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NEW YEAR'S EVE

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Friday, November 30, 2007

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"A JAZZ NEW YEAR'S EVE" Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 9:30. Patti Austin. $65. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

BALTIMORE'S NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR Dec. 31 at 9. Live music and countdown to the new year with fireworks over the Inner Harbor. Free. Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 410-752-8632 or 877-225-8466.

CAPITAL HOSPICE BENEFIT Dec. 31 from 9 to 1. Dinner, dance, open bar, silent auction and on-site kids' New Year's Eve party for ages 5-12. $95, children $20. The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. 703-531-1111.

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN Dec. 31 at 8:30. Open bar, dinner buffets and live music featuring Pat McGee Band, Naughty by Nature, Washington Social Club and Of Broken. $119-$175. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 301-652-7712.

FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA Dec. 31 at 5. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration in Old Town and Del Ray featuring 55 acts on 36 indoor stages, clowns, face-painters, free shuttle buses to venues. Midnight fireworks display. $10-$15, 12 and younger free. 703-838-4200, Ext. 210.

FIRST NIGHT FREDERICKSBURG Dec. 31 at 6:30. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues throughout Fredericksburg. Admission buttons $8. 540-372-1086, Ext. 204.

FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG Dec. 31 at 6. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at locations in downtown Leesburg. Buses to major sites. Ends with a "grand illumination" on the courthouse lawn. Admission buttons $8, seniors $6, ages 3-12 $3, younger than 3 free. 703-771-2617 or 540-338-4640.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT Dec. 31 at 6. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at venues in downtown Easton on Maryland's Eastern Shore. $8-$10, students $4-$5, younger than 5 free. 410-820-8822.

FIRST NIGHT WARRENTON Dec. 31 at 7. Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration at locations in downtown Warrenton. Ends with a "grand illumination" at the Old Courthouse with candles and singing. Admission buttons $8, seniors $6, ages 3-12 $3, younger than 3 free. 540-341-0988 or 540-338-4640.

KID'S NIGHT OUT Dec. 31 at 6. For ages 6-12. New Year's Eve party and sleepover (girls and boys are separated). Pizza, games, sports, crafts. Participants must be picked up Tuesday by 10. Bring sleeping bags. $60; registration required. Fairland Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. 240-777-6870.

KID'S NIGHT OUT Dec. 31 at 6. For ages 6-12. New Year's Eve party and sleepover (girls and boys are separated). Pizza, games, sports, crafts. Participants must be picked up Tuesday by 10. Bring sleeping bags. $60; registration required. Germantown Community Center, 18905 Kingsview Rd., Germantown. 240-777-6870.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Dec. 31 at 8:30. Guest conductor Murry Sidlin. The first half of the concert is a tribute to Leonard Bernstein; the second half includes works by Rossini, Brahms and Strauss. A New Year's Eve party in the Grand Foyer after the concert with dancing until 1. $50-$90. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN ANNAPOLIS Dec. 31 at 11:45. Parade from Church Circle to Market Square at 11:45; children's activities at Annapolis Recreation Center, 9 St. Mary's St., from 3 to 6; concert by Beretta Jane from 7:30 to 11; fireworks at midnight. Live music, vendors and street performers along Main Street. Free; concert tickets $10; stadium parking $5.

NEW YEAR'S EVE SWING DANCE Dec. 31 at 8. Singles-friendly swing dance with George Gee and His Jump Jive and Waiters. $25. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-299-8728.

NIGHT 365 Dec. 31 at 7. All-ages, alcohol-free celebration includes access to museum exhibits, Davis Planetarium, Imax theater. Karaoke, games, balloon art, face-painting. $30-$35, children younger than 3 free. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-545-5943.

VOYAGE TO MARGARITAVILLE Dec. 31 from 9 to 1. The Washington Area Parrot Head Club hosts a cruise aboard the Cherry Blossom to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Two bands, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast. $119. Paddle Boat Dock, behind the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 866-481-0854.


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