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Happenings: New Year's Eve and Beyond

Have cabin fever? Check out the Ice Dive, Arctic Fever, Dream Makers or Chilly Open this winter.

The Chilly Open.
The Chilly Open.
Do you have grand plans for New Year's Eve? If you do, great! If not, here are a few happenings in Minnetonka on Dec. 31, as well as into the new year:

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New Year's


Hope14 New Year's Eve Gala Benefit

Venue name: Spasso Restaurant
Venue address: 17523 Minnetonka Blvd. in Minnetonka
Date and time: Dec. 31: 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Event description: Great dancing to A Band Called Soul featuring Mick Sterling, Cate Fierro, Katie Gearty and a 10-piece band with 3-piece horn section, heavy hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, midnight champagne toast. Live auction at 10:30 p.m. must be present to win. Car service home will be available throughout the evening. The event is hosted by Widows Hope Foundation, HOPE14 is Minneapolis’ premier annual New Year’s Benefit Gala. This is the second annual event for this Twin-Cities Based foundation “WIDOWS HOPE” designed to bring support, awareness and resources to widows, widowers and their children.
Ticket price: $100 ($50 Tax Deductible); Group pricing available.
Phone number for inquiries: 612-437-4038
Website: www.widowshope.org 

2014 ALARC Ice Dive on Lake Minnetonka
Venue address: 687 Excelsior Blvd. in Excelsior
Date and time: Jan. 1: 9 a.m. 
Event description: Jump into Lake Minnetonka to wake you up on New Year's Day! Great Annual Tradition with major bragging rights and contribution to a wonderful charity. This year's major beneficiary of the money raised at the ALARC Ice Dive will be Ride 2 Recovery. R2R is produced by the Fitness Challenge, a (501C3) in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country’s wounded veterans and healing heroes that features cycling as the core activity. Two $50 gift certificates to the Bayside Grille will go to those in the best costumes. 
Ticket price: $25
Website: http://www.zapevent.com/ListActivities.aspx?eventid=4557


Coming up


Arctic Fever
Venues: Downtown Excelsior, Shorewood and Tonka Bay
Dates: Jan. 17-19
Event description: On Friday night, sign up to build a snow scupture. Then, come to the Southshore Center and Badger Park in Shorewood (5735 Country Club Road) for some great winter fun. See snow sculptures, ice skate, have hot cocoa, enjoy skating music, free Joey Nova's pizza (while supply lasts) and more. On Sunday, take your daughter to a Princess Tea. Weekend events include a magic show, fat bike race, Excelsior Brewing party, snowshoeing, dog sled races, geocaching, human bowling and more. Check out the full schedule attached to this article.
Website: http://www.arcticfever.net/

11th Annual Dream Makers

Venue name: Legends Club at Target Field
Venue address: 353 North 5th Street in Minneapolis
Date and time: Feb. 8: 6 p.m.
Event description: The event is hosted by the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation funds innovative programs and materials that benefit all students in Minnetonka Schools. Highlights: Silent auction with E-bidding technology in the Puckett Atrium, live auction and inspirational program in the Carew Atrium, and extra inning fun in the 573.
Ticket price: Tickets go on sale Jan. 6: $75/ticket until Jan. 31, $85 after.
Website: www.minnetonkafoundation.com

30th Annual Chilly Open
Venue name: Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka
Date and time: Feb. 8: Tee times 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Event description: "The largest, most well-known and unusual golf tournament held on a frozen lake." This year's theme is the Olympics. The event includes a Chili Cookoff (all-you-can-eat for golfers), nine holes of golf, live music and prizes.
Ticket price: $40 per golfer
Website: http://wayzatachillyopen.com/


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