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Here’s a sampling of options of $15 or less per person for welcoming 2014 on the North Olympic Peninsula.
• The seventh annual First Night, Port Townsend’s alcohol-free New Year’s Eve community party, will unfold from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
This family-friendly event highlights local arts and heritage, with activities in and around Port Townsend City Hall, 540 Water St.
Live music will fill several venues including Elevated Ice Cream and the Boiler Room; other entertainment ranges from an art exhibit by Port Townsend High School students to movie shorts presented by the Port Townsend Film Institute.
A hands-on history game, a puppet show, children’s games, stories and theater and a hands-on art project are also among the activities.
The climax comes at 9 p.m. with the raising of local sculptor Thaddeus Jurczynski’s lighted anchor at Memorial Field, 550 Washington St., along with another First Night tradition: Dr. David Chuljian’s fireworks show over the field.
First Night admission is by donation, with $5 per person or $10 per family suggested.
Proceeds benefit Jefferson County Historical Society programs throughout the year.
First Night passes are available at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History at City Hall, 540 Water St., while information awaits at www.JCHSMuseum.org and 360-385-1003.
• The Rose City Ramblers and Katya Kirsch will perform at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., for a community dance and building maintenance fundraiser from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Admission is a suggested donation of $12 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, see www.PTCommunity dance.com or phone 360-385-3308.
• The classic rock and blues band Roxlide is on its way to the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way.
The quintet from Kingston will begin rocking toward the New Year at 9 p.m.; cover charge is $5.
• Harvark, a classic rock outfit, brings it to Sirens, 823 Water St., for a no-cover-charge New Year’s Eve party. The band will get going at 9 p.m.
• Jim Nyby and the F Street Band will perform rhythm and blues at Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St., for $15 per person.
Revelry at the dance, for those 21 and older, begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues to 12:30 a.m. Advance tickets are available at Crossroads Music, 2100 Lawrence St.
• Two bands, one country and one rock ’n’ roll, will play the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St. in Creamery Square.
First up are the Old Sidekicks, specialists in country and bluegrass from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Then comes Black Rock, to play classic rock from
9 p.m. until midnight.
The Oasis charges no cover for either show, and a complimentary champagne toast will happen at midnight.
• Club Seven at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101 east of Sequim, has Idol Eyez, a classic rock band supplying the dance music from 9 p.m. until midnight.
There’s no cover charge and party favors are free at this bash for those 21 and older. For details phone 360-683-7777.
• Nourish, the restaurant at 1345 S. Sequim Ave., hosts a no-cover-charge “East meets West” party starting at 6 p.m. with Hawaiian and traditional music by Naki’i.
There’s no cover charge, and come 9 p.m. (midnight Eastern standard time), Nourish will tune its television screens into New York City’s Times Square ball drop.
• Rush Ultra Lounge at Old Olympic Highway and Sequim-Dungeness Way in Sequim will present “New Year’s Evolutions: A Burlesque Adventure” at 9 p.m..
The 21-and-older show, followed by DJ Dano, is $15. Tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com and 360-797-1081.
• The dance is $10 at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St., at 9 p.m.
The Soulshakers will play rock ‘n’ blues for the party that will be capped with champagne and chocolate merlot torte at midnight.
Those who want to dine at the Elks before the dance can pay $55 for a lavish dinner and party favors at 7 p.m. Dinner proceeds will benefit Hilda’s
Hope for Life, a nonprofit group advocating for young people in Uganda.
• Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., is bringing Joy in Mudville, the rock and Americana band featuring Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy — plus singer-guitarist Kim Trenerry on this night.
There’s no cover charge for the dance party from 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or thereabouts.
• Jazz will be heard at Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 117 E. First St., as singer Sarah Shea arrives. Shea will open the great American songbook from 10 p.m. until midnight.
There’s no cover charge to enjoy her music.
• “Sideshow: Mutiny on the N9ne” is a steampunk-variety show with no cover charge at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St.
Drag performer Salmonella Riviere will start the party at 8:30 p.m.; then come two shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. with dancers and musicians including Lauren Jeffries-Johnson of Shula Azhar; Merryn Welch; Zubrie Kamau; Robert “The Mad Fiddler” Downing and Siouxzie Hinton and Kikki Littlefish of PA Cabaret.
• The Fourth Street Cats will play rock ‘n’ funk at Studio Bob, upstairs at 118½ E. Front St. The cost is $10. Those who buy tickets in advance at the Next Door gastropub, 113 W. First St., will receive champagne for a midnight toast.
For information, visit the Next Door gastropub Port Angeles Facebook Page or phone 360-504-2613.