“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

— Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

If they can put a man on the moon — and they did just that (if you remember) back in 1969 — it should be pretty easy to stir up some fun right here in the place we call home.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. If you’re visiting, we want you to have fun, too. In fact, it would thrill us if you’d have so much fun, you’d up and move here and become a regular Bulletin subscriber and pick up the paper every Saturday just to see what’s going on.

Today? Well, today’s not on the side of too much to do, but we aren’t going to allow complaints of too little, either. It can be a Baby Bear day, and should Goldilocks happen on his Blackberry while he’s out and about hoping his porridge will cool, she’d think it was “just right” and try everything on the schedule.

Anyway, whether you’re here, there, near or out walking in the woods while your porridge cools (Hello! It’s July, how about eating cold cereal for breakfast? Can someone explain to Mother Bear that structure can be simple?) it shouldn’t be a problem to get all the things you’d like to do done, and the grocery shopping and most of the laundry. Just don’t be thinking you need to sit there and mope, because there surely are enough things to stay mildly busy and have a good time doing them.

What’s cookin’ — besides porridge?

Well, the Heart of Texas Dutch Oven Society is having their monthly meet, cook and eat event today at Riverside Park. And you’re invited to come and join them. If you’ve got your own oven and cooking specialty, bring it and fix it. If you’ve never cooked before, just bring a salad or side dish you can pass and share. Either way, bring lawn chairs for you and yours and plan to sit a while and enjoy the company.

Set up is 10 a.m. and cookers, please be there, then. Cooking will get underway about 11 a.m. and somewhere about noon, everybody can eat. If you need more information, before 10 a.m., call Anna at 641-0526.

Support the local police

The Brownwood Municipal Police Association is holding a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center at 1050 W. Commerce. All items are donated from the employees of the department. Now, if you can’t get by today, it may be OK. They’ve said they’ll be set up and be selling again from 9 a.m. until sellout on Sunday.

Car wash

The “It’s a Challenge! Youth Ministry” is holding a car wash fund-raiser for youth camp, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Firestone dealer on Commerce. No set charge, just please make a donation for their effort. For more information contact Valentino Hernandez at 647-9329.

Blanket Lions barbecue

The Blanket Lions Club will serve a barbecue dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Blanket Lions Building on Main Street. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $4 for children up to 8 years. A drawing for a four-burner gas grill will be held at 7 p.m.

Lake Lions doings

The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m., then, from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring area musicians and singers. The snack bar will be open and serving hamburgers and homemade ice cream. No alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building.

Square dance, round corners

The Pecan Valley Square Dancers will dance at Central United Methodist Church from 8 to 10 p.m. Ira Cullins will call with line dances between tips. For more information, contact Jean Fisher at 646-8424.

Various and sundry

Bangs residents who bring a copy of their water bill can dump trash in the roll-off container at the water plant on North 3rd Street. 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 City of Bangs is hosting a local farmer’s market in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street this morning. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., is open from 7 a.m. to sell out in the 500 block of Brown Street in the lot between Adams and Chandler. There will be fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, jams, jellies, eggs, nuts and all kinds of good things.