Published in the December 25, 2013-January 7, 2014 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Mark Fenichel

Photo by Roni Depue Morgan Hill Life Advertising Director Mark “Fenny” Fenichel and Greg Kihn at Kihn’s signing of his new book at BookSmart Oct. 15.

Photo by Roni Depue
Morgan Hill Life Advertising Director Mark “Fenny” Fenichel and Greg Kihn at Kihn’s signing of his new book at BookSmart Oct. 15.

New Year’s Eve is upon us. Here are a few places you can go that are fun and not too far from home.

• Champs Family Bar and Grill is rolling out the New Year with a New Year’s Eve party starting at 9 p.m. featuring live rockin’ reggae music with The Dub Allstars.

• Grinds, Vines & Automobilia Cafe is throwing a big party including a midnight breakfast and champagne with live music by the Never Dull Band. Admission is just $25 per person and $35 per couple. Come early and stay late.

• StriXe Lounge is throwing a free event with live music provided by the band “10 Till 2.” Don’t let the name fool you, the party starts at 9 p.m.

• How about ringing in the New Year with bingo? There’s a New Year’s Eve Bingo Party at the Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and includes prize drawings, party favors, and a free spaghetti dinner (

• Ring in 2014 at the Morgan Hill Grange and help support Live Oak High School Ag Boosters, Live Oak High School Grad Night and the historical Morgan Hill Grange, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, at the Grange, 40 E. Fourth St. The night includes dinner, dancing, a no host bar, and casino games. The cost is $60 per person and are available at (408) 832-3731, (408) 776-1500 or at


• For family fun on New Year’s Eve, Morgan Hill Bowl is bringing in 2014 with two hours of unlimited bowling (two people per lane minimum) for just $10 per person, and that includes shoes. You can bowl your way through the midnight hour as this New Year’s Eve special runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

• Down the road in Gilroy, Old City Hall is throwing a New Year’s Eve dinner and party with food choices like lobster tail, or bacon wrapped petite filet, soup, salad, dessert, wine or champagne and more for $75 per couple (reservations recommended). Or skip the dinner and go right to the party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live music featuring the band JJ Hawg. Tickets for the party only (limited supply) just $15 per person, and that includes party favors, a midnight buffet, and champagne toast at midnight.

• Station 55 at 55 Fifth St., Gilroy has a prixe fixe menu with steak and lobster plus dessert for $29 per person, followed at 9 p.m. by a free party with classic rock music provided by The Mike Osborn band to 1 a.m.

• The Milias Restaurant will have a special prixe fixe menu with the last seating at 9 p.m. Enjoy live music with Steve Shandling and Mike Milano from 7 to 10 p.m., then it’s “DJ TIL’ 2014” from 10PM until the wee hours. So have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve.

Marty Cheek

Marty Cheek

Publisher at Morgan Hill Life
Marty Cheek is the publisher of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life. He is also the co-author with Congressman Jerry McNerney of the book Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America From the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels.
Phone: (408) 782-7575
Marty Cheek