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Ring in the New Year in good company — and with safety

December 26, 2013
Though it may be hard to believe, 2013 is quickly coming to a close. Whether you look back on the past year with nostalgia or would rather just toss it over your shoulder and say "good riddance," New Year's Eve is a time to come together and look forward to the year ahead. Here are a few of the local options for entertainment on New Year's Eve:

The Eagle's Nest

Not 4 Hire will be jamming away with their freewheeling mix of rock, blues, folk, and country favorites to ring in the New Year right. The party goes from six until midnight, with Not 4 Hire playing on the outdoor patio with space heaters. There is a $10 charge at the door which includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne. Reservations are not necessary, but are welcome. For more information, call 760-729-2955.

Smokey's Lake Wohlford Café

Del Rio, a high energy Country/Southern Rock dance band will be playing indoors at Smokey's on New Year's Eve. There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate with New Year's cheers at 9, 10, 11, and 12 p.m. There will be special appetizers prepared just for the evening. Reservations are required, call 760-749-6585.

The Gopher Hole at the Castle Creek Country Club

This Sickstring Outlaws will be delivering some heartfelt classic country tunes at the Gopher Hole from 9:30-12:30 p.m. There will be a prime rib dinner offered in three seatings at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge for those who don't order dinner. Call 760-749-2866 for reservations or information, and visit to learn more about the band.

Valley View Casino

Stop by for a night full of gaming that's licensed to thrill with this James Bond-themed New Year's Eve celebration. Everything from the décor to the midnight countdown is about Britain's most dashing secret agent. Drop by the Main Stage Bar for live performances by Prestige, the Styletones, and Siren's Crush. Visit to learn more.

Anyway you slice it, there is plenty going on in Valley Center to ring in the New Year. Whether it be a night on the town, a celebration at a friend's house or just a quiet evening at home, remember to stay safe this holiday season by following these safety tips from

If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:
  • Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.

  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.

    Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.

  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.

  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

  • If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations:

    If you drink, don't drive.

  • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.

  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.

  • Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.

For more information on how to stay safe this holiday season visit

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