The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will host its 100th Birthday Kickoff Party at 9 a.m. Sunday at the center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. A full day of free activities for children and adults is planned, including bingo, a bean bag toss, an open gym, inflatables, a birthday cake contest and birthday card signing and more. Performances also will be held courtesy of the JCCGW Senior Chorus, “The Treble-makers;” the JCCGW School of Dance and Congregation Beth El’s Children’s Choir, Shir Atid. The birthday celebration coincides with the 23rd Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, which continues from Jan. 5-13, with select screenings at the center. Tickets for Sunday’s film, “Hava Nagila,” are $11 and can be purchased in advance by visiting www.jccgw.org.
Also this weekend in Montgomery County, National Symphony Orchestra concert master Nuirt Bar-Josef will substitute for violinist Stefan Jackiw in a concert showcasing the viola at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Led by music director and conductor Piotr Gajewski, the concert will feature the National Philharmonic and violist Victoria Chiang. Bar-Josef will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with Chiang. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
In Frederick, the Weinberg Center for the Arts will host its annual Cartoon Fest on Saturday, featuring animated shorts — both classic and contemporary, famous and not-so famous — on the big screen. The fun begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit www.weinbergcenter.org.
Finally, American vocal group The Crystals are slated to bring their hits to the Harmony Hall Regional Center on Saturday. Considered one of the premiere girl groups of its day, The Crystals’ early 60s hits include “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” “He’s a Rebel” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” Tickets are $30 for general admission and $25 for seniors and students. For more information, visit http://arts.pgparks.com.