5 Things You Need To Know Today: Oct. 21

Public invited to multicultural day and Open Spirit events, library celebrates state grant, artists talk at the Danforth Museum and be aware of the latest phone scam all featured in today's column.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. Brophy Elementary School is hosting its annual multicultural day from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event is open to the community so bring your family and friends.  There will be kid's activities and dance performances, Capoeira, Zumba, and Indian, as well as lotts of food. More than 40 families/teachers, representing two dozen countries, are featured.

2. Today from 3 to 5 p.m., Open Spirit is holding an open house and dedication event, and the public is invited. The event will feature opportunities to meet many of the Open Spirit teachers and program leaders. There will be a free “mini-healing-spa,” with Reiki, acupuncture, and chair massage. Brief sessions of Children’s Yoga, Qi Gong, and Laughter Yoga will give participants a taste of regular offerings. There will be a Children’s Art Tent, and refreshments for all. The dedication will include blessings in song, chant, word and movement from many spiritual traditions.

3. Saturday, the Framingham Library Foundation and the Framingham Library Trustees held a celebration at the Christa McAuliffe branch library to mark the  $4.186 million state grant awarded to the community. They hope to receive matching funds from Framingham Town Meeting in the spring, so construction can begin. Check out the attached photos from the celebration, including artist renderings of the proposed new branch library. Today is the start of National Friends of Libraries Week.

4. The Danforth Museum of Art is holding an Artist Talk with Elizabeth Awalt at 3:30 p.m. "Awalt’s work reflects an interest in what is actively observed in the natural world, while also capturing the stillness of a particular time and place. Her evocative brushstrokes reveal a visual tension, and the small scale of the works reflect an oppositional nature, straining to extend beyond the canvas."

5. Finally, I want to make residents aware of a phone scam.

A Framingham Patch reader tells us her mother received a call from someone claiming to be the woman's oldest grandson (the caller was able to name the grandson correctly). The caller was asking "don't you recognize your oldest grandson?). The caller asked for the reader's father by name. "It was very creepy," she told us. She called Framingham Police to report the scam. Other Patch readers have told us they have heard of similiar calls.

Please me aware of this latest phone scam.


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