“The longer I live the more I believe / You do have to give if you want to receive / There’s a time to listen, a time to talk / And you might have to crawl even after you walk.”

— From “Life’s a Dance” sung

by John Michael Montgomery

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

If you have to ask what’s goin’ on today, you must have just arrived from another planet.

Hello? Third weekend in September? Time and date for the seventh annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and boys and girls, men and women, it is goin’ on for 23 blocks in and near downtown Brownwood.

Unless you got up real early, like before 7 a.m., then it’s safe to say the Locomotion 5-K Run and 1.5 Walk have already begun, and may have been run. But that was just the beginning of just about more than you can do in five Saturdays. If you love a parade, then we recommend the “Feels Like Home Grand Parade.” It steps off at 10 a.m. from the corner of Main and Baker, and will march through downtown and end up at the same corner on which it started.

Three stages — Carnegie Corner, Hometown Hero and Center Park — will have live entertainment throughout the day. But there’s more, a midway of exhibitors’ booths, food courts and carnival rides.

Come on down, check it out and see what it’s all about. Lots to do, and plenty of ways to enjoy the day in the place that “feels like home.”

For the United Way

TWT/Wall Moulding and associates will hold a warehouse sale benefiting the United Way of Brown County from 9 a.m. to sellout at 1411 Center Ave.

Benefit United Way? Great. But if you’re looking for good deals on standard-size, ready-made picture frames, framed art samples, decorator mirrors and other wall decor, then this is a win-win situation. Check it out.

What else is cookin’?

Heart of Texas Dutch Oven Society members will be cooking, starting at 10 a.m. at The Tack Shack, 602 W. Commerce. Come and cook, or if you want to just join in the fun, bring a side dish to share. And bring a lawn chair, so you can sit and visit.

Saying ‘Bye’ to Patrolman Stan

A reception honoring retiring Texas Highway Patrolman Stan Pachall, who’s been 28 years on the job in Brown County is planned for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Law Enforcement Center.

There’s cake, and punch, memories of some good times, and a few “thank you’s” for Patrolman Stan’s service. Come by if you can.

Various and sundry

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. 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. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. daily 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. The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team 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.