“Five Things You Need to Know Today” is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.
1. Showers possible: Rain and thunderstorms are possible all day, with mostly cloudy skies in between, according to the National Weather Service. High: 81, Low: 68.
2. Library activities: At 11 a.m., bring the young ones to the for . Then at 4 p.m., children ages 2-6 can enjoy “Dreamland”-themed s at the library. Both programs are free and open to all.
3. Arts in the Park: Needham Park and Recreation’s will continue today with a performance by the Needham Community Concert Band from 7-8:30 p.m. at the gazebo. Led by Needham Public Schools Fine and Performing Arts Director David Neves, the band brings together more than 40 Needham musicians—from professional to amateur level—to play marches, classics and popular favorites. All Arts in the Park concerts are free. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the auditorium.
4. Dog park supporters: The Needham Off-Leash Dog Park Committee—a group working to establish an off-lease dog park in town—will meet tonight from 7-9 p.m. at . The group welcomes new members who are interested in seeing a dog park in Needham. Visit the website, needhamdogpark.org, for more information, or check out the group’s Facebook page.
5. Locals on stage: Needham residents Gianlucca Zaccai and Samantha Hung in Creative Arts at Park's free Arts Festival, which runs today and Friday at the Park School in Brookline. The local actors will perform in one of three family-friendly shows—the musical "Norbert Beany is ACTION MAN!"—at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. The festival opens daily at 9 a.m. and will include performances by students ages 7-15 in dance, music, drama, photography, gymnastics, film and video, writing, karate and fencing as well as many exhibits of their work in a variety of visual arts.