“If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half … you would have a giraffe and a half.”

– Shel Silverstein

We should begin by making one thing perfectly clear. Today is not Shel Silverstein’s birthday. If he were still alive (and he hasn’t been for 10 years) he would have turned 79 yesterday, which, as you well know, was Sept. 25.

But some of our Saturday Spotlight’s opening quotes don’t have much to do with whatever follows, and the very idea of a giraffe and a half was so intriguing, that it took a top of the column position. We knew you’d understand.

Goodness, gracious, sakes alive, what a Saturday this is promising to be. Don’t you just love Saturdays in September? You think it’s OK to sleep late, especially if Friday night football kept you up until, in fact, it was already Saturday morning. But if you sleep late, you miss the perfectly wonderful cool temperatures of the early fall morning.

But, if you’re reading this, then you must be up and about, so with just a little effort you can be out and about enjoying all that there is to do. As always, we’ll list a few here.

Garage sale benefit

A benefit garage sale will be held at 7 a.m. at 1002 Ave. G. All proceeds will go to help cancer patient Tina Collinsworth, who has stage 3B cervical cancer and is currently undergoing chemo and radiation. Money raised will go to help with medical expenses, travel and other general expenses.

Central UMC Fall Fest

Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second St.,will host its 25th annual Fall Fest from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. U-m-m-m-m – those incredible baked goods those CUMC ladies are practically famous for will be sold, and there’s arts and crafts available to buy and a silent auction. Starting at 11 a.m., and continuing until 1 p.m. you can buy a hamburger lunch – with all the fixin’s.

Money raised helps the church with its missions, so go for a good time and help with their good cause.

Speaking of ’burgers

Goat Willie’s Cooking will serve hamburger and sausage wrap plates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a benefit for the Salvation Army Service Center. Serving will be at the center, at 403 Lakeway Dr. between West Commerce and Belle Plain, and the cost will be $5 or a donation.

Women’s worship service

Lee Chapel Women’s Ministry has extended an open invitation to area women to join them in worship at 3 p.m. at the Lee Chapel AME Church, 911 Beaver St. in Brownwood. Special guest is Evangelist Vandra Adams, and dinner will be served immediately following the worship service.

By the way

• Grace Lutheran Church will hold a rummage sale at the church, 1401 First St., at the corner of First and Coggin, from 7 a.m. until sellout. Everyone is invited to come, browse and buy. 

• 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 and receipt to pick up food. Orders not picked up during the scheduled time will be donated. The October menu will be available and orders may be placed at that time.

• The Brownwood Area Farmers Market is open this season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until sellout, in the shade under the Bill Monroe Overpass (Austin Avenue) at Avenues A and Brady.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

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

• Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is partnering with Aldersgate Enrichment Center to sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon the last Saturday of every month at Lake Brownwood Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Cardboard, plastic milk jugs, clear plastic water/soda bottles, aluminum cans, metal cans, newspapers/magazines and glass will be accepted.