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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (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 Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.
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.
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. (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.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
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 #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.
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. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. 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.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.
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. Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.
Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, located at 700 N. Seven Points Blvd. in Seven Points. Seniors 55 and older are invited for games and fellowship. Call (903) 340-9672 for more info.


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Plenty for seniors to do at new center
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK– Sitting at home, bored and lonely, is not an option for senior citizens in the Mabank-Kemp area.
The Senior Center at the Ball Park in Mabank, sponsored in part by the Kaufman County Senior Service, was once located in Kemp under another name.
Director Lisa Smith said since the move in July, 2011, the center has attracted many more seniors.
“At Kemp we averaged about eight to 10 people in attendance. Now we have around 40,” Smith said.
“When the YMCA facility (in Mabank) became available, we took advantage and snapped up the location,” she said.
“And we want to serve as many seniors as we can. We are a family,” she added.
The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Events are varied as the center strives to provide “something for everyone,” she explained.
Rev. Leonard Jackson of Kemp leads a Bible study for anyone interested. “There are also dominoes, especially 42 and bridge classes,” Smith said.
“We play Bingo at 5 cents a card with the winner getting the pot,” Smith added.
Two Wednesdays a month they have a “pickin’ an grinnin’” music session.
“Although there is no quilting class, there are ladies who do quilting and the quilt they are working on is always up and beginners are always welcome to watch and learn,” Smith said.
The main daily event is lunch service. The Kaufman Senior Center prepares the lunches and they are transported to the Mabank center. Seniors are soliciting the city to expand the center by adding a kitchen.
Smith is well thought of by the seniors attending. While this reporter was speaking with her, seniors greeted her with a friendly “hi” or “hello.”
“Lisa cares for everyone,” senior Frank Osborne of Mabank said.
“I like it here. I get to associate with nice, friendly people. Good people come here,” he added.
Von Niemuth of Kemp said she moved here from Irving in 2003 and immediately sought out the senior center in Kemp..
“I wanted to learn quilting and to get acquainted with those my age,” she explained.
“It’s a good place to come and to meet people. There’s a lot more people coming now that the center has moved (from Kemp),” she added.
The good feelings toward each other is mutual, Smith explained.
“My job doesn’t end at 1:30 p.m.,” she said. “These people are my life,” she said.
Smith’s genuine care for the well-being of area seniors is readily apparent in the special events she has hosted on their behalf, most recently the Valentine’s Day dance. Smith reported around 200 seniors enjoyed that event.
So many seniors attended, next year, Smith is thinking about holding an outdoor event, if the weather isn’t too extreme.
Once a month, Smith holds a “daytime dance.” Even when folks aren’t up for dancing they enjoy listening to the live music and visiting with friends.
Things can really get hectic when everyone is coming in, she explained, that’s when a little extra help is appreciated.
“I have several seniors who are very helpful when needed,” Smith said, adding she always is grateful for their assistance.
Upcoming events Smith is looking forward to is a spring planting day. The city has deposited a great deal of top soil and the Mabank Gardening Club is coming in to assist seniors with planting a landscape. Also there are education classes being set up, such as “Recognizing the signs of a Stroke, set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 13.
Others dates to be announced are for a class on physical therapy and a visit from a pharmacist on Medicare.
In addition, blood pressure checks are available several times a month, Smith added.
Right around the corner an Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Decorating contest is to be held Wednesday, April 4, and the Carter Mobile Eye Van will be here from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the next day, April 5.
The new senior center assists area seniors in building structure to their day and developing their own sense of purpose and vitality, while Smith provides the welcoming friendly face of the center. “See ya’ll there!”































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