“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

— Johann Wolfgang

von Goethe, 1795

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

A fine Saturday it should be to enjoy the simple pleasures. Sing a little, dance if you can and say “Hey,” with a smile and a nod to all the good folk out and about you happen to see.

It’s August, OK. We’re in Central Texas, you know. So, yes, it is hot. It’s as hot as, well, as hot as August in Texas is supposed to be. Maybe it hasn’t been that hot all summer, and that’s all the more reason not to get whiney about it now.

Drop some ice in a glass of tea, and be glad you’re not freezing, or that it’s not February, because that will all come soon enough.

Remember too, part of being in Texas in August is just another way of proving we’re tough and we like a challenge. And is it going to be a challenge if we stay inside all day where the air conditioning’s cool? Hardly. We need to get out and about. Support some good causes, be who we are and do what we can.

Win a big-screen TV

The Family Services Center drawing for a 42-inch high-definition DLP television set is set for 3 p.m. at Mountainview Lodge and Marina. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and it may not be too late to buy one or three. And by the way, the FSC is holding its annual bass tournament today.

Back to school

The Bangs Black History Committee is hosting its annual back-to-school bash starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Wendell Dodds Community Center at Sunset Terrace apartments. Prizes, entertainment, school supplies and food will be offered. Admission is $1 at the door. For information, call Sandra Bradshaw at 752-6801 or Tamatha Brown at 884-5164.

Horseback ‘Play Day’

The Lone Star Riding Club is holding its third annual Buckle Playday Series at the Cowboy Church at 1100 High Mesa in Brownwood. Books open at 1 p.m., the play day starts at 2 p.m. Age groups are 8 and under, 9 to 14, 15 to 18, and 19 and up. Entry fee is $20 plus a $5 office fee. For more information call Martha at 752-1098 or Tonya at 643-4389.

Feel like dancing?

The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 most Saturday nights — this evening included — 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.

Next Saturday, the club won’t be practicing, but on Aug. 25, the club is holding “a big dance” at the church. Admission is $5 and a deejay will be flipping discs to dance to, starting at 7, going all the way to 11.

All about Scout fun

The Girl Scouts — Heart of Texas Council is hosting the second of two personal workshops, this one encouraging girls age 8 to 17 to “Defy the Ordinary.” Participants can learn about Tai-Chi and also enjoy making accessories for school clothes, or maybe their rooms or lockers. Girl Scout membership is not required to participate. The event is from 10 a.m. until noon at the council office, 1200 Ave. D.

Various and sundry

A benefit dinner with live entertainment will be held at 5 p.m. at Grand Starz Bingo Hall, 2323 Belle Plain, for the family of Nettie Lawson, to help defray funeral costs. No alcoholic beverages please. Brisket sandwich, chips and drink will be $5 a plate. Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill may dump excessive trash every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. 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.