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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Oct. 15

It's Monday again. Here are some things you ought to know.

1. Upload your best pumpkin pictures to Patch's photo of the week contest. The winner will receive a $75 gift card.

2. The Plymouth Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in the Greater Plymouth area, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. Previously funded projects include the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Thanksgiving parade, Soule Homestead in Middleborough, the Manomet Center for Conservation Science and various artists and performers at local venues. For specific guidelines and complete information on the PCC, call David Bond at 508-747-1620, ext. 341, or email pcc_ma@yahoo.com. Application forms and more information about the program are available online.

3. Mayflower Bank will sponsor a South Shore Young Professionals networking event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, at 11 North St. The night will feature networking, a chance to view work by local artists, a raffle, complimentary refreshments from Holmes Farm and Nicki Blanchard’s “Good in the Kitchen” and a cash bar. The cost to attend is $5 for SSYP members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information and to register for this event, visit www.southshoreyoungprofessionals.org.

4. The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate debate at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. State Senate and House candidates will face off at Kingston Town Hall, 26 Evergreen St. Democratic Senate President Therese Murray and Republican challenger Thomas Keyes will face off for the Plymouth-Barnstable District Senate seat. Democrat Rep. Thomas Calter will debate Republican challenger Debra Betz for the 12th Plymouth District House seat.

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