“A whisper, and then a silence: / Yet I know by their merry eyes / They are plotting and planning together / To take me by surprise.”

– from “The Children’s Hour”

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

born Feb. 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine

Lord, have mercy. Have we not just chewed up this month of February and spit it back out? There it was beginning, and whoosh, it’s all but over now.

Well, we aren’t the first to notice, or will we be the last to prove, that, in the first place February is a short month, and secondly, time flies when you’re having fun (and often times when you aren’t).

Please, let us also assert that our experience is that fun is where you find it, even though sometimes you have to look a little harder than others. What have we got today? Well, we think you won’t have to look too hard. There’s few things here and there, enough certainly to keep the willing and able thoroughly entertained.

And so, without further ado, let’s take a “look see.” Shall we?

Garden call

The Brownwood Area Community Garden is calling all hands to join in a Work Day, starting at 10 a.m. Worker volunteers will begin building raised beds for the garden, which is located behind the Central Texas Opportunities building at 1500 Dublin St. Bring work gloves and help the garden “grow.” Refreshments will be provided.

Ark Mystery Dinner

If you forgot to get tickets to the 25th annual Mystery Theater Dinner, a night of possible murder and assured mayhem and foolishness, benefiting The Ark, the area’s shelter for victims of domestic violence, you may not be too late. The benefit opens for general seating at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at the Brownwood Country Club. Tickets will not be sold at the door, however, there may be a few available still. If you’re looking for tickets, call (325) 642-1899 before noon today and see if there are cancellations. A silent auction precedes the dinner and play, and the evening ends with a live auction.

’Burgers and dogs

Emanuel Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 711 Bailey (corner of Beaver and Bailey), will serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and chili dogs, water, drinks and homemade fries from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. No deliveries are available. To order in advance, call 642-9178, 998-0136, 642-9312 or 642-0196.

‘The Bourgeois Gentleman’

The Howard Payne University theater department is presenting a poetic version of Molière’s “The Bourgeois Gentleman” at 7:30 p.m. today and the finale at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the HPU Theatre.

Tickets to the play are $5 for adults, $4 for students and children and HPU faculty, staff, and students are free. Reservations may be made by calling 325-649-8516.

Various and sundry

• The Brown County Museum of History is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

• 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 open dance practice. 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.

• Lake Brownwood Community Development Council is partnering with Aldersgate Enrichment Center to sponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon the last Saturday of every month at Lake Brownwood Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Cardboard, plastic milk jugs, clear plastic water/soda bottles, aluminum cans, metal cans, newspapers/magazines and glass will be accepted.