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Making it snow

Magician Jade Tjin from California amazed the audience with “snowflakes” at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during First Night activities.

Ta-da, a new outfit for the new year

Alexis Doebelin, 4, gets festive with accessories from Maude Vintage on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church. Adrienne Doebelin, mother of Alexis, watched her daughters play dress up in the church’s lobby. “I enjoy all of the shows and the fun,” Doebelin said. “I also like the children’s fireworks.”

Dancing out the old year

Isabella McGarity, 6, breaks it down at the Videology dance party at City Hall during the First Night festivities on Friday. "She's serious when she's dancing," Tim McGarity, Isabella's father, said. Videology was started by Daryle Bascom of Columbia several years ago and is typically reserved for night clubs around town, but Bascom made a "kid-friendly" dance mix for First Night.

Entertaining children at First Night

Spike Bones performs at City Hall for First Night's "Alternative Fitness Fun" event for families on Friday. Bones has been performing and playing the 19th-century-instrument "bones" for more than 30 years. "First, I looked for an art skill ,and then I saw an old man playing the bones," Bones said. "And I said, 'That's for me.'" Bones has been participating in Columbia's First Night festivities for about 10 years.

Exiting City Hall as alarm goes off

First Night patrons exit City Hall as the fire alarms go off inside because of fog from the Videology dance room on Friday. Events being held inside were put on hold until the fire alarm could be turned off.

Preserving the image of damages

A soldier takes a picture of a home and car destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri Friday morning.

Tornado strikes Fort Leonard Wood

Shown are the homes and cars destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri on Friday morning. In the neighborhood of about 75 homes, an estimated 75 percent were destroyed.

Watching Terry Jones

In this Sept. 8, 2010, file photo, Pastor Terry Jones, center, of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks at a news conference in Gainesville, Fla., about burning copies of the Quran at his church on Sept. 11. His threats stirred a worldwide response.

Watching rescue from Chilean miners

In this Aug. 26, 2010, file picture, an image of Florencio Avalos, one of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose collapsed mine, is seen on a television set near the mine in Copiapo, Chile. If you needed any evidence that the U.S. has become a nation of watchers, look no further than 2010. The spectacle that was the past year made certain that the image — the weird, wonderful, horrifying, mesmerizing image — reigned supreme.

At the finish line

Time chips are removed from the runners' shoes after they finished the 5K on Friday.

Winner crosses the finish line

Magnus Holmstrom of Jefferson City placed first in the First Night 5K with a time of 15:44.8 on Friday afternoon.

And, they're off

First Night 5K runners make their way down Sixth Street at the beginning of the race on Friday. Runners were surprised by the nice weather during the race.

On the lookout for mom

Archer Fried-Socarides waits for his mother, Alex Socarides, to cross the finish line during the First Night 5K on Friday.

John Wooden dies at age 99

This March 31, 1975, file photo shows UCLA basketball coach John Wooden wearing a basketball net around his neck after his team won the NCAA basketball championship over Kentucky, 92-85, in San Diego, Calif. Wooden and George Steinbrenner, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.

George Steinbrenner dies at age 80

This Feb. 17, 2004, file photo shows New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner waving to fans in Tampa, Fla. Steinbrenner and John Wooden, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.

Blizzard stalls Washington, D.C.

In this Feb. 10, 2010, file photo, a pedestrian walks down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House as the snow continues to fall in Washington during a blizzard affecting the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

Tsunami strikes Indonesia

In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, a tsunami survivor walks across his village which was hit by an earthquake-triggered tsunami at Munte, North Pagai island, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Chile suffers earthquake

In this Feb. 27, 2010, file photo, vehicles in Santiago, Chile, that were driving on an elevated highway that collapsed lie overturned on the asphalt after a strong earthquake struck central Chile.

Volcano in Iceland erupts

In this April 16, 2010, file photo, the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset. This was the year the Earth struck back. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters in 2010 than have been killed in terrorist attacks in the past 40 years combined. But it wasn't just nature's fault. Mankind had a hand in it, too.

Jefferson Thomas dies at age 68

This 1957 file photo shows Jefferson Thomas, one of nine African Americans who integrated Little Rock Central High School while federal troops patrolled the campus. Jefferson Thomas died Sept. 5, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio, said fellow Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Trickey Brown. He was 68.
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