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Family Fun

Collapsible Stroller and Nice Sweats

Staying in with the family and watching DVDs again? This year, start a new tradition and get in before bedtime.

First Night Santa Cruz Procession

A display of community spirit. Parade starts at 5:30pm. Downtown Santa Cruz. 831.425.7277

First Night Monterey

Featuring Vocal Ease, the Boogie Men, Bluetones, Tocara, magician Fred Anderson, along with crafts, twilight parade and midnight countdown. Kids under 5 free. 2pm. $9-$15. Downtown Monterey, Monterey. 831.373.4778

Say Your Peace/Submerge

An all ages event dedicated to peace and play, featuring a morning dance, mask-making, painting, collage, music, creative movement and mime. 9am-4pm. Followed at 9pm by Submerge, featuring breaks spun by Tipper, Little John, Rob Monroy, Stridah and others. $12/$15. 418 Project, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.234.2272

First Night Martinez

Alcohol-free celebration uniting the community with the arts. Entertainment by Slick and the Sliders, Delta Wires, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, many more. 5:30pm-12:30am. $10. Main Street, Downtown Martinez. 925.372.8295

All Night Skate

Rink open 7pm-7am. $20 includes skate rental, breakfast. All ages. San Jose Skate (formerly Aloha Roller Palace), 397 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose. 408.226.1155

Cal Skate

Midnight balloon drop, souvenirs. 7:30pm-1am. $12. Cal Skate Milpitas, 980 Los Coches St, Milpitas. 408.946.1363

Fantasy of Lights

Cruise through Vasona Park admiring the colorful displays. 6pm-10pm. $9 per car. Vasona Lake County Park, 298 Garden Hills Dr, Los Gatos. 408.355.2200

Christmas in the Park

Downtown's display runs until Jan 1. Food vendors, children's rides. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose. 408.279.1775

New Year's Eve Day Party

Games and activities from celebrations around the world. Noon. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510.642.5132

New Year's Balloon Drop

Music, balloons, marking the actual new year as it happens across the globe. 3:45pm. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Fremont. 510.336.7300

New Year's Eve Vampire Tour

Your host, Mina Harker, will take you to seven famous stops, telling you the history of each of the stops and how vampires played a role in that history. 8pm. $20/$15. California and Taylor streets, San Francisco, 650.279.1840

Ashtanga Yoga New Year's Retreat

Call for info or check www.mountmadonna.org. Sat-Wed. Opens Dec 28. $175 plus fees. Mount Madonna School, 445 Summit Rd, Watsonville, 831.847.0406.

New Pickle Circus

Holiday extravaganza show titled Circumstance. 2pm. $18-$26. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. 415.345.7575

The Lion King

Hakuma matata! Disney film gets the IMAX treatment. 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm. $9-$16. Imax Theater, Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.795.6100

Stomp!

New Year's Eve performance at 8pm. $35-$40. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.771.6900

New Year's Eve Day Party

Learn about how the world celebrates the new year with games and activities. Toasting the new year at 2pm. Noon. Free with admission. Lawrence Hall of Science, One Centennial Dr, Berkeley. 510.642.5132

Asian Art Museum New Year's Bell Ringing

The museum is closed, so the traditional Japanese ceremony moves to the San Francisco Main Library. Visitors are encouraged to ring a 2,100-pound 16th-century bell. 10am. Free. 100 Larkin St, San Francisco. 415.557.4400

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Party for Kids

Movies, children's buffet, activities and games for kids. Apple cider toast at midnight. 6pm-1am. $100 per child. Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, 1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay. 650.712.7000


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From the December 26, 2002-January 1, 2003 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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