“I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don’t have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.”

— Ella Fitzgerald, born on April 25, 1917 (died June 15, 1996)

And we are here to say, if anyone could sing it so it could be understood, that would be the wonderful, magnificent, “high priestess of song” Ella Fitzgerald. If she were here, now, we’d ask her to sing “Happy Birthday” to herself.

But, you, our friends — sing it, bring it, attach it to a little soft shoe or some of that wonderful “Ella” jazz. This day has got it going on.

From Coggin Park to the coliseum, the First Baptist Church activity center or the First United Methodist Church of Lake Brownwood, there are activities for everyone and their dogs (seriously). There’s a quilt show, the second annual “Woof-stock” event, the Legends banquet for the benefit of the R.F. Hardin Museum and the annual wildflower show. That’s all just for starters.

Get up early and plan to go late, because there is plenty to do all day long. Put on your walking shoes and step lively. And now, because there is so much, check out the schedule.

‘Quilt’ trip

This is the fifth annual Heart of Texas Quilt Show, and, just like the other four, it’s hosted by the Brownwood Quilters’ Guild. By 5 o’clock Friday, they were at 164 quilts, and counting, and our little preview says there’s a spectacular offering. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Brownwood Coliseum. Vendor space is sold out, and more than 100 quilts will be on display, from quilters all over Texas. At 2 p.m., this year’s quilting demonstrator and guest speaker, Debbie Maddy with Calico Carriage Designs, will present her special program. Maddy, the creator of the no “y” seams, no diamonds lone star patterns will also lead morning workshops today and Sunday, but preregistration was required for those.

As for the previous four shows, guild members have made a “donation” quilt. This year’s quilt is an “American Heritage” design and is made from Civil War reproduction fabrics. The quilt had been on display at Susie’s Quiltin’ Quarters, and has now been moved to the coliseum entrance. Tickets are available (a dollar each or six for $5) at the show and from any guild member. The drawing for the give away is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The guild is also sponsoring a “Charity Boutique,” which includes an array of items — even several full-size quilts — donated by guild members and for sale. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Relay for Life.

And, in support of the annual Brown County Christmas “Toys for Kids” drive, tickets will be sold for a Quilting Goodie Basket, also to be given away Sunday afternoon. Admission to the show will be $5 per person, though husbands accompanying quilting wives, and children younger than 12, will be admitted for free.

‘Woofstock’ ’09

Hey, man, this is — like — a totally groovy thing to do, and it is — I mean — a really cool way to support the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center, which needs all the help it can get, all the time.

Registration for “Woofstock” ’09 begins at 10 a.m. and activities will be “happening” until 2 p.m., all at Coggin Park. The “Grateful Dog” walk begins at 11 a.m., if you’d like to “paws” for that. Official tie-dyed “Power to the Puppies” T-shirts will be for sale ($20 for adults and $15 for children) and vendors will be selling everything for Adironback chairs to birdhouses, iron art and surely some sort of something that starts with “Z.”

And there will be some 60 items to be raffled off. Kids activities (most require tickets, $1 each) and contests (most for a $5 entry fee) will make the day — like — “far out” fun for everyone.

Business Expo

The Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is sponsoring a Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Brownwood First United Methodist Church (across from Potter’s Glass plant) on Highway 279. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County will have the concession stand. Air Evac helicopter will be for everyone to see. Also a bake sale, door prizes, face painting, and other entertainment will be available.

Go where all

the flowers are

Programs on landscaping, native plants, rain water harvesting, gardening on top of soil are scheduled for the Heart of Texas Wildflower Exhibit and Plant Sale at the First Baptist Church Activity Center, located at the corner of Center and Depot.

The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with programs set for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Specimens of wildflowers from Brown and surroundings counties will be on display and identified by their common and scientific names. Dr. Jack Stanford, retired professor and head of the Howard Payne University biology department, will be on hand to assist with wildflower identification.

Steven Chamblee, chief horticulturist at Chandor Gardens of Weatherford, will speak on “Landscaping in Texas” at 11 a.m. and Billy Kniffen of Menard, water resource specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will speak on “Harvesting Rain Water” at 1 p.m.

R.F. Hardin Legends Banquet

The museum board of the Rufus F. Hardin Museum Inc. will be hosting the 11th annual “Celebrate the Legends” banquet, featuring Brownwood Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe as guest speaker and honoring Charles Lowe with the “Willie Lee Gay Legends Award.” “Meet and and greet” begins at 6:15 p.m. and the banquet will run from 7-9 p.m. in the Mabee Center of Howard Payne University. Some single tickets may still be available for $25 each. For information or to purchase tickets, contact: Hank Hunter, 325-642-2779, hank@hwhjanitorial.com; or Marion Barron at 643-1613 or 203-1283.

And among the rest

•Angel Food distribution will take place from 11 a.m. until noon at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second St., Brownwood, and Early First United Methodist Church will be distributing food from noon to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 1073 Early Blvd. Orders for the May menu may also be placed at that time.

Customers should each bring one large box to carry the food and the receipt of payment. •Community Gospel Sing will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Legion at North Lake. Anyone who sings, plays an instrument, is welcome to come and join.

•Bangs is holding a citywide cleanup today. Items must be placed in the same area as the new poly carts. Brush must be in four-foot bundles. No tires, paint, batteries or oil 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.

•Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is partnering with Aldersgate Enrichment Center to sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon 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.