RICHMOND — Madison Countians are ready to ring in the new year, and several community groups and businesses are planning on showing them a good time. The following events are planned for New Year’s Eve:
• The Kentucky Blood Center will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 120 Jill Drive near Walmart. Donors will receive $10 Walmart gift card. Donors may direct their incentive to Salvation Army.
• New Year’s Eve at Kirksville with Doug Thomas & Downtown Deuce Band will be from 6 p.m to midnight at Kirksville Community Center. Tickets are $25 a couple, $15 single, $5 ages 8-15 and free for ages 8 and under. For reservations, call Bill Golden 328-3030 or Helen Estes 328-4521.
• The annual Diamonds & Denim New Year’s Eve Ball will be at the former JCPenney location in Richmond Mall, 830 Eastern Bypass. Cocktails & hors d’ouevres start at 8 p.m. with dinner at 8:30 p.m., dancing to the music of Bent Penny Band at 9:30 p.m. and a silent auction from 8 to 11:30 p.m. For reservations, which cost $75 each, contact a member of the Richmond or Bluegrass Rotary clubs, call 661-2362 or 200-2429, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via the Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond KY Facebook page.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Rotary’s “Miles of Smiles” program, which provides dental care to uninsured, low-income children in Madison County.
PRETEENS AND TEENS
• Richmond Underground, 292 S. Second St., is hosting a lock-in where children can play laser tag, video games, cornhole tournaments and more. There will be prize giveaways every hour as well as prizes for tournament winners.
The event is $50 for entertainment from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Parents who plan on staying out late can pay $75 and pick up their children at noon the next day.
The price includes food for the participants as well as gaming. The event is for children in fourth through 10th grades.