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Bits & Pieces: 'Class of 2025'

Oregon Public Broadcasting will be following a local Class of 2025 on their journey from grade school through high school, examining the questions, “What will it take to get them all to graduation? What will a public education look like over the course of 11 years — from first grade to 12th grade?”

Gov. John Kitzhaber set a goal to have all students graduate from high school by 2025, even though the 2013 number hovered around 69 percent.

The series “Class of 2025” will track the real-life progress of 20 students who have attended Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland. The show starts with a one-hour radio documentary at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, on OPB

Radio. The program “Think Out Loud” will also record a show at Earl Boyles, scheduled to air at noon on June 3; it’ll bring together students, their families, teachers and early childhood experts to explore the experiences and the factors that affect graduation rates.

For more info: www.opb.org/2025.

New Symphony prez

New Oregon Symphony President Scott Showalter, 41, will be busy on the administrative side of things once he takes over July 1, but he classically trained as a pianist, a bonus in helping him land the prestigious position.

Showalter, who received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and an MBA from UCLA, previously served as vice president for development of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association among other administrative roles. He calls it an auspicious time for the Oregon Symphony and that “with the right partners and support we can strengthen our role in the Oregon community.”

He replaces Mary Crist and Janet Plummer, who served as co-presidents in interim capacities and led the search for the new president.

Rose Festival update

Don’t forget about the first of the two big Rose Festival parades — the Starlight Parade — which begins at 8:30 p.m. in downtown Portland, preceded by the Starlight Run, May 31.

Also, CityFair continues this weekend: 3-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 29-30; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1 (with CountryFest,

including Clay Walker, on the RoZone stage, June 1).

Another condor chick!

The season’s sixth and final healthy condor chick has hatched at the Oregon Zoo’s breeding facility in Clackamas County, the same week the zoo’s Condors of the Columbia habitat opened. Apparently the chick’s parents, male Alishaw and female Elewese, like to take their time during breeding season. “Theyr’e about a month behind the other breeding pairs every year,” says Kelli Walker, the zoo’s senior condor keeper. “That’s the way Elewese always does it. I don’t know why.”