Teens from Sunnyside, Grandview and Granger can find themselves bringing in the New Year at the annual Midnight Live event at Sunnyside High School Monday, Dec. 31.
The event, hosted by Sunnyside's Promise, law enforcement agencies throughout the Lower Yakima Valley and area businesses, is promised to be filled with activities, such as watching a movie, dancing, bingo, a mini casino and an inflatable obstacle course.
The highlight of the evening will be the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience. This vehicle will be available courtesy of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, allowing those at the event an opportunity to experience the effects of driving while under the influence (without actually being under the influence).
The evening's events will begin with a "surprise" movie at 7 p.m., according to Sunnyside's Promise Director Lisa Fairbairn. She said the doors will be closed once the movie begins, and they will re-open at 9 p.m. for teens wishing to participate in the other activities.
She said prizes will be given away throughout the night, with a grand prize to be given away close to 12:30 p.m., at the end of the event.
Fairbairn also noted that the school activity club with the most students at the event will receive a monetary prize valued at more than $100. "We want to give the money to a club to assist with any fundraising efforts they are having," she stated.
She said many businesses throughout the community donate prizes and it would not be the same without their support. However, prize donations are still welcome and volunteers are still needed. "The adults have fun, too," she noted.
Midnight Live is offered as an alternative for youths seeking an alcohol and drug-free New Year's Eve at the cost of $5. Participants are encouraged to bring student ID and a camera to the event.
Fairbairn noted that there will be a no return policy in effect.
For more information, to contribute donations or to volunteer, contact Fairbairn at 836-8417.