People, Places & Events



VZ County Fair scheduled
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–The Van Zandt County Fair (VZCF) has a rich history and is set for April 10 through 14, at the fair ground on State Highway 64.
It is everything from exhibiting crafts and baked goods to a carnival and rodeo. There’s definitely something for everyone.
It kicks off Tuesday night, April 10, with the ag mechanics show, broiler competition and Linda Brown Memorial Pet Show, an event that always draws a crowd, and is very interesting to watch. This is open to everyone and their pets.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Bibles, Bulls, and Broncs will take center stage in the rodeo arena.
This will feature bronc, calf, steer and bull riding as well as a devotional message and testimonies from leading cowboys.
Also, a number of area churches will be providing a free stew supper.
The market show Thursday is a great event to attend.
Youth from area 4-H clubs and FFA chapters bring their animals to the fair and compete for honors, starting at 3 p.m.
Then on Friday evening these same animals are sold.
Area businesses and individuals buy the projects or participate in buyer’s groups to reward the youth.
Many of these youngsters use their money for other projects and college funds.
All day Saturday, beef producers and junior exhibitors compete for grand championship honors with their cattle.
A new event has been added for Saturday evening, a horseshoe pitching contest.
At 7 p.m. there will be a feature match with Van Zandt celebrities, followed by a contest open to everyone with prizes.
Plus there’s the Ranch Rodeo, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14.
It is an exciting, fast paced event designed to test the skills of cowboys. Plus there’s a nightly carnival.
The Domestic, Creative Arts contests are open to everyone and a complete list of categories and rules are on the website vanzandtcountyfair.
There will also be a salsa and homemade ice cream contest on Thursday evening and a chili cook-off contest on Saturday.
Again, go to the website to download the rules and entry forms.
For more information click on the website or contact the CEA office at (903) 567-4149.

Adult Literacy seeks volunteers
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Before one can learn, there must be a teacher to show the way.
The Adult Literacy Program at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is seeking volunteers to help adults who want to learn to read.
“We need people to call us who can read and are willing to give us as little as an hour of their time,” Howard Smith, Regional Coordinator for the lake area said.
The program consists of manuals that vary according to the level of expertise the student may have.
“We need tutors to sit one-on-one with students as they read the manuals. There is also an instructor that will help the tutor and students as they progress,” Smith explained.
“And of course, we are looking for students. They can’t read this notice, so if you know of someone who can’t read, have them call us,” he added.
Students can come to the library to meet the tutor, but that is not a must. They can also meet and study at a coffee shop or other quiet place, Smith said.
There is no charge for the program as it is staffed by all volunteers who are willing to give of their time, he said.
Smith is retired from a Dallas company specializing business forms.
“I see a great need for people to learn to read. It is estimated that in Henderson County alone, there are 20,000 adults who can’t read,” he said.
When someone can’t read, their chances of getting a good job are nil, Smith explained.
Getting a better job is the main reason people want to learn to read, but sometimes they say they want to be able to read a good book, he added.
“If they will just call the library at (903) 432-4185 and ask to make an appointment with an adult literacy volunteer, someone will call them back,” Smith said.
The program is free and all materials are furnished, but someone must tell them about the program, he said
“People come to the library to read, but they also come to the library to learn to read,” Smith said.
Other programs include helping someone obtain their GED, or to learn personal finances and even basic health lessons, Smith said.

Low-income seniors work training offered
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–If you are 55 or older, unemployed, on limited income, with a desire to enter the workforce, come and interview with us.
We currently have paid training positions available in Kaufman, Mabank, Forney and Terrell.
Thursday, April 5, Experience Works representatives will be available to meet with you between 1 and 3 p.m. at the the Seven Points Library, located at 410 East Cedar Creek, Seven Points.
If you know an individual 55 or older with limited income, we encourage you to refer them to us.
Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization providing income-eligible seniors with training, experience, supportive services and information they need to improve their lives, gain self-sufficiency, realize their goals, and obtain employment.
For more information, call Laural at (903) 275-2667, the TWC at (972) 563-7271, Pat at (903) 275-7139 or the TWC at Athens.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Georgie. I am the sweetest cat ever. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. My ears have been treated for ear mites, I have tested negative for Leukemia and I have been fixed. I am a wonderful boy looking for a wonderful new start at life.
ABOVE–My name is Buddy. I am a male Black Lab. I am fixed and current on my shots. A gentleman fed me and took me to the vet and had me fixed up. He wasn’t able to keep me, but took care of me as long as he was able to. I am a handsome fella looking for a wonderful forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Blue. I am a cute little guy. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and given my shots. I am an adorable little guy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is George. I think I may be a Retriever or maybe Husky? I was born January 3. I have been wormed and had 2 of 3 puppy shots. I am very sweet. I am doing well on potty training and am crate trained. I am looking for a 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 Wednesdays.

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