1. Dr. Angela L. Duckworth is on the cutting edge of research showing that the amount of "grit" – described by her in a Sunday New York Times Magazine feature article as "a passion for a single mission with an unswerving dedication to achieve that mission, whatever the obstacles and however long it might take" – a child develops is just as influential and may be easier to cultivate than their IQ. Duckworth, whose work and innovative 12-question GRIT Scale is being used across the educational landscape, will discuss what parents and schools can do to increase perseverance and passion to help children achieve long-term goals at the at 5 p.m., part of the Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series.
1. 's "French Twist" film festival turns to Asia as it presents a sneak preview of the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a US film chronicaling 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono – the only sushi chef ever to receive three Michelin stars –and his relationship with his sons and eventual heirs. The showing at the at 7 p.m. is part of the centennial celebration of Tokyo's gift of cherry trees to Washington, DC. Ted Bestor, a Harvard University professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology who writes on contemporary Tokyo, the Tsukiji fish market and the culture of sushi, and Peter Grilli, President of the Japan Society of Boston, will speak about the film and sushi. Tonight's show will be limited to 100 and tickets are $10. Call 617-484-3980 for more information.
3. It's Kindergarten Parent Information Night at the at 6:30 p.m., a general information and orientation program for all parents of incoming kindergarten students.
4. Infant Lapsit Storytime is for infants and pre-walkers who can enjoy songs, finger plays, and rhymes chosen especially for the 's littlest readers. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Flett Room across from the Children's Room.
5. Drop-in Vinyasa-style yoga classes, taught by professional instructors, will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at the , 582 Pleasant St. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Free parking on Pleasant, Leonard, and in the Claflin Street Parking Lot behind Belmont Center. The positioning will take place in Gardner Hall, at the back of the church – enter the hall from Alexander Street entrance. $10 for the session. All proceeds benefit Plymouth Nursery School.