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5 Things You Need To Know Today: Dec. 12

Belmont Center parking forum, books and bites and Girls' Basketball gets underway.

1. Get involved with the future of parking in Belmont's main retail hub as Jay Szklut, planning and economic development manager for Belmont's , hosts a presentation and public forum on the draft Parking Management Plan for Belmont Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Belmont Woman’s Club – the Homer House – at 661 Pleasant St. Expect the discussion of parking meters, protecting residential neighborhoods and long-term parking to take place.

2. December's Books and Bites book review program features Grace Taylor discussing two novels by Geraldine Brooks: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" and "Caleb's Crossing," Children's Librarian Deborah Borsuk will discuss books to give as holiday gifts to children, focusing her discussion on the picture book "The Neighborhood Sing-along" by Nina Crewes, the chapter book "The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales," and the non-fiction book "Sewing School: 21 Projects Kids Will Love to Make" by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle. In the from 11 a.m. to noon.

3. It's the opening game of the season for the Girls' Basketball team as the young team hosts Wellesley High School at 7 p.m. at Wenner Field House at the High School.

4. The Belmont Council on Aging and the Beech Street Center is offering the Menotomy Weatherization Assistance Program to eligible homeowners and tenants. The program provides for a year at no cost air sealing, insulation and more. Heating system tune-ups and repairs may be completed when needed. The program oversees the entire project from the initial audit through the final quality control inspections after the work has been completed. For additional information and guidelines, please call 781-316-3436 or visit here.

5. On this day in history in 1915, The Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, "Ol' Blue Eyes," was born in Hoboken, NJ.

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