Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

New Year's Eve celebrations will abound on Monday, with spirits expected to be especially high now that the world has not ended. Here are some of the offerings:

• House of Soup at 185 S. Washington St. in Sonora will present Dyemusica along with free billiard play, dancing, party favors, snacks and champagne beginning at 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $30, available at House of Soup, Live Oak Music and

• The Columbia House Restaurant in Columbia State Historic Park will be the scene of a "Joyous Saturnalia Celebration" Monday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Musical performers will include Beer Hunter, Blue Shoes, Doodoo Wah, Faux Renwah and Hide the Whiskey. Tickets are $25, including hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. No host beer and wine will be available. Advance tickets are available at the Columbia House, Live Oak Music, Jack Douglass Saloon and Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe. For more information, call 533-4176 or 533-3983.

• An alcohol-free New Year's Eve contra dance will begin at 8 p.m. Monday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Live music will be provided by Oldtime Tonic, with dance calling by Wayne Mullen, Sue Endter and Lynn Ferry. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for students.

• Chains Required will provide the dancing music for a New Year's Eve celebration at 9 p.m. Monday at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Admission is free to guests 21 and over.

• Emberz, at 177 S. Washington St. inSonora, will present an "All You Need Is Love" celebration at 11 p.m. Monday. Music will be provided by Soda Gardocki of Knights Ferry. Guests are encouraged to wear a mustache, with a crowd choice beard and mustache contest at midnight.

• The Lumberyard Cafe, at 3473 Merced Falls Road in Lake Don Pedro, will feature the Hills Brothers Band from 8 p.m. to midnight.

• The Lava Cats, playing swing, 1950s, originals and country music, will be featured Monday at the Twain Harte Golf Club on Meadow Lane in Twain Harte. Dinner catered by Cottage Cafe will be served at 6 p.m. There will be a New York City toast at 9 p.m. and a survivor's toast at midight. Admission is $35 for dinner and dancing or $15 for dancing only from 8 p.m. to midnight. Call 586-3131 for information.

• "Into The Mystic" will be the theme of the annual New Year's Eve party at the Iron Door Saloon on Main Street in Groveland, promising a journey into the uncharted territory of the Iron Door universe. There will be a tarot card reader, rock, funk and soul music by the Penetrators Groove Band, a midnight surprise, balloon drop and complimentary party favors, as well as an optional three-course dinner. Dinner seating begins at 7 p.m., followed by the party at 9 p.m. Admission is $69 for the dinner and party or $20 for the party alone. For reservations, call 962-8904.

• The Pine Mountain Lake Grill in Groveland will host live music at 8 p.m. Monday for $10 admission.

• The Devil Mountain Boys will be the host band from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday at Louie's Place in La Grange, formerly known as the La Grange Saloon. The Devil Mountain Boys, Steve Pope and Ryan Richelson, play acoustic traditional country music on guitar and dobro with vocals. Admission is free.

• The Sonora Elks Lodge will celebrate New Year's Eve with dinner and dancing. The theme is "Dancing Under the Western Stars," with entertainment by Music Express and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Doors will open at5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Friday, and dinner choice of prime rib or salmon must be made with reservations. Tickets are $40. There also will be a champagne toast, hats, horns, noisemakers. For information, call Skip Hoy at 736-2310 or the lodge at 533-1587.