“I remember my father when I was 6 / pushing open a gate on the farm road, / stirring the dust of August. / The locusts sizzling in the grass, / a hum of dragonflies hanging sleepy above us.”

- from “Homeplace,” by Jo McDougall

It’s hotter’n a two-dollar pistol, as my old daddy would have said.

Or a nine-dollar cookstove, my mama would agree.

But it’s August, after all, and how scorched are things? Too hot to light a firecracker, and too hot to toss a match or a cigarette butt; so hot there’s a burn ban, and so hot, the farmer’s at the market are saying, “Don’t have much, ever’thang’s scorched it’s been so hot.”

What are you going to do? Well, it’s the same thing every August. You do what you can and hope somebody will can what you do - that is if you’re picking peaches or black-eyed peas.

But some things are out there for the doin’ and it won’t really seem like it’s been summer, or August, unless you give them a try.

Zephyr VFD garage sale

What a deal - got good, usable stuff you don’t need anymore? Put a price tag on it and get it to the Zephyr school parking lot by 8 (in the morning) and the volunteers with the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department will sell it and keep the money. But, while you’re there, look around, and, find some great stuff you do need - and buy it, so the VFD can keep the money. The sale will go from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and like we said, all the money is for the benefit of the VFD.

Soccer sign-up

The registration deadline to sign up for Cen Tex Soccer for the fall season has been extended until today. Forms are available online at www.centexsoccer.org or at Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods, 102 Fisk Ave. The forms can be dropped off at the store, along with the registration fee, or mailed to the address on the form.

Feel like dancin’?

• Bo Hunter and the Country Players will perform country and western music beginning at 7 p.m. at a dance at the American Legion Post No. 196 - that’s on 2710 Crockett Dr., across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Admission will be $4 per person. Don’t plan on drinkin’ or smokin’, ’cause that simply won’t be allowed. But everyone from senior citizens to the fairly young is invited for the fun.

• But if you just want to practice - The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

Regular stuff

• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team 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 Brown County Farmers Market opens at 7 a.m. under the Bill Monroe Overpass on Austin Avenue at the corner of Avenue A and Brady Avenue. It is open at this time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Todd Price at 646-1422.

• The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday, Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.