Young actors look for ‘Miss Nelson’

Three weekends in January, young actors at Stages Performing Arts Youth Academy will present “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Opening weekend is January 10, 11 and 12. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. When their nice teacher, Miss Nelson, disappears and is replaced by a detention-loving, recess-canceling substitute, her unruly students want her back and attempt to solve the mystery of her disappearance. The play also runs Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Performances are at HART Theatre, 185 S.E Washington St. in Hillsboro.

Tickets prices are adults $11, students and seniors $9. More information and tickets are available online at

Weekly writers gathering planned

Every Tuesday night, bring a laptop and headphones to Primrose & Tumbleweeds, 248 E. Main St. in Hillsboro to get some writing done or trade writing tips with a new literary buddy over a glass of wine. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday Night Write-Ins sponsored by Jacobsen’s Books, Primrose & Tumbleweeds, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association are open to the public. RSVP to

The write-in night will be held Wednesdays when the Tuesday Market is going on.

Greet new year singing at Cornell Estates

Portland crooner Matthew Casey will sing in the new year at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at Cornell Estates in Hillsboro. A professional songwriter, jazz pianist and singer, Casey has entertained audiences for over 20 years with greatest hits from the Swing Era by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and others. A Portland native, his musical talents have taken him around the world. His performances include radio and television. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-640-2884 or visit Cornell is located at 1005 N.E. 17th Ave. in Hillsboro.

OMSI’s Sherlock Holmes to close soon

The interactive experience that transports museum visitors into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime closes Sunday, Jan. 5. Developed in collaboration with the estate of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Museum of London, “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” features original manuscripts, period artifacts and investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is located at 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18 adults, $13 youth and seniors. The price includes entry to the museum.

In a math-based lab, “Matter of Splatter,” on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m., participants will experiment to find how height and angle affect spatter, then use the results to solve a crime. Tickets are $8.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 3, teens may attend a special free evening at OMSI just for visitors ages 13 to 18. Activities include the Holmes exhibit, Segway rides, live music, games and more.

Ballroom dancers compete

Amateur ballroom dancers from throughout the Portland metro area will compete in the 2014 PDX Ballroom Classic on Jan. 11 at the Ballroom Dance Company, 8900 S.W. Commercial St. in Tigard. Doors open at 12:30 and the event begins at 1 p.m. The competition includes International- and American-style dancing in youth, adult and team categories. Spectator tickets are available at the door: $15 adults, $10 youth 12 to 18.

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