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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 28

A film screening, traffic council meets and an update on a big playoff game last night.

1. The Durant-Kenrick Homestead: A House of Many Stories. Join award-winning historical documentarian Joe Hunter at the Newton Free Library this evening at 7 p.m., for a screening of Hunter's latest film, The Durant-Kenrick Homestead: A House of Many Stories. The film documents the history of the Newton Corner home, right up to its latest renovation. After the screening, Historic Newton Director Cindy Stone and other project representatives will talk about the history of the homestead and its future uses.

2. Playoff update. In a big upset, the No. 17 Newton South girls' basketball team defeated No. 1 Newton North last night 49-45 in overtime. The Newton South girls will now go on to face Durfee High in a quarterfinal game on Friday at 7 p.m. at Durfee. As for tonight, the No. 2 Newton North boys' basketball team will face Madison Park tonight at Newton North at 7 p.m. 

3. Environmental Art Contest deadline is tomorrow. Sponsored by Green Decade Newton, this year's Environmental Art Contest theme is "How our schools can help the environment." Contestants can enter as individual or in team of two students; limited to 2D posters - 12”x18” max; recycled collage materials may be used; entry form needs to be attached to back of poster. See Green Decade Newton's website for more contest rules. Entries are due by Friday, March 1 and can be dropped off at the Newton Cultural Center, the Mayor's Office, the New Art Center or Green Planet Kids.

4. Traffic council. The Traffic Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in room 222 at City Hall. The agenda for tonight's meeting is included in the .pdf section to the right.

5. Reminder: Carr School meeting moved. The at 7 p.m. The meeting will include discussion on the renovation plans for the school (currently the Newton Cultural Center).

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