This Weekend: Belmont World Film’s Family Film Festival, Giraffes in the Library, Photos and Book Sale

• You know that “Giraffes Can’t Dance!” This Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., you’ll learn why when you and your children join Belmont’s Powers Music School faculty members – Vanessa Schukis, narration; Kathy Rosenbach, piano; Ellery Klein, violin; Erica Klein, cello; Todd Brunel, clarinet – at the Belmont Public Library for this free original musical story performance that feature live music and age-appropriate stories for children. These interactive programs are specifically developed for children ages 3 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend.

• This holiday weekend, the Belmont World Film is holding its 12th annual Family Film Festival for children and young teens. The festivities start Friday, Jan. 16 and runs to Monday, Jan. 19 at Arlington’s Regent Theatre, (7 Medford St., Arlington) and Jan. 17 and 18 at the West Newton Cinema, (1296 Washington St., West Newton.)

In honor of the event’s 12th year, the festival will feature and premiere a dozen animated and live action film programs from Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland as well as a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19.

Opening night, Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Regent Theatre will be the East Coast premiere of “Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure,” a thrilling yet funny live action film set in the 18th century that features a band of clever pirates — both male and female — led by Captain Sabertooth, as well as a group of children who demonstrate courage, shrewdness and vigor (recommended for age 6-15). Prizes will be awarded for attendees with the best pirate costumes.

Individual tickets are $5 for programs that are 60 minutes or less and $8 for programs that are longer. Full festival passes are $40, and day passes are $20. Tickets are available in advance online at or in person at the box office on the day of show. For full film descriptions and more information, visit or call 617-484-3980.

• Come to the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., for the library’s monthly book sale. The books are gently used and reasonably priced. All proceeds benefit the Benton. Browse the regular collection. The Library, which is open the third Saturday afternoon of every month, is located at 75 Oakley Rd.

• The exhibit “Photovoice: A Lens into our Lives,” continues at the Belmont Gallery of Art this weekend and through Jan. 29.  The exhibit showcases more than 30 photographic and text-based works made by individuals enrolled in photography and creative writing workshops at Waverley Place, the Community Program of McLean Hospital. The gallery will be open on Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Belmont Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex.

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