Spend your Friday with the activities and news in this "5 Things" column, where you will find five essential pieces of information you need to know each day, like events happening or local topics being covered on the site.
1. What are you doing this weekend? We've got some ideas in our weekly Get Out activity guide going up on the site at 10 a.m. This weekend is jam-packed with local activities for kids, live music, community theater and more.
2. There's a celebration today for the release of , with special programs, displays and more surprises at 3:30 p.m. at the
3. Local Voices, our Patch blogs, premiered last week. Have your voice heard! Become a . E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
4. Check out every Friday for a list of open houses in the area.
5. It's L.I. Craft Beer Week at . Head there tonight to see today's special.