“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ”

— James Dent

The stage is set for a summer weekend that promised to be ideal for whatever chores — or whatever recreational pursuits — you may have in mind. The Fourth of July festivities are now a week behind us, and the serious business of celebrating summer are at hand.

Perhaps that means a trip to the lake, or the swimming pool. Perhaps that means a day of shopping.

Or perhaps that means that the lawn mower really isn’t broken, and it’s time again to fuel the monster and run it across the yard.

Whatever the agenda holds, the weatherman is cooperating with some outstanding Texas summer weather — mostly cloudy, high temperatures in the upper-90s and maybe a bit of a southerly wind to keep that sweat off your brow.

On second thought, maybe the lawn mower needs its blade sharpened right now. Tend to that chore, and enjoy some time in air-conditioned comfort. Or, consider some of these Saturday activities:

Blanket Lions supper, bake sale

The Blanket Lions Club will have its annual barbecue supper and bake sale Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 710 Main St. in Blanket. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $4 for children age 8 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Whistle Stop in Blanket and they will also be available at the door.

Farmers Market opens early

The Brown County Farmers Market opens at 7 a.m. under the Bill Monroe Overpass on Austin Avenue at the corner of Avenue A and Brady Avenue. It is open at this time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call Todd Price at 646-1422.

Amateur radio test sessions

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.

Zephyr Cemetery meeting

The biennial meeting of the Zephyr Cemetery Association will be held on 6 p.m. at the Zephyr Community Center. The meeting will begin with a covered dish supper, followed by a business meeting. The association’s board of directors will be electing three new members to the Board. Anyone interested in the Zephyr Cemetery is considered a member of the Association. The public is invited to attend and participate in the business meeting. For additional information, you may contact Betty Keeler, secretary, at 739-3470 or Don Baker, president, at 739-2303.

Family fun day at church

The Gospel Lighthouse Church at 215 Homewood Circle, behind Alamo Feed Store in Early, will hold a family fun day from 5 to 9 p.m. at the church. Fun, food and live music are planned, and the event is open to the public. A $5 love offering donation is suggested. For information call Jamie Barnum at 643-4784.

Gospel concert near lake

A Gospel concert will be held at Lakeview Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Special guest will be Farrest Blanton and The Show Family. The church is located on the Baptist Encampment Road. For information, call (325) 646-6658.

County museum open

The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. For group tours and information call 641-1926.

And as on every Saturday…

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.

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

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday 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.