1. Hurricane Sandy.
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Newton public schools and most private schools are closed tomorrow and classes at most colleges in the city have been canceled.
All municipal buildings, including City Hall and the Newton Free Library are also closed Monday. Trash/recycling pickup will not occur Monday and will be delayed by one day.
As of Sunday afternoon, forecasts show Hurricane Sandy hitting before the morning commute tomorrow, with high wind and flood watches in effect from Monday morning through the night.
2. High school theatre programs hit the stage.
Both the Newton North and Newton South theatre programs will kick off new shows starting Thursday, Nov. 1.
Over at Newton South, South Stage will be performing "House of Bernarda Alba" by Federico Garcia Lorca. Tickets are $8 and available online.
Both shows will run Nov 1-3 and start at 7:30 p.m.
3. Carr School project design.
The Board of Aldermen's Public Facilities Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss and vote on the site plan for the Carr School renovation project.
The Carr School, presently known as the Newton Cultural Center, will act as swing space for Angier Elementary students while the Angier school is rebuilt starting in 2014. School officials hope to use Carr for swing space during other school building projects as well.
Tuesday's meeting will take place in room 209 at City Hall.
4. Special School Committee meeting.
The Newton School Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. in the Education Center.
As of Sunday afternoon, the agenda for Thursday's meeting had not been posted. But, according to the district's website, the meeting will provide an update on enrollment and facilities.
5. Best of Newton Juried Art Festival.
Newton Open Studios’ annual "Best of Newton" Juried Fine Art and Craft Show and Sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newton Cultural Center.
This year, there are more than twice the number of participants compared to previous years -- 77 local, juror-selected artists will have their artwork and crafts on display and for sale.