“We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”

— American author

Tom Robbins

Brownwood is playing host to plenty of dragons this weekend — nine of them, to be exact — but they are here to enlighten and entertainment, not to terrorize.

The Tom Robbins quotation above, which points out that we are called upon to rescue ourselves from ourselves, somehow seems even more fitting on the weekend before Independence Day —during an election year.

The July 4 celebration reminds us that as Americans, it is “we the people” who must decide the direction our country will take. No dictator is going to make that decision for us.

But all that is something to consider next weekend. Today, it is indeed a group of dragons that provides one of the key highlights of a weekend offering plenty of things for Brown County residents to do. Never mind that you might be more inclined to spend the day at the lake or the pool, or if you feel obligated to keep the lawn alive by moving water hoses around.

Parents with children, and maybe grandpa and grandma too, will not want to miss “Nine Dragons,” the production being staged today and Sunday at the Howard Payne University Theatre by the Lyric Performing Arts Company. Three shows were offered on Friday, and two more are set for today — 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. — plus the finale at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Even though it’s considered a children’s play, the fable offers adults something to think about too in regard to conflict resolution among different cultures — a lesson grown-ups seem slow to learn these days. Those who attended the shows Friday came away marveling not only at the quality performances, but also the creative costumes and set.

Amateur radio Field Day

Dragons can come in a variety of forms, and sometimes they appear in the guise of natural disasters. When they strike, and when traditional lines of communication are interrupted, the amateur radio operators of the world spring into action.

Of course, they are there every day as well, helping to relay messages and assist with communications as needed by emergency management officials. But in order to be prepared for the unexpected, “ham” radio operators annually conduct their “Field Day,” a 24-hour period when as many contacts as possible are made throughout the world.

Members of the Brownwood Amateur Radio Club will compete in the event beginning at 1 p.m. at the American Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams St., Brownwood.

Farmers Market

The harvest is beginning to really roll in, and the Brown County Farmers Market will open at 7 a.m. under the Monroe Overpass on Austin Avenue at the corner of Avenue A and Brady Avenue. It is open at this time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Todd Price at 646-1422.

Graduation fund-raiser

You just thought graduation season had passed. Some far-sighted folks are already thinking ahead. Blanket’s 2009 Project Graduation will hold a bake sale and window washing fund-raiser at Cousins Super-C at 915 Early Blvd. from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Windows will be washed at the gas pumps for tips, and all proceeds will go toward next year’s Project Graduation.

Pioneer area reunion

The 88th annual reunion of ex-students and friends and of Pioneer and area schools will be held at the Cross Plains Community Center with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. A sandwich and dessert lunch will follow the business meeting, along with a memorial service for those who died during the past year.

Masonic Lodge officers

The Brownwood Masonic Lodge will installing new officers for 2008/2009 Masonic year. This meeting is open to everyone. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the installation at 7:30 p.m. Call Brad Cloud (325)998-0645 for more information.

Big day for Angel Food

Angel Food distributions are scheduled throughout the county:

• A Brownwood distribution will take place at Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Second St., from 11 a.m. until noon. Orders for next month may be placed at that time, also.

• Distribution for the May United Methodist Church’s Angel Food Ministries will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

• Early First United Methodist Church will have its distribution day for Angel Food Ministries from noon to 1 p.m. Come to the Family Life Center at 1073 Early Blvd. Remember to bring one large box to pick up the food. Also remember to bring the purchase receipt. Orders not picked up during the scheduled time will be donated to charity. The July menu will be available and orders may be placed at that time. Due to the July 4 holiday, sign-up for July will be only one day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 11.

Weekly on the weekend

• The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday; and 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.

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