There are a number of New Year’s Eve events going on around the area tonight. The Cowlitz Valley VFW is hosting a Bingo Party, looking to raise money to support the VFW Service Center and its assistance of local veterans. The Bingo Party starts at 6 pm, with 22 regular games and nine blackout games. The regular games will pay $20 apiece and the blackouts will pay at least $200 each. They’ll also have Christmas music, party favors and sparking cider. This is an alcohol-free event, so kids age 8 and above are welcome to attend, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. The Cowlitz Valley VFW is located at 4311 Ocean Beach Highway.
They’ll be “puttin’ on the Ritz” at the Rutherglen Mansion tonight, as Stageworks Northwest hosts a Gatsby-themed party from 9 pm tonight until 1 am tomorrow. Tickets are $35 per person, with proceeds helping to benefit Stageworks Northwest. Costumes are REQUIRED for entry; they’ll have performances from Stageworks performers through the evening, food will be available for purchase, there will be a photo booth, a champagne toast at midnight and dancing from midnight to 1 am. Call 425-5816 for ticket information.
There’s also a healthy option, as Longview Parks and Rec holds its annual Year-to-Year 5K Run and Fitness Walk. This family-friendly event will get under way at 11:50 pm tonight, starting at the Youth and Family Link building on Douglas Street in Longview. You’re advised to arrive early, as a number of pre-race activities are planned. You can download a registration form from the Cowlitz Valley Runners website, or you can register in-person at the Youth and Family Link building, starting at 9 pm. You can also get more information on the Longview Parks and Recreation web page.