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5 Things for the Weekend: Pats Playoff Game, Bone Marrow Drive, Meet the Cast of ‘Wicked Tuna’ & More

Here’s what’s happening in Foxborough this weekend, Jan. 12-13.

Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section!

1. Mild Temperatures with a Chance of Rain Expected in Foxborough

Saturday’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for scattered rain, mainly before 5 p.m. Patchy fog between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday night: A slight chance of showers before 8 p.m. Patchy fog before 7 p.m., then Areas of fog after 8 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday: Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night: A chance of showers, mainly after 10 p.m. Patchy fog before 8 p.m., then Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

2. ‘Be the Match’ Bone Marrow Drive for Kathy Flagg

Kathy Flagg’s family in conjunction with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the “Be the Match” registry is hosting a bone marrow registration event at the Knights of Columbus in Foxborough on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If between the ages of 18-44, stop by Knights of Columbus to be tested and become a "Miracle match" for Flagg or someone else in need of a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. Participants are asked to bring their insurance cards.

The process to join the registry is simple and involves swabbing the inside of your cheek to collect a sample of your cells.

Flag became ill on Aug. 16, 2012 and was hospitalized for nearly three months, where she was in and out of ICU, literally fighting for her life. Her body was rejecting all treatments, along with blood and platelet transfusions. Flagg was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and has several rare blood disorders.

3. Meet the Cast of ‘Wicked Tuna’ Saturday at Bass Pro Shops

The cast of National Geographic Channel’s hit show "Wicked Tuna" is making a special appearance in Foxborough Saturday to meet with fans prior to Sunday's second season debut on National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m.

The show follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester as they make their living the way it has been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time.

The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna.

One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000 but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.

Four of the show’s cast will be at the Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. “Wicked Tuna” fans will have the opportunity to meet Dave Marciano, Dave Carraro, Paul Hebert and Bill Monte. 

4. Patriot Place Events:

The following events will be held at Patriot Place this weekend:

  • (Saturday) - Artist's Studio & Gallery features Franklin High School: The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place hosts Franklin High School displaying pieces of student art along with other artists from around the area! Stop in and check out these great pieces.
  • (Sunday) - Artist's Studio & Gallery features Franklin High School: The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place hosts Franklin High School displaying pieces of student art along with other artists from around the area! Stop in and check out these great pieces.
  • (Sunday) - Learn to Skate at Winter Skate: Learn to Skate features instruction by a professional coaching staff, making the event one of the most convenient and affordable programs in the area.
  • (Sunday) - New England Patriots Divisional Playoffs: The New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round playoffs at 4:30 p.m.

5. Can Your Cell Phone Make You Sick?

The following text was submitted by AT&T:

Cell phone users can follow a few simple rules to avoid getting sick from their cell phones – some of these will sound familiar: 

  1. Keep your germs to yourself.  Don’t share your cell phone unless it’s an emergency. This rule is especially important for teens who tend to pass phones around or parents who let their toddlers play with their phones. 
  2. Wash your hands frequently. Sing a verse from a familiar song (e.g., “Happy Birthday”) while lathering and rinsing. Don’t rush.
  3. Follow your phone manufacturer’s instructions and clean your cell frequently.  
  4. Try using a hands-free headset, minimizing your keypad-to-face exposure

Don’t – please don’t – use your phone in a restroom.  Some things can wait!

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