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Five Things You Need to Know, Nov. 9, 2011

National Emergency Alert Test today; celebrate Diwali and plan to salute members of the U.S. military.

1. National Emergency Alert Test

At about 2 p.m. today, FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System, giving the Emergency Activation Notification its first public test. The test will be different from those we typically hear. FEMA will conduct the test, which will last about 30 seconds and involve all radio, television, cable and satellite operators.

2. Celebrate Diwali

, the Hindu Festival of Lights, at , 1200 S. Canton Center Rd. at 7 tonight, in the library's community room.

Diwali is one of the oldest and most important festivals in India. The name comes from the Indian word "Deepavali" and translates to "an array of lamps." This free family friendly event will feature Indian music, dancing, rangoli, sampling of Indian food and the art of drawing henna patterns.

3. Furlough Day

The , Canton Public Safety's records bureau, police and fire administrative offices and ordinance enforcement unit will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day and Monday for a furlough day. Township offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police, fire and emergency services will operate normally, as will Leisure Services Department programs outside the township administration building.

4. Be a Pretender

Starfish Family Services will host a workshop for parents on the importance of pretend play at Canton Public Library, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents will get tips on adding playful pretend moments to eveyday moments around the house. Childcare will be provided by licensed Starfish Family Service staff. Registration is required for this free program.

5. Salute to Service

Canton Township's annual Salute to Service program for Veterans Day is set for 6 p.m. Friday at , 50400 Cherry Hill Rd. The evening is devoted to honoring those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. This free program is open to the public.

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