey are older than dinosaurs and even trees, purportedly 400 million years old and a species native to the Northwest.

The lamprey is an eel-like fish with a jawless mouth, third eye and no scales. The zoo's lamprey can be seen suctioned onto the glass of their habitat displaying rings of sharp teeth and, surprisingly, a "cute" factor.

"Lamprey have a lot of charm once you get to know them, even if they aren't your typical cuddly critter," said Shelly Pettit, the zoo's senior fish keeper.

The Pacific lamprey came from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation as part of a tribal-led effort to collect them when they return to freshwater below the lowest dams on the Columbia River. When ready to spawn, the fish will be transported to their original range on tributaries of the upper Columbia River and the Snake River.


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