Happy New Year!
Here are a few things for you adults to do this holiday:
If you're looking to get fancy and possibly be a part of a good cause, consider attending Widows Hope Foundation's inaugural fundraising event, the “Hope 13” Gala. Widows Hope a non-profit organization dedicated to helping widows, widowers and their children in times of loss.
Where: The Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN
When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Why Go: The R Factor, formerly The Rupert's Orchestra, will be playing all night long. And, well, it's for a good cause.
Cost: $150 for VIP; $40 for general admission. For tickets, go to widowshope.org.
Things to know: Dress is formal to semi-formal. General admission includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors; VIP admission includes premium seating, Las Vegas style dinner show, three-course dinner with wine, private cash bar, party favors. and the champagne toast.
The City of Golden Valley's Park and Recreation Department will host an event at Scheid Park on New Year's Eve. According to its website, event goers can enjoy sledding, skating and other fun winter activities.
Where: Scheid Park, 1856 Toledo Ave. N., Golden Valley, MN
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Why Go: There will also be hot cocoa to keep you warm!
So much to do, so little time before the clock runs out. Partiers at Buck Hill will be able to ski, ride, or tube until midnight, enjoy Kevin Hall's Amazing Magic Show (as seen on America's Got Talent!),
Where: Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Rd., Burnsville, MN
When: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Why Go: In addition to hitting the slopes, listen to music from the Rythym Junkies with Dean Weisser & Leslee Mckee, and feast in the Whittier Room. There will also be free tarot card readings will available.
Cost: Regular cost of lift ticket and rental. Late night lift ticket is $15.
There is some disagreement about whether this Wilson-less simulacrum of the Beach Boys truly does qualify as the real thing, but it should be a good party anyway.
Where: Mystic Lake, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN
When: Two shows will take place in the Mystic Showroom, one at 7 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m.
Why Go: Ring in the new year after listening to some tunes from one of America's beloved bands.
Cost: Tickets will cost $49 to $59. Contact the Mystic Box Office at 952-445-9000 or go to mysticlake.com for more details.
David Anderson of Fridley isn't letting ALS stop him from DJ-ing this New Year's Eve party—he'll pick the tunes by blinking his eyes. The event raises funds for the research and development on the equipment Anderson will use—which was paid for by his friends' Kickstarter project. (Click on YouTube thumbnail to learn more.)
Where: Old Arizona, 2821 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
When: 8:30 p.m.
Why Go: To lend your support to Anderson and his friends who are helping him, first and foremost. But the event sounds like a real kick: "This is not your typical New Year's Eve party. Dress to express!! Adorn yourself in your fondest eye candy. Bust out your glitter, fur, sparkles, dangles, feathers and leathers. Dare to leave a little untouched to be brushed up by our body painting artists. Come as the most creative you! We will be providing some amazing and zany costume pieces for you to borrow for the photobooth and/or for the evening if you are challenged in that department."
Cost: Tickets cost $25 ($26.87 with service fee) and organizers warn it will sell out. Buy your ticket online. Or you can donate to the project and watch a livestream of the event starting at 9:30 p.m. at 1blinkequalsyes.com.
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