SATURDAY: AnQi by Crustacean at South Coast Plaza will put on a New Year's Eve celebration, starting at 9 p.m., with the “Forbidden Den” and featuring Q du Soleil and the new wave band Berlin, shown, featuring Terri Nunn. Tickets cost $170. RSVP at MelissaL@houseofan.com, or call (714) 557-5679. (Courtesy MICHAEL GRECCO / December 30, 2011)

SATURDAY

Book Signing

Hilary Malloy will sign copies of her children's book, "Skater Kate," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martha's Bookstore, 308½ Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Pretend City

The Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine will host a New Year's Eve party for kids from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, go to http://www.pretendcity.org.

Family New Year's Eve at OC Great Park

The Orange County Great Park will stage its inaugural Family New Year's Eve celebration from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. As 9 p.m. approaches, there will be a countdown coinciding with the clock striking midnight on the East Coast. The Great Park balloon will descend as the ball in New York's Times Square drops. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee. For more information, go to http://www.ocgp.org.

New Year's Eve at SOL Cocina

SOL Cocina will add twists to their traditional Baja cuisine for New Year's Eve. Other New Year's Eve activities will include a live deejay from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight, raffle prizes and a contest for the best New Year's hat, which wins dinner for two at SOL. The restaurant, at 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will also provide free rides home, though some restrictions apply. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (949) 675-9800 or going to http://www.solcocina.com.

Ring in 2012 at the

Irvine Hilton

The Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., will put on its OC New Year's Eve 2012 bash from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. For details and information about tickets, go to http://www.ocnewyearseve2012.com.

New Year's Eve Block Party

The second annual New Year's Eve Block Party is from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, General admission tickets cost $40. For more information, go to http://www.ocfair.com.

New Year's Party for Singles

Kalida's New Year's Eve dinner and dance party, for singles between 29 and 49, will take place in the Tee Room at the Newport Beach Executive Golf Course, 3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. The event is from 8 p.m. to midnight. No membership is required and the cost is $35. Call (714) 381-1223 for more information.

New Year's Eve Gala at the BBC

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will put on its New Year's Eve Gala, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., among other New Year's Eve offerings. The black-tie event will feature a live band and dancing. Cost is $195 per person. To make a reservation, go to http://www.balboabayclub.com or call (888) 445-7153.

Ring in the New Year Aboard a Yacht

The eighth annual New Year's Eve Yacht Party will take place in Newport Harbor aboard the 150-foot vessel The Majestic. If tickets for the party on the Majestic sell out, tickets will be sold for a New Year's Eve party aboard another yacht, The Ambassador. Tickets for the four-hour cruise through the harbor range between $145 and $170. For tickets, go to http://www.un4seenproductions.com or call (949) 378-9971. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.