Five Things to Start Your Day: Jan. 31
A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Thursday.
Thursday: Some very early morning rain (before 8am), then rapid clearing. Morning temps in the 50s, then falling into the low & mid 40s by afternoon. West wind 15-30mph adds a chill late in the day.
Friday: Cold and dry. Mid 20s to lower 30s. More clouds than sunshine. A few flurries are possible.
Saturday: Sunny, cold and breezy with highs in the lower 30s.
2. SUMMER CAMP FAIR: Find great summer programs for your kids, choosing from more than 90 camps including: academics, art, music, digital media/programming, day & overnight, sports, traditional, outdoor& social experiences and more.
Fair will be held today from 5-8 p.m. at 11 Charter Road (Parker Damon Building), Acton.
Admission is free.
3. LEARN ABOUT MORTGAGES: Get your questions about mortgages and the home-buying process answered by expert Martin O'Sullivan of Marlborough Savings Bank. Stop by and enjoy free refreshments and guidance from a local lender at 3 p.m. Whether you're new to home-buying, or ready to refinance, having the support of a trusted lender can make the process even easier. No obligations - just a casual opportunity for you to get educated. Contact any of the branch staff in Sudbury to sign up, or just stop by.
4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is Backward Day. Backward Day is a day to do everything ... well ... backward. Today is especially popular with school-aged kids. Try writing backward or reading backward. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat your meal, starting with dessert. And if you're brave enough, trying speaking backward — although you may get some weird looks from people you're trying to converse with.
5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1865 — Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the Confederate forces; 1865 — The House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States; 1940 — The first social security check was issued to Ida Fuller for $22.54; 1958 — The first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer I, was launched; 1990 — The first McDonald's opened in Russia.