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2017 New Year's Eve Events 

by Vesta Copestakes

New Year's Events with Kids 

Dec 31 ~ The “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!” celebration, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes hands-on crafts for children, balloon drops at noon and root beer toasts at noon and 3 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. $5-$12. 579-4452,

New Year's Events for Adults 

Dec 30 -Nearly New Year’s Winter Ball: LGBTQI Dance - Join us at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center on Friday, Dec. 30, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. to dance and ring in the New Year, with the Nearly New Year’s Winter Ball: LGBTQI and Friends Dance. The year 2016 was a tough one and we’re sure everyone will be happy to put it in the rearview mirror. We will toast and preempt the big ball drop in New York the following day. DJ Dave Brown will provide the music; snacks provided.Our dances are all-inclusive and are meant to be enjoyed by the entire community, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation. The cost is $10, and there will be a modest charge for wine. Proceeds benefit the senior center. No dogs please. Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 167 North High St., Sebastopol. 707-829-2440.

Dec 31 - The Pulsators @ Redwood Cafe, a benefit for the Music Healing Center  Early Bird price level at $25, "Buy early and save, prices will go up!" Tickets Available at The Redwood Cafe 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931 (707) 795-7868 

Dec 31 - 7p - New Year’s Eve Psychic Intention Setting Party with the Songbird Community - This alternative party will be a relaxed, casual, and fun evening for setting intentions. Come play with us as receiver, amateur explorer, or professional. Some Songbird practitioners will be present as well as special guests. We’ll have divination tools such as card reading, palmistry, channeling, and psychic intuition. Bring your own cards, finger foods, non-alcoholic refreshments, and anything else you want to share.  7p - 10p - $10 - $20 Suggested Donation - Songbird Community Healing Center 8297 Old Redwood Hwy Cotati, CA 94931  707-795-2398

Dec 31 ~ 2017 New Year's Eve Party - Sebastopol Community Cultural Center 390 Morris St, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707) 823-1511  8:00PM to Midnight Tickets: $18 in advance, $25.00 @ the door. Celebrate the New Year with drink, food and music. Soul Fuse and The Rhythm Rangers headline. Also performing Sarah Baker & Levi Lloyd, Mr. Music and the Love Choir, Frank Hayhurst and Buzzy Martin. A midnight ceremony with Francis Rico. Wisdom talks, Labyrinth walks and Peace Garden tours! Don’t miss it! Supported by a grant from the City of Sebastopol. Ticket price includes music and champagne toast. Also available for sale: Beer , Wine, Spirits and food. Appetizers and small bite desserts courtesy of Whole Foods - Sebastopol! In Peacetown the New Year is brought in with great celebration and fun, but also with the intention of bringing folks together to create a community of Peace. This year is no exception with the R&B Dance Band, Soul Fuse, headlining the evening. Love Choir with Mr. Music opens the show followed by the Americana sounds of The Rhythm Rangers with Kevin Russell. The Peacetown All-Stars then take the stage featuring: Levi Lloyd, Sarah Baker, Buzzy Martin, Frank Hayhurst and more. The typical midnight ceremony in Peacetown is a silent Peace Prayer and Ceremony directed by Francis Rico, that brings the community together in unity, peace and joy. The event is expected to sell out early. 

Dec 31 ~ RiverTown Ball - Featuring Monophonics, El Radio Fantastique, and Odd Job Ensemble  - A Benefit for the Friends of the Petaluma River- Doors Open at 8:00 - Ends 1a, 21 and over only Petaluma Vets Hall - 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South

Dec 31 ~ Murder at Joe's Speakeasy - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Owner/Director Dennis Parlett and play write Holly Vinson present interactive murder mystery dinner theater where you solve the crime.  "Murder at Joe's Speakeasy" a roaring 20's mystery!  Enjoy a delicious 1920's themed three course meal and special cocktail menu at your private table while going back in time to 1925.  Joe's Speakeasy is hosting the Organization of Mobsters and Gangsters to hold a convention to nominate the next mob boss of Chicago.  Members will get to meet the candidates and nominate their favorite, but be careful, choose the wrong one and bullets may be flying!!
Tickets: $80 per person (tax & tip not included) includes the show, bottle of champagne, party favors & a 3 course meal - Seating at 8:00pm  Charlie's Restaurant at the Windsor Golf Club 1320 19th Hole Drive, Windsor, CA More Information: (707) 978-0755 

Dec 31 ~ New Year's Eve Gala Dance & Buffet with Free Lesson  @ 7:30, Dancing @ 8:00 PM Say goodbye to 2016  with joy and contra dancing.  Good friends old and new join us at   Monroe Hall for food and festivities featuring the amazingly talented band, the WiNgNuts:  Chris Knepper (fiddle), Isele Harper (flute), and Will Wheeler (guitar, feet). Our caller will be Warren Blier of Monterey weather fame.  Contra dance is easy and fun.  Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to attend the free lesson at 7:30 p.m.  More information at nbcds.orgPrice: $8 - $20 Door: $20 regular; $8 students, financially struggling; under 30   Monroe Hall 1400 West College Ave.Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Dec 31 - New Year's Eve Bash with Foreverland @ The Mystic The electrifying 14-pc Michael Jackson tribute band Doors 8:30, show 9:30pm Tickets $40 advance, $50 day of show cell: 707-537-5644  office: 707-765-9211 Mystic Theater 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952 

Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve at Cinnabar - .Ring in 2017 in a 1920’s Speakeasy cabaret celebrating the passionate and profound music of Sophie Tucker, performed by Tony nominee, Sharon McNight. Come dressed in your favorite 1920’s costume; Prizes for best costumes. Enjoy delectable desserts and fine wine before the show, with party favors and champagne at midnight! Tickets are $60 for youth and $70 for adults.  9p - Cinnabar Theater is located at 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North - For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 707-763-8920 or visit -  CONTACT: 707-763-8920

Dec 31 - New Years Eve Gala - A Concert Featuring the Music of Beethoven & Tchaikovsky with Pianist Elizabeth Walter & Members of the SF Symphony -  Tickets start at $40 - 6p-8p - 20 4th St. Petaluma -

Dec 31 ~ Alley 6 New Year's Eve Jubilee Celebrate New Year's Eve at the distillery! Join us for libations, snacks, the dropping of the barrel and a good old fashioned dance party with DJ Beaver in the Beaver Booth to ring in 2017. Admission includes tasty snacks and a NYE toast. We're serving up specialty cocktails with our whiskey, bitters and Harvest Gin! Price: $20 Alley 6 Craft Distillery1401 Grove St., Unit D Healdsburg, CA 95448

Dec 31 ~ Kill the Keg New Years Eve Party 9:00 PM - $65.00 gets you beer and Appetizers for the evening.  We will have $5.00 glass of wine available.  There will be music, games and great fun to ring in the new year.  Please drink responsibly and bring a designated driver. Palooza Gastropub & Wine Bar 8910 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood , CA 95452   Get Tickets Here

Dec 31 ~  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts introduces a new event this year with the inaugural Bubble Ball, a gala benefitting Greenacre Homes and featuring live music by local favorites Wonderbread 5, Kingsborough and the Pat Jordan Band, 8 p.m. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $95. 546-3600,

Dec 31 ~ NYE Celebration 2017 Ramekins Sonoma - Pop! FIZZ! CLINK!  Celebrate New Year's Eve in true Hollywood Style - Dress in your glamorous best and join us for an all-inclusive party at Ramekins! Beer, Wine & Champagne; Delicious Savory Bites, Midnight Toast, Late Night Snacks! Music by the French Disconnection 8PM - 12:30AM Ramekins Culinary School & Events 450 W. Spain Street, Sonoma. $125 per person. More Information:   For Tickets and full Menu click here.  

Dec 31 ~ HopMonk Tavern’s New Year’s Eve bash -  Local folk-bluegrass band Hot Buttered Rum plays, with Bad Apple String Band opening at 9 p.m., at the Hopmonk Tavern  230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $35. 829-7300, Get your tickets here!

Dec 31 ~ Black and White New Year's Eve Ball! 8:800pm - Sun Jan 1st 2017 1:00am, Flamingo Conference Resort 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, USA  Come dressed to Impress in your finest black and white outfit! $50 presale $60 at the door Doors open at 8:00pm Bands at 9:00pm Crossfire will be performing a reunion show in the Grand Ballroom and DJ Refugee will be mixing it up in the Lounge Concessions and full bars will be available throughout the night. AGES 21+ ONLY  Purchase Tickets Here

Dec 31 Main St.Bistro & Piano Bar - 16280 Main St Guerneville ~ Fankye Kelly New Years Eve Party 707-869-0501

Dec 31 ~ New Year's Eve Bash with Foreverland, 8:30p $50 - McNear's Mystic Theatre - 21 Petaluma Blvd N Petaluma, CA 94952 (View Map) Box office: 707-765-2121



New Year's Day Family Hike - Ring in the New Year Outside! 

January 1, 2017 - Stewarts of the Coast and Redwoods & California State Parks Present: New Year's Day Family Hikes. First Hikes of the year in YOUR parks! Ring in the New Year Outside! Hikes led by experienced docents. Dress for cold weather. Canceled if heavy rain. 

Armstrong Redwoods SNR - 10am & 1:30pm - Meets at the Visitor Center - 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

Sonoma Coast SP - 1pm - Meets at Shell Beach - Hwy 1 and Pomo Canyon Trail  All Ages Welcome - For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.

Fort Ross State Historic Park - 10:00am-1:30pm Meeting Location: Reef Campground Trailhead (roadside), Fort Ross State Historic Park - Degree of Difficulty: moderate - Minimum Age for Children: 8 - Restrictions: Sorry, no pets permitted. Length of Hike: One-way with carpool return (2 ½ miles); shorter (to FortRoss) option (1 mile) or round-trip (5 miles)

Things to bring: Water, bag lunch, binoculars, cameras, hat, sunscreen,
layered clothing, optional hiking sticks and hiking boots (be prepared for
some possible moisture).

Additional information for participants: Experience our coastal bluffs,
redwood forest, pinnipeds and sandy beaches as we hike our coastal trail
through Fort Ross State Historic Park from south to north. One-way,
round-trip or shorter hike options. After hike optional 2pm interpretive
talk at Fort Ross.

Hike leaders: Tom Wright and Hank Birnbaum,, (707)
847-3440 or (707) 847-3437.

Brought to you by:
Fort Ross Conservancy at (707) 847-3437 or


Festive Events

Thru Jan 8 ~ City of Ukiah Ice Skating - Thanks to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) and the City of Ukiah. UVMC constructed the rink in celebration of its 60th anniversary.  Free skating will be offered on December 5 and 6, 3–8 p.m.  After December 6, unlimited skating is $10. The rink is situated next to the Alex R. Thomas Plaza on School Street. During December 7–22, hours will be as follows: Monday–Friday, 3–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m. During December 23–January 8, the rink will be open noon–7 p.m. except on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, when it will be open noon–4 p.m.For more information, see