Thursday morning briefing: A free concert, big Melrose bash and a Soviet space dog

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

Free concert

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a special concert by Irish pianist Peter Mack at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building.

Admission is free.

Mack is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International Piano competitions.

Meetings watch

Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today in the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex.

Open to the public.

Melrose bash

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce annual banquet is 7 p.m. today at the Melrose Schools Commons Area.

Admission is $8 per person.

Information: James Townson, 799-0043.

Quirky quote of the day

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” — Katherine Hepburn

Today in history

On this day in 1957, The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space — a dog name Laika — aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-soviet-space-dog

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. South wind around 10 mph.