“When we win, I'm so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I'm so depressed, I eat a lot. When we're rained out, I'm so disappointed I eat a lot.” – Tommy Lasorda, who in 2009 finished his sixth decade of being with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers in one capacity or another, born Sept. 22, 1927

What's that? Did you feel just the tiniest bit of coolness when you stepped out to pick up your paper this morning?

Is it?

Could it be?

Well, did you check the calendar?

That's right. It is, it is, it is. It is the very first day of fall. Summer's over, and the hundred-degree highs should – not saying for sure and certain – but they should be behind us for a bit now.

This being the official first day of fall, of course, means it is the equinox and there will be as many hours daylight as there are of dark in this 24-hour period. That means, if you slept in very late, you better start making your time count doing what you gotta do, or it'll be dark – and then what are you going to do?

So, have a happy fall, will you? Throw out a few extra corn kernels and nuts for the squirrels when you fill the bird feeders. Put a pumpkin or two on the front porch and hang a scarecrow on the door. The season has changed, and we've got until about this time in December (when we'll pronounce it winter, proper) to enjoy the harvests and bounty.

And what have we got today? Well we've got today and a few things here and there. Plus if there's not enough going on for you in Brown County, you can sure head for Comanche where the annual PowWow is in full swing.

Now, just because we started out with Tommy Lasorda, that doesn't mean we can't also finish. Know what else he said?

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.”

Sounds like a plan, doesn't it?

Help Chili's help St. Jude

Oh sure, maybe your routine is to slide by Chili's and grab an “Old-Timer” or that “Caribbean Salad” along about lunch time, but if you're out and about just a scooch earlier – we're talking 8 a.m. – you could shop through some pretty good stuff and you'd be helping the local Chili's meet its goal for its annual campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. That's right, those Chili-Heads are hosting a rummage sale, starting at 8 a.m., right in their parking lot on Commerce. All the money raised goes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Meanwhile, remember, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Chili's Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign is in full swing. And just like Chili's does every year, one day in September, Chili's is donating 100 percent of all the net profits from all of its stores to St. Jude this Monday.

Don't lose your pet

Get it microchipped. The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center will be set up inside Ag-Mart from 9 a.m. to noon to microchip pets for $20. Also, Ag-Mart will be having a special, customers who buy a collar for their pet will also receive an engraved pet tag – for free.

Popcorn! Buy your popcorn today! And support Boy Scouts!

Cub Scouts will be selling popcorn, a key fund-raiser for Scouting each fall, from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at several Brown County locations, including Heartland Mall, Tractor Supply, Walgreen’s, Cullen’s, McCoy's and Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods.

Over Comanche way

Comanche County Pow Wow is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Comanche City Park. Activities include live entertainment, Sahawe Indian Dancers, kids activities, Texas Camel Corps, Planet Agriculture exhibit, pioneer, cowboy and Native American re-enactments, an outlaw run, antique tractor and engine show, the largest classic car show in Central Texas, and the State Championship Barbecue Cook-off. A $2 admission fee applies. Children under age 5 are admitted free of charge.

And later this evening, the Comanche Volunteer Fire Department and AMVETS Post No. 43 Ladies Auxiliary are hosting the ninth annual Freedom Street Dance in downtown Comanche. This year's headliner band, The Tejas Brothers, has been nominated for Best Live Act by Lone Star Music Awards. The dance will start at 8:30 p.m. Opening band is Jon Young and The Comanche Moon Band. Admission to the dance is $10 at the gate. Concessions will be available. Coolers welcome, but no glass containers. Limited amount of table and chairs available, so bring chairs. Proceeds support Comanche Volunteer Fire Department and AMVETS Post No. 43.

All together again

The Grosvenor School Reunion is today at the Lake Brownwood State Park Group Recreation Hall. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., and a short business meeting will follow. For the lunch the hosts are providing brisket, tea, coffee and paper goods. Attendees are asked to please bring vegetable dishes, salads and desserts. Sorry, there's not going to be an auction this year, but door prizes will be awarded. Any information pertaining to ex-students would be appreciated. Bring pictures and invite family and friends.

And by the way

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club will not meet this Saturday. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

• Bo Hunter and the Band will perform beginning at 6 p.m. for the dedication of the new parking lot at Dairy Queen, 1620 Austin Ave. The public is invited to attend.

• 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.

• Visit 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.

• Brown County Lions Club will sponsor an Old Time Country Western Musical from 6-10 p.m. at Bangs American Legion Post 308. Admission is free, but there is a concession stand and raffle table with baked goods available that aren't. For a program or more information contact Don Shirley at (325) 784-6494.

• The “Kid's Zone” is now open with hands-on exhibits for children of all ages at the Brown County Museum of History annex. The $2 admission covers both the Old Jail, where “The Guns of Empire” firearms exhibit is now showing and the annex. The museum is located at 212 N. Broadway, across from the courthouse. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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