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Red Beans & Rice will help usher in the new year with a grande finale performance at First Night Monterey starting at 11:15 p.m. at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey.

Today

Twist & Shout Tribute Concert. 7:30p.m. today at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel. Special New Year's Eve performance and festivities at 8:30p.m. Monday Dec. 31. Recreated performances of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Lesley Gore and more. $16-$35. New Year's Eve performance: $75. 622-0100.

Jessica Simone. 7p.m. today at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229. www.plazalinda.com.

"Dine Out" seniors. 11:45a.m. today at the Haute Enchilada, 7902 Moss Landing No. A. Moss Landing. New members welcome. Reservations: 442-0333, 917-1269.

The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Avenue Q." Opens 8 p.m. today at the Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart this play is the winner of the Tony Award "triple crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, written by Robert Lopez,Jeff WhittyandJeff Marx. $25 general, $22 seniors, students, and military. www.PaperWing.com. 905-5684.

Stardust Playhouse presents "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris. 8 p.m. today at the Stardust Playhouse, 2115 N. Fremont St Suite C, Monterey. One-man show is the story of an out-of-work actor taking a job as a Macy's Christmas elf. For mature audiences only. $15, available at 402-8940 or www.stardustplayhousemonterey.com.

ART EVENTS

· DEC. 29

Prosperity Map Collaging. 12:30-4:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Medusa's Emporium, 1219 Forest Ave., Suite E, Pacific Grove. $60. List of materials needed at www.etsy.com/shop/MedusasEmporium2.

BENEFITS

· DEC. 29

Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay's "One Warm Coat" coat drive.. Collecting gently used coats from 11a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 in front of Macy's at Del Monte Shopping Center, Highway 1 and Munras Avenue, Monterey. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. All coats will be cleaned and given to the Boys & Girls Club in Seaside and Dorothy's Kitchen in Salinas for distribution to those in need. 917-2118.

· DEC. 31

Hula's Island Grill to donate part of bill to Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County. Dine at Hula's from 4 p.m. to closing on Monday, Dec. 31, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to Save Our Shores. Hula's is at 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-4852.

CLASSES

& WORKSHOPS

· DEC. 29

Yoga for the New Year. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 29, at Om Studios, 3618 The Barnyard in Hatton Barn, Carmel. Four coaches and teachers will lead an uplifting morning on the yoga mat, helping people goal setting for the new year. $30 before Dec. 20, $35 after. 204-7949.

· JAN. 2-4

Lego camps. 9a.m.-noon for children 5 and 6 years old; 1-4p.m. for children 7 to 10 years old, Wed-Fri, Jan. 2-4, at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific St., Monterey. Camps will be conducted by Play-Well TEKnologies instructors and are suitable for LEGO novices to fanatic fans. Register for one, two or all three days. Each class is $35 MMA members, $45 all others. www.montereyart.org/classes or call 372-5477 ext. 109.

· JAN. 5

Rose pruning demonstration. 10a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at McShane's Nursery, 115 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. Free. 455-1876.

· JAN. 5

Digital Book Show & Tell. 11a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Find out all about the latest digital reading devices and the best sources of eBooks and electronic audio books to use on those devices. There will be demonstrations of a variety of different readers and players, or you may bring your own device to share. If you would like to volunteer to show off your favorite digital reader, please email refdesk@monterey.org. Free. Information: 646-3933.

· JAN. 6

Choral Music Master Class and presentation "The Music Within." Master class 1-4p.m., presentation 5p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Instructor and presenter Dr. Tim Seelig, artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Class is $20 and includes presentation. Presentation alone, $20. Tickets are available through the church for a private dinner with Seelig that follows the presentation at $100 per person. Tickets available through the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula and Bookmark Music in Pacific Grove. 624-7404.

· JAN. 7-FEB. 11

Beginner yoga series. 7-8p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, at Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, 1360 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Covers yoga history and yoga asana (postures) with proper alignment and breath awareness. Six-week session for $65, $120/couple. 899-9642, www.seasideyogasanctuary.com.

· JAN. 9-FEB. 13

Ballet for children from kindergarten to first grade. 2:45p.m. Pre-ballet, 3:30p.m. Ballet 1, Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. $60 Monterey residents, $78 all others. 646-3866.

· JAN. 11-FEB. 16

Theater for children from 5 to 7 years old. 3-3:45p.m. Fridays, Jan. 11-Feb. 16, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. $60 Monterey residents, $78 all others. 646-3866.

DANCE

· JAN. 2

Semi-private introductory lesson to West Coast Swing. 6p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Carmel Woman's Club, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. No partner required. $5. 324-0816, www.wcsdanceco.com.

· JAN. 5

Contra Dance. 7:30-10:30p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the YMCA, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey. Newcomers orientation begins 20 minutes before. A traditonal American set dance done to live music and featuring a caller, who first teaches the figures of the dance, then calls it with music. $10, $8 members, and $5 full-time students. montereycdc.webs.com/

EVENTS

· DEC. 31

First Night Monterey. 3p.m.-midnight, Monday, Dec. 31, various locations throughout downtown Monterey. More than 20 venues, twilight procession, live music, perfomances, art and much more. $12-$22. www.firstnightmonterey.org.

· DEC. 31

New Year's Eve dinner and dance with the Joe Sharino Band. 7:30p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay, 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside. Three-course dinner. $135 for dance only, $198 dinner and dance. 722-4344.

· DEC. 31

MY Museum's Fourth annual Noon Year's Eve. 10a.m.-noon, Monday, Dec. 31, at MY Museum, 425 Washington St., Monterey. Great way for families to enjoy a New Year celebration at a family-friendly hour. Free for MY museum members, $10 all others. Contact: Lauren at 649-6444 ext. 203 or lauren@mymuseum.org.

· DEC. 31

Mad Hatter New Year's Eve Party. 8p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Portola Hotel and Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Complimentary beer tickets and champagne toast at midnight. Wonderland candy bar, chocolate fountain and hors d'oeuvres. Wear your maddest hat. $65 advance, $100 at the door. jordancaballero@gmail.com

· DEC. 31

Brazilian Carnaval. 10p.m.-2a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Samba dancers, acrobats and more. 21 and over. $55-$100. Information: 323-788-5699.

· DEC. 31-JAN. 1

"New Year's Eve Sleepover" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 8:30a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Event includes special activities, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and a sparkling cider toast at 9p.m. to celebrate when 2013 hits the East Coast, followed by a late-night nature movie. $100 per person for aquarium members, $125 all others. Reservations: 866-963-9645 or 831-647-6886, www.montereybayaquarium.org.

· DEC. 31

New Year's Eve Funfest. 8p.m.-12:30a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Ed's Courtside Bistro at Chamisal Tennis and Fitness Club, 185 Robley Road, Salinas. Live music, appetizers party favors and midnight toast. $45. Information and reservations: 484-1186 ext. 17.

· DEC. 31

Seniors New Years Eve celebration. 11:30a.m.-3p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Oldemeyer Center; 986 Hilby Ave, Seaside. $4 at the door. 899-6809.

· JAN. 5

Celebrate Three Kings Day. 2-4p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Sweet Elena's Bakery, 465 D Olympia Ave., Sand City. Eat the cake and find the figurine in the cake and be the King! $10 adults, $5 children. Information: 393-2063. Reservations: sweetelenasbakery@gmail.com.

· THROUGH JAN. 6

Ice Skating by the Bay. 11a.m.-10p.m. Mon-Sat, noon-8p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6 at the Custom House Plaza, Alvarado Street at Del Monte Avenue, Monterey. $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, $3 skate rentals. 649-4511, www.iceskatingbythebay.com

· JAN. 8 2013

Oriental Art Society gala dinner. 5:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Music by Frank Zha and Wang Han. $45. Deadline: Dec. 22. 626-1065.

LITERARY

EVENTS

· DEC. 29

Author J.W. Winslow 1-3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Pilgrim's Way Bookstore, Dolores Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Carmel. Author of "Jade Beach" the sequel to "Jasmine Dogs." 624-9467.

MEETINGS

· JAN. 3

Monterey County Genealogy Society. 7p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside. Topic: Shelley McFadden will answer the question, "What Are the Basic Items in a Genealogist Toolkit?" 375-2340, www.mocogenso.org.

· JAN. 7

Monterey Bay Talespinners meeting. 6:30p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, Monterey Public Library Community Room, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Free. Share tales or just come listen, as others practice the tradition of storytelling. Free. 646-8584, 372-5762.

· JAN. 8

Monterey Audubon Society meeting. 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, Forest and Central avenues, Pacific Grove. Alan Krakauer will talk about the greater Sage Grouse. Free. tonikimple@gmail.com

MUSIC

· DEC. 29

Serenade Flute and Guitar Duo. 1-2:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Grand Avenue Deli, 229 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. Classical and Latin selections. Free. 375-7474 or 521-4960.

· DEC. 29

Grumbling Ginger. 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229. www.plazalinda.com.

· DEC. 29

The Mystery Lights, The People, Tombweaver, Soda Gardocki. 8p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington St., Monterey. $8, www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com.

· DEC. 29

Gary Meek. 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey's Fireplace Lounge, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Free. 372-1234.

· DEC. 31

David Morwood, Bill Spencer and Julie Capili. 7p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey's Fireplace Lounge, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Free. 372-1234.

· JAN. 3

Deep Ellum, Levi Strom. 7:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $10. 324-4571.

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