“Shaka & FRIENDS: Smart from the Start” is a joint effort between VCU Head Basketball Coach Shaka Smart and Friends Association for Children (FRIENDS) to win ESPN and Infiniti’s Coach’s Charity Challenge. The challenge pits 48 of the top college basketball coaches and their chosen charities against each other in a quest to win $100,000. To support FRIENDS vote “SMART” daily www.espn.com/infiniti through the end of February. For more details on FRIENDS visit http://www.friendsassn.org/.
Richmond Jewish Food Festival, Sunday & Monday, January 20 & 21, 11:30AM – 7:30PM, Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue, www.richmondjewishfoodfestival.com or 804-288-7953, new this year pre-order.
Free Financial Aid counseling and help filling out your FAFSA. “Saturday at the Library” with GRASP and the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch offering free counseling Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, February 16, 10am-4pm. Students and parents can schedule appointments by calling 804-527-7708 and need to bring a few items that include, driver’s license, Federal Income Tax, bank statements, alien registration card among other important papers. For details about GRASP “Saturdays at the Library” visit www.grasp4virginia.com or www.richmondpubliclibrary.org.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Saturday, January 19, 10am-12:30pm, Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 North 22nd Street, admission 1 can good or toiletry Item, www.aka1908.com.
Fine Art Benefit & Sale, Hosted by Mega Mentors, Friday, January 18, 7:30pm, at the Hippodrome Theatre, 528 North 2nd Street, www.megamentors.org or 804-677-6063. Freedom Classic Festival Game & Activities, Sunday, January 20, doors open 4pm, Drum Line Competition 5pm, Tip off 7pm, www.freedomclassic.com.
Richmond City Schools MLK Drill Meet, featuring $1,500 Junior ROTC Cadets Saturday, January 19, 7am-5pm, at the Arthur Ashe Center, ceremony at 5pm, 804-780-6221.
Emerging Youth Leaders Forum, Saturday, January 19, 10am, Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 North 22nd Street, 804-264-9405; King Holiday Worship Service, Monday, January 21, 1pm, Sharon Baptist Church, 22 East Leigh Street, 804-329-7800.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 10am-4pm, All CMoR Locations, free with Museum admission, Virginia State Yo-Yo Competition, Saturday, January 26, 10am-4pm, CMoR Central, www.ChildrensMuseumOfRichmond.org or call 804-474-7000.
Virginia Hornets Semi-Pro Football Team Youth Training/Conditioning Post Season Football Camp, Saturdays, January 19 & 26, 9:30am – noon, Westover Hills Elementary School, 1211 Jahnke Road, one time fee $55, for 6th, 7th & 8th graders, contact Coach Clifford “perk” Jefferson at 804-909-1325, www.vahornets.com.
Ghost Watch at Centre Hill in Petersburg, 1 Centre Hill Avenue, Thursday, January 24, 7:30pm, tours start 6pm and continues every fifteen minutes until 8:45pm, reservation required before January 24, 804-733-2401, adult tickets $7, children ages 7-12 $5.
The Cultural Arts Center At Glen Allen, features Desiree Roots in “An Evening of Jazz & Blues”, Friday, February 1, 7pm, tickets $12, www.artsglenallen.com or 804-261-2787.
Virginia War Memorial 3rd annual Artifacts Roadshow, Saturday, January 26, 10am-noon, 621 South Belvidere Street, www.vawarmemorial.org or 804-786-2060
Richmond’s Landmark Theater: “The Royal Comedy Tour”, Thursday, February 14, 7pm, “Les Miserables”, Tuesday, March 26 Sunday March 31; “The Jim Henson Company “Pajanimals Live!”, Friday, April 5, 6pm; “Mary Poppins”, Tuesday, February 19 -Sunday, February 24, www.ETIX.com or 800-514-3849.
Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage: All About Love: The Hits of Tony Bennett with special guest Emily Skinner, Friday, January 25, 7 & 9pm, www.ETIX.com, 800-514-3849 (ETIX).
.Richmond Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, Year of the Snake -2013, (Lunar Year 4711), Sunday, February 10, 10:30am-3pm, Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, www.oca-cvc.org.
Suffolk Riverfront Jazz, featuring Euge Groove & Peter White Live, Saturday March 2, Suffolk Center For Cultural Arts, 110 Finney Avenue, www.suffolkriverfrontjazz.com or 800-838-3006.