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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Aug. 8, 2012

A run-down of events and other useful information for your life in Braintree today.

Born on this day in history: actor Dustin Hoffman (1937), Larry Wilcox, the actor best known for his role in the California motorycle cop show CHiPs (1947), U2 guitarist The Edge (1961), singer JC Chasez (1976) and tennis star Roger Federer (1981).

1. is hosting "Be a Rock Star" for ages 4 and up in the Children's Room at 6:30 p.m. "Wouldn't it be cool to be a Rock Star?!? Come hear the fun book 'So you want to be a rock star' written by Audrey Vernick. It will show you cool moves to practice. Then make a pretend guitar or drum to take home and practice!"

For more children's activities today, go to http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=THAYER.

2. The deadline to submit Community Preservation applications is coming up on Sept. 4. Head to http://www.braintreema.gov/CPANewsandItemsofInterest.htm for more details.

3. The Brown Bag Book Club meets from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Reading Room at Thayer Library. This month's selection is any biography of Abraham Lincoln.

4. The Braintree Chapter of Business Network International meets at from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The meeting is open to anyone who owns a business or works in the South Shore. For more information call John Noonan at 617-842-1165.

5. Activities today at the Senior Center on Cleveland Avenue include:

9:15 a.m. Exercise
9:30 a.m. Ask the Lawyer (free) by appointments 10:00 Crafts
10 a.m. Quilting Group 12:00 Pool Players 12:00 Poker
12 p.m.  Movie Day – Man on a Ledge

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