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Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. There is a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting, also.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Henderson County Retired School Personnel meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 451-3585 for info.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more information, please call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Suicide Survivors Group for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 675-7270.

Vegas at Christmas? Yes, why not?
Local empty-nesters enjoy a destination holiday
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS – Have you ever wanted to do something different during the holidays?
Our friends, Mike and Cindy Scoggins of Kingsland (east of Marble Falls) asked us after the 2008 holiday season if we would be interested in having a “destination” Christmas. As empty-nesters, my husband, Jack, and I decided to consider the idea.
For years, we had done the same holiday routine – wrapping gifts, cleaning house, cooking food and traveling to relatives’ homes. I was immediately onboard with the idea.
The Scoggins suggested staying at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. They enjoy the close walking proximity of the various casinos in the area.
On Christmas Day, we boarded planes to Las Vegas and met for an enjoyable lunch at a fast-food restaurant. We quickly discovered that thousands, perhaps millions of people had our same idea for holiday celebrating, as Las Vegas was packed with people everywhere. Both flights were full and traffic moved at a crawl.
The highlight of our trip was seeing Terry Fator perform at the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night, Dec.26.
Fator, the singing ventriloquist who won “America’s Got Talent” in 2006, is also the son of Johnson-Monroe Realtor Marie Sligh.
While conferring with other tourists and Las Vegas locals, we found all agreed that the Terry Fator Show was the show to see. Not only is Fator an accomplished singer, he is also very personable with the audience and interacts with them during the show. We were completely captivated and kept in stitches with laughter throughout his performance.
After visiting the Strip Saturday, encountering the traffic and massive hotels, our decision to stay in a downtown location was obviously the correct one.
The Golden Nugget opened its doors in 1946 and has a AAA Four Diamond rating. The classic charm of the hotel has only been improved with the recent renovation of its three towers filled with guest rooms and the addition of a fourth. The new Rush Tower was completed November 2009. We were lucky enough to stay in a junior suite at the Rush Tower. The contemporary décor of brown woods and leathers plus two flat-screen televisions made it one of the best rooms for a hotel stay.
The “Tank” at the Golden Nugget is a year-round, three-story outdoor swimming pool complete with a live shark aquarium, private cabanas, water slide and bar.
Upon check-in, we received a coupon book for meal and drink discounts, which we used regularly. The food was delicious and unbelievably reasonable by using the coupons.
Just outside of the Golden Nugget is Fremont Street, where other casinos, hotels, restaurants and shopping are just steps away, not miles away. Other casinos also offere food discounts if you ask. Each of us had a delicious prime rib dinner, with the trimmings, on Christmas night for just $5.
Every evening on Fremont Street, a spectacular light show starts at 8:30 with stunning visual and sound effects. The fabulous 10-minute free show runs every hour until midnight.
On Sunday, we toured the Hoover Dam, outside Boulder City on the Arizona-Nevada border. Although only a 35-mile trip, it seemed to take forever as we moved at a snail’s pace in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.Once we reached Boulder City, we were able to enjoy the scenic mountains and views of Lake Mead, which was down 30 feet during our visit. Lake Mead supplies water to much of the southwest, including into California.
This “engineering wonder” was started in 1931 and completed in 1935 under a federal works program under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The museum and tour into the dam are well worth the entry price to learn about this majestic structure.


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