Five Things You Need to Know Today: February 29
It's a leap year day! Because a year is actually a fraction over 365 days long, the Gregorian calendar inserts an extra day at the end of February every 4 years.
1. Leap day weather: a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Brookline and the surrounding areas. Snow is expected to start after 2 p.m., and continue into the evening. An 80 to 100 percent chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Highs of 36ºF, lows of 30ºF.
[Update: The latest predictions from the National Weather Service say two to four inches of snow may well fall tonight, with less than another inch overnight. 11:06 a.m.]
2. Tickets are required to see Jodi Picoult tonight. At 6 p.m., she's at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to discuss her latest book, "Lone Wolf." The book chronicles a battle between a brother and sister whose father is on life-support--she wants to pull the plug, he does not. Act quickly, before all of the tickets are gone. Buy them online or head into the Brookline Booksmith for a ticket ($5) or copy of the book (with a ticket).
3. The big night is here: The Brookline MBTA Cuts Meeting. At the Brookline High School, at 6 p.m. tonight, residents, commuters, the Board of Selectmen, some MBTA representatives and legislators wil gather to discuss the prospect of cutting MBTA services and increasing fares.
4. Tonight's installment of the Church of the Redeemer's Lenten Series on Glory and Temptation starts off at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Dorsey McConnell and Assisting Priest the Rev. Beth Maynard are talking about temptation, glory, and the resources of prayer.
5. Do you want to integrate healthy eating into your daily life, but aren't really sure how it's done? Get a clue at 7 p.m. tonight. A new local group, Savory Living, is heading to the Health Department for a free workshop on the subject. get some tips and information from some fired-up helpers.