“It seems that every time I stick my neck out, I get my foot into something else.” – Patsy Cline, female country singing legend, born Sept. 8, 1932

That Patsy Cline. Some could surely say it better, but no one could sing it any plainer or more pensive, and we'd be just a little “crazy” not to try something fine, or fun, on her birthday.

Patsy, of course, only got to celebrate 30 birthdays here on this planet, she died six months before what would have been the 31st celebration. But we remember her still, and her sad, sad melodies of love and used-to-be's.

So what that's got to do with today, is, well, we're not exactly sure – except we are not going to think of the used-to-be's, just the what can be's, and boy howdy there are plenty of those.

Now, now, now, if you're one of those wanting to be out with the crowd, do your own thing so to speak, we would be quite remiss not to remind you of our Classifieds, where there are garage and rummage sales listed galore. Everybody and their grandmother, as well as this reporter's next door neighbor has got stuff spilling out onto the driveway that they are trying to sell. So there's one thing fun, and we haven't even started.

And we need to get started, because, before you know it, it will be after midnight, Patsy will be singing about that and this day will a used to be.

Recovery Walk and Picnic in the Park

Doing better every day, generally one day at a time is a good thing to celebrate and Center for Life Resources has an excellent plan for doing just that. September is National Recovery Month, and in honor of those making a recovery from a hurt, habit, abuse or addiction, CFLR is hosting a Recovery Walk and Picnic in the Park.

The walk steps off at 9 a.m. from Coggin Park, and if you want to march along in celebration or solidarity, maybe you should show up and be counted at 8:45 a.m. Then, after about a mile-and-a-half stroll, the group and others will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. at Coggin Park for a welcome ceremony with recovery testimonials, which will be followed by games, art activities and races for the kids. About 1 p.m. there will be free hot dogs and drinks. The day's festivities will end with recognition of winners of children's races.

Festival at St. John's

It's here! The 12thannual St. John’s Church Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church and on the grounds on Main Street. This year there are local and area-wide vendors with handmade arts and crafts and other merchandise for sale, including jewelry, seasonal decorations, metal arts, bird houses, woodcrafts and many other items.

Additionally, items will be up for bid in a silent auction. This year Ira Kay pottery will be on the auction block. There will also be baked goods, casseroles, breads and other foods to purchase, all made by the members of St. John’s. There is no admission charge, and door prizes will be given away every half-hour, though the customer must be present to win.

If you're there at lunch time, homemade hamburgers with all the trimmings and sausage wraps will be on sale.

Not just for kids

• Buster's Concho, Colorado and Brazos Valley Railroad, the 7 1/2-inch gauge ridable mini-train at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Train Museum, will be hauling passengers from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Passengers will be charged admission to get into the museum and there is an additional $2 charge for a ticket to ride the 7 1/2-inch gauge.

• The “Kid's Zone” is now open with hands-on exhibits for children of all ages at the Brown County Museum of History annex. Pay the $2 admission, and your good to go see all the exhibits in the annex as well as the old jail across the street, at 212 N. Broadway.

Of course, “The Guns Of Empire” firearms exhibit is currently showing at the old jail. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (325) 641-1926 for more information.

By the way

• or volunteer at the Brownwood Area Community Garden from 9 a.m. to noon any second or fourth Saturday. The garden is at 1514 Dublin St., inside the Brownwood Housing Authority Park Homes, and behind the CTO building. For more information, call (325) 641-9029.

• Christ-centered mentoring classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 1800 Belle Plain. For more information call Paula at (325) 646-1042.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John's Church, on Main and Depot, for casual dancing –country and western and ballroom. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

• Boy Scout Troop 27 in Bangs offers area residents recycling at the TexasBank-Bangs parking lot from 9 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of each month.

• Salvation Army Warriors will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Salvation Army, 403 Lakeway Drive. There will be Bible Stories, games, snacks, and crafts. All children ages 7-12 are welcome.

• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club's Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for information about club events.