Here’s a look at some of the events going on around town this weekend.
• New Years dinner and jazz with Groven, Locher and Good: The trio will be entertaining dinners at TK Maguires at the Prospector from 6-9 p.m. With Kari Groven (vocals), Tom Locher (piano), and Clay Good (drums). For table reservations, call 586-3737
• New Year’s Eve barn dance: This annual event runs from 7:30-11 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Hall at Fifth and Gold Streets downtown. Musical guests The Taku Gaels -- featuring Greg McLaughlin, Leif Saya, and Lis Saya -- will provide lively Celtic and French Canadian tunes, and Tom Paul will teach and call contra and square dances. As always, no partners or previous experience are necessary. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for AFF and JIF members, $5 for seniors and students, and free for SAGA and JVs. For more information, call 463-3214.
• Swing in the New Year, with the Thunder Mountain Big Band: Presented by Juneau Jazz & Classics and the Maas family, the second annual Swing in the New Year event at the JACC will feature the Thunder Mountain Big Band, with special guests trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and jazz drummer Jon Wikan, as well as catered hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a complimentary midnight champagne toast.
Juneau’s own Thunder Mountain Big Band, led by trumpeter Ron Maas, is composed of clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, string bass and piano. The band, which also showcases vocalists Vicki Van Fleet, John Haywood, and the PMS trio, plays a variety of dance favorites: swing, jazz, Latin and waltzes.
Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is called one of the 25 most important improvising musicians of the future. She has played with top jazz musicians, including Chick Corea and the Marie Schneider Band. Jon Wikan is a jazz drummer originally from Petersburg.
Complimentary dance lessons begin at 8 p.m. and showtime is at 9 p.m., all at the JACC.
Tickets are $50 and available at jazzandclassics.org, the JACC, Hearthside Books or Rainy Retreat. All proceeds benefit the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, which will be held this year May 4-19. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 463-3378.
• KXLL Block Party on the Wharf: Merchants Wharf will be blocked off for New Year’s Eve reveling from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Muscial guests will be Kari Groven and the Wristrockets and Filejerks, with special guest Drunkunkle. Late night pizza and complimentary champagne toast will be offered.
• Rumblefish at the Rendezvous: Rumblefish, featuring Andy Ferguson, Jack Fontanella, Erik Chadwell and Sergei Morosan, will be playing old time music at the Rendezvous beginning at 10 p.m. Also offered: pancakes and bacon, served sometime after midnight.
• Safe rides home: Free cab rides will be available from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. through the following businesses: Alaska Cache Liquor, Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Arctic Bar, Duck Creek Market, G.W. Teal’s, Hangar on the Wharf, Imperial Saloon, Lucky Lady, Mandy’s at the Breakwater, Moose Lodge, Marlintini’s, Rendezvous Lounge, The Island Pub, Triangle Club Bar, Viking Lounge, Westmark Baranof. For more information, contact email@example.com.
• Polar Bear dip: This annual ritual begins at 1 p.m. out at the main shelter at Auke Bay Recreation Area. Participants should bring warm clothes. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, begun by local skiers Barb Greening, Mary Bardone, Bill Platte and daughter Piper, and Len Cedar and daughter Eva. For more information, call Monica at 321-5543.