“You’ll play basketball my way. My way is hard.”

- Coach Don Haskins, Glory Road

Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of watching basketball on television, but as the sister of two brothers, I appreciate the sport and enjoy watching live games.

I watched Glory Road in 2006 when it first released to DVD. At first I wasn’t sure if it would be worth watching, but the trailer had a very Remember the Titans kind of feel, and I loved that movie, so I gave it a whirl.

If you’ve never watched this movie it is a rather good film and was underrated in the limelight of the line of sports films that came out around the same time. In the early 2000’s you had movies like Coach Carter, Radio, Gridiron Gang, Pride etc. Though most aren’t basketball movies, they all have a tendency to blend in together.

The plot of Glory Road centers on the events leading up to the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship and, as you can imagine, heavily involves then Texas Western College coach, Don Haskins.

So why am I rambling on about basketball, you may ask? Because it is March, which as any good basketball fan will tell you means March Madness!

Heartland Mall will be celebrating March Madness every Saturday in the month of March with Heartland Mall’s March Madness Free Throw Competition beginning today and continues through the weekend of April 1, the weekend of March Madness.

The competition will break participants into specific age brackets. Each competitor must make 10 out 15 free throws to qualify for the next round of the competition. The weekend of March Madness will be the finals. Winners will receive trophies and prizes from different stores in the mall.

In other events:

The Girl Scouts will be hosting a cookie bash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Girl Scout Center.

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. The $2 admission covers both the old jail and the annex. “The Guns Of Empire” firearms exhibit is currently showing at the old jail. It is located at 212 N. Broadway in Brownwood, across from the courthouse. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (325) 641-1926 for more information. Special tours are available.

Christ-centered mentoring classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 1800 Belle Plain. For more information call Paula at (325) 646-1042.

Anyone bound by addiction of any kind is eligible for free help. Meetings are held from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturdays at 1001 Belle Plain. Please note the time, date and place have been changed. Most Excellent Way meetings were previously held on Tuesdays.

The Brown County Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and on other days by appointment. Call (325) 641-1926.

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 (325) 646-0048 or (325) 646-0037 for information.

Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8-9 p.m. seven days a week at 700 E. Baker. Call (325) 646-5842 for information.

New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. daily and also at 10 p.m. Saturdays at 602 W. Commerce.

The Browntowner Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at 7 a.m., noon, and at 6:30 p.m. at 502 W. Austin Ave. For information, call (325) 646-4144.

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

Rising Star's “Open Air” Main Street Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Vendor space is available, to reserve a space call Nancy at (325) 203-0311. Sponsored by the Rising Star EDC.

In-town recycling is available on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the Austin Avenue underpass at Avenue A and Brady Avenue. The collection is made possible by Keep Brownwood Beautiful volunteers and the City of Brownwood. Items accepted are plastic water/soda bottles, plastic milk jugs, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, newspaper, aluminum cans, tin cans, cell phones, printer cartridges, white office paper and magazines.

The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to participate with their parents. For information, call (325) 643-1381.

The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host a dance from 6-10 p.m. Dance and listen to the music of George Allison and Friends. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Cost is $4 per person.

The City of Early Beautification Commission will be hosting a one day recycling event every second Saturday of the month. Recycle bins will be set up from 8 a.m. to noon at Early City Hall. The public is encouraged to bring newspapers/magazines, glass bottles (must be clean and without lids), plastic containers (number 1 and 2 only), and aluminum cans. Recyclable items will not be accepted after noon.

Visit or volunteer at the Brownwood Area Community Garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. any second or fourth Saturday. The garden is at 1514 Dublin St., inside the Brownwood Housing Authority Park Homes, and behind the CTO building.

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.

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