1. Looking for a creative Halloween costume for the kids, but don't have the extra cash for the expensive costume shops this year? The Children's Workshop, 410 Child St., Warren, is hosting a costume swap today from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring in a costume and swap it for one of our lightly used costumes.
2. While at the Children's Workshop, stick around for the Light's On Halloween celebration. The children will play carnival games, paint pumpkins, bob for donuts and compete for prizes from the costume contest. The school age children will be selling chocolate covered pretzels for our fundraiser to support breast cancer research. This is open to the public, so bring your friends!
3. Was it right for doctors to harvest a poor black tobacco farmer’s cells without her permission? Opinions vary widely, but one thing is clear – if scientists hadn’t challenged the ethical divide with Henrietta Lacks in 1951, modern medicine might not look the same today.
Today at 7 p.m. at Roger Williams University, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, David “Sonny” Lacks, will share his mother’s story — immortalized in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – during Roger Williams University’s annual Common Reading presentation.
4. This day in history, Oct. 18, 1931: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
5. Expect sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-60s. Enjoy it while it lasts ... rain is moving in for the weekend.