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People looking for one last party in 2005, as well as the first party of 2006, will have plenty of choices Saturday, Dec. 31.
The third annual Red Cross Ball for the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross will be its first New Year's Eve ball. Although the theme will be "New Year's in New York," it will be a local event with performances by Juneau bands, said George Briggs, the chapter's executive director. Thunder Mountain Big Band and the a cappella Bank Notes will perform before 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The Swingers will perform from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event will be held at Centennial Hall. Admission will be a $50 donation - with a 10 percent discount for public safety or military personnel in uniform.
Black tie is optional, but Briggs said he expects less formal dress than for previous balls held during the legislative session. Food will be catered by Doc Water's Pub.
Doc Water's at the Merchants Wharf, will have New Year's Eve festivities of its own featuring specials on the menu and live music beginning at 10 p.m. with the singer-songwriter duo Nate and Ron.
Nearby at the Hangar on the Wharf, Juneau's Missed by a Long Shot will open at 9:30 p.m. for the alternative-rock group, Black Ant Army, which is scheduled to come on at 10 p.m. Black Ant Army bills itself as "Seattle's not-so-typical cover band."
Marlintini's Lounge in the Airport Shopping Center will feature the rock cover band No Drama after beginning the night with live theater. The evening will begin with a special 7 p.m. performance of Persever-ance Theatre's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Tickets are available from Hearthside Books and Perseverance Theatre. Marlintini's New Year's Eve Party will begin at 9 p.m. with DJ Dan-O-Mite in addition to live music by No Drama.
The Sandbar, 2525 Industrial Blvd., will have a prime rib buffet before turning the clock back three decades to ring in 2006 with a disco party featuring DJ Giovanni. Dinner will run from 8 to 10 p.m. and will be limited to 40 tickets.
The Island Pub, 1102 Second St. in Douglas, will begin its New Year's Eve bash at 7 p.m., giving people a chance to do their own performing. In addition to offering champagne and specially created appetizers, it will hold a New Year's Eve open mike night. For people who don't want to drive home from Douglas, it will offer free shuttle rides home.
The Alaskan Hotel and Bar, 167 S. Franklin St., will feature the Vaporizers with Sam Burrows and Scott Fry at 9:30 p.m.
The Imperial Billiard & Bar, 241 Front St., will feature Zuya Chante, playing its own style of alternative-reggae, at 9:30 p.m.
In an event for all ages, Salsa Borealis will host a New Year's Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall downtown. Admis-sion will be $10 for adults $7 for students and free for boys and girls under 10. Activities will include dance performances, a limbo contest and a sparkling cider toast at midnight.
A New Year's Eve contra dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at St. Ann's Parish Hall, Fifth and Gold streets.
If you're planning to go to bed early Saturday night and still want to have some New Year's fun, Eaglecrest Ski Area will host a Fireworks Mountain Explosion party Sunday, Jan. 1, beginning at 3 p.m. with live music by Zuya Chante and Teri Tibbett, followed by a torchlight parade at 5 p.m. and fireworks. Food and beverages will be available.