Wednesday morning briefing: Ready for the big chill?

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.

Button up Buttercup…or at least wear a jacket. It’s going to get cold quick today (see weather below).

Big brass

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Brass Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building.

It was originally scheduled for Nov. 15.

The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of the show is Hollywood; the choir will play music from various movies.

Fishing fun

The Oasis State Park 21st Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oasis State Park.

Kids ages 6-17 and their parents/adults, must pre-register.

Anyone 12 years and older must have a valid New Mexico fishing license.

The Entry fee for the event is two cans of food per child with proceeds going to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.Information or to pre-register: 356-5331

Quirky quote of the day

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.” — Richard Bach

Kitchen tip

For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.

Today in history

On this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan signs a bill in the White House Rose Garden designating a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mlk-federal-holiday-declared

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 50 by noon, then falling to around 36 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to between 30 and 35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 27. North wind between 5 and 15 mph.