Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

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

Blood needed

There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St.

Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574.

Free movie

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie being offered at the Portales Public Library.

Showtime is 2 p.m. Tuesday and it’s free.

In case you didn’t know

During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the U.S.

Today in history

On this day in 1966, the first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles under the direction of Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach.

The seven-day holiday, which has strong African roots, was designed by Dr. Karenga as a celebration of African American family, community, and culture.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-kwanzaa

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 46. West wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 23.