“If the No. 2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still No. 2?”

- George Carlin, American comedian and inaugural host for “Saturday Night Live,” which premiered Oct. 11, 1975, on Saturday night, “Live from New York …”

Oh, isn’t it nice? Here we are at the second Saturday of October with a fine smattering of things to do and places to go. And if nothing on the calendar strikes your fancy, well, it’s also a fine day to go shopping for a nice pumpkin or two for the door step. Find a nice one without any soft spots, and it will keep just fine until it’s time to carve it into a Jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

Anyway, it’s a really nice time of the year. October just kind of rounds things out, you know, so the mornings are cool, afternoons are warm. Gradually we’ve come to the season with days that aren’t as long as summer, and evenings that are perfectly pleasant. It just seems like if you can’t enjoy that, you can’t enjoy much.

Well what do we have to do today? A few things, really. A couple of rummage sales this morning, and some dances this evening. And, for a real change of pace, how about a demonstration on stained glass for the afternoon. Keep reading to get the details.

LBCD fund-raiser

The Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is trying to raise money to keep doing what it does and so, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, at the Lake Brownwood United Methodist Church, 5157 Highway 279, the council is holding a combination rummage sale, bake sale and raffle. It’s all good, so come on down, and shop. “Gently used” furniture, television sets, knick knacks, dishes and clothes are available for sale. And the baked goods - delicious and worth the trip.

Stained glass demonstration

Artist Kit Timmins will present a demonstration on stained glass for the Brownwood Art Association at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Center at 215 Fisk Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

Feel like dancin’?

• Well, the Heart of Texas Dance Club is having their fall dance, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Travelers Dance Hall in Early. The cost is $20 per couple, or $10 for singles. Tickets will be available at the door, but there will be a limit of 150 attendees. If it’s still early when you read this, you can try to e-mail a reservation to Casey Williams, at casey@bwoodtx.com.

• But over on the other side of the bayou, at American Legion Post 196’s hall on 2710 Crockett Dr. (across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center), Bo Hunter and the Country Players will be playing country and western music to dance to, starting at 7 p.m. They’re calling it a senior citizens dance, but in the very next line, they say, “All ages are welcome.” Of course, they don’t allow smoking inside the hall, or the drinking of alcohol anywhere on the premises - it doesn’t matter how old you are.

Gospel concert

Speaking of good behavior, and technically we were, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Employee Association is hosting a Fall Festival Gospel Concert from 3 to 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. “Pure Grace,” “Haven of Hope” and “Chronic Frailty” are among the Gospel groups featured. There is no admission fee, so come for all or come for a little. Love donations will be accepted. Also, cotton candy and beverages will be available for a donation. All donations go to benefit the BCSOEA.

It’s not far to Rising Star

And the Rising Star Chamber of Commerce and agriculture committee will sponsor its 13th annual OctoberFest in the Rising Star City Park. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the Chamber of Commerce will have barbecue sandwiches for sale at lunch time. Rising Star Foundation will host garage sales in the Higginbotham building.

By the way

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.