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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 17

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 17

Today is Friday, Feb. 17. Here are five things you need to know:

1. High School Quiz Show: The College Bowl team from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School were last year’s champions on WBGH’s High School Quiz Show. And the team’s quest to repeat begins on the airwaves Sunday night. The team’s first round match versus Sharon High School (a team they defeated last year) airs at 6:30 p.m. on channel 2.

2. Me and My Doll: If you and you daughter want to be part of next Tuesday’s “Me and My Doll Mardi Gras Party” at Wenham Museum, Friday is the final day to register. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $24 for members and $30 for members. The event features a classic “Fat Tuesday” celebration in the theme of 1850s New Orleans with mini King-cupcake decorating and construction of a mask for your child and their doll.

3. Liesl Clark: “Lost Cave Temples of the Himalaya,” the latest film by Hamilton native Liesl Clark, will air on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. on channel 44. It is also scheduled to air on WGBH World and WGBH Kids several times during the next few days. The film tells the story of mountain climber Pete Athans (Clark’s husband) and archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer on their April 2007 discovery of 3,000 year old mortuary caves high in the Himalaya that include 27 people buried with their jewelry, goats, and horses. Clark, a 1984 Regional graduate who narrates the film, is the daughter of Peter and Gretel Clark.

4. Hamilton DPW Yard: Last fall, the Hamilton Board of Selectmen approved changes to the procedures to drop off large items at the Department of Public Works behind Hamilton Town Hall. The yard is only open, and staffed, on the third Saturday of the month and this month, that is this coming Saturday. Items such as televisions, computers and appliances can be dropped off for a fee between 8 a.m. and noon.

5. School Vacation: When students get out of school on Friday afternoon, it marks the start of February vacation week. Simple backyard fun such as building a snow fort or sledding are out of the cards this year. Some people have planned to trips to Disney World or a ski trip to the mountains. What will you and your kids be doing to keep busy during vacation? What have you done in past years that you would recommend to others? Let us know in the comments section.

To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings.

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