“It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow.”

- Billy Rose

We didn’t find too many chips — any for that matter — on today’s shoulders and that may be because this Saturday has so many things to do, it’s already taken a bow, and is back standing, ready for whatever happens next. Because bow, wow, is this a Saturday full of things to do, places to go and folks to see, or what?

There’ll be dogs in costume at Coggin Park; benefit barbecues for folks on hard times; and a good old-fashioned Gospel Sing over in Bangs. The Friends and Relatives of Greenleaf — that’s “FROG” for short — are working hard and doing “fixing up” things today at the cemetery, and there is a really big rummage sale going on at First Baptist-Brownwood.

Quick now, grab one more quick cup of Joe. This is no day for sitting around. And we’ve got to get with, telling you all about them.

‘Project Graduation’ bake sale

How about those Early High School seniors? They’ve been baking and making good things to eat — raising money for their Project Graduation to support 2009 graduation night activities. If you’ve got a taste for cookies, brownies and other homemade sweet treats, stop by Wal-Mart and help out those kids. Sale starts and 8 a.m. and goes until noon, but they might sell out, so you’d better hurry and get there.

Church rummage sale

Speaking of early, you may be pushing it to find the really good stuff at First Baptist Church rummage sale, because the sale started yesterday. But you never know. And there could be the very thing you’ve always wanted. The sale’s being held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the church activity building.

Calling all ‘FROGs’

Friends and Relatives Of Greenleaf are gathering at 9 a.m. for a work day at the cemetery. Volunteers are needed to help the Granite Guys reset historical gravestones that have shifted over the years, to prune, plant and paint. And let us just mention, Howard Payne University students from one of Lynn Humeniuk’s social justice classes will join volunteers and help do what needs to be done.

Benefit barbecues

• Brisket for lunch? Stop by the smoker stand set up on the Brookshire’s parking lot, corner of Austin and Coggin, between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All money raised will benefit to help the Martinez family, who lost their home and all contents in a fire.

• A benefit dinner for Becky Garza, who is a cancer patient, will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Ricardo’s Bakery, 904 Booker St., Brownwood. Dinner includes brisket and sausage, potato salad, rice and beans, and also includes dessert and tea, for $6.50 per plate.

Dressed up dogs

The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center will hold a pet costume Halloween party from noon until 2 p.m. at Coggin Park Pavilion No. 2. Prizes and goodies will be available. Please remember, all pets must be on a leash.

Fall festival

The East Elementary School Fall Festival will run from 5 until 8 p.m. in the school gym. Come and bring the family for fun, games, bingo with prizes, candy and soft drinks.

Gospel sing

The Central Texas Gospel Sing and First Baptist Church of Bangs will present an evening of Southern gospel music at First Baptist Church of Bangs. Singing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but they’ll pass the plate for an offering. Featured singers include the ladies’ trio, Faithful Touch, from Mansfield; The Moodys from San Antonio; Pure Grace; Leesa Stephens; and Stacy Walker.

By the way

• Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum Annex.

•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 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 Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

•Early First United Methodist Church will have its Distribution Day for Angel Food Ministries from noon to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 1073 Early Blvd. Bring one large box for carrying food, and order receipt. Orders that are not picked up during the scheduled time will be donated. The November menu will be available.

•Fit By Faith is holding its second annual Tae Bo-a-thon at 9 a.m. Pledges raised will go toward helping the Billy Blanks Foundation stuff 20,000 backpacks that will be sent to the troops stationed overseas.

•Beauty Pageant and baby contests - Pageant will have registration at 11 a.m. and pageant begins 12 p.m. at the Heartland Mall. There will be 8 age divisions for girls age 0-25 years and 2 age divisions for boys 0-3 years.