by Berenice Cisneros
Hip Hop Jam
A Hip Hop Jam Session for youth will be held on December 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Otay Recreation Center, 3554 Main Street in Chula Vista. Featuring some of the most talented DJ's, the event will be an open dance session that will fuse elements of hip hop, break dancing, and non-conventional art as a means of positive expression and promoting a safe and drug free environment. Pre-sale tickets of $5 can be purchased at Kafe, 2511 Coronado Ave., Ste. G. San Diego, or at the door for $8. For more information, call 476-5325.
New Year's Masquerade Ball
Ring in the new year at the New Year's 2002 Masquerade Ball in Balboa Park on Monday, December 31st, in the Municipal Gym. The Gym will be jumping with dancing, entertainment and lots of surprises. The party begins at 8 p.m. and includes a sumptuous buffet, door prizes and a no-host bar for $65 per person.
Be among the first 500 to register and receive a feathered Mardi Gras mask in addition to a hat, noisemaker and a "midnight toast" glass of champagne included in admission. Art Deco and the New Era will provide entertainment and music to dance the night away until 1 a.m. For additional information contact the Balboa Park Administration Office at (619) 235-1100.
New Year's Eve Gala
San Diego Symphony announced that it will host a New Year's Eve Gala at Copley Symphony Hall. The main feature of this black-tie event will be a concert by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone with the San Diego Symphony. The main floor of Copley Symphony will be transformed for the evening, offering seating for 350 gala patrons in tables of ten on the main floor. For gala attendees, the evening begins at 8:00 p.m. with hor d'oeuvres and cocktails in the main lobby. At 9:00, the concert with Ms. LuPone will begin, featuring her renowned concert program "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda."
At 10:30p.m. a gourmet dinner, catered by Hyatt Regency La Jolla, will be served, complete with favors by Tiffany & Co. Dancing to the New Bill Green Orchestra will take place onstage during and after dinner. At midnight a special New Year's celebration will take place, followed by dessert at 12:30 a.m. Tickets for the gala are $500-$750 per person, seated in tables of ten. To purchase gala tickets, please call 619-218-9554.
Kid's New Year's Eve at Legoland
For those of you unable to keep their eyelids open until midnight, a 128-acre theme park in Carlsbad is offering a kid-friendly solution with a Kid's New Year's Eve celebration. That's right - its at LEGOLAND. This party center in fun Town Square, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a deejay spinning party tunes and dancing, Children and adults alike will be given noisemakers to celebrate in style when New Year's strikes at Legoland. Just before 6 p.m. guests will get to participate in a special countdown featuring a Lego "Brick Drop" - just like New York's famous Time Square ball drop. The countdown culminates with a spectacular fireworks display set to some fun and patriotic music in the skies above Legoland. For more information, call (760) 918-KIDS or log onto the Web site at www.legoland.com.
Latino New Year's Eve Gala
It's time again to join us in celebrating the Latino New Year's Evening Gala. Come and enjoy a formal dinner, party favors and lots of entertainment at the Holiday Inn - On the Bay, 1355 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Call 232-3861 for reservations.
A three-course dinner will be served that consists of your choice of Slow Roasted Herb Rubbed Prime Rib served with Au Jus and Horse Radish Cream Roast Prime, or Filet Mignon with Red Wine Onion marmalade and accented with black pepper cabernet demi-glace, or Seared Panko Crusted Fillet of Halibut with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce. All entrees come with a Piped Garlic Potato, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables. And Dessert and appetizers. Entertainment includes a live band "Canela-Pura", DJ Al "Dance Party Productions". For more information and to purchase your tickets call Marlow Martinez at 656-2856 or 545-4217. Proceeds go towards Image Scholarships.
New Year's Eve at Sheraton
This is the season for family and good friends to gather and enjoy each other's company with music, food, raffle and many other surprises. We have the honor to invite you to celebrate the arrival of the New Year 2002 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina East tower, located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., in the Grande Ballroom A. Formal attire is required. Tickets are $50 for adults, $30 for children (5 to 12 years old). For more information, call 427-7612.
New Year's Eve at The Blue Crab
Come join us as we get ready to celebrate the coming of the new year with live entertainment from 5 p.m. And dinner that includes your choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entree and dessert with a complimentary glass of champagne. The Blue Crab Restaurant is located at 4922 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. Call 224-3000 for more information.