Weekend Events: Legend of the Poinsettia & Israeli Film fest

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Hunting Elephants5th Annual Israeli Film Festival, Continues Saturday and Sunday. Bethlehem – Discussion with Isaac Zablocki, Director of the Israel Film Center at the Manhattan JCC, Saturday 7pm, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, wine and snack at 6:30pm; Sunday 10am, Comedy – Hunting Elephants, English and Hebrew with English subtitles – Light Breakfast & Coffee; Sunday 1:30pm, Dramatic Comedy with English with some Hebrew subtitles – Magic Men – Discussion with the Righteous Greeks of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, for more information visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org/cultural-arts/film/ or call 804-285-6500. Saturday, February 7th, 7:30pm Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist/Author and Political Analyst Carl Bernstein, tickets $35, http://www.weinsteinjcc,org or call 804-545-8608.

Richmond may not have snow but that’s not stopping the Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central from having its annual Snow Days Festival Saturday, January 10th from 10am to 4pm. Children can meet Anna and Elsa as they crown the 6th Annual Snow Queen at noon.  There will be lots of snow filled activities. This event is free with museum admission. Save the Dates: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19th, 10am – 12pm; Twilight Carniball Gala – Destination India, Saturday, February 21, 7pm. For more information on each event visit http://www.c-mor-org or call 804-474-7000.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia celebrates its 15th Anniversary performance of The Legend of the Poinsettia. The production was created in 2001 by Latin Ballet’s Artistic Director Ana Ines king, to give audiences the experience of the different and unique winter holiday traditions from Latin America. The production opens to the public January 9th and runs through January 11th, at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Show hours are Friday at 10:30am & 7:30pm, Saturday at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. For tickets and more information visit http://www.latinballet.com or call 804-356-3876.

Wilton House Family Day, featuring the Museum’s current exhibit “Anywhere But Now” Saturday, January 10th, a house tour that focuses on contemporary art, there are also family activities. The museum is located at  215 South Wilton Road. For more details visit http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/events or call 804-282-5936.

The Gallery at UNOS “Capturing the Moment” Oils by Tsveti Sowere also featuring Floragraphs by OneLegacy opening reception Friday, January 9th, 5pm – 7:30pm, 700 North 4th Street, Refreshments by James River Cellars Winery and The Bull & Bear Club Gallery hours Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, free parking. Details visit http://www.unos.org/ or Lisa Schaffner, 804-782-4630.

Annual Ghost Watch at Centre Hill Museum, tickets are on sale now, evening tours of Centre Hill Museum will be offered Saturday, January 24, the event includes ghost story telling and guided tours. Legend has it that a regiment of soldiers, presumably Civil War, makes their presence known at the museum. According to the legend soldiers can be heard marching along the passageway, up the stairs with their sabers clanging going into the room over the office. About 20 minutes later, the soldiers are heard descending the staircase, crossing the hall and leaving after slamming the door. Then all is quiet. Tours begin at 6 pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8:45 pm. Reservations are required, visit Centre Hill Museum, at 1 Centre Hill Avenue, before January 24. Tickets are $10 and the tour is recommended for ages 12 and older. For more information contact (804) 733-2401. For more information on City programs visit http://www.petersburgva.gov.

Shiver in the River, take a chilly dip in the James River for a cool cause, Saturday, January 31st at Historic Tredegar on the James. Features community cleanup, James River Jump and Winter Festival. Reservation is suggested in advance, visit http://www.shiverintheriver.com.

Winter Warrior Women Build: Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address in a concrete way the housing crisis facing millions of women and children across the globe. All participants receive a t-shirt and lunch on site the day they volunteer. Your registration fee of $37 goes directly to the current local housing projects. Available Projects- $37/person. Limited to a first come, first serve basis, Saturday, January 31st (Chesterfield Rehab), Wednesday, February 4th (Chesterfield Rehab), Wednesday, February 4th (Church Hill New Build), Thursday, February 5th (Chesterfield Rehab), Thursday, February 5th (Church Hill New Build), Saturday, February 7th (Chesterfield Rehab), Saturday, February 7th (Church Hill New Build). Email Whitney Guthrie, wguthrie@richmondhabitat.org for Women Build questions! For more information about Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.richmondhabitat.org for details.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum Beijing” extended through January 19, 2015, for details visit  http://vmfa.museum/ or call 804-340-1400.

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