If you are looking for a way to ring in the new year, there are a number of celebrations taking place across the Valley on Saturday, Dec. 31. Here are a few.
For families, Port Alberni Toy Run and the City of Port Alberni (parks and rec department) puts on free First Night celebrations in three different venues: rollerblading, dancing, prizes and snacks at Glenwood Centre from 6–9 p.m.; Echo Pool family swim, pool games, pizza, prizes and more from 6–8 p.m.; and Alberni Valley Multiplex with ice skating games, activities and family skate from 5–7 p.m.
The Bread of Life Centre will be holding a New Year’s Eve Celebration from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The event is family friendly, and everyone is welcome. It will feature games, prizes and appetizers. You must be sober to attend.
Char’s Landing Public House will hold a New Year’s Eve Boardgame Social. Watch the ball drop in New York’s Time Square at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. The event runs from 5:30 to 1 a.m.
The Blue Marlin Inn presents a New Year’s Party starting at 7 p.m. featuring a live band, DJ, prime rib buffet, champagne and midnight snacks.Tickets are $20 at the Blue Marlin Inn pub.
Drinkwaters at Sproat Lake Landing is bringing top performers to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner & Celebration. It will feature a multi-course dinner, live music and entertainment and dancing. The event starts at 5:30, and there are three options for tickets available online.
A Happy New Year Party will be taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion at Victoria Quay, featuring music by the Twighlight Boys.Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music runs from 9 p.m. until 1 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per couple and $17.50 per single for members, $40 per couple and $20 per single for non-members. Designated drivers are available within valley limits.
The Rainbow Room will be rocking into 2017 with a New Year’s Eve Dance featuring the Schmit-Wilson Band. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available in advance at Rainbow Lanes for $30.
Five Acre Productions is bringing The Chevy Metal Show to the Italian Hall for New Year’s 2017. Don’t let the name fool you–they are a classic rock cover band with a lot of energy. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Champagne and snacks will be served at midnight.
This year’s annual Port Alberni Christmas Bird Count takes place on Saturday, Dec. 31 all day.
There are several ways to get involved, between counting birds at a bird feeder to walking through the bush, taking a boat down the Alberni Inlet to count sea birds or going out after dark to listen for owls. Call Annette Bailey at 250-793-5408 to sign up (even for feeder counts).
For families, the City of Port Alberni puts on First Night celebrations in three different venues: rollerblading, dancing, prizes and snacks at Glenwood Centre from 6–9 p.m.; Echo Pool family swim, pool games, pizza, prizes and more from 6–8 p.m.; and Alberni Valley Multiplex with ice skating games, activities and family skate from 5–7 p.m.
BC Transit and the City of Port Alberni will be teaming up to make sure people get home safely by offering free transit service on Saturday Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Now that the Christmas festivities have come to a close, KidSport is offering a tree recycling service. Bring your tree to the AV Multiplex parking lot on Saturday, Jan. 7 or Sunday, Jan 8. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for a donation they will chip your tree for mulch. The donated material will be used in the City of Port Alberni’s parks department composting program.
KidSport helps to pay registration fees for children unable to afford the cost of organized sports.
EDITED: Port Alberni Toy Run is the sponsor and organizer for First Night festivities along with the City of Port Alberni’s parks and rec department.