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Ring in the new year
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If you don't want to drive all the way into Atlanta for the annual Peach Drop or other New Year's parties, there are plenty of local low-key, rockin' or religious celebrations for anyone and everyone.

Sophisticated celebrations

R.L.'s off the Square

Not usually open on Mondays, R.L.'s off the Square will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Fine champagne will be available and a new special - Grouper Florentine - will make its debut for 2008. Reservations are needed. 1113 Floyd Street N.E., Covington, (770) 385-5045.


Enjoy a five course meal of fine Italian fare as well as dancing to music performed by the Dr. Cleveland Band. Reservations are needed. 951 Railroad Street, Conyers, (770) 929 -0828.

Club 908

Club 908's celebration will feature a champagne fountain, high-end party favors and a seafood buffet including seared tuna, crab cakes, blackened catfish, crawfish etoufe and, of course, black-eyed peas. The Night Shift Band will play popular Motown tunes. After midnight a breakfast buffet with bacon, French toast, grits and eggs Benedict among other dishes will be available. Reservations are preferred. Admission fee for couples is $125 and $65 for singles. 908 Commercial Street, Conyers, (770) 761-2122.

Bar bashes

The Depot

Live music will be performed by 11 Standing Still starting around 8 p.m. A DJ will also play dance music. The night will feature a cash balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight as well as door prize give-aways and liquor specials. 4122 Emory Street N.W., Covington, (678) 625-9222.

Five O'clock Somewhere

Entry tickets cost $25, which includes a prime rib dinner and champagne toast. Contraband will perform live music. At midnight a cash balloon drop will contain at total of $250. The night will also include drink specials, door prizes and a dance contest with the winner receiving $25 cash. 7189 Turner Lake Road N.W., Covington, (770) 385-5800.

Mickey Dee's

Mickey Dee's will dish up a buffet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 9 p.m. Full Throttle will perform. The celebration also will include a cash balloon drop, party favors and a best dressed contest with the winner receiving $50 cash and second place receiving $25 in bar bucks. 6147 U.S. Highway 278 N.W., Covington, (770) 385-9880.

The Pointe Bar

No cover will be charged at the door on New Year's Eve. At midnight there will be a cash balloon drop and a complimentary champagne toast. A DJ will play music. 939 Railroad Street N.W., (770) 483-1918.

Caddy's Sports Bar & Grill

Caddy's party will feature a buffet, raffles, party favors, live music performed by Levity as well a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door. 1381 Iris Drive S.E., Conyers, (770) 860-8660.

Celtic Tavern

No cover will be charged at the door. The Celtic Tavern will offer dinner and drink specials, party favors and a champagne toast. The tavern will open at 3 p.m. and feature DJ music. 918 Commercial Street N.E., Conyers, (770) 785-7001.

Whistle Post Tavern

Identity Crisis will begin their performance at 9 p.m. The $15 cover charge will include snacks, party favors and a champagne toast. Dinner specials include lobster, prime rib, grouper as well as caviar plates. The highlight of the evening will be a cash balloon drop at midnight. After midnight a traditional pancake breakfast will be served. 935 Railroad St. N.W., Conyers, (770) 483-5008.

Doghouse Tavern

The Lost Dogs will perform starting at 9 p.m. DJ Jeremy will also perform. The event features a champagne toast at midnight. Admission costs $10. 1910 Ga. Highway 20 S.E., Conyers, (678) 210-0522.

Christian observances

Sims Chapel Baptist

Sims Chapel Baptist Church will hold Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. The Rev. Cecil Rozier will lead the service. Everyone is welcome to come and praise God and greet the new year. Ga. Highway 142, Covington, (770) 787-6865.

Corinth Missionary Baptist

Corinth Missionary Baptist Church will host Watch Night service at 9 p.m. with Fellowship Baptist Church and Knox Chapel Baptist Church. Music will be provided by the Jabazz Singers of Atlanta, formerly known as the Reynolds Brothers. 813 South Cherokee Road, Social Circle, (770) 464-2949.

Calvary Community Church

Calvary Community Church will observe New Year's Eve service at 9 p.m. Pastor Tim Walden will lead the service. The service will featuring singing, preaching and prayer followed by breakfast. 120 Crowell Road, Conyers, (770) 787-0511.