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By Nadin Abbott

December 22, 2013 (East County) If you’re looking for some festive ways to ring in the New Year, you don’t have to head to the East Coast, since East County has plenty of celebrations--from New York-style parties to gourmet dinners, concerts, an art show, and more.

Viejas Resort is offering an evening of fire and ice, with a performance by Rising Star, dancing, and even a traditional ball drop similar to Times Square. For more information visit:

Out in the desert, a live drawing workshop will be held at the Art Institute in Borrego Springs from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening.  For more information see:

In East County’s mountains, the Santa Ysabel Casino is having a New Year’s Eve dinner and party. You can find that information at the Julian Chamber of Commerce website at:

Some restaurants are having special holiday menus, among them the Dolce Café Italiano in Rancho San Diego, which was reviewed by the East County Magazine earlier. Here is a link to their special holiday menu:

Bo Beau’s, the new Cohn Restaurant in La Mesa, is also offering a special New Year’s Eve menu.  This site books up quickly, so reservations are recommended.  View the menu:

For our military residents in the East County, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is having holiday buffets. They are free to military personnel. For more information visit:

It goes without saying that we should all be safe this holiday season. The CHP has put out some guidelines for all to have a safe holiday. Do not drive if you imbibe, and have a designated driver. The CHP will enforce DUI offenses with extra patrols now through January 1st. Officers will be on alert for both speeders and drunk drivers. So if you plan to party hearty, have a designated driver, take a taxi, or stay overnight at a hotel.

Have a happy and safe New Year!


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