Party 'til 2010 at Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge's New Year's celebration. Start off the night with complimentary appetizers, keep it going with live DJ music and toast at midnight with free champagne. 9:30 p.m. Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, 317 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. RSVP requested. Details: (305) 446-2690 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.redkoilounge.com.
Celebrate the new year with a free disco dance party at Bayfront Park. DJ Tarik will be spinning beats all night as attendees count down to 2010 with the rise of the "Big Orange." A fireworks display over Biscayne Bay will ring in 2010. 8 p.m.-Midnight. Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 358-7550 or www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.
Ring in the New Year laughing at a special New Year's Eve performance by comedian Bert Kreischer, who has performed standup on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The 90-minute comedy show will be followed by a New Year's Eve countdown, dancing to music spun by DJ Kid Polo, a champagne toast at midnight and a chef's hors d'oeuvres sampler including Asian glazed shrimp, puff pastry with a four-cheese filling, char-grilled beef tenderloin and more. 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Club, 3390 Mary St., suite 182, Coconut Grove. $57.50. Details: (305) 441-8200 or www.miamiimprov.com.
The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club hosts a New Year's Eve blowout featuring live music and entertainment, dining and open bars. One all-access pass allows entry to the Spam Allstars' performance at Maxine Restaurant, hip hop music at Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi and '80s tunes in the red bar. Dining options include a dinner buffet, an open bar and a vodka ice luge. Count down to 2010 with champagne while watching a projection of the Times Square ball drop. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $95. Details: (305) 674-1160 or www.catalinahotel.com.
The Setai Hotel & Resort presents a special New Year's Eve six-course tasting menu with wine pairings set to tunes played by the Friends of the New World Symphony, and later vocals by jazz singer Rebekah Diaz and sounds by trumpet soloist Sam Hyken and DJ Danny Carreras. Finally, jazz artist Carmen Lundy leads the countdown to midnight and sings several selections. 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Setai Hotel & Resort, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $450. Details: (305) 520-6400 or email@example.com or www.setai.com.
The Mandarin Oriental offers a seven-course New Year's Eve dinner planned by Chef Clay Conley at its signature dining venue Azul overlooking Biscayne Bay, topped off by a champagne toast at midnight. Among items on the menu: Kumamoto oysters and Israeli golden Osetra Caviar, veal ravioli, grilled porcini salad and caramel ganache. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. $300. Details: (305) 913-8358 or www.mandarinoriental.com.
POP THE CORK
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosts New Year's Eve with an open bar, five-course dinner, complimentary hand-rolled cigars and music by Tony Wilson and the James Brown Tribute Band. 8:30 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. $250. Details: (305) 913-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.biltmorehotel.com.
Spend New Year's Eve outdoors by watching a free fireworks display at the strike of twelve, hosted by the City of Miami Beach. 12 a.m. Ocean Drive and 8th St., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7400 or www.miamibeachfl.gov.
DINNER OF THE ARTS
GableStage puts on a special performance of political drama "Farragut North," followed by a champagne supper, dancing and countdown to midnight at the Biltmore. 8:30 p.m. GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $200. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
Marching bands, floats and Clifford the Big Red Dog will strut through the streets of Coral Gables for the Junior Orange Bowl Parade. This year's grand marshal is Miami local Jeanine Mason, winner of TV hit "So You Think You Can Dance." 6 p.m. Begins at Biltmore Way and ends at Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables. Grandstand seats $12. Details: (866) 999-9735 or www.jrorangebowl.com.
A panel discussion on Jewish identity and what makes art "Jewish" kicks off Florida Jewish History Month. Panelists include Diane Camber, Miami Beach native and former executive director and chief curator of the Bass Museum of Art; freelance journalist Dina Weinstein, who will speak about The New Yorker cartoonist Syd Hoff; and Shoni Labowitz, the first woman in her family of Rabbinic scholars to become a rabbi. A one-day art show will follow the discussion, featuring acrylics, sculpture and silk screenings by Florida Jewish artists. 10:30 a.m. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. RSVP requested. No admission charge. Details: (305) 672-5044 ext. 3175 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
FROM THE HEART
South Miami Heart Center holds its free monthly support group session for heart-failure patients and their caregivers. Discussion topics include basic heart failure facts and how to manage it through diet and weight control. 2-3 p.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St., Victor E. Clarke Education Center, classroom F, South Miami. Details: (786) 662-4380.
Aspiring novelists or those simply looking for a new creative outlet can fine-tune their writing skills at a month-long workshop series on creative writing for beginners. The "First Pages" program, which meets Monday evenings through the end of the month, is taught by Vanessa Garcia, a freelance writer who has taught introductory writing courses at the University of Miami, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and other learning institutions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. AE District, 3582 N. Miami Ave., Miami. $125. An intermediate writing class will be held on Tuesdays through the end of the month. Details: (305) 450-9931 or email@example.com or www.thekrane.com.
HELP IN NUMBERS
South Miami Hospital's Counseling Services host a session of its open, ongoing support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. 6:30-8 p.m. South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami. Details: (786) 662-8106.
An expert panel will discuss the ins and outs of historic preservation, including preservation tax incentives, the green preservation movement and the importance of historic preservation. Panelists include Rocco Ceo, a professor with the University of Miami School of Architecture, and Simone Chin, historic preservation administrator for the City of Coral Gables. 7 p.m. Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, commission chambers, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 910-3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.