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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.
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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. 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.
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. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email, or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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.
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. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
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
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.

Take a tour of the new Cowboys Stadium
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

ARLINGTON–Many praise it as an almost unbelievably ornate and vast temple dedicated to enjoying sports and entertainment, while others deride it as one man’s obsession to satisfying his own vanity – and making a buck in the process.
Whatever you might think of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, there’s no denying he got his money’s worth (about $1.15 billion) when he built the new Cowboys Stadium.
Seeing the stadium on television just can’t convey the actual size of the place. It really is gi-normus.
Having been to Texas Stadium three or four times as a reporter/photographer and once as a spectator, I suggested to my wife, Shirley, that we tour the new Cowboys Stadium while we were driving through Arlington on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
You get tour tickets (about $17 each, with tax, with discounts for seniors over 65 and children) and form a line inside the stadium’s gift shop. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (last tour departs 4:30 p.m.) and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (last tour 3:30 p.m.).
Tours stop at noon the day before a game or major event, no matter when the game/event is scheduled. The entire facility is smoke-free.
You can book tours on-line at the Dallas Cowboys website, and to book group tours (20 or more people), call (817) 892-8688.
Tours take about 80 minutes, maybe a little less, depending on how fast the group is moving. You should wear comfortable walking shoes – you will be hiking most of the time.
You can’t bring video recorders, and you can’t bring backpacks or bags (other than purses). A point-and-shoot camera is fine, but professional-grade camera equipment won’t be allowed. The photos with this article were taken with a Canon point-and-shoot.
Now that all the rules are clear, you head directly for the main concourse level, and troop out to a typical stadium seat.
Of course, the first thing everybody sees is the truly enormous video screens hanging about 90 feet above the playing field (which is 50 feet below ground level).
Our guide said people try to watch the game on the field, but soon give up, because the video screen – in the words of U2 – is “better than the real thing.”
Produced by Mitsubishi Electric Diamond VisionTM, the center video board is actually four screens – two facing each sideline and two facing the end zones – each delivering true 1080p high-definition images.
The center sideline panels are 72 feet tall by 160 feet wide (stretching from one 20-yard-line to the other 20). That’s the same as putting 4,920 flat-panel 52-inch TVs side by side. Each display contains more than 10.5 million LEDs.
Both end zone displays are 27 feet tall and 48 feet wide. Believe it or not, there’s actually a display board on top of the center stack, so that the action on the field below can be visible to the blimp or helicopter providing aerial views down through the retractable roof.
Speaking of the retractable roof, as one would expect, it’s the world’s largest, spanning 660,800 square feet and enclosing 104 million cubic feet of volume, the largest enclosed NFL stadium anywhere.
The retractable panels take 12 minutes to open, to mimic the iconic hole in the Texas Stadium roof (according to legend, the hole was left so God could look down and watch His team play).
If it’s a really nice day, each end of the stadium can be opened by retracting the end zone doors. Each of the five-leaf openings is 120 feet high by 180 feet wide, and they both have to open and close at the same time, to avoid air pressure changes blowing out the stadium’s windows.
Two arches hold up the roof 292 feet above the playing surface. Each arch is 35 feet deep and 17 feet wide, and the entire span is almost the same length as a dragstrip – 1,225 feet.
The entire stadium is designed so any fan, seated anywhere, has a good view of the action on the field (or stage). In addition to the center video boards, there are flat-panel TVs scattered everywhere. You’re never more than a few steps away from seeing a TV.
Tours visit a “typical” luxury suite. While most suites are customized, every suite includes motorized, retractable windows, so there’s nothing between you and the field except air, if that’s what you want.
Suites have their own restrooms, and some include kitchens, even though food easily can be delivered to the suite from a nearby concession stand.
Speaking of concessions, in Texas Stadium, visiting one of the four concession stands usually took at least 30 minutes. With more than 1,000 concession locations in Cowboys Stadium, nobody has to wait very long to get that hamburger or nachos – and that’s also true about finding a restroom.
A wide concourse circles the entire stadium seating area, and the end zone plazas are spacious, providing room for gathering or entertainment.
Heading down deep into the bowels of the stadium, tours visit the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room.
Each player has his own labeled dark mahogany-paneled locker, even though players spend no time there except on game days. A short walkway on one end leads to the press area, where players and coaches speak to the media after the game.
The players walk down a wide corridor and under a huge lighted star to reach the playing field. The Cowboys have their own artificial turf – other turf is used for collegiate games.
During the few minutes the tour spent walking on the stadium floor, under the huge video boards, some private history was being made – a young man knelt on the Cowboys helmet logo in the end zone and proposed to his girlfriend, who said “oh, yes.”
A “small world” moment – we found out the couple lives in Athens, and, believe it or not, I have known the girl’s grandparents for many years, as they attend our church (First Baptist, Canton).
While walking to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’ locker room, the tour passes Jones’ private parking area and elevator to his personal suite.
The guide said the first thing the cheerleaders noticed about their new locker room was that everybody had an electrical outlet in their locker. At Texas Stadium, he explained, there were only three outlets for all the girls to use.
Scattered throughout the stadium are 18 huge – monumental-scale – artworks created by an international array of artists. But then, the entire stadium looks like a piece of sculpture, especially at night.
The new Cowboys Stadium is more than three times bigger than Texas Stadium, and the amenities are at least 30 times nicer. It’s a great place to visit, even if you’re not watching the game.



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