“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

— Arthur Ashe

Whoops, looks like some of the Memorial day weekend’s thunder’s been stolen. The weekend’s supposed to be the official but unofficial gateway to summer, except that with the last Monday of the month falling six days before the end of the month, the weekend’s missing the “end of school, start of vacation” mantra it usually holds.

That’s OK and that’s all right. The weekend is here, and the school year’s finish is near. The weather report we got is for “low clouds, breezy and hot.” So it’s probably going to be a fine day to do “summery” things — picnics, swimming, grilling and chilling with friends and family who have the long weekend, and a summer attitude.

If you’re out and about, enjoying life and freedom, do remember those who are honored this Memorial Day, and be thankful to all who have served or are serving the land we profess to love.

For there are no truer words to be spoken of our men and women in the armed forces than this, “All gave some, some gave all.”

Zephyr Cemetery decoration

Graves of 192 veterans, representing every American war, from Civil through Vietnam, will be decorated by the Zephyr Cemetery Association and the group’s annual Veterans Memorial Service will be held at 9:15 a.m. at the cemetery. Richard Ivy, pastor of Avenue D Baptist Church will be the speaker and his wife, Joy Ivy, will present special music. Friends or family members who wish to assist with the flag distribution are invited to do so, just come early.

Meat and music at the mall

The Texas Championship Rib Burn-Off and Old Time Fiddling Contest is going on this weekend at Heartland Mall, like it has this same weekend in May for who knows how long. Hailed a “family fun weekend” the contests and events are sponsored by the Early Chamber of Commerce, Sears and Heartland Mall and include:

• The Texas Championship Rib Burn-Off;

• Barbecue brisket and ribs, for sale inside the mall, starting at 11 a.m. as a fund-raiser for the Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club;

• The no charge to watch and listen fiddlin’ contest, also inside the mall, starting sometime after the noon registration (bring a lawn chair if you want to sit a while);

• An amateur on-the-grill cook-off (weather permitting);

• And this year’s there’s some fun things for kids planned from 1 to 5 p.m., including a bounce house and other activities.

Charity rummage sales

• The May Community Center is sponsoring a citywide garage sale day with some pretty good stuff. All money raised will benefit the center. The center will open at 7:30 a.m. today and maps of sales in the area will be available at the center. Food and drink concessions will be open at the center, too.

• Central United Methodist Church at the corner of Second and Avenue G in Brownwood will sponsor its annual rummage sale to benefit local, national and international mission and charity projects from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Furniture, home and garden decor, tools, toys, clothing, collectibles and many other items will be offered.

Torrez family benefit

A brisket plate fund-raiser to benefit Arthur and Mary Torrez, whose home was destroyed by an apparent tornado, will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Plates will cost $6 each.

MOPS Moms Walk

The Southside Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will hold its Great Moms Walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Coggin Park to help raise community awareness and funds for its work. Emergency vehicles will be on display, and pony rides, games and other activities are planned. Gold sponsors include TexasBank, Mills County State Bank, Dr. Tim Moore, Laura Johnson, Dr. Wesley Hutchins, Southside Church and Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Other stuff

• Bo Hunter and his band will provide live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brownwood Dairy Queen. Bring your own chairs to sit on. For information, call 646-0839.

• 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.

• Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 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 on North Third Street.

• 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.

• 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.

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