Downtown Reading’s annual “Shop the Block” event happens Thursday from 5-9 p.m., with discounts and treats at many businesses. (Look for the red bows marking those participating.) Among the deals, Everything But the Dog (2 Haven St. #101, Reading, 781-944-5300, www.everythingbutthedog.net) will have markdowns on holiday clothing, collars, and gift cards; Salon Fabiano (159 Ash St., Reading, 781-944-0524, www.salonfabianoltd.com) will take 10 percent off gift certificates and hair care products; and Atlantic Framing and Gifts (78 Haven St., Reading, 781-944-4169, www.atlanticframing.com) will give a gift with any $50 purchase, while supplies last. Participating shops will also sell raffle tickets for a gift basket worth $1,000. Find more details on the event’s Facebook page (search for “Shop the Block, Reading Mass”).