“Where words fail, music speaks.”

-Hans Christian Anderson

Have you ever experienced that moment in life when you feel so much that words just fail to encompass it all. As a writer, I am hesitant to ever articulate that thought, but there are moments of beauty, tragedy, joy and pain that are just indescribable. There are beings and things that words fail to describe or capture.

For me, music has always been a sort of refuge perhaps because when I am unable to voice exactly what I am feeling, there is usually some piece of music that captures it perfectly.

Growing up, my favorite events always had either a soundtrack to them — even if it was in my head — or they heavily involved music in one form or another. This carried over into college and into my adult life. There is something about riffs and bars, lyrics and melodies, that can sooth the restlessness in the soul or inspire you to become more.

My favorite events in Brownwood are those that involve great music. One of my personal favorites has always been HPU Fest, hosted by Howard Payne University.

This year’s headliners include Taylor Castleberry, Here & Sea, Homestead Music, Jenn Grinels, Michael Henry and Justin Robinett, Jenny Simmons and The Almost.

HPU Fest will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m. today at Old Main Park on the HPU campus. There is no admission for this music event. HPU Fest gives the community a chance to come together, enjoy beautiful spring weather and some great music.

Several events outside of the concerts will also take place, including inflatable games and a chili cook-off. There will also be several booths set up which will give attendees the chance to get to know some of the organizations on the HPU campus and how they interact with the community and the world.

Other events today:

• The McDaniel Texas Education Extension Club will host a community wide sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at TEEA Clubhouse at the corner of FM 1849 and CR 151. The McDaniel Club welcomes vendors to join them in selling crafts, plants, household items and other miscellaneous items. Treats and eats available for purchase in the McDaniel Clubhouse including beans and cornbread, nachos, water and desserts.

• The Wolf Valley Cemetery, located 3 1/2 miles north of May in north Brown County, will hold a workday at 8 a.m. Those who have an interest in the cemetery, bring your chainsaw, rakes, hoes, etc. and join us, weather permitting. Drinks and lunch will be provided.

• Family and Friends Outreach Picnic, sponsored by Greater Faith Community Church, will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Holeman Park.

• A World For Children’s First Annual 5K “Run for Dreams” will be held at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. First and second place will be honored at the finish line and all participants will revel in finish line activities that include music, food, drinks and lots more. Contact A World For Children staff at (325) 641-1055 or go online to register at www.awfc.org.

• 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.

• The “Kid’s Zone” is now open with hands-on exhibits for children of all ages at the Brown County Museum of History annex. The $2 admission covers both the old jail and the annex. “The Guns Of Empire” firearms exhibit is currently showing at the old jail. It is located at 212 N. Broadway in Brownwood, across from the courthouse. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (325) 641-1926 for more information. Special tours are available.

• Christ-centered mentoring classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 1800 Belle Plain. For more information call Paula at (325) 646-1042.

• The Brown County Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (325) 641-1926. Cost for entry is $2, and kids 5 years and under are free.

• 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 $3 per person. Call (325) 646-0048 or (325) 646-0037 for information.

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

• The City of Early Beautification Commission will be hosting a one day recycling event every second Saturday of the month. Recycle bins will be set up from 8 a.m. to noon at Early City Hall. The public is encouraged to bring newspapers/magazines, glass bottles (must be clean and without lids), plastic containers (number 1 and 2 only), and aluminum cans. Recyclable items will not be accepted after noon.

• Visit or volunteer at the Brownwood Area Community Garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. any second or fourth Saturday. The garden is at 1514 Dublin St., inside the Brownwood Housing Authority Park Homes, and behind the CTO building. At 11 a.m. this Saturday you are invited to attend a class, on Growing Sprouts: The How and Why. Class fee is $10. Instructor are Debra Mathis, Community Garden Board Member and Community Gardener. For those who wish to participate in the regular second or fourth visit or volunteer event, plan to be at the Garden anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and stay for a few minutes, or an hour or two. There will plenty to do to get the Garden ready for our Spring Festival on April 20.

• Boy Scout Troop 27 in Bangs offers area residents recycling at the TexasBank-Bangs parking lot from 9 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday of each month.

• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams. Visit www.k5bwd.org for information about club events.