On Friday, don’t miss one of the most festive and generous NYE bashes at WOW Event Center, 515 E. 3rd St., in Alton. Of the $100 ticket price, WOW will give $50 to Riverbend Family Ministries. The ticket includes an open premium bar, appetizers, dinner, dessert, a Germania Brew Haus coffee bar, Spanky Entertainment Dueling Pianos and a champagne toast at midnight! If you just want to go to the party, you can get a $50 ticket, all of which proceeds go the the ministries, with entry after dinner.
If you want to work out your NYE late night celebrations or start the year with wellness in mind, join River Bend Yoga, 202 State St., in Alton, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday for New Year’s Day of Yoga. Tickets available at facebook.com/riverbendyoga. This is a fundraising event to benefit River Bend Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship fund. All classes are donation based and 100% of your donation goes into the scholarship fund. Follow River Bend Yoga’s Facebook page for New Year’s Day class schedule.
On Saturday night, support local music with Riverbend favorites HOOKiE Live at Chez Marilyn, 119 W. 3rd St. The show is free! HOOKiE plays rock-and-roll originals, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Howling Wolf and much more!
If stellar country music is more your thing, see the Glendale Riders from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Mac’s, 315 Belle St., in Alton. Celebrate the New Year with live music, good food and some of the coldest beer around!
Or do something different altogether Saturday with Comedy Hypnosis from 8:30-10 p.m. at Alton Sports Tap, 3812 College Ave., in Alton. Tickets cost $15-$25 available at eventbrite.com. Volunteers become the stars of William Mitchell’s Hypnosis Show, with taste and humor. Mitchell will take volunteers from the audience.