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New Year's Eve

Downtown Countdown to 2005 New Year's Eve festivities featuring music, food, a street party and fireworks. The Square at Trade & Tryon, downtown. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 704-332-2227.

Kiss the year Goodbye New Year's Eve celebration featuring music by Mr. Potato Head and DJ Kenny Bicki. The Grand Ballroom Promenade . Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $85-$95. Westin Charlotte. 877-429-3934.

New Year's Eve An evening to remember with special menu and festivities. Two seatings available. Fri., Dec. 31. $75 per person. La Bibliotheque, 1901 Roxborough Rd. 704-365-5000.

New Year's Eve Ring in the new year with music by The Brangle Brothers. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Smokey Joe's Cafe, 510 Briar Creek Rd. 704-338-9380.

New Year's Eve 2005 Light appetizer buffet, party favors, balloon drop and festivities. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $20. Crush, 300 E. Stonewall St. 704-377-1010.

New Year's Eve 2005 Featuring DJ Dave Mothersole, DJ Jeff Nagel, DJ Tobre and Menage dancers. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $50. Menage Ultra Lounge, 118 W. 5th St. 704-377-8000.

New Year's Eve Ball Featuring music, professional show, champagne toast and more. Fri., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. $100. Havana Social Club, 17105-102 Kenton Place, Cornelius. 704-892-7000.

New Year's Eve Celebration Featuring $5 game card, live music by Wild Men from Borneo, breakfast buffet, champagne toast at midnight, DJ & dancing. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $25 per person. Jillian's, Concord Mills, 8361 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. 704-979-1700.

New Year's Eve Celebration Featuring music by Complete Desire, DJs, balloon drop and countdown with champagne toast. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-248-4000.

New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction Say "Bon Voyage" to 2004, and cruise into 2005 with an evening of dining, dancing, and murder. Presented by Old Courthouse Theatre. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $65. Lowes Motor Speedway's Speedway Club. 704-788-2405.

New Year's Eve Party An event with several festivities ringing in the new year and music by DJ Rusty Bigham. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. $39.95 advance purchase. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. 704-377-3808.

Noon Year's Eve A family event where kids can feel the fun and excitement of a rockin' New Year's Eve in Center City without having to stay out late. There will be games, dancing, party favors and music. The Square at Trade and Tryon. Fri., Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Holiday Events

Center City Christmas Tree Lot Choose from Fraser Firs up to 12 ft. Lot operated by Foggy Mountain Nursery and Tree Farm. Green Market location, 7th St., between College and Trolley Line. Through Christmas Eve. Trees $25 and up. 704-332-2227.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Boutique The event is sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild and will feature original, hand made items. Dec. 16-24. Visual Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-6717.

Christmas Dinner at Charlotte Rescue Mission Free dinner for the homeless. Sat., Dec. 25, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. 1st Street. 704-334-4635 ext 214.

Christmas in Cannon Village Several holiday events throughout Cannon Village in Kannapolis. Through Christmas. 704-938-3200.

Christmas Lights at Riverbend View the Christmas lights at Riverbend Farm from a wagon ride. The Christmas Shop will also be open nightly. Through December, 7-10pm. $3-$5. Riverbend Farm. 704-888-2891.

Gingerbread Lane The halls of the resort will showcase an exhibit of gingerbread structures. The exhibit is also a competition and fundraiser. All proceeds will go to Godstock. Through Christmas. Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-248-4000.

Help Make Christmas Wishes True Donate gifts for the Mission's clients. Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. First St. Through Dec. 23. 704-334-4635.

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra Leonard Bearstein and his 19-bear animatronic orchestra will perform their 45-minute program of holiday music daily. Through December. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St, Bank of America Corp Cntr. 704-887-4730.

The Santaland Diaries Mark Scarboro returns as the young man who takes a job as an elf at Macy's during the Christmas season to earn extra money. www.actorstheatre Dec.1-23, Wed-Sat, 7:30pm. $20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

WBT Holiday on Ice Outdoor skating for the whole family. For holiday hours, visit Through Jan. 2. $5-$8. The Green, 425 South Tryon Street. 704-374-3558.

Volunteer Opportunity

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

500-B Spratt Street

Charlotte, NC 28206


Phone: 704-376-1785

Second Harvest feeds hungry people by soliciting and distributing food and other grocery products through partner agencies. They also educate people in the community about the nature of, and solutions to, the hunger problem.

Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:

Especially need individuals mornings & afternoons Monday-Friday to sort and pack donated food items.

Crisis Assistance Ministry

500-A Spratt Street

Charlotte, NC 28206


Phone: 704-371-3001

For volunteer info, contact:

704-371-3001 x114 or

Crisis Assistance does incredible work throughout the year, helping low-income families who are facing a financial emergency by offering them resources and programs to help them move toward self-sufficiency.

Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:

Needs list includes financial donations, blankets, x-large men's and women's clothing, towels, sheets, pots/pans, dishes/glasses, pillows, cooking utensils, furniture (especially beds, mattresses, kichen tables/chairs), major appliances (stoves, refridgerators, washers and dryers), office supplies (pens, paper, folders, etc), printer cartridges and toner, phones. Volunteers are needed in various ways including conducting interviews with clients, picking up donated items, assisting with client pick-ups, and helping the agency in clerical ways as well as public relations opportunities.

Catholic Social Services

1123 South Church Street

Charlotte, NC 28203


Phone: 704-370-3228

The Refugee Resettlement Office provides housing, food, social services, English language classes, cultural orientation and employment services to new refugees. They give them an opportunity to start a new life in the United States helping them to become self-sufficient as soon as possible.

Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:

Blankets, disposable diapers, car seats, bedding, basic household items, personal hygiene items, toiletries, food gift certificates or monetary donations.

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