If you want to do more than break out the bubbly and check out "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on TV Saturday night, the options are abundant in the Quad-Cities. From swanky dinners and overnight stays to bands and activities for kids, there's an event for virtually everyone.
Not every event -- such as dinner and dancing at Hotel Blackhawk's Gold Room -- is included in this highlight rundown. In some cases, reservation deadlines already have passed or events may be sold out.
-- New Year's Eve at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf, will again feature the party band Dr. Zhivegas. Tickets are $55, which includes one drink, free appetizers until 10 p.m., raffles, giveaways, and a $100 coupon book.
Starting at 8, a video jockey will spin tunes until Dr. Zhivegas takes the stage at 9:15. The band will play a second set starting at 11. At midnight, partygoers will ring in the New Year with a balloon drop, then party with another set by Dr. Zhivegas at 12:45 a.m. Bars will stay open until 2. A shuttle will run from the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel to the Waterfront Convention Center until 3 a.m.
Purchase tickets online at theislebettendorf.com, at the Isle Casino Hotel, or by phone at (800) 843-4753.
-- Jumer's Casino and Hotel, Interstate 280 and Illinois 92, Rock Island, will host free fun and music at both noon and midnight on New Year's Eve. The noon countdown will feature a free nonalcoholic champagne toast, free party favors, and live music by the River City Six. The band also will provide music on the casino floor from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., accompanied by confetti at midnight, free party favors and a midnight nonalcoholic champagne toast.
The cover band Smooth Groove will give a free show in the Edje Nightclub from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A buffet of prime steak and lobster tail will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $25 ($20 with Image Players Club card), and a steak 'n' eggs buffet will be open from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $8 ($6 with card).
For more information, visit jumerscri.com.
-- The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady St., Davenport, will host radio station B100's Final Countdown New Year's Eve Bash, hosted by disc jockeys Red Hot and Tony Tone. The Neon Martini Lounge will feature local River Pilot Vodka from the Mississippi River Distilling Co. in LeClaire. Also on tap will be 10 complimentary hors d'oeuvres buffet stations and drink specials. A midnight balloon drop will feature prizes in all balloons, including a ticket for a 42-inch flat-screen TV.
Tickets are available at b100.net for $25. For more information or to make room reservations at $109, call (563) 391-1230 or visit clarionhoteldav.com.
-- The Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn, 100 W. 76th St., Davenport, will have two party areas. Partygoers may dance to the live music of the Gray Wolf Band from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (admission $10) or to tunes chosen by a disc jockey at the new dance club 1 Hundred West.
The party package, priced at $230, includes a gourmet dinner buffet for two, party favors, a bottle of champagne, overnight stay, and New Year's Day brunch for two. Call (563) 386-6900 for more information.
-- The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf, will offer a wine-and-cheese reception at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30, a disc jockey, complimentary party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, accommodations for two, and a New Year's Day breakfast buffet served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $189 per couple. Call (563) 359-7141 to make reservations, or visit lodgehotel.com.
-- The Chicago-based Family Groove Company will return to the Redstone Room at River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport, for its fifth consecutive New Year's Eve show from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. For more information, call (563) 326-1333, ext. 107.
-- The Late Nite Blues Brothers Band will play from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Establishment Theatre, 220 19th St., Rock Island. The show will include a performance from Guys in Ties Improv Comedy, the national touring company from ComedySportz Quad Cities. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and will include a glass of champagne at midnight and hors d'oeuvres. For tickets, call (309) 786-1111 or visit EstablishmentTheatre.com.
-- Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave., will feature a 9 p.m. concert by Three Years Hollow, with guests Mindset Evolution and Eleven Fifty Two. Tickets are $10 in advance. For more information, visit ribco.com.
-- The Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, will host its annual Noon Year's Eve festivities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The party will include art activities for the whole family and a countdown to noon, with noisemakers, hats, and a lot of confetti. It is free with museum admission ($7 for ages 2-59, $4 for ages 59 and older, and free for children 12-23 months and active members of the military and their families). For more information, call (563) 344-4106.
-- The River Music Experience Cafe, Davenport, will have its monthly Drum Circle with Terry Hanson and area percussionists at 10:30 a.m. Some instruments will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own drums or percussion instruments. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (563) 326-1333 or visit rivermusicexperience.org.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.