FOR ALL AGES
Together or separately, children and adults can enjoy Greenbelt New Year 2003, an alcohol-free celebration at the Roosevelt Center. From 6:45 p.m. to 1 a.m., visitors can wander in and out of Greenbelt's Community Center, Youth Center and Arts Center, along with the Old Greenbelt Theatre and New Deal Cafe. Occupants of the Roosevelt Center, on Centerway Road, can enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities, including fireworks, live music and karaoke, puppetry, bingo, Scottish dancing, arts and crafts, short animated movies, an inflatable obstacle course and food. Tickets are free for children 4 and under. General admission tickets bought before Monday cost $5; those bought on Monday and Tuesday are $7. Festivities are at Centerway Road. 301-397-2208.
Chris Paul, comedian and on-air sidekick for WPGC FM's "The Donnie Simpson Show," plans to induce smiles and laughter throughout the transition from 2002 to 2003 as he hosts the New Year's Eve Comedy Explosion at Jokes on Us Comedy Club. Comedians Jay Phillips and Mike Brooks are also featured in Tuesday's act. People with other plans for when the clock strikes midnight can pay $15 to catch the first show at 7:30 p.m. The second show costs $60 for couples and $35 for individuals, and includes an after-party with WPGC deejay M&M. Jokes on Us Comedy Club is at 312 Main St., Laurel. 240-568-5081.
Get out, get moving and get home in time to watch the ball drop from the comfort of your living room. From 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, the Laurel Friendship Club presents its New Years Dance, featuring deejay Professor Jay. The professor will spin modern, oldies, big band, ballroom, Latin, swing, country and line-dancing songs. Wear comfortable clothes and don't feel pressured to bring a partner to the Phelps Center, Eighth and Montgomery streets, Laurel. A donation of $2.99 is requested. 301-937-2896.