“I think it’s made us more aware of the world as a place to live rather than a country with little strict borders. … The world is really small place but really needs to be protected by those who live on it.” — Walter M. “Wally” Schirra Jr., one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, who died Thursday at 84.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Here it is, a day in May, and a pretty good assortment of things to do, places to go and games to play.

And people, if you love garage sales — Brown County is just a Nirvana, today. From Bangs, to Early, to May (or May, Early, Bangs, depending on where you start and which direction you travel, and so, yes, now that you mention it, that could also mean starting in Early. Wherever you start, the key may be starting early.

Then because it is May, there’s just all kinds of things we all need to tend to. Such as? (And maybe you’ve already done them, if so, don’t worry. Before long they’ll all need doing again.) But we were going to suggest: clean up from the storm, freshen up from the winter; change the air filters; sweep the porch; and mow the yard; mop the kitchen; and vacuum the vents. Whew. If just reading that makes you tired, maybe the big stuff can wait a couple of weeks. Truth is, there’s some fun stuff left to do here and there.

Start with a good breakfast

The North Lake Volunteer Fire Department at Harbor Point holds its “First Saturday” breakfast to help the new fire station building fund. So, yes, it’s a fund-raiser, but no, they’re not charging anything. Just a donation please. Give what you can, eat what you want. They’re serving bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, starting at 7 a.m.

Bangs Mayfest

A 10 a.m. parade starts off the kabillionth annual Bangs Mayfest (line up on Gant Street beginning at 9 a.m.). But that’s just for starters. The event includes booths with food, toys, arts and crafts, metal art, pony rides, face painting, and lots more, including gospel music at 10:30 a.m. Mayfest T-shirts and caps will be available for sale in the information booth at the city park.

And by the way, Bangs Class of ‘57, we know, you had your dream. So, to see whose dreams came true and whose fell through, you’ll want to check out your 50-year reunion. The Bangs Senior Class of 1957 is having it class reunion Saturday May 5th. For more information, call Lurlene Ratliff at 752-1011 or Tody Denhart 752-7168.

Meanwhile, in Early

A City-Wide Yard Sale is being held on the Heartland Mall lawn from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in a lot should call 649-9317 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to reserve a yard sale place. A 10-by-10-foot area is $10.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood hosts the In Town Recycling Trailer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avenue A and Brady Avenue, under the Austin Avenue overpass. Recyclables accepted include glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, tin cans, plastic soda/water bottles and milk jugs. All items must be clean.

Benefit for local family

A team roping benefit for Ren/ Cox and her children is planned for today at the Earl Q. Wilson Arena in Brownwood. Books open at 10:30 a.m. and close at noon. Roping begins at 1 p.m. Concessions are available. All proceeds go to benefit the Cox family. For more information call Tim Murray at 647-7180 or Archie Jameson at 647-6115.

May happenings

The May EE Annual Craft and Bake Sale is being held from 8 a.m. until everything is sold at the May EE Clubhouse, located west of the blinking light. Signs and balloons will direct the way. Sandwiches and drinks will be available as well as a raffle for a quilt. The May Community Center is sponsoring a citywide garage sales day starting at 8 a.m., with several sales in the May Community Center, as well as a food and drink concession. Many more sales will be going on in town and maps will be available at the center, the clubhouse and other locations.

No Cinderfella ‘til Tuesday

Because of the Early Longhorn baseball team’s advancing to the playoffs, Early High School Project Graduation’s Cinderfella Beauty Pageant and Spaghetti Dinner has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Early First Baptist Church Activity Center. Tickets are still available for $7 at Early schools and at the door. For more information call Kim at 642-7063.

Various and sundry

The Mills County American Business Women’s Association’s Spring Tour of Gardens is from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 with all funds going for scholarships for seniors. For more information (like where to meet) contact Gayle Smith, (325) 648-2216, daytime, or (325) 985-3339, evening. The Way of the Master Evangelism Training is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Missions Office, 1004 Main St. The class is designed to help Christians witness Biblically. Videos with real-life encounters and take home material will be provided. The Cox Cemetery Association has its workday and business meeting at 9:30 a.m. Bring tools for individual grave working. Donations or memorials may be made to June Beakley, 1557 CR 448, Rochelle TX 76872.