“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”

- John Lubbock

Well, summer’s far from over (OK, OK maybe it’s halfway through), but that’s not what the point of all this was going to be.

The point is, dinner is cooking.

So is lunch.

And, if you’re not about what’s out there to eat that someone else might be fixin’, and are thinking of doing something on your own, you can get a good fresh start at the farmer’s market. Just remember, get there early for the best selection.

Here it is, the third Saturday in July and there will only be one more before we’re stepping into August. And whoo-boy, you want to talk about one busy Saturday, just wait until next week - the rodeo parade, downtown salsa festival, Big Brothers Big Sisters 3-D Bow Shoot; then the rodeo’s last show and the rodeo dance.

Maybe you’d better take today a little bit slow, just so you’ll be rested up. In the meantime, though, there’s a few goings and doings on today’s calendar, some you’ll surely want to try.

Bring a can, get lunch

What a deal. The Heart of Texas Dutch Oven Society is helping with a food drive for the Brown County Food Bank. The folks at Rhino Linings of Early came up with the plan, and here’s how it works. Bring a nonperishable food item to Rhino Linings, located at 502 Early Blvd., around noon time, and you’ll get a taste of some “real good” down-home-cooking, hot from the Dutch Oven. Society members will start setting up about 10 a.m. with food ready for tasting about noon.

Then for dinner

Ray and Stephanie Tassin are hosting a “brisket dinner and fixin’s benefit” for Kimberly DeLeon, who will be having surgery Aug. 13 at Mayo Clinic in Arizona to correct epileptic seizures she has suffered from since she was 12 years old.

Here’s the details for dinner. Plates will be $10 each for adults and $5 for children. The benefit runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and besides the meal, there will be auctions, horseshoes, washer throwing and music. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. The Tassins’ home in Early is located 360 County Road 319, 1-1/2 miles from the traffic “T” in Early on U.S. 183 South toward Zephyr. Signs will be posted to show the way.

Kimberly is the daughter of David and Cynthia DeLeon. All proceeds for this event will help with the Family’s hospital and travel expenses.

Regularly scheduled

• 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.

• 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. every Saturday.

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., every Saturday in 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 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.

• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8-9 p.m. seven days a week and at noon each Wednesday at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. and a country musical from 6 to 10 p.m. Snack bar will be open serving homemade hamburgers and ice cream. No alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building.