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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Oct. 3

An open mic night, a Newton CPA birthday party and International Walk to School Day.

1. Today is International Walk to School Day. Join the Newton Safe Routes to School Task force by choosing to walk or bike to school today.

2. Presidential debate. Are you planning to watch the first presidential debate tonight between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney? Join the Patch live chat tonight at 8:30 p.m. and share your expectations, reactions and conclusions about the debate and the candidates' performances. 

3. Happy Birthday, Newton CPA. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Newton with a birthday party tonight in the Newton South cafeteria. The celebration will recognize the south side of the city (Ward 8 and beyond), including Oak Hill and Oak Hill Park. Come to discuss the future priorities for CPA funding and comment on the draft new CPA funding guidelines. The event begins at 7 p.m.

4. Open mic night. Cafe Sol Azteca will restart its open mic nights tonight. The open mic night will be hosted by Mike Walsh, who ran the event last year. Walsh will perform an opening set from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and spotlight performers will play from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 9:10 p.m., the restaurant will open up the stage to the open mic portion of the night where local musicians are encouraged to play 2-3 songs each.

5. Fashion meets food. B Street Restaurant and Bar will team up with Stash tonight for a fall fashion show at B Street. The event kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

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