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Five Things: Vampires, Tai-Chi, Music, Rain and Elections

We may see cold rain today.

Today is Thursday, March 10. Here are five things you need to know:

Keep your umbrella handy. A storm could strike at any time today, according to Weather Underground—and, with temperatures hovering in the 30s, any rain that does fall won’t be pleasant. The wind will also kick up as the day goes on. So, the best idea might to be avoid the weather altogether. Tea inside, anyone?

The race is on. With less than a month until the April 5 election, Reading Patch will begin its campaign coverage in earnest next week. In the mean time, though, you should know that both the Board of Selectmen and Reading Public School Committee will see a race this year. Kara Fratto, the Republican who recently State Rep. Jim Dwyer, will try to unseat either selectman Ben Tafoya or James Bonazoli, and Hopkins Street resident Charles Arthur Jr. will try to join the school committee, displacing either Lisa Gibbs or Karen Janowski.

A touch of the East. The Natural Food Exchange will host a tonight on Wudang Tai Chi and Qigong. The one-hour lecture will include a history of Taoist traditions and practices, as well as martial arts. The rest of the program will include a brief demonstration of some of the techniques and form practice.

Do you like to move it? For seniors looking for a little fun in their exercise, the senior center will host its class today. The class includes weight training and stretching.

The musical would come later. On this day in 1997, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” premiered on the WB. The quirky, “high school as horror” television show stretched seven seasons, spawned a handful of spinoffs—including the similarly vampire-themed “Angel” television show—and cemented an enduring place for the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, in geek fandom.

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