Here's a sampling of the variety of New Year's Eve celebrations on tap this year:
Baltimore Convention Center. Five non-alcoholic parties under one roof, beginning at 8:30 p.m. DJ and dance hits; contemporary jazz; jukebox oldies; comedy; a cappella quintet. International menu. Admission: $10 for adults; $6 for children younger than 13. Tickets available in advance at World Trade Center or at the door. Call 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. A benefit for the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: $35 a person in advance; $50 at the door. Dance to the Shameless Mooks. Home brew by Sisson's. Food by Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood. Champagne and Inner Harbor fireworks at midnight. Call 727-5512.
Cruisin'. Party aboard the Bay Lady or the Lady Baltimore. Board at Inner Harbor at 8 p.m. Cruise from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $92.92 a person includes appetizers, tenderloin and lobster dinner, open bar, continuous champagne, music and dancing. Fireworks at midnight. Call 727-3113 for reservations.
Roots Cafe, St. John's United Methodist Church, 27th and St. Paul streets. Music by Billy Kemp and the Paradise Rockers and Edge City begins at 8 p.m. Dancing til midnight. $10 a person includes free munchies and a cup of cheer at midnight. Call 366-7733.
Baltimore Bop Shop. The swing dance club sponsors Uptown Rhythm Kings, an r&b band, in Towson State's Chesapeake Ballroom on third floor of University Union. The admission price of $30 per person includes light buffet, dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and midnight champagne toast. Free parking in adjacent garage. Singles welcome. Call 484-7214.
Parents Without Partners. Glen Burnie chapter sponsors dinner dance at Lake Shore Fire Hall on Mountain Road from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music by the Gray Fox. The $20 admission includes hot buffet from 8 to 9 p.m., champagne at midnight and cold buffet at 12:30 a.m. Call 437-6620 or 987-4639.
Comedy Countdown. Columbia Association sponsors party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Supreme Sports Club, off Snowden River Parkway in Village of Owen Brown. John Marks, Bob Somerby and Bret Harlow entertain. The admission price of $34.50 a person includes buffet, comedy, dancing, midnight champagne toast. Cash bar. Semi-formal. No smoking. Call 730-1802.
Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co., Md. 7 and Md. 152, in Harford County. Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. to music of Big Little Band. The $20 ticket includes snack table, roast beef and crab buffet, beer and setups, party hats and noisemakers. Call 676-1657 or 679-0882.
Cover-to-Cover Bookstore Cafe, Owen Brown Village Center, Columbia. Bruce Casteel, Classical Guitar and Buzz Merrik and his Musical Menu provide entertainment all evening. Two dinner seatings at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Fixed price menu is $25. Call 995-6732 for reservations.
First Night Annapolis. Continuous performances in dance, music, drama, storytelling, magic throughout historic Annapolis. Fireworks at midnight. Admission is $10 for age 7 and older. Free parking and shuttle bus at Naval Academy parking lot. Tickets and evening program schedule available at Academy. Call (410) 266-1197 for details.