Five Things, Including Quackery at the Reading Library.

And the opening games of the Ed Burns Classic hockey tournament.

1) Patchy rain. Today it will be partly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Temperatures will get into the upper 40s with wind gusting up to 25 mph, according to Weather Underground. At night, there will be patchy fog and continuing rain showers. Temps won’t drop as much tonight as they have been lately, staying around the low 40s. Watch for wind gusts up to 40 mph after midnight.

2) It’s good for what ails you. The Reading Public Library will be hosting a Quack Medicine Show at 7 p.m. Educator and entertainer David Downs will appear at the RPL to present . Learn things like how the monaural stethoscope was invented and why the “ear cone” was placed in the ear and set afire. Not to mention, witness such blatant quackery as the Electric Magneto Nervous Machine as Downs, a member of the Living History Association, shares his unique collection of vintage medical devices while discussing the extraordinary medical techniques in favor during the 18th and 19th century.

3) Holiday blood drives. The holiday season is the time for giving. Give the most precious gift of all: the gift of life. Participate in one of the local blood drives in December and receive a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert from Chili’s Grill & Bar. 

4) Hockey. The Reading High boys hockey team will be in action today at the Ed Burns Classic Hockey Tournament, along with teams like Arlington High and Billerica. The games will be at the . Arlington Catholic plays Billerica at 6 p.m., while the Rockets face Arlington High at 8 p.m.

5) Radio City. On this day, in 1932, Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City, opened its doors for the first time. Thousands turn out for the opening, despite it being the height of the Great Depression, and since that day, 300 million have passed through the theater’s doors. In its first four decades, Radio City Music Hall alternated between a first-run movie theater and a site for gala stage shows. In the 1970s, the theater changed its format and began staging concerts by popular music artists. In 1999, the Hall underwent a seven-month, $70 million restoration and remains the largest indoor theater in the world.


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