Five Things You Need to Know Today: Nov. 14

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

1. Chance of showers: There’s a slight chance of rain after 1:00 p.m. and again in the evening, mainly between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., with the rest of the day mostly cloudy, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be around 62 degrees, with a low around 53.

2. Visiting legislator: Massachusetts Rep. Denise Garlick or a member of her staff will be in Needham today, giving constituents two opportunities to meet with her to discuss any questions or issues of concern. Garlick will be at the Stephen Palmer Senior Center from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and at the Needham Free Public Library from 5:30-7:00 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

3. Public speaking: The Boston West Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham. This local chapter of Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that helps its members develop their public speaking skills. Learn more at their Web site.

4. SEPAC meeting: The Needham Special Education Parent Advisory Council will hold their monthly meeting today at 7:00 p.m. at Broadmeadow Elementary School. Meetings are open to all Needham residents or parents of students in Needham schools. For more information, visit

5. Host families sought: Nov. 14-18 is International Education Week, and a good time to remember that the EF Foundation for Foreign Study is looking for families in the greater Boston area to host international exchange students. For more information, contact local coordinator Adam Ellis at or 800-447-4273.

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