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New Year's events include live music, dinner and square dancing

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Courtesy photo Gotcha Covered, who perform songs ranging from Adele to ZZ Top, will take the Willow Creek Lounge stage Sunday night at Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne.

Here’s some options on how to usher in 2018 in the Mother Lode:

• The Sonora Elks Lodge will host its 12th annual New Year’s Eve Party, with a theme of an “Evening in Paris,” from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora. The event will include live music by The Rusty Rockers, dinner (prime rib or salmon), champagne toast, prizes and a cash raffle. Tickets are $45 per person, and are available by calling (209) 736-2310 or 533-1587.

• The 21st annual New Year’s Eve Barn Dance will kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Aronos Hall in downtown Sonora. Typically, contra dances are held in the hall on the third Saturday of each month, but in December the monthly dance becomes a New Year’s celebration. “I believe we are one of the only alcohol-free, family-oriented events on New Year’s Eve,” said organizer Sue Endter. Sunday’s dance will feature square dances, contra dances and circle dances to live old-time music. Singles, couples and families are welcome, and no partner or experience is necessary. Those attending are asked to bring a snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Admission is $7 adults ($3 for adults younger than 25) and $1 for children. For more information, call (209) 768-4083.

• Bear Valley Resort will host a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza featuring a balloon drop at midnight followed by fireworks. Live music by Chains Required begins at 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 children younger than 13. Visit for more information.

• Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne will host cover band Gotcha Covered in the Willow Creek Lounge at 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10, and available at the Gift Basket. There will also be free entertainment Sunday at the casino. For additional venues hosting New Year’s music, see this week's issue of Weekender.