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5 Things You Should Know Today - Aug. 30, 2012

Tonight's Queen of Hearts raffle drawing in downtown Farmington could net a lucky ticket holder thousands of dollars.

It doesn't seem possible, but the weekly raffle sponsored by two local civic groups has gotten even bigger this week. 

Here's what else you should know today: 

1. The weather

The sun is expected to shine today, but watch out for winds gusting up to 24 miles per hour. The National Weather Service predicts a high around 86 and a low in the mid-60s. 

2. 

Take a guided tour of the and , learn about school programs, reserve a day for students to visit the Nature Center or set up a date for a Naturalist to make a school visit during this free event. Refreshments will be served. Call 248-477-1135 or email asimons@fhgov.com for more information.

3. 

Join the Farmington Rotary and Xemplar clubs at tonight for the raffle drawing. This week's pot is expected to be over $12,000, and tickets are just $1. Buy them from any club member or at the pub tonight. If your ticket is picked, you can select an envelope with a playing card inside. Even if you don't choose the queen of hearts, you'll receive a gift card. 

4. Look ahead: Annabelle Road at the 

Michigan's new state fair opens Friday at 8 a.m. with livestock exhibits, vendors, entertainment, a midway and more. Headlining on opening night will be this popular musical group, which played this summer in downtown Farmington. They take the stage at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi at 7 p.m. Learn more at greatla­kesstatefair.­org.

5. Look ahead: 

“The Blues Man” Paul Miles spreads his love of music and Motown through classic blues tunes starting at 10 a.m. Saturday during the market in downtown Farmington. An 11 a.m., look for a cooking demo with healthy natural foods prepared by I Eat Healthy. Vendors selling Michigan products and produce and a weekly market basket giveaway round out the fun. 

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