Welcome to Monday Essentials, our weekly column taking a look at the week ahead. Here are five things to know about this week:1) Mostly cool temperatures
It may not be as cold as last week but winter is definitely not letting up. According to the National Weather Service we can expect a high near 38 degrees to start the day on Monday but will drop to 17 on Tuesday. Then it will gradually rise each day until we're up to around 34 degrees on Friday.
2) Public meetings
The Board of Selectmen is meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Town Office Building, Selectmen Meeting Room. The School Committee is meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Town Office Building, Selectmen Meeting Room. Click here for a full list of public meetings.
3) Video game design
Empow Studios is holding a video game design program for students in grades 3-5 at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Students learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming through video game design while creating their own game. All students work at their own pace, making this a great workshop for both new and more experienced game makers. Find out more.
4) First hand account of drug addiction
Recovered addict Charles Peabody, author of "The Privileged Addict," will be speaking at Lexington High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Peabody will speak about drug abuse, hitting the bottom and recovery. He will also demonstrate, through his personal example, that people can change. Click here for more information.
5) Let's talk maps
There will be a talk about maps at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library (National Heritage Museum) 33 Marrett Road at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"Maps can chart everything from newly explored territories, familiar hometowns or distant theatres of war," the event post states. "Join Hilary Anderson Stelling, Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development and curator of the exhibition, to learn more about the stories maps tell."