Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

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

Gifts for kids

The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration.

They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy.

Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline is Dec. 15.

Info: 799-0902

Music, music, music

Eastern New Mexico University will host a Steel Band performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales.

The repertoire includes calypso and other Caribbean styles along with jazz and pop-influenced music.

The event is free and open to the public.

Quirky quote of the day

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” — Lou Holtz

Kitchen tip

Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.

Today in history

On this day in 1945, five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission, never to return from the Bermuda Triangle.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/aircraft-squadron-lost-in-the-bermuda-triangle

Weather

Today — A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 23. Blustery, with a northeast wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight — A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. North wind between 10 and 20 mph.