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Five Things You Need to Know Today: May 8

Five things for Brookline today include a trip to the Montessori school, the Cradles to Crayons drive, free solar energy info and a new look at the media and beauty products.

1. Should be cloudy for part of the day, with a chance of showers (60 percent) mostly starting at around 2 p.m. As night falls, the National Weather Service says the chance of showers will increase to 80 percent--and possible thunderstorms. The highs should hit 58ºF and the lows, 53ºF. 

2. Starting today, the  is hosting a  during business hours. Bring in the clothes your kids have outgrown, lightly-used shoes, and baby items and bring them to the donation bins. The drive runs until May 18.

3. If you've been considering Montessori education, then today's a perfect day to find out more. Head to the  (200 Jackson Road in Newton). The tour starts at 9 a.m. sharp, followed by a Q&A with the head teacher that should get you out by 10:15 a.m.

4. Are you concerned about how the culture of media, and the huge sleection of beauty products may be affecting your kids? The Wellelsey Free Library at 7 p.m. presents "." The library is located at 530 Washington Street in Wellesley

5. If you're looking to use the Sun's power around your house, then there is a  at the . Starting at 7 p.m., Sunlight Solar representatives will be talking about some of the rebates you can get for solar energy. 

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