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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 17

A vigil, information on counseling and an art reception.

1. Vigil at Newton City Hall. The city of Newton will host a vigil for the marathon bombing victims tonight on the steps of the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m. 

2. Counseling available. For those who need to talk to someone about the marathon bombings, the city will offer drop-in counseling services tomorrow and Friday at Newton City Hall. Check out this story for more information or call the Health and Human Services Department at 617-796-1420.

3. Vacation programs. Historic Newton still has room in its family vacation week program tomorrow. "Discovery Day" at the Durant-Kenrick House will run from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per family, $5 for members. Includes museum admission, materials, and snack. Prepaid registration is required, limit 30; call 617.796.1450 to register. The program will be held at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue.

4. Art reception. The Newton Free Library will hold a reception tonight for a new art exhibit, "The Epic Still Life" by Jill M. Potle. The exhibit will be on display through April 29. Tonight's reception starts at 7 p.m.

5. Looking to donate to marathon bombing victims? Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino  to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. For more information, check out this website

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