New Year’s Eve events

December 19, 2012

Because Local Living will not be published next week, we’re listing a few events worth checking out Dec. 31.

Ringing In Hope walk/run Prepare for the new year with a 10K or a 5K run or take a 1K walk on a flat, certified course to support local charities. Registration 10:30 a.m., races begin 12:30 p.m. Brambleton Town Center, 42385 Ryan Rd., Brambleton. 703-779-7534. www.ringinginhope.com. 10K $35, 5K $30, 1K $12.

New Year’s Eve Golf Tournament Start out the last day of the year with this four-person scramble. Entry fee includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, prizes and lunch. 10 a.m. Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. 703-471-5769. www.herndongolf.com. $70.

First Night Alexandria One of the area’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations, the event features an afternoon Fun Hunt and more than 100 performances at 18 venues in Old Town Alexandria. The fireworks finale will take place at midnight, at the end of King Street on the Potomac River. Badges are available for purchase online or at the venues. Check the Web site for a complete schedule and information. 2 p.m.-midnight 703-746-3301. www.firstnightalexandria.org. $20, age 12 and younger free.

New Year’s Eve stroll and campfire Take a walk in the park, then toss your New Year’s resolutions into the “wishing campfire.” Bring a flashlight. 6-7:30 p.m. Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-3403. www.arlingtonva.us/calendar.$5, registration required.

Falls Church annual Watch Night This is the 15th annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Falls Church. The family-oriented festivities feature indoor and outdoor entertainment, including live bands, swing dancing, a Velcro wall, a karaoke stage, face painting, a caricaturist and more. 7 p.m.-midnight. Broad and Washington streets, Falls Church. 703-534-4942. www.fallschurchva.gov/watchnight. Free.

Good Vibes New Year’s Eve Party The reggae-infused Philadelphia band Three Legged Fox headlines the evening’s performances. With Feed God Cabbage, FeelFree, Irresponsible, Dub City Renegades and DJ Castro. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20.

ArtSpace Herndon’s New Year’s Eve open house ArtSpace Herndon will open its doors for hands-on art activities for children and storytelling from 7 to 9 p.m. Then go outside for a bonfire with folk dancing and singing from 9 to 10 p.m. Count down to the new year with live music and entertainment, desserts, a cash bar and a midnight toast from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Bring cookies or other finger foods to share. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.com. Free, passes are required after 10 p.m.

The Seldom Scene Formed in 1971, this bluegrass band derived its name from its once-a-week performances. Although only one original member remains with the band, it continues to have a big following. With the Hot Seats and Tim Finch & Eastman String Band. 8 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $39.50.

The Legwarmers Ring in the new year with an ’80s cover band. 9:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $50.

— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports

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