1. The Merrick Public Library in conjunction with New York Blood Center will host a blood drive today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. All those who donate will receive a pair of Mets tickets.
2. Lyle Cogen of Merrick will be touring her one-woman musical, "Sticks and Stones, this fall. The musical helps children identify, respond to and prevent bullying behaviors. Read more about it at 10 a.m.
3. In case you missed it, check out some more news from Merrick's surrounding communities in Crimes Nearby Part II.
4. Do you know how to throw a backyard barbecue for less than $100? Find out how you can do just that here.
5. Take a look at some local employment opportunities in Help Wanted!