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Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

As we launch into the month-long holiday season of gastric indulgences and festive celebrations, let’s not forget to make plans for a safe and joyous end-of-the-calendar-year celebration. New Year’s Eve offers one last chance to get out our best dress-up clothes and don the dancing shoes.

Tucsonans who have outgrown the raucous drunk fests of their youth and who yearn for a fun, sophisticated soiree with other like-minded grown-ups have at least two options this Dec. 31 for stylish, tasteful galas. Don’t plan on being a wallflower, however, as both events promise great entertainment and lots of dancing.

With a $10 million renovation nearing completion, Westward Look Resort is sparkling with class and ready to celebrate with a familiar face. Every Wednesday for the past three years, Gold Room diners have been treated to the smooth vocals and warm stage presence of Joe Bourne. In a move to raise its entertainment value and keep the popular singer’s name connected with the resort, Westward Look management booked Bourne for its 2008 Santa Catalina Ballroom black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala.

Following a disc jockey-accompanied four-course dinner, Joe Bourne and Friends will step it up several notches, performing dance favorites until 1 a.m.

“I will play an eclectic blend of swing and popular music standards, oldies and a touch of Motown and other fun, danceable songs,” Bourne said.

Joining him on stage will be Arcoiris Sandavall, Adam Levey, Robin Horn and Jessie Tovaar. As a special treat, the resort will present a fireworks show at midnight.

Out on the west side at the still-feeling-new JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, the Tucson Jazz Society is gearing up for its third New Year’s Eve Jazz Gala.

Originated in 2006 to kick off the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration, the popular affair has been a sell-out each year. The grand ballroom stage will be filled with jazz all-stars from around the country, led by hometown bassist Brian Bromberg.

“This nationally recognized event attracts jazz enthusiasts from all over the world,” said TJS executive director Patricia Possert.

Leading off the evening and joining Bromberg for the dinner set will be Richard Elliott, Jeff Golub, Rick Braun, Gregg Karukas and Ricky Lawson. New York City’s Urban Jazz Coalition will fire up the ballroom with dancing into the early morning hours.

Both resorts are offering overnight packages so partygoers can turn the evening into a mini-vacation. Whichever your choice, keep it safe and merry.

Celebration with Joe Bourne

Westward Look Resort’s Santa Catalina Ballroom, 245 E. Ina Road

• 6:30 p.m. four-course dinner with deejay, 9 p.m. performance by Joe Bourne and Friends, midnight fireworks, dancing until 1 a.m.

• $85 a person, $399 a couple for the gala, overnight stay and in-room breakfast

• 297-1151

Tucson Jazz Society affair

JW Marriott’s Grand Ballroom, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

• 6 p.m. hospitality hour, 7:30 p.m. five-course dinner, 8:15 p.m. performance by Jazz All-Stars, 10:15 p.m. dancing with Urban Jazz Coalition, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and more dancing

• Cost: $175 a person, $450 a couple for the gala and overnight stay

• 903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

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