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OLD TOWN.TEMECULA Southern California Wine Country has a glowing and growing New Year's Eve

Tradition - The Great Temecula Grape Drop Countdown and New Year's Eve bash where an enormous bunch of illuminated grapes descends from the tower at Temec- ula City Hall. This is a free family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration with an east coast (9

p.m.) and west coast (midnight) countdown, three bands in concert on the steps of city hall, and three other bands positioned outdoors in the historic Old Town district for New Year's Eve revelers to enjoy. And that's just for starters. From 4:30 to 6:30 families and kids can decorate "New Year's Eve Hats" at the

civic center. The activity is free whiles supplies last. Dynamite Dave, Grazie the Clown and the party jump are in Town Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grazie and Dynamite Dave will work in tandem creating balloon hats and then using other New Year's Eve props for fun photos. Dr. Goodjohn's Magic show will entertain guests from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. music picks up the celebration pace with Big Truth, a popular

local band which is comprised of three bands and plays sets of Fleetwood Mac tunes as the band “Little Lies." Together the five-piece band packs a huge sound with Lisa Jane Long, Andy Long, Jake Sale, Laurie Richardson and Mike Higbie. At the Main Street parking lot, big band fans will be able to dance in the New

Year with the Valley Winds Big Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sweet Lumpy's and Mad Madeline's will also have bands outside. The Michael Chain Band will be playing their brand of rock and country at Mad Madeline's. Cloud, a vibrant top 40 band that performed until midnight at last year's New

Year's party will play at city hall from 8:30 to 10:30. They will usher in the 9 p.m. new year and then turn the stage over to Safety Orange, an energetic three-piece beach rock band. Started by Harry Elmore and Sol Turpin as a fun after-surf activity, the musicians created an original fun beach vibe - Beach Rock, a blend of rock, reggae, rap, punk, and Ska. Safety Orange plays until 12:30 a.m. All the festivities at city hall, are centered around "Temecula on Ice," the city's

seasonal ice rink. The Ice Rink is open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with reg- ular hour sessions. A special session from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. offers more than three hours of ice skating while waiting for the big midnight countdown. For addi- tional information call: 951-297-9ICE. (951-297-9423). The place to be at 9 p.m. and midnight is Town Square Park, as all music stops and spectators wait for the Grape Drop Countdown. Made of over 90 sequined balls, 50 illuminated spheres, and 10 giant illuminated leaves, the glow- ing bunch of grapes is made of over 4,500 LED lights and is 12 feet long by 7 feet wide. Coined the "Great Grape Drop," the grapes signify. This is the fifth year for the celebration.

Chairs and patio heaters will be provided at Town Square and the quad at the Civic Center but guests are encouraged to bring fold up chairs and wear warm clothing. Picnic bas- kets and blankets are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring fold up chairs and wear warm clothing. Picnic baskets and blankets are welcome. Please be aware that it is il- legal to have open containers of alcohol on Temecula’s streets and sidewalks. The civic center will also be open for families to play board games and stay warm waiting for the countdown. For a schedule of Old

Town Temecula events con- tact the City of Temecula, (951) 678-1456 or visit .



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