“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

— Anne Bradstreet, American poet (1612 - 1672)

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Well, isn’t it just about goodbye January, hello February with all her hearts and flowers and shadow seeking groundhogs?

And just like we knew it would, the calendar’s picked up a few more things to do this Saturday than we had on the list last Saturday. Folks, this is how it starts. Don’t you know before you know it — and it has almost nothing to do with whether or not the groundhog even sees his shadow next Friday — it’s going to be spring, and more things to do than most of us can get done?

That’s why we never complain, you know. One week we’re saying there’s not enough to do, the next week we’ll be saying there’s too much, and some observant someone will think we’re never happy. H-m-m-m-m.

Please, do look at the list of today’s activities. It might be, as Goldilocks would say about Baby Bear’s porridge, “It’s just right.”

The ‘Stars’ are coming out

Entries for the Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit of Brownwood are being accepted from 9 a.m. until noon today at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center, 600 Depot St.

A nonrefundable entry fee of $10 is required for each entry and payable at time of entry. The maximum number of entries from each artist is three.

Under a new rule for this year, all art exhibited must be for sale. All sales will be handled through the Arts Council of Brownwood, and a 20 percent donation is required for sales generated by the exhibition.

This year’s show, which is the ninth annual, opens Feb. 4-17 at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center.

The exhibition continues to grow and expand every year and draws Texas artists from cities across the state in a variety of 2D and 3D categories. The two-week exhibit allows ample time for viewing, as well as daily demonstrations. It is open to the public and area schools at no charge.

The exhibit is supported by the City of Brownwood, the Arts Council of Brownwood, Jane Ellen Jamar and the Kohler Company.

Fire victim benefit lunch

A benefit luncheon for D-Ann Rodriquez and her teenage son, Jose, whose home at Grosvenor burned Jan. 9, will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Sunset Terrace, located behind Commerce Square.

Donations are accepted for the barbecue plate.

Last week, Rodriquez told Bulletin staff members she had found a trailer house that could be put on the property, but needed at least $1,000 to buy it and have it set up. An account for donations has also been established at Bank of America.

Rodriguez, who is disabled and cannot work, said she and her son, Jose, have been living on a check of a couple of hundred dollars a month since her son had to leave his job because of surgery after an injury playing football. He expects to graduate from Bangs High School in May.

Bake sale

Blanket High School’s Project Graduation committee is holding a bake sale from 10 a.m. in front of Hastings Books Music and Video, 600 N. Center.

Lake Brownwood’s recycle day

The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will cosponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Items accepted are glass, plastic drink bottles, milk jugs, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, aluminum and tin cans. All items must be clean.

Various and sundry

Angel Food Ministries will be distributing food orders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center of Early First United Methodist Church, 1073 Early Blvd. Bring one large box to pick up the food, and bring your receipt. Orders not picked up during the scheduled time will be donated. The February menu will be available, and orders may be placed at that time. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. 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.