“I'm back in the saddle again / Out where a friend is a friend / Where the longhorn cattle feed / On the lowly gypsum weed / Back in the saddle again …” – Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, born Sept. 29, 1907

September is slipping away, sure as shootin' and here it is, the last September Saturday of 2012 – filled with possibilities of all sorts.

Now, if we were in charge (and let us just say, here, now, we are so glad we're not in charge) – but if we were in charge, we'd be calling this the “Do All the Good You Can” day, just because about everything on today's list of things to do and places to go is to help out a neighbor or folks who might as well be neighbors. There is plenty of good stuff going on, for sure, and that's a very, very good thing for a community.

The other thing we're not in charge of, is the weather, but please, let us say this about that. We hope it hauls off and rains, and rains and rains. We hope those big fat fluffy gray clouds pour out their contents until the creeks fill up and run rapid, till the mud puddles are ankle deep, the ground is soaked and the lake is full. Let us please be at least as thankful for the rain, as we've been ungrateful for the drought.

It's the kind of day, Gene Autry would be proud. When we found the verse for the top of the piece, we stumbled on Mr. Autry's “Cowboy Code.” It's got a good bit of wisdom, so we're just going to share it – and for the most part, for today at least, also live it.

“1. The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage. 2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him. 3. He must always tell the truth. 4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals. 5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas. 6. He must help people in distress. 7. He must be a good worker. 8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits. 9. He must respect women, parents and his nation's laws. 10. The Cowboy is a patriot.”

Benefit for Michele Reiter's family

A barbecue lunch at both Bruner Auto locations will help the family of Michele Reiter with funeral expenses.

Friends of Reiter who helped search for her the nearly two weeks she was missing, said their first goal was “to help bring Michele home.” Now the friends say their aim is to help bring the family closure and assist with the many unexpected expenses of the tragedy.

The Iron Horse Riding Club is cooking the briskets. Lunch plates will include brisket sandwiches, chips and a drink all for $6. Also, there will be a silent auction and raffle.

Have you driven a Ford lately?

Project Graduation volunteers from Zephyr, May, Bangs, Early and Brownwood schools will assist with Big Country Ford’s Drive4UrSchool event being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. Members of the community need only to come to the coliseum parking lot and take a test drive in a new Ford or Lincoln, and Big Country Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the school of the test driver’s choice for its Project Graduation, a safe, secure, drug and alcohol-free all-night graduation celebration for students after graduation.

Scouts launch Operation Care Package

The Pecan Valley District of the Texas Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, will launch its Operation Care Packageproject at 6 p.m. outside the Groner Pitts National Guard Armory. The project expanded across the district after being started by Pack 14. This is an opportunity for the community to help men and women in U.S. Armed Forces by buying items for “care packages” for those serving, and their families stateside. Items such as baby wipes, vacuum sealed snacks, hard candy, beef jerky, socks, coffee of all kinds, toiletry items, reading materials, headphones, Trail’s End popcorn, undergarments, trail mix, children’s toys for local kids, mixed nuts and canned tuna are among the items needed and will be collected through Oct. 31. Sorry, no chocolate nor homemade goods can be accepted.

Drug Take Back Day

For the fourth time in the last couple of years, the Brownwood Police Department and City of Brownwood are participating in the national Drug Take Back Daysponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Local residents are invited to bring in old prescription and non-prescription medications ? in their original containers ? to two locations that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 401 W. Commerce, and Brookshire’s grocery, 1400 Austin Ave. Drop-offs will be accepted with no questions asked.

Beans and sausage supper

Gonna be a good night for beans and sausage, and the Blanket Lions Club's got the menu covered. Come for supper from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Blanket Lions Club building, 718 Main St. Make a donation for the meal and eat your fill. Proceeds from this special event go toward yearly scholarships awards for two Blanket High School seniors, assistance with the cost of an eye exam and eyeglasses for any member of the community who is in need of financial help, support Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville for children with handicaps and diabetes, and provide holiday food boxes for families in the community who need assistance.

And by the way

• Emanuel Chapel UMC will be selling hamburgers, homemade fries and hot dogs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church, 711 Bailey (corner of Beaver and Bailey). No deliveries.

• Lake Brownwood Community Development Council sponsors the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at Flagship Motel at the Bridge on Highway 279. The basic recyclables will be accepted, including plastic #1 and #2, glass, aluminum cans, metal cans, newspaper, magazines, white office paper and cardboard.

• 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. – unless it's raining. 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 Brown County Museum of History has opened a “Kid's Zone,” an interactive hands-on exhibit in the annex, and in the “Old Jail” the unique “Guns of Empire” exhibit is currently on display. A $2 admission covers both the Old Jail building, located at 212 N. Broadway, and the annex, across the street. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

• 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 $3 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.