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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) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday 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 the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
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.
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 Tuesday at the Nutrition Center 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 Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email  for more information.
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.
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 more 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) 489-2259.



Third Car Show, Krawfish Boil draws bigger crowd
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Attendance at the Car Show and Krawfish Boil has doubled each year, and between 3,500 and 4,000 people were on hand for the third annual event May 2 at the Mabank Pavilion.
A candy-apple red 1933 Chevrolet three-window coupe owned by Don Rodges of Aubrey won the Best In Show trophy, but there were a number of vehicles in the running (so to speak) for the top prize.

Courtesy Photo/Jo Ann Hanstrom
Car Show organizer Bill Hanstrom (left) presents the Best In Show trophy to Don Rodges, who displayed a 1933 Chevrolet three-window coupe hot rod (see below) at the third annual show May 2.

A 1940 Chevrolet Sports Coupe owned by Bear and Donna Schmidt of Seven Points won Best Paint, while a 1972 Dodge Challenger owned by Paula Blake of Royse City won Best Interior and Best Mopar.
Rodney Marshall’s 1933 Ford Vicky won Best Ford, while a 1967 Chevy C-10 pickup owned by Wayne Terry won Best General Motors vehicle.
One of the more “tricked out” vehicles at the show, a 2007 Dodge Charger with purple flames and neon-ringed headlights, won the President’s Award, given to owner Pedro Murillo of Mesquite.
The strong turnout was a big relief for both the event co-sponsors, the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
This 2002 Harley-Davidson chopper, featuring snakeskin seat and graphics on a lime-green background, was one of the audience favorites, and was one of two class winners at the Car Show and Krawfish Boil. The chopper is owned by Shane Carter, a member of the local Blacksheep motorcycle club.

Kiwanis members nearly doubled their crayfish order – from 350 pounds to 500 pounds – but still sold out, just like last year, with the first flat of mudbugs snapped up at 8:30 a.m. (who eats crayfish that early?).
The chamber, which offered hot dogs and hamburgers, ran out of hamburger meat and had to re-stock midway through the day, chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom reported.
While 108 vehicles registered, there were a number of late arrivals throughout the day, she noted.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
One of the audience favorites at the Car Show was this 1951 Willys Jeep, set up in full U.S. Army guise, including helmet, gun belt with canteen, backpack and field radio. Owner Don Boyd of Gun Barrel City said he had been working on the Jeep for about 12 years. "Believe it or not, the parts are real easy to get," he said. The Jeep's engine was rebuilt in France, he added.

“We were so pleased at the turnout,” Hanstrom said. “If it hadn’t been for the weather and the swine flu, we probably would have had 150 cars there.”
Thunderstorms were forecast, but the rain stayed well north of the Mabank area, and there wasn’t a medical facemask in sight – they would have gotten in the way when folks started scarfing down crawdads.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Former Kiwanis club secretary Carol Eubank empties a scoop of boiled crayfish into a serving box as Kiwanis member Mary Jo Love (left) stands ready to add some corn on the cob. Kiwanis members sold out 500 pounds of crayfish, almost double last year’s supply.

The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake brought a number of puppies and kittens for adoption, and did quite well, according to reports.
Class winners are listed below:
Mustangs – Jody Letchworth (’65 coupe), Kevin Kelledy (’71 Mach I) and Rachel and Mike Cleghorn (an ’06 Roush and an ’08 Shelby).
Corvettes – Tom Luke (’67), Dave and Doris Langston (’77) and Bobby Howell (’99).
Cars – Bo Pyle (’35 Chevy sedan), Alonzo Bennett (’41 Chevy sedan), Richard Accord (’55 Chevy Bel Air), Pat Hearn (’68 Camaro), Paula Blake (’72 Dodge Challenger), Daniel Kleehammer (’88 Camaro IROC-Z) and Pedro Murillo (’07 Dodge Charger).
Trucks – Lewis and Becky Crowell (’36 Chevy pickup), Doug Tarkington (’45 Ford pickup), Don Boyd (’51 Willys Jeep), Wayne Terry (’Chevy C-10), Johnny Dickerson (’70 Ford pickup) and George Rodgers (’06 Dodge 1500).
Competition – (drag) Tony Harrison (’68 Camaro), (dirt track) Robert Chatterly (’84 Buick Regal) and (under 16) Robert McClaskey (8 years old, junior dragster).
T-bucket – Roger Gilreath (’23 Ford).
Motorcycles – Shane Carter (’02 custom Harley chopper) and Mickey Beer (’05 Big Dog-Bulldog).
Trophy sponsors included Southside Bank, Tiffany Lilly/State Farm, Day Tire, Prime Lending, Ben E. Keith, Dairy Queen of Seven Points, Teague Chevrolet-Buick and First National Bank of Kemp.
Also, City of Mabank/Comfort Suites of Mabank, Lone Star Maps, Trinity Valley Electric Co-op, AFLAC, Prosperity Bank, NAPA Auto Parts, Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, Red’s by the Lake Oyster Bar, Don Kinney CPA and Oncor Electric Delivery.

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