“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?”

— Walt Whitman, American poet,

born May 31, 1819

This is it. Today’s May’s last possible sputter. She gets 31 days, and this is her 31st. You’ll wake up in the morning, and lo and behold, it will be June — already.

School’s out, and summer’s started. And we can thank May for already turning up the heat, so we know what to expect. But here we are, all those plans for vacation and what-not ahead, and the last of the school days behind. (Of course, for some, school will start again in the fall, but we’re only speaking for today, this Saturday.)

What are we going to do today? Well, in fact there’s a few things on the calendar. One thing that needs mentioning, especially, is this reminder to not be late to Early’s graduation ceremonies. The Class of 2008 will begin their march at 6 p.m., not the time listed in Friday’s Bulletin. If you’re going, and in case you don’t already know, the graduation exercises are being held at the Brownwood Coliseum. Remember, get there before 6.

BAA rummage sale

Well, the Brownwood Art Association is calling the annual event a “garage sale.” But hello — the Art Center at 215 Fisk Ave. doesn’t have a garage. So, with our editorial license we’ve renamed the event. Please, don’t let semantics paint your thinking. This sale should draw a crowd.

Word is, there’s lots of “great stuff” and they’re ready to unload it all so the association can make some money and get on with what they do best — be an non-profit organization providing educational activities in the visual arts, including classes for adults and children.

Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Recycling at Lake Brownwood

The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will co-sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Bridge Fire Station on Highway 279 south of the bridge.

Be a good neighbor and recycler, please, and rinse out your bottles and cans — and remember, plastic drink bottles and milk jugs (tops removed); newspapers, corrugated cardboard, metal and aluminum cans and glass can all be recycled at the mobile unit.

And hey, if you can’t get there today, next week the trailer will be under the Austin Avenue overpass in Brownwood.

A few more doings …

• Angel Food Ministries at Early United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1073 Early Blvd. will have distribution day from noon to 1 p.m. Bring one large box to pick up food, along with the receipt. Orders not picked up will be donated. The June menu will be available, and orders may be placed for next month.

• 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.

• 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.

• B-I-N-G-O — The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

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

• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets seven days a week at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.