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  ‘Taste of Cedar Creek Lake’ banquet slated for March 24
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Time is running out to get your advance tickets to “A Night at the Oscars,” the 13th annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake” Awards Banquet, slated for Monday, March 24, at Mabank High School.
All tickets to the popular event are $15, and tickets purchased in advance entitle the guest to seating in the reserved area.
Tables of six are available for $90, with the entire table reserved for the purchaser and guests.
Tickets purchased in numbers less than six will be exchanged at the door for a “Hold My Place” card to use in the reserved seating area.
At press time, there were only 75 advance tickets available.
A limited number of General Admission tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.
The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and dinner is from 6:30 until 8 p.m. The awards program will start at 8 p.m. in the auditorium.
Ticket holders for this year’s event can expect some Hollywood-style fun surprises, along with fabulous food provided by participating chamber of commerce member restaurants.
The restaurants provide a wide array of delicious samples for attendees’ dining pleasure.
In addition to participating restaurants, lake-area businesses are donating table decorations and other amenities and services vital to the success of the 13th annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake.”
Traditionally, the beautiful floral arrangements that decorate the tables are given as door prizes during the event, adding to the excitement and fun of the evening
The much-anticipated awards presentation will include the “Citizen of the Year,” the “Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award” and the “Ambassador of the Year” announcements.
Recognition will also be given to winners of awards from the various Branches of the Chamber, including the “Teachers of the Year” from the Mabank Branch.
Awards are given annually to volunteers in the community who donate their time to worthy causes benefiting the entire Cedar Creek Lake area.
Entertainment will be provided by a group of singers headed up by the very talented David Young, music director of the Henderson County Performing Arts Center.
Please call the chamber of commerce at (903) 887-3152 for ticket information, or stop by the chamber office at 604 S. Third St., Ste. E, in Mabank to purchase advance tickets.

Hunting Heritage banquet held in Athens
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff

ATHENS - The Henderson County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) held its second annual Hunting Heritage Banquet and auction March 1 at the Cain Center in Athens.
Those attending the family-centered event were well-fed with food from Ochoa’s Mexican Restaurant.
A raffle and silent auction highlighted the gathering.
Master of ceremonies Paul Ferrell kept the prizes flowing throughout the evening.
There may have been few bidders for the many lovely bronze statues, sofa-sized gilcee prints, and unique furniture items, but auctioneer Wayne Adams had to keep pace during several bidding wars between sponsor tables.
A lovely Thomas Kincaide painting, titled “Mountain Paradise,” went for a song at $325.
The NWTF chapter also presented a $500 check to the Athens 4-H club. Millicent Tennison accepted on the club’s behalf. She and her husband Johnny lead the children’s archery program.
The chapter’s JAKES youth program awarded a prize gun to lucky youngster Harmony Matthews.
She is the daughter of chapter president Bubba Matthews.
Door prizes were also presented to all the attending children.

Monitor Photo by Linda K. Holt
Dunman Foster, of Andrews and Foster Drilling Co., one of the event sponsors, was one of the luckiest attendees.
He netted several of the raffle prizes, including a gun.

Wulf’s Outdoor World provided a staff member to handle the required federal firearms license check at the event, so those who garnered a gun would be able to go home with their cherished prizes.
Wulf’s also provided several items for the raffle, including a NWTF fire pit and two NWTF folding chairs.


‘Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake’ concert set
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Endowment Fund of the Cedar Creek Library is hosting its second annual two-part “Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake” concert series at Main Place Cinema in Seven Points.
A sold-out jazz concert was held Feb. 23.
The second concert will be performed by the Imperial Brass, a symphony brass ensemble, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, and will be followed by a champagne reception at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake’s Community Room.
Once again, the Endowment Fund brings to the lake area a concert performance by exceptional musicians.
Also starting at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Imperial Brass performance, the audience will be entertained by talented musicians from Mabank High School.
A versatile group with a wide-ranging repertoire, the Dallas-based Imperial Brass draws on some of the finest talent the Metroplex can provide.
Members of Imperial Brass have played with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera, Richardson Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Arlington Ballet, Plano Symphony, East Texas Symphony and Irving Symphony.
In addition, members have a significant recording experience and have performed with many popular artists.
Imperial Brass was featured recently on the PBS series “Barney and Friends.”
The episode was entitled “Come Blow Your Horn,” and introduced the children to the beautiful sounds of brass music, teaching that dedication to any skill will produce wonderful results.
Imperial Brass also performed at the opening ceremonies of The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, and has been featured at other venues, such as the Eisemann Center in Plano and at the Galleria.
As active educators in the Dallas area, Imperial Brass is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring future generations of musicians.
In addition to teaching in their private music studios, Imperial Brass performs regularly at area schools with two different shows, entitled “Music Around the World” and “Brass of Ages.”
The program for the evening is:
• “Dance,” W. Renwick,
• “Rondeau” by J.J. Mouret (1682-1738), arr. by R. King,
• “Contrapunctus I,” by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), from “The Art of the Fugue,” arranged by R. King,
• “Carmen Fantasia,” by G. Bizet (1838-1875) arr. B. Holcombe,
• “Simple Gifts,” (traditional), arr. S. Procter,
• “Cyrus The Great March,” by J.P. Sousa (1854-1932), arr. S. Frazier,
• “Shepherd’s Hey,” by P. Grainger (1882-1961), arr. D. Stanhope,
• “Quintet No.1,” by V. Ewald (1860-1935), followed by an intermisson.
The program resumes with:
• “Fanfare,” by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), from Stadt Wien, arr. L. Spencer,
• “March Militaire Francaise,” by C. Saint-Saens (1835-1921), arr. W. Sear,
• “Queen of the Night Aria,” by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), arr. by S. Frazier,
• “Centone No. V,” by S. Scheidt (1587-1654), movements III, IV and V, arr. V. Reynolds,
• “Gymnopedie,” by E. Satie (1866-1925), arr. L. Spencer,
• “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” by J. Brahms (1833-1897),
• “Prayer of St. Gregory,” by A. Hovhaness (1911-2000), arr. S. Frazier, and
• “Hornpipe,” by G.F. Handel (1685-1759), from the Water Music Suite, arr. L. Spencer.
Tickets for the Imperial Brass Concert are $50 per person 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 Fund’s Board) are also available by calling Arnt at (903) 778-2344.
The Board of Directors of the Library’s Endowment Fund takes this opportunity to thank its generous sponsors for who have already supported the 2008 concert series:
Platinum Sponsors – Charles and Pie Kairalla, Diane Shaw of Shaw & Associates and Anonymous.
Gold Sponsors – Walter and Pat Prindle, Jim and Shirley Crofford, Tom and Estella Lyon, Ed and Nan Creel of Triple N Ranch, Sue Cardin of First State Bank, Lee and Jean Alexander, Robert and Lorene O’Neil, Karen Kennedy of Smith Barney, Bruce and Donna Walter, George and Kathy Mueller, Jerome and Kathy James, Al and Sheila Conant, First National Bank of Kemp and Mark and Kathy Hughes.
Silver Sponsors – David and Maria Martin, Layton and Melba Holt, Roger and Melanie Prebis, John and Gerry Roeder, James and Elaine Bownes, Ivan and Nell Alspaw, Bill and Charlotte Barker, Dick and Cookie Watkins, Mike and Chris Moore of CEO-Complete Executive Office, Glenna Roodhouse and Terry Murphy.
Also, Jack and Karol Stone, Mike and Victoria Sugrue of StoneLeaf Homes of Distinction, Dick and Joan Smith, George and Joanie Platt, Gerry and Leslie Mullins, Charles and Sandra Arnt, Jim and Anna Beth Taylor, Kay Robinson and Chuck Turner and Jim and Eunice Hamlin.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new 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


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