Kara Shuster, a St. Mary’s Academy dance instructor, and her partner Javier Solis will be competing in the World Latin Dance Cup, Dec. 11 through 14 in Miami.

Shuster, who has a background in other dance forms, started salsa dancing only one year ago and has competed in salsa competitions in Seattle, California, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia. She and Solis qualified for the World Latin Dance Cup at an event in Boise.

Shuster teaches dance

classes at St. Mary’s Academy and provides instruction at Portland Youth Ballet and Northwest Dance Project and holds a stake in Anahata Co-op, a dance and yoga space in Southeast Portland.

Shakespeare on sale

Tickets for the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland are on sale at or 1-800-219-8161. By becoming an OSF member, you save up to 40 percent on spring (Feb. 14-June 1) and fall (Oct. 7-Nov. 2) performances.

Durbin book

The late Kathie Durbin, an acclaimed environmental reporter for The Oregonian and The Columbian newspapers, has had a book published posthumously. It’s “Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge” ($21.95, OSU Press). For info:

Collaborating for kids

Family Empowerment Network, a team of Portland-area pediatricians, educators, writers and a school counselor who have gathered to help parents raise their children, has published a reference book: “Face to Face: Cultivating Kids’ Social Lives in Today’s Digital World.”

For info:

Movie time

Upcoming big-screen releases:

Dec. 6 — “The Punk Singer”

Dec. 13 — “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug;” “The Armstrong Lie”

Dec. 20 — “Walking With Dinosaurs in 3D;” “Anchorman 2;” “Inside Illewyn Davis;” “Saving Mr. Banks”

Dec. 25 — “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty;” “Grudge Match;” “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom;” “Justin Bieber’s Believe;” “Wolf of Wall Street;” “August: Osage County”

Dec. 27 — “One Chance”

Jan. 3 — “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”

Jan. 10 — “Her”

Jan. 17 — “Devil’s Due;” “The Nut Job;” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

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