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5 Things You Need To Know Today: Aug. 21

Framingham resident bats at Fenway Park, ice cream to honor senior citizens, get Fab Abs, listen to author of The Lincoln Letter and more 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. , the author of The Lincoln Letter, will be at at tonight at 7.

2. Aug. 26 is National Dog Day. We'd love for you to

3. Diosa Dance Yoga Health is offering a one-hour workout class at 7. $25 for a class or $10, if you buy 10 classes. Mention Framingham Patch and ask about special discounts for new Framingham Patch customers.

4. Today is Senior Citizen's Day. The day was proclaimed in 1988 by then President Ronald Reagan.There is an ice cream social at the today at noon.

5. As you can tell I'm back from vacation. While we left Framingham for a while, I seemed to have a Framingham connection every day.

While up in the White Mountains we ran into fellow Framingham families. When we day tripped to Boston we again ran into fellow Framingham families. 

Even sitting at Fenway Park, our family encountered several Framingham families. The couple sitting in front of us at Fenway, grew up in Framingham and knew Matt Gedman, a Framingham resident, who was playing third base for the Lowell Spinners at Saturday's Futures at Fenway game.

Gedman, who grew up in Framingham, graduated from Belmont Hill and UMASS Amherst, and still lives in Framingham. (Uploaded are a few photos of him during the game and signing autographs after the game.) Gedman was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 45th round of the 2011 first-year player draft out of the University of Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, the Spinners lost 6-5 Saturday. Gedman was the final out of the game.

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