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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 glbstotts@hotmail.com,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
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 bhanstrom@embarqmail.com  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 ddean45@hotmail.com.
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.
   

 

Artist-gardener finds her niche
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–This house remodeler/real estate investor has been dabbling in clay for 10 years, but it wasn’t until recently that she found a market for her pottery.
Wanda Grogan specializes in designer containers for showcasing floral arrangements – prize-winning floral arrangements.
In garden club circles, she’s known as the maker of exotic glazed and sometimes abstract vases. She’s been a member of the Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club for nearly three years.
Last year, a member saw one of her “candy dishes” and bought it from her, jazzed it up with flowers and took second place in a flower show.
This year, she entered an arrangement of her own, featuring her pottery, and took second place in the “niche” category.
“The judges made a point of meeting me,” she said. “They told me if you’ll get busy and make these containers and bring them to Tyler, we’ll buy them.”
So she did. And they did.
“I took quite a few pieces up with me to the flower school, and they started taking (buying) them right out of the boxes,” she said.
After last October’s flower show at the Seven Points library, she was asked again to bring more of her work up to Tyler.
The next flower arranging school put on by the Tyler Flower Texas Garden Club runs from April to July at the Rose Garden Center.
Fort Worth’s botanical gardens also may be interested in carrying some of her containers, she said.
“It’s so much fun making these things – but hard to sell,” she said. Setting a fair market price is difficult, but parting with them is even harder, she explained.
“I’ve sold real estate for years, but this is different,” Grogan said. “This is like bragging on myself, and I don’t feel comfortable doing that.”
Grogan used to paint, and she still enjoys doing mosaics and remodeling projects around her Woodcanyon home, but now whenever she has the time, she’s making more designer containers.
She builds each container by hand on a slab.
Though she’d like to do more embellishing and really make her containers full of color, she holds back and keeps them simple, using darker hues, leaving the adding of vibrant color to the flowers.
Her containers are also quite heavy, to support the widest range of floral arrangements without tipping over, she explained.
About 10 years ago, a friend suggested she take some art classes at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. That’s when she began working with clay.
Over the years, she has often repeated her favorite classes, increasing her skill and getting ideas.
“When I went in, I had never had my hands in clay. There was one lady there, an advanced student, who was doing a big project. She represented what could be done,” Grogan said. “But basically, my projects are different themes of boxes.”
Besides the containers, Grogan also does table fountains out of clay.
Before turning her hand to making designer containers, she molded whimsical animal figures she affectionately calls “critters” for home and garden décor. “They’re things that make you smile,” she said.
About three years ago, while shopping at the Dollar Tree for a calendar, she met a garden club member, who pulled out a garden club calendar from her purse to show her.
“That’s how I got interested,” Grogan said.
“My grandmother was a garden club flower judge. I remember in every room of her house she’d have a dry-flower arrangement and she’d travel all around and judge the shows,” she said.
So she agreed to attend a meeting.
“I couldn’t believe I joined when I was so busy,” she laughs. “I’ve met so many people (through the garden club).”
At the last flower show, six of her containers were featured. She’s made about 50 designer containers and sold most of those.
“I’m open to what happens,” she said.
(Editor’s note: Grogan moved here from Grand Prairie in 1998, looking for a little place on the lake. She found it, but then didn’t like the lack of privacy, so she looked for an opportunity to move nearby, off the water.)

 



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