Do you regular grocery shopping and help a local organization, unload that tree, check out an imaginative art exhibit, and more ways to spend the weekend in the neighborhood:
5% Day At Whole Foods
When: Saturday, January 11, all day
What: If you were planning on doing your grocery shopping at Whole Foods at some point this weekend, make it Saturday, when 5% of the day’s profits will go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Proceeds from the purchase of specially-designed reusable bags will go toward its the “Fund a Fig” program from, to plant of fig trees throughout the borough.
Dan Zanes House Party Open House
When: Saturday, January 11, various times for different age groups
Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Avenue
What: Dan Zanes, who has been bringing music to kids around the world for years, has partnered with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to launch a new music education program for kids, and you can get a preview this weekend. If you can’t make it this weekend, there’s another open house on Saturday, January 18.
How much: Free, but RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
MulchFest Prospect Park
When: Saturday, January 11 & Sunday, January 12, 10am-2pm
Where: 3rd Street & Prospect Park West; and Park Circle entrance at Prospect Park Southwest & Parkside Avenues
What: Bring your Christmas tree to Prospect Park, where they’ll turn it into mulch for healthy ground cover. Bring a bag, and you can take some mulch home for your own yard or garden.
French & Spanish Storytime
When: Saturday, January 11, 3:30pm
Where: Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Volunteers from Brooklyn Beanstalk lead a a fun multi-lingual hour for kids ages 12 months to 8 years.
How much: Free, but tickets are required, available at the Children’s Desk beginning at 1pm
Imaginationland Art Reception
When: Saturday, January 11, 6pm
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
What: Take a look at the wild and colorful exhibition series that brings an intimate look into the mind of traveling artist Ramiro Davaro-Comas. The first 25 people at the exhibit will receive a free 5×7” one of a kind print.
How much: Free!
The Great Mission Dolores Re-Gift
When: Sunday, January 12, 2-7pm
Where: Mission Dolores, 249 4th Avenue
What: Didn’t like some of the presents you got during the holidays? Bring between 2 and 5 gifts that you’d like to swap (not wrapped), and then hang out and enjoy happy hour prices, which will be available the entire time to those participating.
How much: $5 donation goes directly to BARC animal shelter in Williamsburg
Global Lens Film Series: The Fantastic World of Juan Orol
When: Sunday, January 12, 4pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Meet the Mexican Ed Wood in this love letter to the B-movie director Juan Orol.
How much: Free!