“We will remember ourselves before this perfectly horrible storm, and we will know ourselves better afterward.”

— Newspaper columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, September 2005

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

It’s the eighth day, second Saturday and maybe we ought to take it a little slow.

How slow? Well, set your own pace. Sure, sure, sure. There’s a few things to do — some for fun, some to help others and one (Early, this one’s for you) to get into the spirit of things.

But the big push is next week, and Brown County you need to be ready.

Next Saturday? Well, hello, next Saturday’s the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and there will be more to do than we can fit on this page, which, why would we, since this is this Saturday, and next Saturday’s a week away.

Today?

Give everything on the list a read through, and whatever you do, take time to enjoy what you can and appreciate it all. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return, and smile while you’re doing it.

That will be your reward, and may help them weather a storm.

St. John’s Fall Festival

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood will host its seventh annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Local and area vendors will have a variety of handmade arts and crafts and other merchandise for sale.

Booths will be open both inside and outside, featuring jewelry, seasonal decorations, stained glass, metal arts, woodcrafts, baby items, clothing and more. In addition, a selection of baked goods, casseroles, jams, jellies and other foods made by church members will be available for purchase. At lunchtime, hamburgers with all the trimmings and sausage wraps will be available. No admission will be charged, and door prizes will be given away every half-hour to those present. The church is located at the corner of Main and Depot streets.

Parkinson’s seminar

Dr. Rance Boren, local neurologist, will be a featured speaker at a Parkinson’s Disease Seminar scheduled to run from 10 a.m., beginning with registration, to 1 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center, 511 E. Adams St.

Dr. Boren will give an overview of Parkinson’s Disease, and also discuss treatment options. He will cover the latest medications and treatments, as

well as some soon to be available.

Jo Bidwell, West Texas Coordinator for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, will address the important role nutrition plays in the management of Parkinson’s.

There is no cost for the seminar or for the brunch that will be served midmorning. All persons who have Parkinson’s and their families and friends are encouraged to attend.

JDRF benefit ‘Playday’

A benefit playday for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation begins today at 3 p.m. (with sign-up at 1 p.m.) at Blanket. Events will include barrels, poles, flags, straight-away barrels and spur, along with a stick horse barrels event for ages 5 and under. Cost is $7 per event, or $30 for all events, Prizes will be awarded. For more information call (325) 748-378 or 647-6389. Coggins test and proof of age are required.

Never too late

Yes, we know it’s two Fridays into the football season, but it is the soonest date the Early Boosters could schedule their “Purple Day.” And tonight’s the night.

Come meet the 2007 Longhorns, and the cheerleaders, and the Stampede, and the kids in the band. There’s going to be food and fun, and plenty of purple things and spirit paraphernalia to buy.

Starting time (and the food line will form even before) is 6 p.m. and, as per usual, a $5 plate will include a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink. Coaches and their families, football players, cheerleaders, drill team, Stampede, cross country and band members will be introduced starting at 7.

Little Longhorns, Mini Belles and Spirit Sisters will be able to meet their players, belles and cheerleader partners.

Booths and games will open immediately following introductions. Tickets are tickets are 25 cents each and wrist bands will be sold for $15.

Various and sundry

Early High School’s Key Club is holding a fund-raising car wash — for donations — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heartland Mall. The Cox Cemetery Association will hold a workday, beginning with a business meeting at 9:30 a.m. Participants may bring their own tools for individual grave work. Memorials or donations may be sent to June Beakley, 1557 CR 448, Rochelle, TX 76872. Ginger Test, artist and teacher from Novice, is conducting a watercolor demonstration at 1 p.m. in the Brownwood Art Center at 215 Fisk. The demonstration is free and open to the public. Brownwood High School seniors and their parents are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new Yamaha 350 Grizzly four-wheeler. Proceeds will support Project Graduation. Tickets at $10 each are available from BHS seniors and their parents, and, today, will be available at tables and booths at Wal-Mart. The Brownwood Area Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. to sellout in the 500 block of Brown Street in the lot between Adams and Chandler. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For group tours and information call 641-1926.