“November comes / … With night coming early, And dawn coming late, / And ice in the bucket / And frost by the gate. / The fires burn / And the kettles sing, / And earth sinks to rest / Until next spring.”

— Clyde Watson

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Oh glory be, look at this. A nice November day with a calendar that’s not too full, not too empty, and in a weird math kind of way, is about 25 hours long.

We’re a little later than usual with the “fall back” an hour routine, but tonight’s the night. Hey this may be the only, or maybe the friendliest reminder you’re going to get. The last thing you should do before you go to bed tonight is set back those clocks, one hour, so you won’t be early for church (God forbid) and other Sunday happenings. And hey, any way you look at it, it could still mean an extra hour of sleep.

Enjoy it, because, come Sunday at 4 p.m., when it starts getting dark, you’ll be reminded of the pay off.

But let’s don’t go worrying too much about setting back our clocks tonight, when the day looms with places to be, causes to support and fun things to do.

To mention a few, and listing same in a somewhat chronological order, we have:

Recycle, recycle, recycle

First Saturday of the month, and it’s hello “green scene.” From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. the community recycling trailer will be stationed under the Austin Avenue overpass at Avenue A and Brady Avenue. Glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda/water bottles and milk jugs will be accepted. Please remember, now, all items must be clean and keep the caps off the bottles.

Hunters’ barbecue

The Winchell Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Deer Hunter’s Barbecue, Bake Sale and Raffle from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the WVFD Fire House, 18500 Highway 377 South. Dinners are $7 a plate. A one- carat diamond pendant, a two-carat diamond pendant and a Browning A-Bolt II Rifle are being raffled off.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and the drawing is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Another chance to dance

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

Military support packages

The fruits of several months efforts are ready to be harvested today. The local Military and Family Support Group is distributing holiday gift packages and letters to loved ones of members of the armed services.

Distribution time for the organization’s “Letters from Home” and “Christmas Packages for our Military” is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heartland Mall, next to Chick-fil-A.

“We pack extra boxes so if they have not registered and just finding out about the program they can still pick up a package for someone in the military,” support group volunteer Joyce Leidig said. Family members will need to provide the service member’s name, rank, branch of service and where they are stationed for the group’s records, so it can verify that the donated items were given to someone in the military.

Mullin will shine tonight

A benefit chili and stew supper for the city of Mullin will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mullin Community Center. Contributions will be accepted. All checks need to be made payable to the “City of Mullin.”

Blake appreciation

Bishop A.C. Blake and First Lady Mary Blake will celebrate their 23rd anniversary of service at Greater Faith Community Church with an appreciation service. The Blakes will be honored with a dinner and roasting at 6 p.m. today at the Wendell Dodds Community Center, and festivities will culminate at a 3 p.m. Sunday service.

Fall festival

The First Baptist Church Lake Brownwood is having its annual Fall festival from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Activity Center of the Church. There will be a cake walk, ring toss, Plinko, door prizes, etc. For more information call Ray or Carol at 752-7045.

By the way

The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926.