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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Oct. 3

Needham 300 Gala tickets on sale today.

"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Showers possible: There's a chance of showers throughout the day amid mostly cloudy skies, with patchy fog before 11:00 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will peak around 67 degrees, with a low around 53. Showers are likely this evening, mainly before 2:00 a.m.

2. Gala tickets on sale: It’s been a busy year full of great events celebrating Needham’s 300th birthday. Don’t miss , scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6. Tickets to the Needham 300 Gala on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. will be on sale today from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the. Tickets cost $79 per person (payable with cash or check) and include champagne, a cash bar, live music and hors d’oeuvres. A mini gala will be held before the late-night festivities from 5:00-7:00 p.m.; cost is $39 per person.

3. Senior center activities: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, enjoy a game of table tennis at the r from 9:00-11:30 a.m. All levels are welcome—whether you’re an old pro, intermediate or just beginning. No sign-up necessary. Also today, the Friends of the Needham Elderly will meet at 1:00 p.m. Interested in helping out? Stop by.

4. VIP sign-ups: Today is the final day to sign up to be a Little VIP in Needham Youth Services’ . Through the Valuable Interactions among Peers program, students in grades 3-5 (Little VIPs) are matched up with a Big VIP from high school and will meet once a week (Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.), supervised, to enjoy games, share stories, talk and participate in other activities. To sign up your child as a Little VIP, visit the Needham Youth Services office at the , 500 Dedham Ave. or go online to www.needhamma.gov/youth/VIP. For more information, call Needham Youth Services at 781-455-7500 ext. 264 or e-mail kcolthart@needhamm.gov.

5. Parent talk: With their Flicks on the Field event canceled twice because of inclement weather, Parent Talk is looking ahead to their next program, entitled, “Helping Children Develop Resilience As They Cope With Life’s Stresses.” The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the auditorium. Admission is free for Parent Talk members, $20 for non-members who pre-pay online and $25 at the door. To register, go to www.parenttalk.info and click on “Register for an Event."

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