Local New Year's Eve events offer last-minute options

For those wanting to kick-start 2017 in a healthy way, Sage Yoga, an alignment-based yoga studio is offering a class on Sunday called “Back Bending into the New Year.”

Leigh Black Irvin
Vanilla Moose, as seen here on Tuesday, is reopening for one night so patrons can celebrate New Year's with ice cream.

FARMINGTON — Anyone looking for something more social to do on New Year's Eve than sitting on the couch and watching the ball drop on television, have several options both for adults and families.

No Worries Sports Bar and Grill, located at the Four Corners Regional Airport, is hosting a New Year’s Masquerade Party for those over 21, starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. Cover charge is $10 per person payable at the door, and includes party favors and champagne at midnight.

“We’re enforcing a strict dress code,” said Miranda Garlington, lead bartender and server for No Worries. “No ball caps, sneakers, jerseys or t-shirts will be allowed. We’re encouraging collared shirts for gentlemen and cocktail dresses for the ladies, and there will be a contest for the best-dressed.”

Garlington added that DJ Pink will be playing music, and a midnight prize giveaway will top off the evening.

SunRay Park and Casino, located at 39 Road 5568, is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance featuring live piano music and the After Midnight band, as well as a midnight toast and balloon drop with cash prizes. Cost is $50 per couple or $30 for singles.

The Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, located at 109 E. La Plata Street, will be ringing in the new year with a dance in their main dining hall from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Off the Interstate band will play music, and light refreshments will also be available for a $3 cover charge. The dance is for individuals 50 years old and older.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in our dances,” said Aaron Newman, coordinator for the senior center. “We had over 65 people at our last dance.”

For parents with small kids, Play Day, a children’s indoor playground that recently opened at 1601 N. Dustin, will be offering a “Noon Year’s Party” on Saturday. The cost is $9 per child, no charge for adults.

“We will be counting down to noon, and will have a balloon drop with free passes and toys,” said owner Danie Lambson. “We’ll also have noise-makers and cider.”

Another family-friendly event is being offered by Vanilla Moose, located at 1721 West Aztec Boulevard in Aztec. The ice cream shop, which recently closed for the winter, will be re-opening on Saturday from noon to midnight, featuring their normal ice cream treats and also a photo booth by Fotobot, a local photography company.

The inside of Vanilla Moose is pictured on Tuesday in Aztec.

“Customers can pose with friends and get a free printed photo, or they can post the photo (on social media),” said Vanilla Moose owner Ryan Lane. “We wanted to do something fun and safe for the community, because there’s not a lot going on this year.”

Lane said that coffee and hot chocolate will also be served during the event, and added that he had another motivation for re-opening the ice cream shop for one day.

“I honestly just miss the ice cream,” he said.

For those wanting to kick-start 2017 in a healthy way, Sage Yoga, an alignment-based yoga studio located at 5150 College Boulevard, is offering a class on Sunday called “Back Bending into the New Year.”

“We do this class every year, celebrating a new beginning by back bending,” said studio owner Sara Tweedie. “You go backwards before you can go forwards.”

Tweedie said the back-bending class is two hours long, with the first hour involving preparatory warm-up exercises, and the second hour will focus on performing gentle backbends.

Tweedie recommends signing up for the class, which costs $25 per person, ahead of time by going to her studio's website, sageyogastudio.com.

Other New Year’s Eve events are being offered by area restaurants and private clubs. Information on these events can be found by calling the locations directly, or by visiting their websites or Facebook pages.

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.