5 Things You Need to Know Today — Dec. 30, 2012

Here's what's going on today in Plymouth and Canton.

Trivia: There have been many versions of the song "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" When did it first chart on Billboard in the United States?

Friday's trivia answer: The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits of the harvest."

5. Fiscal cliff: What you should know

Congress and President Obama are racing against the clock this week as they make one last attempt to hammer out a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” the U.S. government is set to go over on New Year’s Day. Find out how much of a bite the "cliff" could take out of your paycheck and more information here on Patch.

4. It's college bowl game season: What and when to watch

College football bowl games are under way, and so far Mitten State teams are 2-0 after Michigan State University and Central Michigan's bowl wins.

Check the remainder of the bowl schedule and up-to-date scores here on Patch.

3. Catching a movie this weekend? Check here first

The critically acclaimed thriller Argo continues today at the Penn Theatre, while Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Promised Land and Jack Reacher continue their first-week run at Canton Cinema and Emagine Canton. Check showtimes and reviews here on Patch.

2. Kids eat free at IKEA

Are your kids on Christmas vacation?  Take them to IKEA where children 12 and under can eat for free in the IKEA Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Jan. 1.

1. What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Looking for the hottest New Year's Eve parties in Metro Detroit? Check the list here! If we're missing a party, be sure to tell us in the comments and post the party as an event on Patch.

Tom Dusbiber December 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a popular song written in 1947 by Frank Loesser. It first charted for The Orioles, peaking at No. 9 on Billboard's Best-Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues chart in December 1949.


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