“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” – Roberto Clemente, born Aug. 18, 1934, played for  the Pittsburgh Pirates and was National League MVP in 1966. Clemente died in 1972 and was eulogized as a “great baseball player, greater humanitarian.”


Is anyone starting to feel the pinch? It's the next to the last “whole” Saturday before school, and it just seems like people ought to be out and about (or in and relaxing) to soak up the very last “daze” of summer.

Because summer (at least as we mostly know it) is about to be over and school and super busy is about to begin.

Those who have been there – never mind when – know well the drill. Bam, comes the reality of back to school and then the weekend really becomes the “weak end” with morning after late-night football Fridays, soccer and so on going on at just about every park, every Saturday. And there'll be dozens and dozens of other things going on too? Are you ready?

Ready or not, here it comes.

But what are we going to do today? Well, we (the ones on this side of the keyboard) have been reminded we would be remiss not to mention that it's the smack-dab middle day of the tax-free holiday weekend. And you know what folks, again, speaking from this side of the keyboard, the Bulletin “Classifieds” are full to the four margins with garage sales going on around the county.

Summer's almost over, but we've got today. Let's hit the garage sales, stop at one of the benefits going on around town and grab lunch, and this evening, let's head on over to the Earl Q. Wilson Rodeo Arena and watch some champion bull riding. It's the third annual D.J. Allen Memorial Bull Riding event and some champion bull riders will be spending 8 seconds or less on the backs of some pretty big, bad ol' bulls. Gates open at 6, and they'll start with the mutton bustin' about 7 p.m.

Coin show goin' on

Please don't ask these guys to make change, drop a dime or give two bits, but do drop by and see some of the neat collections and interesting coins the Brown County Coin Club will have on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the commons area at Heartland Mall. There's no admission charge to see the show, and club members say it is a grand opportunity to learn more about the club and its members. Also, their experts will be on hand to have coins appraised or buy and sell coins and supplies.

Got blood?

United Blood Services is holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Early First Baptist Church, 103 Garmon Drive. There is a critical need for O positive, O negative, A positive and A negative blood types, but all types of blood are needed. But all types are needed. Go to www.unitedbloodservices.org for more information, or to schedule an appointment call (325) 223-7500 or go to www.bloodhero.com. Website sponsor code is “earlybaptist.” Each donor receives a chance to four Dallas Cowboy tickets for Aug. 29 game against Miami and a Chick-fil-A coupon.

Golf scramble benefit for toddler

A two-man scramble benefit will be held at 8 a.m. today at the Hideout Golf Club at Lake Brownwood with all proceeds to benefit Jace Avey, a 2-year-old who will be under-going open heart surgery. Jace is the of J.D. and Macy Avey, and the grandson of Jeff and Charlotte Avey.

Team fee is $60, and it will be a shot gun start. Prizes will be a Scotty Cameron putter and a Kindle Fire. Donations can also be made to Jace’s benefit account at American State Bank. Call (325)784-4653 for information.

Microchip special

In an effort to make it easy for residents to get their dogs and cats microchipped, the Corinne T. Smith will be hosting a special “microchipping clinic” from 9 a.m. to noon at Tractor Supply. The cost is $20 per pet per microchip and it only takes a moment to do. CTSAC will register the chips for owners.

What's new at the museum

The “Kids' Zone” is now open with hands-on exhibits for children of all ages in the annex of the Brown County Museum of History. The $2 admission covers both the old jail and the annex. “The Guns Of Empire” firearms exhibit is currently showing at the “old jail” or main museum, located at 212 N. Broadway, across from the Brown County Courthouse. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All aboard

Buster's Concho, Colorado and Brazos Valley Railroad, the 7 1/2-inch gauge ridable mini-train at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Train Museum, will be hauling passengers from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Passengers will be charged admission to get into the museum and there is an additional $2 charge for a ticket to ride the 7 1/2-inch gauge.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

The in-town mobile recycling trailer is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month under the Austin Avenue overpass at Avenues A and Brady. Recyclable items include aluminum cans, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, newspaper, white office paper, cardboard, plastic jugs, bottles and containers with a #1 or 2 recycling code, magazines and catalogs. All recyclables must be clean and sorted. Volunteers will be at the site to help unload and locate correct bin, if needed. Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood Landfill and Sanitation Departments are the sponsors for the recycling trailer.

Farmers' Market

It's hot and dry, and hadn't rained for a spell or two, so the pickin's may be slim. But there should be watermelons, cantaloupes, okra, squash, cucumbers and fresh jalapeno peppers for sale Saturday, under the overpass, by the recycling trailers. Come by between 9 a.m. and noon and pick up some of the extra fresh taste of Central Texas home-grown goodies at Saturdays market under the overpass, right by the recycling trailers.

And among the regulars

•Christ-centered mentoring classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 1800 Belle Plain. For more information call Paula at (325) 646-1042.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John's Church, on Main and Depot, for casual dancing –country and western and ballroom. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m., and then, from 6 to 10 p.m., a country musical. Listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. Snack bar will be open serving homemade hamburgers and ice cream.

• The Chaplain Fellowship Ministries is having a fellowship at 4:30 p.m. the third Saturday, of each month, at High Mesa Cowboy Church, 1101 High Mesa. This event is for all Chaplains in the area and those who think they may want to become a Chaplain. For more information contact Chaplain Dale Stearns at (325) 217-5400.