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Bits & Pieces: Bushnell and 'The Bachelor'

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It’s looking good for West Linn’s Lauren Bushnell on “The Bachelor.”

The woman known as Lauren B on the ABC dating competition show had a date with bachelor Ben Higgins in Monday’s third episode, and it appeared to go quite well.

The two went for a ride in a vintage car, and then for a biplane ride — including over “The Bachelor” mansion where the other 16 contestants looked up in the sky at them.

They landed in a valley, where there happened to be a hot tub set up for them. Romance happened. They also went to a Lucy Angel concert in a barn.

So, Lauren B’s standing looks solid moving forward.

Assisting artists

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has put together 11 professional development workshops to help artists in 2016, all led by experts in their field. The lineup (with abbreviated descriptions): taxes, Jan. 23; marketing strategies, Feb. 13; working with fabricators, Feb. 21; homegrown music forum, Feb. 27; being a teaching artist, March 12; social media, April 23; writing/reading contracts, May 10; copyrights/intellectual property, May 12; estate planning for visual artists/collectors, May 24; grant writing, June 4; RACC Town Hall, community engagement/networking, June 11. For info: www.racc.org.

Promoting women

Oregon Ballet Theatre has launched ChoreographyXX, a competition and performance project dedicated to nurturing the talents of North American female choreographers.

Qualified individuals must submit applications by March 31 for review.

For full information and submission details, see www.obt.org.