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Everyone will be able to "Thank the Academy" Saturday at Yokosuka Naval Base's New Year's Eve Hollywood Bash, on the fourth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center.
Everyone will be able to "Thank the Academy" Saturday at Yokosuka Naval Base's New Year's Eve Hollywood Bash, on the fourth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center. (Allison Batdorff / S&S)
Everyone will be able to "Thank the Academy" Saturday at Yokosuka Naval Base's New Year's Eve Hollywood Bash, on the fourth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center.
Everyone will be able to "Thank the Academy" Saturday at Yokosuka Naval Base's New Year's Eve Hollywood Bash, on the fourth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center. (Allison Batdorff / S&S)
Community Center Manager Bo Du decorates the fouth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's New Year's Eve Bash.
Community Center Manager Bo Du decorates the fouth floor of the Fleet Recreation Center Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's New Year's Eve Bash. (Allison Batdorff / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ruriko Peters is on her hands and knees, making the famous “Hollywood” mountains out of poster board. School-age coordinator Chris Kasparek hangs bling from the catwalk. Nichole Infante scatters shiny gold stars on the floor. Transforming the fourth floor of Yokosuka Naval Base’s Fleet Recreation Center into Tinseltown is no easy task.

But glamour is the key ingredient to Saturday’s New Year’s Eve Hollywood Bash at Yokosuka Naval Base.

“We want people to get out their gowns and nice clothes,” said Ken Johnson, Chief Petty Officer Club Manager. “It’s going to be a very exciting evening.”

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation department is hosting a party for the second year running. This year’s event starts at 5 p.m. in the Fleet Recreation Center.

“We had so much fun last year, we decided to do it again,” Johnson said. This year’s theme is Hollywood casino — which is no stretch for Johnson. He used to work in a Hollywood-themed casino is the Philippines, he said.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The party features dinner, a cash bar, blackjack, roulette, poker, keno and bingo. For entertainment, the band Mustang Sally is flying in from Nashville, Tenn. A DJ will keep people dancing until about 2 a.m.

Plenty of high-dollar prizes are to be awarded, including an $18,000 new-car voucher. Prizes also will be awarded to the evening’s “Best Dressed Movie or Music Star,” “Best Overall Costume” and “Most Original Costume.”

“We want people to dress up like it’s the Oscars,” Johnson said. “Put on your best clothes and bring in the New Year in style.”

Another base option is the New Year’s Eve all-night party at Club Alliance, where DJs will spin different music on each floor. A $5 ticket buys party favors, a champagne toast and finger food and a $15 ticket includes a prime rib dinner.

New Year’s liberty extended for Yokosuka sailors

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sailors with white and green liberty cards will get a few extra hours to ring in the New Year this holiday.

Curfew was extended until 2 a.m. for the cardholders, said 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Steve Curry. Usually, white-card holders have to be back in their berthing/living area by midnight. Green-card holders must be on base by midnight. Most of the card holders are E-4 and below.

The decision to extend liberty, Curry said, comes because New Year’s Eve is a special occasion.

“It’s a way for our sailors to enjoy traditional late-night festivities,” he said.

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