“Saying that men talk about baseball in order to avoid talking about their feelings is the same as saying that women talk about their feelings in order to avoid talking about baseball.” — Deborah Tannen

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Nine days old, and the month of June is acting like she can run with the big boys — got a calendar plumb full of things to do starting with the chores and going full blast through the day with all kinds of things for numerous good causes.

It’s the last weekend for the Lyric Theatre’s summer musical, “Oklahoma!” and that’s an absolute gotta see, and a lotta gotta hear. Those great old songs, live and on stage at the Howard Payne Theatre will have you humming about wind sweeping down the plains and corn as high as an elephant’s eye for weeks to

come.

So, soon as you read “Dear Abby” and the obits, you’d best be folding up the paper and venturing out and about for all the good you can do. Check out the charitable garage sales, because you never know when the very thing you’ve been looking for will be there, for sale, at a very reasonable price. And if your purchase helps out someone else, isn’t that just a very good thing?

First, a few chores

Volunteers are needed to assist with a cleanup at the historic home of Greenleaf Fisk, “the father of Brownwood.” Work will begin at 8 a.m. at the home at 418 Milton, behind the Brownwood Coliseum. The Brown County Museum of History has purchased the home and plans to restore it for use as a visitors’ center.

And at May

The May Community Center is having a community volunteers workday beginning by 8 a.m. to do needed repairs to the Center. Painting inside and out, caulking, installing ceiling fans, installing screen doors and many other repairs will be done. If you are unable to work, you might like to help with lunch or make a donation on materials. Volunteers need to bring their tools. All help will be appreciated.

Rummage sales

Lake Brownwood First United Methodist Church at 5751 Highway 279 is having its annual Church Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Victory Life Academy’s multi-family garage sale continues from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

‘Oklahoma!’

The Lyric Theatre’s musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” continues at the Howard Payne University Theatre. Performances are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” are $10 and may be purchased online at brownwoodlyrictheatre.com or at the Brownwood Area Chamber. Reservations may also be made by calling the Box Office at 649-8516.

Various and sundry

New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., will be open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to sellout in the 500 block of Brown, between Adams and Chandler streets. Available will be fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, jams, jellies, eggs and nuts. The City of Bangs is hosting a local Saturday morning farmer’s market, in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street. The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team will hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for more information about club events. The Dance Academy presents its recital “Gotta Dance” at 7 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The show is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Barbarian Festival

The ninth annual Barbarian Festival, hosted by the Cross Plains Festival Committee, is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event takes place on Hwy 206 in downtown Cross Plains. Attractions include a downtown parade at 9 a.m., and continues with live entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, antiques and food vendors, etc. Breakfast will be available at the Senior Citizens on Main Street (Highway 206). For more information call (254) 725-6498, (254) 725-6692, or (254) 725-7289.

Zephyr Homecoming

Come visit with old friends and remember days gone by. Today’s homecoming activities kick off with coffee at the school cafeteria, followed by a bus tour, led by Pauline Hochhalter of the historic Zephyr area; then lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., catered by the Zephyr Friendship Circle, followed by the 27th biennial homecoming business meeting and awards program from 1 until 3 p.m. A fish fry, sponsored by the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department, will be held from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the school.