- Wednesday: Sunny with highs in the 40s.
- Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and cold. Lows in the 20s.
- Thursday: Continued sunny with highs in the 40s.
Hobbit: Celebrate the book The Hobbit — before Peter Jackson got his hands on it and turned it into a three-film epic — tonight at 6 pm at Mohr Library in Johnston [The first installment opens tomorrow night — check Moviefone.com for times and tickets.]
Lights: For some people, there's just no limit to how they'll light up their homes for the holidays — still, National Grid offers a few energy savings tips to hold down the electric bill. And if you're thinking more of the revenue side of the equation, you could win $500 toward your electric bill in the Patch "Deck the House" contest.
Giving: A special tip of the Santa hat to the folks over at FM Global in Johnston, who this week announced that they've contributed more than $1.44 million to the United Way's 2013 campaign.
- Mayim Bialik, 37: Former child star of TV show "Blossom."
- Dionne Warwick, 72: Second most-charted female singer (56 hits).
- Emerson Fittipaldi, 66: Formula 1 racing champion in 1972 and '74.