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Many New Year’s Eve activities planned

by Heidi Alder

Carson Valley businesses and church organizations are working to make this New Year’s a night that no one will forget.

Many restaurants are advertising multiple specials on dinners.

– Ed’s Topaz Nugget. Ed’s Topaz Nugget is offering several selections in their restaurant. A 10- ounce prime rib, 10-ounce New York steak or shrimp scampi will be available for $19.95. For those with a bit more of an appetite, a 12-ounce prime rib, 8-ounce New York steak with shrimp scampi or 8-ounce prime rib with shrimp scampi may be ordered for $21.95.

“All dinners include soup or salad, potatoes or rice, dessert and complimentary wine, champagne or soft drink,” general manager Thom O’Rourke said.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served in the casino from 10 p.m. on.

Reservations are advised and available at 266-4890. Ed’s Topaz Nugget is located at 1929 S. Highway 395, Topaz Lake.

– CVIC Hall. A celebration has been planned for the change of the millennium at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. and will offer live entertainment and dancing.

There will be a gourmet buffet with dishes ranging from herb stuffed roast leg of lamb to roast beef. Hors d’oeuvres will include large shrimp and stuffed duck. Various desserts will top off the dinner.

Tickets are $50 and the proceeds will benefit City of Refuge.

Reservations are required and may be obtained by phone, 782-5838; fax, 782-4449, or E-mail, bjwaite@aol.com, to Byron Waite.

– Poor Man’s Millennium Party. DC Bar & Grille is celebrating the new year/century/millennium in its own unique way, by offering the public a “Poor Man’s Millennium Party.”

For $20, party-goers can have a prime rib dinner, two drinks of their choice, party favors and champagne.

General manager Paul Weis came up with the idea over the summer, when he was watching TV and heard about how expensive celebrations would be.

“It’s a statement more than a money maker,” Weis said. They want to provide people the opportunity to celebrate the New Year without a big bill.

There will be live entertainment beginning at 9 or 9:30 p.m. by the band TOM FOG (Tired Old Men, Four Old Guys), Weis said.

The first seating for dinner will be at 6 p.m., and if needed, there will be a second seating, Weis said. He anticipates a good turn-out.

Weis and his father, Richard, will personally provide a shuttle service to all customers, no matter where they live.

Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 782-3463. DC Bar & Grille is located at 1150 Airport Road, Minden.

– Topaz Lodge & Casino. New Year’s will be ushered in at Topaz Lodge and Casino with a crabfest buffet.

Customers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations will be available) for the $12.95 crabfest buffet, cashier Delores Tomlinson said.

The time runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and a live band will provide entertainment. The buffet also includes salads and desserts.

Topaz Lodge & Casino is located at 1979 Highway 395 South, Topaz Lake. For more information, call 266-3338.

– Alpine community party. The Alpine New Year’s Eve Party for the Whole Family is open to the public and will feature pizza, soda, snacks, desserts, games, music and dancing plus dance and yo-yo contests. Prizes and other giveaways are planned. The party will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Turtle Rock Park, between Woodfords and Markleeville on State Route 89. The party is alcohol- and tobacco-free, and is supported by the Tobacco Education program (Prop. 99). Also sponsoring the event are the Alpine Children’s Center’s Family Resource, Alpine Children’s Center Home Visitor and Alpine Kids programs. Information, (530) 694-2390 or 694-2934.

– Sharkey’s. The Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge is celebrating with its New Year/New Century/New Millennium Celebration upstairs at Sharkey’s in Gardnerville.

From 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2000, there will be dancing to Brian Farnon’s 17-piece Tahoe Big Band and music from the 1940s and ’50s.

The dress is semi-formal, and a midnight toast is planned. A no-host bar will be available, and party favors will be distributed.

Hors d’oeuvres will be offered during the party, and breakfast will be served at 1 a.m. Jan. 1. It will be catered by the executive chef of Harrah’s five-star Summit Restaurant, Lake Tahoe.

Cost is $110 per couple and seating is limited.

For reservations, call Dave Trueblood at 782-3416 or Doug Tucker at 265-7208.

– Carson Valley Inn. The Carson Valley Inn is offering dinner specials for New Year’s Eve in both Fiona’s and Michael’s.

“Prime times are still available,” said Bill Henderson, Director of Sales and Marketing. “People tend to wait until the last minute to make reservations.”

Fiona’s will have its “Century Salute” from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31. This dinner is comprised of four courses, starting with a choice of an appetizer from chicken crepes, prawn cocktail or steamed clams. Next is a trip to Fiona’s soup and salad bar. The entree selections include smoked filet mignon, prime rib of beef au jus, rack of lamb, petite filet, grilled salmon and lobster tail, petite filet and Alaskan king crab legs or Alaskan king crab legs and lobster tail.

The meal is then topped off with a selection from Fiona’s holiday dessert bar. The “Century Salute” is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Price includes a commemorative millennium 2000 plate and champagne glass, plus a complimentary champagne toast. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 783-6650.

There will also be a New Year’s Eve dinner special at Michael’s from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. that features a four-course feast. It will start with an appetizer of oysters Rockefeller, prawn cocktail, baked brie or escargots. After a Michael’s Caesar salad or lobster bisque, pick an entree from prime rib of beef au jus, rack of lamb, filet mignon, stuffed swordfish, petite filet and lobster tail, petite prime rib and lobster tail or Alaskan king crab and lobster tail.

A dessert will top off the meal, with a choice of cheesecake, decadent double-chocolate cake or Amaretto mousse. The cost is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and also includes a commemorative millennium 2000 plate and champagne glass plus a complimentary champagne toast. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 783-7745.

Hats and noisemakers will be given out around 11 p.m. in the casino, Henderson said, to bring in the New Year with the appropriate amount of cheer.

– M.S. Dixie II. Tahoe’s favorite paddlewheel, the M.S.Dixie II, will welcome the new millennium with a unique “Family Fun” cruise on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve designed a cruise that will let families enjoy this once in a lifetime evening together,” said Dixie II spokesman Bill Chernock, “with an early departure at 6:30 p.m., a celebration with the East Coast’s midnight at 9 p.m. our time and a return at 9:30 p.m. so that adults can be back in plenty of time to celebrate again at midnight.”

In addition to a complete dinner prepared on board to order, including wine, the millennium cruise offers an open bar and champagne throughout the cruise for the adults. For kids of all ages, there will be entertainment and dancing to Tahoe favorites “Phoenix,” clowns and balloon blowers, tableside magic and more.

“We’re even including a special millennium keepsake as our gift to our guests that night,” said Chernock.

Prices for the cruise cover all food and beverage service, including tax and tip and are $150 for adults, $100 for young adults ages 10 to 20 and $75 for children under 9. The cruise does require reservations and pre-payment at the time of the reservation.

Reservations can be made by calling 588-3508 or on the Web at http://www.tahoedixie2.com.

– Carson Valley Brewery. Carson Valley Brewery is presenting the year 2000 with a dinner special and live entertainment.

The menu will have rack of lamb with mint jelly, filet mignon stuffed with cognac sauce and mushrooms and salmon with a cream sherry sauce.

Included with dinner is salad, baked potato, dinner roll, vegetable, coffee, tea and dessert. A complimentary cocktail, toasting champagne and party favors are also included in the ticket.

Live music will be provided by Red House, and the cost is $49.95 per person.

Seating is limited, and reservations may be obtained by calling 782-7484. The Carson Valley Brewery is located at 2244 Meridian Way.

– Nelson’s. Nelson’s in Gardnerville will be offering a New Year’s Eve filled with java, jazz and spirits.

The restaurant’s normal dinner menu will be available, and there will be live music from George Hanepen on acoustic guitar from 6:30 to 10 or 10:30 p.m., owner Renee McElvain said.

There will be door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight.

Nelson’s is a smoke-free atmosphere and is located at 1435 Highway 395. For more information, call 782-8287.

– Restaurants are not the only ones planning celebrations for the New Year. Valley churches also have services and activities planned.

– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Carson Valley may celebrate the New Year as a Stake in Carson City.

There will be two activities for members to choose from.

The Saliman Stake Center will be featuring a dance directed more toward the youth, said Bill Brewer, Stake Activities Committee Chairman. And the C-Hill building will have a dance for those with more mature tastes in music.

Both activities start at 8 p.m. and will go until 12:30 a.m. There will be games, refreshments, treats and party hats and streamers for the countdown at midnight, Brewer said.

There will also be live entertainment once an hour at both activities, Brewer said.

The Saliman Stake Center is located at 411 N. Saliman Road, and the C-Hill building is at 1331 McKay Drive.

Members who want more information may call Bill Brewer at 885-1030.

– St. Gall Catholic Church. The St. Gall Catholic Church will be having a special Jubilee Prayer Service at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Benediction and Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the service from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 2000. Parishioners may sign-up in the gathering area to spend time with Jesus. The hours of adoration are not limited to one person.

Parishioners may also sign their family’s name on the Jubilee doors, which will be opened on New Year’s Eve, Father Bill said. This is patterned after Pope John II opening the Holy Doors on Christmas Eve.

“The theme of this Jubilee is a Year of Reconciliation,” Father Bill explained.

New Year’s Day will have two Masses scheduled, the regular time at 5 p.m. and then a Spanish Mass at 7 p.m.

St. Gall Catholic Church is located at 1343 Centerville Lane. For more information, call 782-2852.

– On Sunday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m., members and guests of the Unity Church of Today will celebrate the end of 1999 with the”Burning Bowl” service, which will be held at the Genoa Town Hall.

This service, which has it roots in antiquity and has been a feature of many cultures, is open to all who wish to shed the trials and tribulations of the year past, said spokesman Floyd Hill.

The service, which will be led by minister Rev. Julie Johnson, consists of writing on paper the things and situations that we do not want to carry into the new millennium and burn it.

“Through the alchemy of fire, we send them into the universe as a different energy so they can return as new opportunities in the year 2000,” Hill said.

There will be no 9 a.m. service on that Sunday. All are welcome to attend and need not be members of the church to participate.