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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

  Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts set
Special to The Monitor

MABANK–Folks looking for an old-fashioned good time on the Memorial Day weekend need look no further than Mabank Market Street Saturday, May 29, as the downtown area comes alive with music and art displays.
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Mabank Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will open the street to the public at 10 a.m.
“I can assure that there’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste in arts, crafts and food,” event chairman Scott Confer said. “The committee has been working diligently to assure that quality vendors, musical offerings and reasonably priced food will be available.”
The theme of this year’s festival is “Experience Art Americana.”
Expect a broad range of vendors, including the work of local artists.
Already signed up for this year’s event are more than 30 vendors, including Celine Terry, a local watercolorist, and Ronnie Davis, who’ll have his handcrafted metal and woodworking for sale.
Jan and Wesley Dean will be there with their one-of-a-kind hand-made leather goods, and Dixie Noble will be selling Native American art and pottery.
There will be several vendors with Southwest Art, among them Patty Malone and Howard Dubois.
Some unique items include hand-decorated Western-design flip-flops by Mark and Anna Phillips, and delicate pine needle art baskets and jewelry created by Rachel Burke of Palestine. Carol Stiles will showcase her birdhouses, plus jewelry makers will feature hand-crafted items.
Mickey Oliver will be offering leaded stained glass pieces. Joey Williams will be there with her oil/acrylic paintings, and Susie Kinder will be selling etched glassware.
There’ll also be handcrafted kids’ and adult clothing, decorative items, candles, a working blacksmith display and much more.
In addition to all of the art offerings, the Mabank Fire Department will be there with fire protection demonstrations and information for homeowners.
The Mabank police and fire departments will also be represented with clowns to entertain and educate the kids.
There’ll be a face-painter on hand, and the Mabank Garden Club will be selling plants and linens in the newly opened pocket park.
Oncor Electric Delivery, the event’s major corporate sponsor, will be there with their “Take a Load Off Texas Tour,” offering valuable information about energy efficiency and the measures that can be taken to conserve energy.
Since the festival is designed as a family event, visitors can expect to enjoy local folk and Christian rock entertainers on the stage all day.
Headliners for the day will be the very talented Sullivan Family, with Michael, Gina and the children showcasing their talents.
Admission to the event is free. Artists and craftspeople still have time to reserve a space at $30 each, no electricity available. Sellers will be asked to provide their own tents and furnishings.
No “garage sale” type merchandise will be allowed. To receive an application or vendor information, call (903) 880-3846 or (903) 288-0183, or e-mail info@cedarcreeklakechamber.com.

Energy Star sales tax holiday set Memorial Day weekend
Special to the Monitor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products.
The 2010 Energy Star sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day).
The products qualifying for the exemption are:
• air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units),
• clothes washers (but not clothes dryers, because most use the same amount of energy),
• ceiling fans,
• dehumidifiers,
• dishwashers,
• light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent),
• programmable thermostats and
• refrigerators priced under $2,000.
Qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo, which may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Earning the Energy Star means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by these two federal agencies.
There is no limit on the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday, and an exemption certificate is not required.

 

Master Gardeners gather for annual conference
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS-The 10th annual Henderson County Master Gardener Conference and Plant Sale reflected the growth and commitment of these dedicated volunteers.
Held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, the doors swung open April 29, and allowed attendees to shop for plants, trees and bulbs carefully selected from the Master Gardeners yards, for this specific purpose.
The conference also reflected the support of the community through generous donations to both a silent and live auction, vendor exhibits, conference program ads and an attendance of approximately 250 individuals, some of whom have attended every conference. And what a change there has been through the years!
Steve Huddleston, senior horticulturist/assistant director of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, gave an informative and sometimes humorous talk titled “Planting To Attract Butterflies and Birds To Your Yard.”
Many in the audience were seen scribbling notes in the conference program booklet, while watching Huddleston’s colorful slides.
He also graciously autographed his recent publication Easy Gardens for North Central Texas, which was for sale in the Master Gardeners booth.
In an earlier time, the scheduled speaker forgot to show up and Rick Hirsch, County Extension Agriculture, had to step up to the microphone and gave an impromptu talk. This time, Hirsch served as Master of Ceremonies and acted as the able auctioneer of the successful live auction.
Advertisers and donors were well represented in both the printed conference program and the PowerPoint slide presentation shown during dinner.
Every table was decorated with a centerpiece made from cut flowers from the Master Gardeners’ yards, with a bit of “roadsidia” mixed in.
Chef Jackson York of the Edom Bakery and Grill provided the gourmet dinner and dessert. Even Hirsch was heard to remark that he genuinely loved barbeque and fries, but this meal was over the top!
The evening closed with the winning bidders collecting their items; but in some way, everyone came up a winner.
Funds raised by this event will be used, in part, to help further develop and maintain the Master Gardener DREAM Garden in the East Texas Arboretum, to provide speakers and supplies for the free Summer Series of Workshops and to assist and enhance the Jr. Master Gardener Program offered by the 4-H Club.
The Henderson County Master Gardener program is offered through the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with Trinity Valley Community College.
One of the objectives of the Master Gardener Program is to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture.
If you have a suggestion for a topic for a summer workshop, need a speaker for your group, or have an idea for expanding the capabilities of the Texas Agriculture Extension to disseminate horticultural information to the community, please feel free to call or write the Extension Office with your suggestions.
And congratulations Henderson County Master Gardeners on your 10 years of volunteering thousands of hours to the community.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We have many 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 petfinder.com


 

 



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