“ … You make me smile with my heart / Your looks are laughable, unphotographable / Yet you’re my favorite work of art.” — From “My Funny Valentine,” by Lorenz Hart and first sung in the 1937 Broadway musical “Babes in Arms”

It’s hard to imagine a Saturday being very much busier than today. First Saturday in May, and needless to say, this one’s a double plum.

Why double plum? Well you shouldn’t have to ask. The first plum’s for all the sweet, neat things on the schedule, and the second one’s there because the calendar space is just plum full of things to do and places to go.

Mayfest in Bangs; Cinder-fella in Early; and Blanket’s got a homecoming happening (and that doesn’t even begin to cover all the goings on). Those are just for starters. You can dance or play bingo, buy plants when you take your recycling or take the kids to the little builders’ workshop at Home Depot. And please, don’t forget, three new exhibits are opening today at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum.

So, enough about that. Let’s get out and get going, and do what we can to make today a good day, and a good day better.

Starting with the ‘Z’ town

The Zephyr Community Historical Association is holding a benefit rummage sale starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. and a $5 barbecue sandwich lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Proceeds will be used to haul, then restore, historical buildings, including the community’s first school house from around 1876, on the lot surrounding the community center.

Recycling, plus plants

Keep Brownwood Beautiful will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Avenues A and Brady, under the Bill Monroe Overpass. Cary Perrin, program coordinator, said a wide variety of native and well-adapted plants will be available for sale.

But don’t forget, it is the first Saturday of the month. That means the recycling trailer will be out and available as well. Bring your glass, cardboard, magazines, white office paper, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda and water bottles and milk judges will be available. All items must be clean.

Shop talk for kids

The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month — and that’s today. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to bring their parents to the parking lot of the store and “start building.”

Mayfest at Bangs City Park

A fun little shindig that got its start some 13 years ago is a full-fledged festival — garage sales, vendors, car shows and contests. Early birds will be out as early as 8 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. through and around and downtown, ending at the park. And the fun goes on until at least 5 p.m. Proceeds from the ’fest go to benefit the city of Bangs.

Early ‘Cinderfella’

Noodles and knob-kneed boys in princess finery — could anything be more fun? The Early High School’s Project Graduation planning committee is hosting the second annual

spaghetti supper and Cinder-fella pageant. The dinner/program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Early First Baptist Church. Tickets, $7 per person, will be available at the door.

A Blanket homecoming

A Blanket Alumni Association will be meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Blanket School Cafeteria. But then it starts to get fun. Dinner and entertainment, sponsored by Project Graduation, will be held from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Blanket school grounds or the cafeteria, featuring brisket. The rodeo parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, and a float contest between classes will be held on Saturday afternoon. The rodeo will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the rodeo arena.


The REACH Club — Real Education on Addiction Can Help — is holding a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heartland Mall. For information contact Amber Wrye, president, at 200-7721 or Patty Bundick, at (254) 559-7721.

Railroad crossing

Three new exhibits are scheduled to open Saturday at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum.

Since this is the first Saturday in May, the museum will charge its family day rates. There is a special discounted $2 admission for all visitors ages 5 to 105. The Saturday museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also at 10 a.m. today at the museum, the Lehnis Heart of Texas Model Railroad Club will have its monthly meeting. Persons interested in this unique hobby from throughout the area are encouraged to attend.

Various and sundry

• 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.

• 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.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily 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. and a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. with George Allison and Friends providing the music. A snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed. Admission to the dance is $4 per person.