Parties on the last night of '08

It's the point where the old year and New Year meet, so why shouldn't the old and young meet up to celebrate together?

That's the reasoning behind the fourth annual Multigenerational Dance Party on New Year's Eve at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland.

"This gig, it's the coolest event going," said David Young, member of local band, Jerry Attrick and the Pacemakers, which will play at the party. "It's a place that entire families can celebrate the New Year together."

The band — with a name which fittingly includes a pun about aging — will play music from the '60s, '70s and modern times to encourage every generation to step out on the dance floor. About 250 are expected to attend, Young said.

"Each year since its inception, several attendees have commented that this is the greatest way to spend New Years, with family and friends in a safe and healthy environment, and with a great dance band playing tunes appealing to all ages and sensibilities," he said.

Although the band will play past midnight, younger — and older — guests who get tired can bring pillows and blankets to sleep in a separate area. Childcare will be available for those who make advance reservations.

People can pick up advance tickets, which cost $10 per person or $25 per family, at the Music Coop in Ashland. The night of the event, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., tickets will cost $13 per person or $30 per family. For more information or to reserve childcare, call 488-7716.

"This event it totally unique, incredibly fun and affordable for everyone!" Rabbi David Zaslow of the Havurah said in a release.

Snacks and beverages will also be available throughout the evening. But the main draw of the event is the intergenerational aspect, said Ayala Zonnenschein, Havurah Program Director.

"What better way to celebrate the secular New Year than dancing in a safe, joyous space with your tots, teens and their friends and grandparents too!" she said.

Of course, if partying with the seniors or juniors isn't your thing, there will be plenty of other places to revel on New Year's Eve in Ashland. The Daily Tidings has compiled a list of other places to ring in 2009 in style:

'Ali Baba'

Jim Giancarlo, Oregon Cabaret Theatre's artistic director, is directing and has choreographed this reprise of the 1998 show he wrote with music by Jim Malachi and Darcy Danielson. The tale of Ali Baba's hero's quest, aided by Scheherazade and the Genie, is a panto derived from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte — full of cross-dressing, puns, topical references and broad physical comedy. The 8 p.m. show runs though Wednesday. Tickets are $21-$31. The theater is located at First and Hargadine streets. For more information, log on to or call 488-2902.

Ashland Elks Party

The Ashland Elks Lodge #944 presents a New Year's Eve Poseidon Adventure Ball Wednesday at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. A buffet and a screening of the disaster film, "The Poseidon Adventure" will begin at 8 p.m. Dancing will begin at 10 p.m. A champagne toast and a balloon drop will occur at midnight. The Elks Lodge will be transformed into a giant underwater cruiser, complete with a life size upside-down cabin. Guests are requested to wear tropical "Love Boat" cruise wear, '70s costumes, or elegant cocktail attire. Tickets are $40 and are available at the lodge or at Jean-Louise in Ashland. Tickets for admission after 10 p.m. are $20. For more information, call 482-3911.

Global Peace Dance

Join Dances of Universal Peace and dance circles around the world in their 15th year of celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. New Year's Eve at Headwaters, 84 Fourth St. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 482-4902.

Jefferson Exchange

Today, Elizabeth Austin, a life coach, will talk about getting motivated and achieving goals in 2009. Whether it's losing weight, finding a new job, learning a foreign language, or strengthening relationships, Austin knows resolutions are easier made than kept, she said. The interactive talk-radio program, on KSJK-Talent, AM 1230, is live weekdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and repeated from 8 to 10 p.m. on Jefferson Public Radio's News & Information Service. People can also listen live online at Listeners are encouraged to call-in during the program by dialing 552-6782 or (800) 838-3760.

Labyrinth walk

The 10th annual Sacred Walk to the New Year will be held through Thursday at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 87 Fourth St. Hours are 6 a.m. today to 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. For more information, call 482-4132.

'Little Women'

Lisa Marie Malovoz directs Marisha Chamberlain's stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic story of four sisters and their mother during the American Civil War. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 4. The theater will be closed on Jan. 1, but will offer a special holiday performance at 8 p.m. today. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students 21 and under. Tickets are available at The Music Coop and at the door at the 191 A St. theater. For more information, log on to or call 482-2334.

New Year's Day Dance

Rachael R. Resch and Sarah Rose Marshank will co-facilitate the fifth annual Nia New Year dance celebration, "Visioning 2009" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, No. 10. Attendees can participate in Nia movement and meditation, followed by a personal, body-based inquiry process to set intentions for the coming year. No previous dance experience is necessary. The cost is $12. For more information, log on to or call 488-1192.

Sleep-over party

Celebrate the New Year with friends at a slumber party at the Ashland YMCA. The event will include a pizza dinner, swimming, spring floor, games, basketball, music, dancing, movies, popcorn and continental breakfast. The party, for first through fifth graders, starts at 6:30 p.m. today and ends at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The cost is $40 for YMCA members and $55 for non-members. For more information, call 482-9622.

Wine bar

The Winchester Inn Wine Bar will host an intimate concert featuring vocalist Leslie Kendall and guitarist Ed Dunsavage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today at 35 S. Second St. The $30 cover includes a choice of a beverage and an appetizer, along with the music. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. For more information, call 488-1113.

Staff writer Hannah Guzik can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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