Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Monday Jan. 16. Here are five things you should know.
1) MLK Day sun. Looks to be mostly sunny today with highs in the mid 30s, according to Weather Underground. Expect clouds to roll in at night, with temperatures dipping slightly into the upper 20s. Light winds, gusting up to around 15 miles per hour, are also possible.
2) Celebrating a dream. Reading’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be held today at the Reading Memorial High School Performing Arts Center. This family friendly event for all ages will begin with breakfast at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. Highlights include music and drama provided by the Reading Memorial High School Mixed Chorus and RMHS Singers, the Reading Memorial High School Drama Club, the Singers from the Korean Church of the Nazerene and the Reading Community Singers. This year’s featured speaker is Kristina Kyles, President and CEO of Clearpath Education, Inc. Ms. Kyles speech is entitled Updating the Dream and will focus on five ways that we can continue Dr. Martin Luther King’s work in today's society.
3) Family Skate. Continue the celebration on the ice, as Burbank Ice Arena hosts a special holiday edition of family skating. Beginning at 1 p.m., bring your kids down to the rink for a little fun on MLK day.
4) Sports. The Reading High wrestling squad is in action today, as the varsity team takes on the JV at Hawkes Field House, while the girls gymnastics team faces Burlington at 11 a.m. at home. Both RMHS hockey teams play tonight, with the girls on the road at Wakefield for a Middlesex League crossover duel and the boys on the road at Hingham at 4 p.m. The boys swim team also has a meet today, swimming at Mystic Valley at 4 p.m. Across town, the Austin Prep boys hockey squad skates against Winchester at home today in a non-league battle at 1 p.m. The Lady Cougars hit the rink against Archbishop Williams at 11 a.m. at Stoneham Arena. Look here for the complete schedule.
5) It’s official. On this day, in 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the second Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American War of Independence. Known as the second Treaty of Paris to avoid confusion with the document which ended hostilities in the Seven Years War in 1763, the document contains Britain’s official recognition of American independence from the crown, formally establishing the 13 colonies as the sovereign nation known as the United States of America.