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The TICK-TOCK club
by: ©2007 JAYSUN SPIETH,

The world parties on New Year's Eve, but it's far more entertaining to be in the party than watching one on TV, even if it's the historic ball dropping in Times Square - especially if Ryan Seacrest co-hosts with Dick Clark again this year. All the more reason to head out.

KIDS

A Celebration Just for Kids

The Portland Children's Museum launches its party a bit early for the little ones. The countdown begins at noon, with sparkling cider, noisemakers and handmade New Year's Eve hats for the tot-sized celebration.

- Lee Williams

Noon Monday Dec. 31, Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-223-6500, $7

Oregon Zoo Sleepover

The zoo's New Year's Eve Sleepover lets kids and their parents bring in 2008 with a roar. After a pizza feed there's a nighttime tour of the zoo, and then at midnight, hats, noisemakers and treats.

- LW

5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-220-2781, $48 per person, advance registration required

TEENS

The Zone

The under-21 set can win prizes like iPod Shuffles and dance in the New Year at the spacious Old Town all-ages hot spot.

- LW

9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, the Zone, 126 S.W. Second Ave., 503-497-9113, $15

GROWN-UPS

Champagne Ball

The 17th edition of one of the largest New Year's Eve parties in the city boasts a live Motown-sound band, the '80s tribute band Invasion, DJs and four dance areas. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend this event at the Portland Hilton hotel.

- LW

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Portland Hilton and Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave., 503-226-1611, $75 per person

Head Bangers' New Year's Eve Ball

DJs will blast AC/DC, the Killers and Guns N' Roses right through the start of 2008 during the Dixie Tavern's all-night rock 'n' roll bash.

- LW

8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Dixie Tavern, 34 N.W. Third Ave.,

503-234-9431, $7

Black and White Ball

McFadden's hosts a dress-in-your-best bash complete with balloons dropping at midnight.

- LW

9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, 107 N.W Couch St., 503-220-5055, $25, $20 advance

Barfly Bus Tour

For the eighth year running, the city's popular online bar guide plots the course for a New Year's Eve celebration, stopping at fun watering holes you might have missed otherwise.

- LW

7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 503-813-9999, www.barflymag.com, $25

ALL-AGES

First Run and Walk

Start off the new year on the right foot and dive into that fitness resolution during this annual 5k run and 1-mile walk, which takes off from downtown at midnight.

- LW

Nonalcoholic, pre-run party starts 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, World Trade Center Plaza, 121 S.W. Salmon St., www.racecenter.com/firstrun, $25

POP

Pink Martini (with special guest Jane Powell)

The fabulous folks of Pink Martini once again ring in the New Year in their own impeccable style and with two special shows. This year's featured guest is none other than MGM darling Jane Powell, who's making her first return to her native Portland in four decades.

To commemorate the occasion, Mayor Tom Potter is declaring Dec. 31 a Day of Appreciation for Jane Powell - but you can show your support by catching the 78-year-old's rare local performance.

- Barbara Mitchell

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-224-4400, $36-$75.75

FILM

'Czech Dream' (NR)

'Jackass' jokers Steve-O and Johnny Knoxville and 'Punk'd' prankster Ashton Kutcher have got nothing on Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda.

The two students at Prague's Film Academy perpetrated a hoax the size of a Wal-Mart on their unsuspecting countrymen and women in their native Czech Republic, documenting the whole experience in 'Czech Dream.'

It's a land where consumerism has been surging in the last few years.

So naturally, the two decided to open a new megamart, or hypermart.

They conned a big advertising firm into creating a marketing campaign, enlisted a PR company to print up hundreds of thousands of fliers for the market, crafted a jingle for radio spots and created citywide buzz.

The surprise?

There was no market.

It's 'Totally Hidden Video' with a message - and some mighty unhappy shoppers.

- LW

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, and 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29,

Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156