“The way I run this thing you’d think I knew something about it.”

— Bugs Bunny, who on

June 27, 1940, made

his debut in “Wild Hare”

Well pardon us for not going with Mr. Bugs Bunny’s most famous quote. That’s because, we thought we could use it further down in our Saturday happenings column.

Like now?

No, but soon, and so we beg you to please keep reading. We’ll warn you when the use of that famous quote is imminent. And yes, since you’re probably already thinking it, this is a little off the norm from the standard introduction to the things to do, places to go and people to see you’ve come to expect.

But, this is about three years into the Saturday Happenings column, where we seemingly depend on fluff, stuff, waxes and wanes and creative stream of conscience to say what we’re going to say.

Anyway substitute “Wambling Weporter” for “Wascally Wabbit,” and we’d try to get away with another excusable schtick.

We could say in paraphrase, “Here we go with the timid wordy and silly creature bit again. It’s shameful, but… ehhh, it’s a living.”

OK, that’s almost enough, but we promised you the great and famous, and so before we write another sentence, we’re going to use it. It works, we think. And now here it is.

“Ehhh, what’s up Doc?”

A ‘thank you’ barbecue

The May Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Community Appreciation Barbecue from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the May School Cafeteria, West on County Road 411 in May. There’ll be plenty of food, so y’all come, ya hear?

Or shoes, if you prefer

The Lyric Performing Arts Company’s summer production of the romantic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park,” by Neil Simon continues with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center at Brownwood High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each (if you don’t have one already).

And here’s the real skinny on the show. It’s just great. The cast is stellar — just outstanding. And come on, it’s Neil Simon, so the script is funny, quick and a straight-on comparison to real life, gently updated from the ’60s and relevant. Certainly worth $10. Remember, you’re attendance supports the arts in Brown County, and is another forward step toward the completion of the Lyric Theatre.

A plan for a van

Blanket First Baptist Church is hosting several activities today to raise funds toward the purchase of a handicap-accessible van for the community’s use and to send the church youth to camp.

Starting at 1 p.m., the church youth will be holding a rummage sale at the church and those proceeds will help with the camp fees. Then from 5-7 p.m., in the church fellowship hall, there’s a fish fry that’s going to be some very good “eatin” and you can pay a little or a lot for the meal — because all they’re asking is a donation. (Be generous, if you can — you’ll feel better about yourself, and the Blanket community needs a new van.) Now, while the fish and fixin’s are being served, the church ladies will be offering some prize-winning, mouthwatering baked goods for sale — also for the van fund. Come on buy. OK?

Angel Food distribution

Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second St., Brownwood, and Early First United Methodist Church, 1073 Early Blvd., will each be distributing Angel Food Ministries food orders today and orders for the July menus can be made. Remember please to bring one large box to carry the food and the payment receipt. Orders not picked up will be donated. Central UMC’s distribution time is from 11 a.m. until noon and Early FUMC’s is from noon to 1 p.m.

That’s not all, folks

•A benefit dance for Josh Hernandez will be held, starting at 8 p.m., at the Brown County Youth Fair Barns. Tickets are available at Stanley Dodge. Contact Hector at (325) 829-1706.

•Calvary Baptist Church will be selling brisket sandwiches and sausage wraps in the parking lot at Walmart from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to raise money for mission trips to Mexico and Haiti.

•Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is partnering with Aldersgate Enrichment Center to sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon the last Saturday of every month at Lake Brownwood Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Cardboard, plastic milk jugs, clear plastic water/soda bottles, aluminum cans, metal cans, newspapers/magazines and glass will be accepted.

•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 open dance practice. 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.