“Five Things You Need to Know Today” is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
1. Children’s activities: Bring the kids to the today for at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. Both programs are free, with no registration required.
2. Arts in the Park: Needham Park and Recreation’s Arts in the Park series will continue with a free concert by , tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at the gazebo. Classic Groove’s repertoire ranges from R&B and Top 40 to smooth jazz and Latin. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the auditorium, just up the hill.
3. After-school open house: The Center, an after-school program offered at , will hold today from 9-11 a.m. The Center is a safe, fun place for sixth and seventh graders to develop independence, get homework done and have fun with their friends, under the supervision of trained adults. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 2-6 p.m., on school early release days from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on delayed opening days from 7:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, to register, or to schedule a private tour, email director@MyYouthCenter.org, visit www.myyouthcenter.org or call Director Jamie Green at 781-444-2510 ext. 198.
4. Put on your blue suede shoes: Today marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death and, to celebrate his life and his legacy, is hosting an “Eat Like a King” party tonight highlighting some of Presley’s favorite foods as well as a few themed cocktails. In addition, Elvis impersonator Michael Viselli will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call 781-444-7001 or RSVP online.
5. Vote for Needham’s best! Readers have until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night to vote for their favorite businesses and locations around Needham in Patch’s 2012 Needham Patch Readers’ Choice polls. After receiving , we’ve pulled together a list of the top spots around town and are asking you to vote for your favorite places—from restaurants to bakeries to hair salons—between now and Aug. 17. The top vote getters in each of about 20 categories will be named the winner at the end of the summer.