People around the Klamath Basin looking for different ways to ring in the New Year will have their choice at a variety of venues.
The possibilities are varied and include watching bull and bronc riders trying to stay on their mounts for seven seconds, dancing to live and DJ music, dining (and breakfasting), and making some turns on ice skates.
As always, too, is the annual Linkville Lopers Hangover Handicap on New Year's Day morning.
New Year's Eve
■ Several special events are planned Friday at the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena.
"New Year's Eve on Ice" will feature ice skating from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, $18 per couple, or $3 for youth age 5 and younger, and includes skate rentals and such special treats as apple cider and gourmet cookies. Also featured will be special music and lights, along with colored tissue paper snowflakes buried in the ice.
Two "Rockin' Curling" New Year's Eve sessions will follow from 9:45 to 10:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 per person per session, with each session limited to 20 guests.
To sign up online, go to the ice arena's website at www.klamathicesports.org.
■ A New Year's Bingo Bash will be Friday at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center, 2045 Arthur St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with games beginning at 6:30. More than $8,000 in prizes along with a raffle and VIP giveaways are planned. A chicken dinner with "all the fixings" will be served later in the evening.
■ A New Year's Eve prime rib dinner and dance is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1910 Greensprings Drive. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 followed by dancing to the music of Mood Swing, the duo of Pamela Jones and Ron Houck. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. For reservations call Ken Waters at 541-331-3358 or Don Metzler at 541-884-3046.
■ The Veterans of Foreign War, 515 Main St., will host a New Year's Eve Dance.
Tickets are $25 per couple in advance or $30 at the door. Singles are $15. Included is a commander's breakfast at midnight. Advance tickets are available from the VFW or by calling 541-882-0057. A Texas Hold 'em game will be at 6 p.m.
■ Cleetus & the Fellers will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Mia & Pia's Pizzeria & Brewhouse, 3545 Summers Lane.
■ Melita's Restaurant & Lounge on Highway 97 north of Chiloquin will serve a prime rib dinner with vegetables, potato, and soup or salad bar Friday for $18.95 followed by karaoke in the lounge and a champagne toast at midnight.
■ The 19th annual Bullmania event starts at 7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 at Sherm's Thunderbird, Big R, Albertsons, Tombstone Market, Lanes Market, the Grange Co-op and Bonanza General Store or for $20 at the door, according to producer Jamie Berg.
Events begin at 7:30 p.m. and include bull riding and bronc riding, with nearly 90 contestants from seven states, including Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, California, Nevada and Texas. Henley High School wrestling team members will handle concessions to raise money for their team. Country-western band SmokinGuns will perform following the two hours of bull and bronc riding with a balloon release at midnight.
New Year's Day
■ On New Year's Day, the annual Linkville Lopers Hangover Handicap loops 2.3 miles through downtown Klamath Falls, The run-walk begins at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. People are asked to register by 8:45 a.m.
The route goes along Klamath Avenue, loops around the Klamath County Museum and returns to the park on Main Street. There is no registration fee. The male and female winners will each receive a beer can trophy. Last year's race drew 77 runners, joggers and walkers.
"Bring your own handicap," says race director Al Glidden,
The event has been a New Year's Day staple for at least 35 years.
A no-host breakfast will follow at Elmer's Restaurant.