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The Town of Avon will offer free Tipsy Taxi service for those dining and celebrating in Avon on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.To access this free New Years Eve taxi service call (970) 470-0722. A driver will pick you up at any Avon establishment and drop you off at your home or hotel within the Towns boundaries.General information regarding transit services is available by calling Avon Transportation at (970) 748-4120.

The band Hustle will be playing at the Rumpus Room in Edwards on New Years Eve. Known for their great renditions of Phish, Dead and Panic tunes, Hustle is one of the best new local bands around. Doors open at 9 p.m. and $40 gets you in the door (cover charge includes all you can eat and drink). Loaded Joes and VailPM are sponsoring a Masquerade Ball for New Years. At $15, the cover is one of the most reasonable in town. DJ Adam Ross and Jayson Collins will provide the atmospheric beats for the evening. A complimentary Champagne toast will take place at midnight and there will be drink specials throughout the evening. Organizers of the event suspect tickets will sell out. The cover gets you a mask as well. Buy the tickets in advance at Loaded Joes, Bare Essentials in Edwards, or Heaven Massage and Spa in Lionshead. Call (970) 748-1480 for more information.Little Hercules will be rocking Mangos in Red Cliff on New Years Eve. Tickets for the event are $50, which includes Champagne toast, free shuttles to and from the Minturn Forest Station and Vail bus station. The theme is 007, so be sure and dress to impress. A special dinner will be served that night from 8 10 p.m. and is included in the ticket price. Call (970) 827-9109 for more information.DJ Weez hosts a wild New Years party at Sandbar in West Vail. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. For $40 per person youll get an all-you-can-eat buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight. Call (970) 476-4314 for more information.If you want to party in Vail, then check out 8150s FINAL New Years bash. DJ Rootz, Boulders underground DJ, and local band Flux 5 will provide the music. A $125 cover charge gets you access to the open bar all night long. For more information check out club8150.com.> Submit your arts and entertainment news to cschnell@vailtrail.com.