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Walz Visits Perkins School for the Blind

Five things to know on Thu, Jan. 12.

1. We’re in for a wet and wild day, thanks to a nor’easter blowing through the region. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Suffolk County, so hang on to your hat.

2. At 8:30 a.m. at the Parkman House on Beacon Street, Mayor Menino will host a “Welcome Home Breakfast” for returning military veterans, many of whom are returning from often overseas. After the breakfast, Commissioner Ureña will give a briefing to inform the veterans -- and their spouses, parents, and children – about various local, state, and federal benefits, including education, healthcare, and employment assistance.

3. On Monday State Rep. Martha M. Walz (8th Suffolk District) visited Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. In the photo, she's exploring a tactile globe with President Steven Rothstein president on of the Watertown-based school. Perkins, the nation’s first school for students with visual impairments, provides education and services for more than 200,000 children and adults in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide.

4. William Young, Historic Color Designer and member of the Back Bay Architectural Commission will speak on Peculiar Dignity: Arthur Little Interiors in the Back Bay at the Ayer Mansion. Wine and cheese will be served at 6:30, with the program beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets ($25) may be purchased by mail (make checks payable to The Campaign for the Ayer Mansion and mail to The Campaign for the Ayer Mansion, Inc., 395 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215) or online at www.AyerMansion.org.

5. The  is hosting a single-session classes "Energetic Eats" which should align perfectly with many New Year's resolutions. Different themed classes like "Hearty Wintry Soups and Stews" and "Sinless Sweets" run throughout January and February. Visit www.bcae.org or call 617-267-4430 to reserve a spot.

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