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  Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake concert series slated Feb. 23
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Endowment Fund of The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its second annual two-part “Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake” concert series at Main Place Cinema in Seven Points.
It includes a jazz concert and a symphony brass concert, followed by champagne receptions in the Library’s community room.
The jazz concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and the brass concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
The jazz concert will be an evening of original compositions and jazz standards performed by The Stefan Karlsson Quintet, a group composed of world-renowned members of the University of North Texas faculty and colleagues.
Excerpts from their impressive resumes ensure the evening will be a memorable one, not only for jazz aficionados, but anyone who loves good music performed by exceptional artists.
The members of the Quintet are:
• Pianist Stefan Karlsson. A native of Sweden, Karlsson came to the United States in 1984 to study at the University of North Texas (UNT).
Karlsson spent six years at UNT earning bachelor and master degrees.
For three years at UNT he became a member of the world-renowned “One O’clock Lab Band.”
After having resided in Denver, Colo., (1991-1994) and in Las Vegas, Nev. (1994-2002), fulfilling his duties as coordinator of jazz studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Karlsson is a full-time faculty member in the division of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas.
He has also been part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for eight years.
He has made 53 recordings, with seven CDs under his own leadership, and is currently a recording artist on the Cambria/Troppe Note Record label (
As a composer, his music was featured in the 1994 movie releases “Sugar Hill” (featuring Wesley Snipes), “Twenty Bucks” (featuring Christopher Loyd), and the 1997 independent film “Strays.”
His music can also be heard on the television series “Melrose Place,” “Party of Five,” “Wings” and “Homicide.”
He has had the opportunity to share the stage and recorded with such jazz greats as the Eddie Gomez Trio and Quartet, Jesse Davis, Herb Ellis, Jim Ferguson, Lou Fischer, Carl Fontana, Tim Hagans, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Marc Johnson, Red Mitchell, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm, Harvie Swartz, Mark Walker, Tom Warrington, Jiggs Wigham, Eliot Zigmund and others, and has toured Japan, Europe and the United States.
• Drummer Ed Soph. Soph is an associate professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
He has toured and recorded with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Clark Terry, and is the author of several videos on drumset playing, along with being an active clinician for Yamaha drums.
Soph is the coordinator for the summer drum set workshop and has recorded numerous Jamey Aebersold playalongs.
He is internationally recognized as an author, master teacher and musician, and has presented master classes throughout Europe, the Mideast and Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Soph is the author of Essential Techniques for Drumset (Meredith Music/Hal Leonard), Musical Time (Carl Fischer), and The Big Band Primer (Ron Jon Publishers).
He is also the author of a video, “The Drum Set: A Musical Approach” (Warner Bros.), and an instructional DVD, “Musical Time” (Carl Fischer).
As a performer and recording artist, Soph has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous and Clark Terry.
Small group credits include trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan and Terry; saxophonists Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Marchel Ivery, Pat LaBarbera and Dave Liebman.
Also, Dave Pietro and Chris Potter; trombonists Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous and Jiggs Whigham, and pianists Warren Bernhardt, David Catney, Bill Evans, Stefan Karlsson, Joe LoCascio, Bill Mays, Cedar Walton and James Williams.
Soph is an Artist Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion, makers of Ed’s signature sticks.
• Bassist Lyles West. West fuses the folksiness of his Appalachian upbringing with a sophistication forged by an extended apprenticeship in the cauldron of New York City, where he played regularly with jazz greats Junior Cook and Clifford Jordan, as well as with blues giant Charles Brown.
He was a member of the Chapel Hill, N.C., improvisational ensemble Sphota (which to this day is legendary in the area) from 1978-82. He has recorded with Texas Tenor Marchel Ivery, and also played (and recorded) with Cafe Noir.
• Saxophonist Pete Gallio. Gallio played in Haiti with noted “Compa” band Magnum, and has worked with the orchestras of Xavier Cugat, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman.
He has also toured South America and the Caribbean with Jose Luis Rodriguez, and has performed with Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman and Ira Sullivan, among others.
• Trumpeter Evan Weiss. Weiss writes and performs progressive music combining passionate risk-taking with gripping musicality.
Strong influences of modern classical, rock, pop and world music combine to create a unique mixture of texture, rhythm and melody.
Weiss currently composes for his own group, as well as for the One O’clock Lab Band and smaller chamber ensembles in the Dallas area.
In addition to his own music, Weiss regularly performs and records with the Hildegunn Gjedrem Group and various other local bands.
He has also shared the stage with jazz greats such as Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Ignacio Berroa and Jovino Santos Neto, along with many others.
As an international touring artist, Weiss has taken his music to Canada, China, Italy and Poland. Current trips on the calendar include two performances at the IAJE conference in Toronto, Canada, as well as a three-week European tour.
Tickets are $50 per person for each concert and may be purchased at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, or by calling the Library at (903) 432-4185 or Charles Arnt at (903) 778-2344.
All net proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships are made a part of the library’s endowment fund, the income from which is used to help the library meet its burdensome operating expenses.
Sponsorships of $300, $500, $1,000 and $2,500, with their attractive benefits (including, for the most generous sponsors, a gourmet meal at the Triple N Ranch in Trinidad, prepared by the Endowment’s Fund’s Board) are also available by calling Charles Arnt at (903) 778-2344.

Prospect Mountain begins riding therapy
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Prospect Mountain? “It rocks.”
At least that is what Taylor Smith says.
Smith is an 11-year-old attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) student from Scurry/Rosser ISD.
The Therapy Center is “Rockin” along with classes to begin Feb. 2, weather permitting. Fund-raising is going on now to place a cover over the arena.
There are plans for one nine-week and three 11-week sessions.
Classes are scheduled at nine a.m, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays with the option to expand days and hours as needed.
Each class will last 45-60 minutes to fulfill the individuals needs/goals for that lesson. As of Jan. 25, 18 students and 40 volunteers have applied.
The second volunteer training was held Saturday, Jan. 26, with the majority being nursing students from the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Health Sciences Department in Kaufman.
The students are required to perform a certain number of community-based service hours as part of their training curriculum.
Their knowledge base and positive attitudes are a great asset to Prospect Mountain; even the timid remarked, “I can do this.”
One student, “Bambi,” is working on a project to help educate our communities on what equine assisted therapy is and what it can give to our special needs population.
The different personalities and strengths combined will “make the difference,” Ann White (TVCC student) voiced as one of her goals for volunteering.
Prospect Mountain offers and encourages the participation of college or high school students.
“Therapeutic riding is good for the heart, mind and soul,” instructor Lisenby said.
“Not only does a person’s muscle and balance control improve, but there can be a big difference in attitude. The student can learn improved intrapersonal skills and self control. The all around positive experience between students, volunteers, horses, and the instructor enhances trust and self esteem,” she added.
Prospect Mountain acknowledges and thanks current sponsors: Mr./Mrs. Miller (donated safety helmets), Mr. and Mrs. Taylor (donated TV for raffle), Howard Mount (Built the bridle holders, doors and shelves), Gene Smith (moneys toward saddles and welding help), Bob Lisenby (hard work building the tack room and facilities) and Wal-Mart ( money to purchase a printer 3 in 1).
If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer or know of a person of special needs that could benefit from the service, please e-mail  or call (972) 452-3337. For more information, please check out our web site at

KC Fair date set for April 1-5
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Fair has a new date.
This year the County Fair will be hosted April 1-5, at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds in Kaufman.
Kaufman County 4-H and FFA members have validated their animals and completed their entries through their FFA advisors and 4-H agent.
Lamb and goat exhibitors had the opportunity to visit with the 2007 Market Lamb and Market Goat judge Kris Drews from Hunt County.
He helped those in attendance on weighing their animal and working on how to show them in the arena.
Scurry Rosser 4-H/FFA member Chance Smith demonstrated proper showmanship in the arena.
The Creative Talent entries for youth and adults are due Friday, March 7, to the Kaufman County Extension Office, 2471 N State Highway 34, Kaufman, TX 75142.
Creative Talent entry forms and the rule books are available on-line at  or rules books can be found at local businesses across the county.
If you have any questions please call the Kaufman County Extension Office at (972) 932-9069 for more information.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Dixie. I am a beautiful female Bassett Hound. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and my stomach is tatooed, but my owner hasn’t called about me. I am a wonderful girl in need of a home.

My name is Honey. I am a beautiful mix breed small female. I was brought to the Shelter by someone who rescued me and my seven pups after I was rolled by a car. I broke my pelvic bone, but I am now better. I do sometimes seem to favor walking on my front two legs. I have not had the greatest life, but look forward to having a family to care for me. I seem to get along well with older dogs, but not puppies. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know you I am a good girl. I am looking for a new home.

My name is Cotton. I am a beautiful male kitten. I was brought to the Shelter and was so small I had to be bottle fed by a wonderful foster mommy. I am around 12 weeks old and have been started on my first shots and wormed. I am very playful and very affectionate kitten. I am such a good kid deserving of a wonderful family.

My name is Katie. I am a beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control. So far I seem to be very sweet. I am looking for a good home.

My name is Sox. I am a beautiful male orange and white cat. I am a very affectionate boy, I seem to get along well with others. I am a very good boy in need of a forever home. My name is Wyndell. I am a beautiful male gray Tabby mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. After a while, I seem to get along with others. I am a good boy looking for a good home.

My name is Zsa-Zsa. I am a beautiful 3-4 year old female Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. Something has happened to my left eye at some point in my life. So far I seem to be very sweet and seem to get along with others. I am a beautiful girl looking for a new home. My name is Baxter. I am a beautiful male Terrier mix. I was wandering the streets and picked up by animal control. I walk on a leash, seem to be house broken and love to ride in a car. I am a wonderful young man looking for a new forever home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at