“Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
1. Partly sunny: We’ll have a mostly sunny Monday with a high around 42 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
2. No school: Needham Public Schools are closed all week, so expect to see more kids around town during the day. If you’re looking for ways to keep them busy, there are several programs going on this week, including the and Plugged In’s . You also could bring them by the for storytimes, crafts and . Or you could head over to for some candlepin bowling or take them to for arts and crafts projects.
3. Deck The House deadline: Today is the last day to of your home all lit up for the holidays for a chance to win $100,000 for the , plus $500 toward your home heating bills this winter. It’s super easy to enter—just check out our Deck The House contest page for details or to vote for your favorite houses in Needham or nearby. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so if you’ve been hanging back thinking your decorations won’t make the cut, forget that—any house could win the prize. And Needham Schools could sure use an extra $100K in their FY2013 budget!
4. Speak up: If “try new things” is on your New Year’s resolutions list, here’s a great opportunity to kick things off a week before 2012 arrives. The Boston West Toastmasters Club will meet from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at in Needham. This local chapter of Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that helps its members develop their public speaking skills and gathers every second and fourth Monday of the month. Learn more at their Web site.
5. New Year’s Eve buttons on sale: The annual celebration is approaching, so make sure you pick up your NYN12 buttons to get into all the great activities. The buttons cost $5 and are on sale at locations around town including the selectmen’s office at , the Park and Recreation Office at the , the , the , , , and In addition, people wearing NYN12 buttons will receive discounts at 10 local businesses throughout the month of December. The 2012 New Year’s Eve celebration will take place in the newly renovated Powers Hall at and will include performances by comedian Jim Colliton, jazz band Melodius Funk and the Charles River Ballet among other activities. Learn more at www.needarts.org.