“There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.”

— Bill Watterson, cartoonist and creator of “Calvin and Hobbes”

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Well folks, if you’ve got “nothing” on your agenda today, you’re not trying hard enough. Lots of good things are on the schedule, and plenty of those are planned to benefit good people and projects.

They’re fixin’ gorditas at the Catholic church, and having a horseback play day over on High Mesa. Meanwhile, back in town, the Lyric Performing Arts Company will stage two performances of “Laundry and Bourbon,” a delightful slice-of-life one-act play by Texas playwright James McLure.

And tonight (tonight) won’t be just any night. In fact it’s the premiere Ms. Solaris Senior Brown County Pageant at the Brownwood Coliseum. They’ll have ladies dancing, talent, fun and fashion — all to raise money for Brown County senior citizen centers.

Now that’s just to mention a few. Keep reading because there’s a swap meet and farmers’ markets, gospel singing and maybe, just maybe, a chance to be in the movies (and we’re not talking about sitting on the front row with your sweetie munching popcorn, either).

So, our advice to you: Don’t stop reading now. Check out everything on the schedule then put on your shoes, finish your coffee (or vice versa), fold the paper neatly so you can read the classifieds and Dear Abby when you get back, and head out for your own big adventures.

You can eat a gordita

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is holding a fund-raiser, and for just $6, you can feast on a fine gordita dinner. Each plate includes the aforementioned gordita (your choice of chicken, beef or pork), rice and beans. Meals are available from 10 a.m. until sellout at St. Mary’s parish hall.

Or hook up with a ham

The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team will 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.

Swap and shop

The House of Wheels is holding a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the House of Wheels back lot at 220 N. Main. All proceeds from booth rental will go to Good Samaritan Ministries. Items to be sold include motorcycle and ATV parts, crafts, jewelry, etc.

Play Day

Get ready, cow folks. The Lone Star Riding Club is holding its third annual Buckle Play Day Series at the Cowboy Church, 1100 High Mesa. Books open at 1 p.m. and events start at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20 plus a $5 office fee. For more information call Martha at 752-1098 or Tonya at 643-4389.

‘Laundry and Bourbon’

The Lyric Performing Arts Company will present two performances of “Laundry and Bourbon,” a one-act play by Texas playwright James McLure, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Payne University Theatre, starring Jill Evans as Amy Lee, Nancy Jo Humfeld as Hattie and Charlotte Tucker as Elizabeth — all three ladies who’ve grown up in fictional small town Maynard, Texas, where nothing’s changed since the Civil War.

Or so they say?

But Elizabeth’s husband Roy hasn’t been home for two days, and now Amy Lee’s seen him around town with another woman, and can hardly wait to share the news.

Join the three on Elizabeth’s back porch and see how their world turns with a little tough — and tender — Texas humor.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 649-8516.

All proceeds go to benefit the LPAC, which is involved in a $1.5 million “Raise the Curtain!” campaign to secure and restore the Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood.

Maybe they’ll put

you in the movies

Extras are needed for the film “A Modern Day Lesson in Sword Fighting” at 3 p.m. and 5 pm. If available, e-mail Kellen Wilson at kellwilson@verizon.net.

Ms. Solaris Senior Pageant

The Ms. Solaris Senior Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. Admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting Brown County senior citizens centers.

Gospel singing

Lakeview Baptist Church on the Baptist Encampment Road is hosting a Gospel concert featuring the group “Established” from Fort Worth at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken.

Farmers’ markets

The Brownwood Area Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. to sellout in the 500 block of Brown Street, between Adams and Chandler. Call Market Manager Todd Price at 646-1422 for more information.

And the City of Bangs hosts a local farmer’s market each Saturday morning, downtown on Kyle Street.

And by the way…

Bangs residents who provide a copy of their water bill may dump trash in the rolloff container at the water plant on North Third Street every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 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 Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For group tours and information call 641-1926.