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From First Night to last call, New Year's Eve has something for everyone

Candye Kane
A New Year's Eve bash with the blues diva. Dec. 31, 9:30pm. $15. Moe's Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz; 831.479.1854.

Fiesta Disco
Sandy Shore Productions throws a Latin-theme party featuring flamenco with Cerro Negro, Disco Inferno 3, a Mexican buffet and late-night taco bar. Dec. 31, 8pm-1am. $95. El Palomar, 724 Abrego St, Monterey; 831.649.1223.

The Firebirds
Lobster dinner and all the fixin's followed by rock & roll at 9pm. Dec 31, 7pm. $40. Henfling's Tavern, 9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond; 831.335.1642.

First Night Monterey
Monterey's annual celebration features dozens of musical, dance, art and theater performances downtown. Dec 31, 2pm-midnight. $8-$15. Downtown Monterey; 831.373.4778.

First Night Santa Cruz
"2001: A Space Odyssey" is the theme of the sixth annual community event. More than 200 performances and art events feature musicians, artists, dancers and others at dozens of venues around the downtown area. The Grand Procession begins at 5:30pm at Pacific and Cathcart streets. Dec 31, 3pm-midnight. $12-$17/adults; $6/youth; 831.425.7277.

Mutha Ship
A lively, funky dance party. Dec. 31, 9:30pm. $10. Crow's Nest, Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Santa Cruz; 831.476.4560.

New Year's Eve
The year's dinner/dance gala, "Ports of the USA," features music by '50s band Sha-Boom and Caribbean dance band Broken English. A gourmet buffet, midnight countdown and balloon-drop round out the festivities. Dec 31, 7:30pm-1:30am. $79-$129. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz; 831.423.2053.

2001: A Booty Odyssey
Everyone's favorite dance band, Superbooty. Dec 31, 9pm. $35-$40. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz; 831.423.1336.

Trout Farm Inn
A private table for the evening includes a three-course meal, dancing to Something Else, and a champagne toast to the New Year. Dec. 31. $39.95 per person. Trout Farm, 7701 E. Zayante Rd, Felton; 831.335.4317.

Quicksilver Messenger Service
New Year's celebration options include an overnighter ($260/couple), a dinner/dance party ($120/couple) or just the dancing ($18-$29). Dec 31, 9pm. Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale; 831.338.7633.

Youth Dance Venue
A special First Night event for the young and the restless, with DJ Dao, Sneaky Creekans, Lonely Kings, Alysha and Sweet Heat Motion-Pacific Hip-Hop Dancers. Dec. 31, 7-11pm. $6. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium; 831.425.7277.

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From the December 20-27, 2000 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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