Weekly Must List: December 30-January 5

MUST CELEBRATE
New Year's Eve Celebration at the Century Ballroom
Given the lineups of years past (live salsa, Afro-Cuban and swing dance music) and 2,000 square feet awaiting your best moves, we’re pretty sure this is exactly where you want to ring in the new year. 7 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. dance. $40–$120 (reservations required; formal attire encouraged). Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St.; 206.324.7263


MUST VOLUNTEER
Flash Volunteer
Volunteer. The mandate is probably looming on your holiday to-do list, but you’re still stuck on Find gift for brother-in-law’s niece! The Seattle-based and recently launched Flash Volunteer Web site, however, is out to make volunteering easy (and close to home). The site allows you to search for local volunteer opportunities based on your schedule, interests and your own neighborhood. The best part: Once you catch the volunteer bug, you can use the site to keep giving back all year long. Go to flashvolunteer.org



MUST TASTE

Seattle’s Most-beloved Brunch
No discussion of weekend brunch in Seattle (see our January Best Breakfasts issue on newsstands now) would be complete without noting what many—locals and visitors alike—consider the very best brunch dish of all: the œufs en meurette ($15) at Café Campagne at the Pike Place Market. Two perfectly poached eggs perch atop slices of brioche toast, drowned in a lusciously complex red wine and foie gras butter sauce. A basket of hot, ultracrisp and wafer-thin frites arrive alongside for decadent dipping, the perfect elixir for those post-holiday blues. Cafe Campagne, 1600 Post Alley, Pike Place Market. 206.728.2233


MUST TROMP

Snowshoeing Lessons at Commonwealth Basin

1/3-3/29 · The Forest Service is leading a series of snowshoe walks at Snoqualmie Pass this winter. Participants will drink in all of nature's "off-season" beauty while learning about snowshoeing and winter ecology. Group size is limited to the first 20 who sign up; advance reservations required (call 509.852.1062). Ninety minute walks leave every Saturday and Sunday from January 3 through March 29 at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m from the Visitor Information Center. Those seeking more can sign up for extended half-day jaunts into Commonwealth Basin, leaving at 9:15 a.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Snowshoes provided; proper snow attire and boots required. Donations of $10 for the shorter outings and $20 for the longer ones are encouraged. Kids under 10 discouraged. To get to the Visitor Center, exit I-90 east at exit 52, bear right , proceed just past the Summit West lodge and look on the right side of the road for the small gray building next to a kiosk and a flag pole. Roddy Scheer

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