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What You’ll Do: Jan. 7-10

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is hosting a special program on "Ceramics Up Close" this Friday and Sunday. (Courtesy Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg)
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is hosting a special program on “Ceramics Up Close” on Friday and Sunday. (Courtesy Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg)

It may already be the second weekend of 2016, but it is never too late to resolve get out and have more fun in the new year.

Check out a new museum, join a gym or catch a movie – it is time to make some new memories for 2016.

Want to see your event included in What You’ll Do? We take these ideas from our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of Submitting to the calendar is easy – and it’s free – so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.

Appreciate the Arts

Have you ever wondered what sort of dishes our colonial predecessors bought, or where their plates and bowls came from? Stop by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Friday or Sunday for “Ceramics Up Close,” a guided tour of the museum’s ceramics followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the ceramics storage vault. This program begins at 1:30 p.m. on both days and admission is included free with museum admission.

Feng Shui is the ancient Asian art of arranging objects in such a way as to bring you luck, happiness and wealth, and this Saturday you can learn all about it at Schmidt’s Flowers & Accessories. By using certain combinations of different colors and shapes, Feng Shui can transform your home, business or life. This class begins at 2 p.m. and the cost is $15.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is going “Behind Closed Drawers” on Saturday with a look at the clothing and needlework of the early American south. A guided tour will lead guests through the “Textiles of the Early South” exhibit and give them an in-depth look at this unique art form. The program begins at 2:45 p.m. and is included with museum admission.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is hosting a “Sip & Learn: Tour the Exhibit with the Artists” program Sunday at which art lovers can join local artists in a guided tour complete with Virginia wine samples and snacks. Admission is $25 with food and drink, free without. The fun begins at 2 p.m.

Get Healthy

Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, choose from a variety of items available at Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Home Grown. The market will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around noon.

Looking to jump-start your new year’s resolution? Check out the James City County Recreation Center’s fitness open house Saturday. Participate in mini-classes, speak one-on-one about your fitness needs with an instructor and even get a free health screening from a nurse so you can ensure 2016 is your healthiest year yet. This event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Everything Else

The Thursday afternoon film series at the Williamsburg Regional Library is back this week and featuring “Little Foxes,” a 1941 classic starring Bette Davis as an aristocratic woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business. Davis’ character is pushed to the limits of what she is willing to sacrifice, including the health and well-being of her own husband and child in this dramatic and suspenseful tale of intrigue. The show will begin at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Escape the cold and be transported to sunny Spain this weekend with a free wine tasting at La Tienda. Spain is known for some of the world’s most robust, complex and delicious wines, so head over Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. to sample and learn about this country’s unique viticulture.

Hampton Roads Academy is hosting a lower school open house Sunday, giving prospective students and parents a chance to come check out one of the Peninsula’s top independent, college-preparatory day schools. Families can learn about teachers, classes, facilities and resources from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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