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
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 every Tuesday
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
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
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
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White 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.
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‘Dance Your Heart Out’
camp set for June 20-23 at TVCC
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Cardette organization is
celebrating its 50th year, and next month the dance team at
Trinity Valley Community College will be imparting five
decades of dancing wisdom to the next generation.
For the past five years, the TVCC dance group has hosted the
Dance Your Heart Out Camp.
The camp is designed for high school students who are
currently on dance teams or who just want to take their
moves to the next level.
This year’s event will be from June 20-23. Cardette alumni
who are either currently teaching in the dance field or are
involved in dance at the university level serve as teachers
during the camp.
“You cannot ask for better qualifications for instructors
than what we have,” said Cardette director Darla Mansfield.
“They are very knowledgeable in their field and know what
can get a dancer to reach her personal best. This camp is
more than just dance. It will be blast for all,” she added.
Camp participants will not only learn dance techniques, but
also leadership and teamwork skills.
This year, the master dance class will be taught by Summyr
Whaley. The former Cardette is a Radio City Rockette, who
has been seen in several movies and television programs,
including “Miss Congeniality,” and the Radio City Christmas
The camp is designed primarily for individual dancers,
although teams are welcome.
Dancers will learn a variety of dance styles, including
jazz, high energy pom, high kick, hip-hop jazz and lyrical.
Housing will be provided in TVCC dorms, which are chaperoned
by adult camp staff, and meals will be in the TVCC
Awards will be given and a final “show-off” presented at the
close of camp.
Cost for the camp is $180 for those who register before May
31, and $200 for those who register in June. Registration is
only accepted in advance so sign up now to reserve a spot.
For that amount, participants will learn five dance
routines, 10-12 technique classes, four to five leadership
seminars, meals, housing and the camp T-shirt and bag.
For more information, contact Mansfield at (903) 675-6225 or
or Meredith Oakley at (903) 670-2691.
Area libraries set summer
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Monitor has collected information from
surrounding libraries on their activities planned for the
summer. Below is a review of their plans. (See related story
for The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.)
Red Waller Library
Red Waller Library, located across from McDonalds, announces
its Summer Reading Program, geared to children ages 2-12
with a focus on learning about archeology, dinosaurs, dogs,
family history and gardening.
Guest appearances by expert storytellers and educators are
lined up on every other Thursdays in June and July starting
at 2 p.m. On alternate Thursdays, a period of arts, crafts
and stories will be held.
• June 2 – The Creature Teacher,
• June 9 – Crafts and stories
• June 16 – Dru Woods Storyteller
• June 30 – Crafts and stories
• July 14 – Happy Dragon Reptile
• July 7 – Crafts and stories
• July 21 – Debbie Day’s Xtreme Kidz Entertainment
• July 28 – Crafts and stories
• Aug. 4 – Awards ceremony
Two special events are also planned. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, June
21, Todd McKinney will demonstrate his slight of hand skills
during a magic show; and at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9,
Rhythmweb will be featured.
The summer reading programs are for children through sixth
grade. Each day will bring a new performer, arts, crafts and
These programs enhance the library’s summer reading club.
Each child will get a reading log to list the books they’ve
read. Those reading 10 books or more are awarded with a
certificate and other goodies.
“They do this on their own. They just come in sign in, check
the books out and take them home to read and list them on
their log,” librarian Will Bryan said. “If they are too
young to read, someone may read to them and they will get
There will be a party at the end of the Summer Reading
Program with refreshments, certificates and other surprises.
If you need any further information, call Will Bryan at
Kaufman County Library
The Kaufman County Public Library, located at 3790 South
Houston (Farm-to-Market 1388) in Kaufman, encourages your
child to read this summer.
The Kaufman County Library is celebrating 53 years of the
Texas Reading Club with its 2011 Summer Reading Program,
themed “Dig Up a Good Book.”
The library will offer many activities that make reading fun
at noon on Wednesdays, June 8 to July 6.
A story and craft session precedes the guest performers at
11 a.m. A second story and craft session follows at 1 p.m.
A kickoff event is set for 10 a.m. June 8, with circus
clowns explaining how young readers can earn a free circus
• June 8 – Wildlife on the move with The Unhuggables
• June 15 – Debbie Day presents “Diggin it on the Bayou”
• June 22 – Mark Shelton gets down with “Beat The Drum”
• June 29 – Marty the Magician digs into his magic truck of
• July 6 – End celebration, starting at 11 a.m. closes out
the program with a special presentation.
Library hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. until 5
p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and closed on
If you have any questions, please call the library at (972)
932-6222, and ask for Yasma Holland.
The Tri-County Library, located on Market Street in Mabank,
presents its Summer Reading Program for the whole family.
This year’s program runs June 9 through July 28.
Each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be “Game Day.” Those
who attend will have a choice of many different board games
to play, such as Scrabble, checkers, chess, and Hungry
Hippo. Also, check out the new AWE learning computer for
A special one-day visit from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, June 3,
has trainmen Roger Barker and Russ Rau presenting “Staying
Connected.” Everyone gets to drive a train. Presentation
includes stories with Ms. Linda.
On Wednesdays, Ms. Crowden and Friends will present some
really fun surprises you won’t want to miss from 10 a.m. to
Thursdays, the library will have professional entertainment,
starting from 10 a.m. to noon:
• June 9 – David Gish will present his magic and fun.
• June 16 – Storyteller Dru Woods will unleash her puppet
friends with great stories and music.
• June 23 – Amy Bruton Bluemel returns in her full Chickasaw
regalia, bringing stories, artifacts, shells, rattles and
June 30 – Margaret Anne Trail digs in the dirt.
• July 7 – Debbie Day brings stories alive with music.
• July 14– Creature Teacher Robin Wheeler shows how
creatures dig it.
• July 21 – Mabank’s special clown friends: Higbee, Kindle
and Q2 bring the pizza.
• July 28 – Tissy Kreneck brings a Box of Quackers for the
final day, party and drawing for prizes.
Fridays, June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 8, 15 and 22, Ms. Linda
will present her story hour with crafts and songs.
All children who attend the sessions may enter their name in
a drawing for a new bicycle donated by the Walmart in Gun
Also, coupons for free goodies donated by local businesses
will be given for completion of reading logs. The drawing is
set for noon Thursday, July 28.
The hours of the Tri-County Library are Saturday 9 a.m. to 3
p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Help researching genealogical information is available from
9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.
The Tri-County Library is located at 132 Market Street in
Mabank and can be reached at (903) 887-9622.
HENDERSON COUNTY CLINT MURCHISON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
To maintain and improve reading skills and foster lifelong
readers, the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library hosts a
number of summer activities under the theme, “Dig up a good
The library is located at 121 S. Prairieville, Athens. Hours
of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program begins June 6.
Those participating receive their own personal reading log
to take home to record book titles read. After having read a
minimum of 10 books at their reading level, they can return
the log for a certificate of participation and a food coupon
from a local restaurant.
They may then enter their name for a prize drawing to be
held at the end of the summer program. Children too young to
read yet may participate by having a family member read to
A schedule of guest performers for 10 a.m. Tuesdays in June
and July, unless otherwise stated, are listed below:
• June 7 – Robyn Wheeler as the Creature Teacher at 2 p.m.
• June 21 – Hop-Along Cassidy meets a life-size raccoon
character in this storytelling performance.
• June 28 – Dentist Mark Roberts will dig into dental
• July 12 – Ms. Maria Smith entertains with music, puppets
and stories of Texas.
• July 26 – The Athens Fire Department talks about fire
safety and the special gear a firefighter uses.
For more information, call (903) 677-7295.
The Library at Cedar Creek
Lake hosts ‘Summer Reading Program’
The program starts June 1
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Every week during June and July, The Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points will host events sure to
entertain youngsters of all ages.
This summer’s exciting lineup includes a wide variety of
themes, from dinosaurs, to digs, to dogs and drawings!
The Summer Reading Program starts the summer fun in June
with a reading by Ms. Linda, and continues throughout the
month with age-appropriate readings for those 3-14 by Ms.
Linda, Ms. Mary, Ms. Edna, Melissa, Sondra and Zelda.
Bring the whole family for the Summer Reading kick-off
party, sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club, which
will be held from 10:30 a.m through 12:30 p.m. Saturday,
It is a great opportunity to sign up for the Texas Summer
Reading Program and enjoy hot dogs, drinks and live music
provided by the popular Sullivan Family band.
Kids will really dig Archaeology Week at the library, as
they learn all about the study of ancient peoples and
culture, make crafts and more.
Performances and events sure to please include those by a
magician, master ventriloquist, Ronald McDonald and Slappy
and Monday the clowns.
Also scheduled are Joan Guertin’s dog program, Dinosaur
George, Zooniversity (a teaching zoo) and Great Big Planet’s
“Dig up ancient Egypt.”
Finally, wrap up the summer fun at the Library’s end of
summer party and prize drawing.
Check out our summer calendar of events below and save the
dates for your favorite programs:
• 1 – Reading program for ages 3 – 6 at 10:30 a.m.
• 4 – Summer Reading Program Kick off Party from 10:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.
• 6 – Archaeology Week starting at 10:30 a.m.
• 8 – Archaeology Week starting at 10:30 a.m.
• 10 – Archaeology Week starting at 10:30 a.m.
• 14 – Great Big Planet, “Dig up Ancient Egypt” starting at
• 15 – Reading program for ages 3-6, 7-9, and 10-14 at 10:30
• 21 – Magician Todd McKinney “Building Better Readers” at
10:30 a.m. plus Slappy and Monday the Clowns at 2 p.m.
• 22 – Reading program for ages 3-6, 7-9, and 10-14 at 10:30
• 28 – Master ventriloquist Cindy Robinson at 10:30 a.m.
• 29 – Reading program for ages 3-6, 7-9, and 10-14 at 10:30
• 5 – Dinosaur George at 10:30 a.m.
• 12 – Zooniversity, the teaching zoo that comes to you!
“Animals that Dig” at 10:30 a.m.
• 19 – Joan Guertin dog program
• 23 – Last day to turn in Reading Logs
• 26 – Ronald McDonald at 10:30 a.m.
• 29 – End of summer party and prize drawing at 2 p.m.
About The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is located in Seven Points
and serves communities within the greater Cedar Creek Lake
The library is a valuable resource center that supplies area
residents with library materials and services, promotes and
assists in educational development, and encourages reading.
Learn more at
www.cedarcreeklibrary.com, or call (903) 432-4185.
Abby Rike book-signing
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Former season eight “Biggest Loser” star Abby Rike
brought 60 copies of her new book, “Working It Out: A
Journey of Love, Loss and Hope,” to a book-signing at Mabank
High School Friday.
That stash sold out in less than 30 minutes, as close to 100
folks lined up for her to autograph her book. Some had to
settle for order forms, which included a sticker she signed
for them to place in the book once it arrived.
Monitor Photo/Janice Grubbs
Billie Day(standing left) speaks with Kaufman County
Precinct 4 Constable John Sullivan as her daughter, Abbie
Rike, signs Sullivan's copy of her new book, “Working it
Out,” during a book-signing at Mabank High School Friday.
The 60 books Rike brought to the signing event sold out
within 30 minutes.
A Mabank native and former Canton schoolteacher, Rike’s
world crashed down around her when her husband, Rick (who
also taught at Canton) and two children – 5-year-old
daughter Macy and two-week-old son Caleb – were killed in a
2006 car accident in the Phalba community.
In her new book, Rike reveals how she gained the will to
live again and claimed victory over her weight problem as
chronicled on the 2009 season of NBC’s hit TV show “The
“I avowed that I was not mad at God. In fact, I felt God’s
presence at that time more than I ever had,” she writes in
her new book. “I was never angry, and that didn’t make sense
to many people. But I knew that God didn’t do this.”
Despite her determination to not become bitter after the
accident that claimed her husband Rick, her Rike took on
everything she could to numb the overwhelming grief –
moving, getting her Master’s degree, changing jobs – but
Weighing 247 pounds, Rike was alone, mired in heartache, and
just merely existing when the idea mentioned by a former
“The Biggest Loser” contestant prompted her to audition for
“My name is Abby. I am 34 years old. I normally don’t
introduce myself this way, but my husband and two children
were killed in a car accident two-and-a-half years ago,” she
announced in her “Biggest Loser” interview. “I decided very
early on that I was going to live. And now I want to live
The Monitor staffers Kim Vincent (left) and Janice Grubbs
(right) meet with “The Biggest Loser” star Abby Rike at her
book-signing event Friday at Mabank High School.
Making it to the season eight cast in 2009, Rike made
life-changing progress both physically and emotionally
during the seven weeks before her eventual elimination.
After losing 47 pounds during the show, Rike went on to lose
another 53 for a grand total of 100 pounds by the tearful
“The beauty of my ‘Biggest Loser’ journey is not that I’ve
gone from a size 20 to a size 6. The beauty of my journey is
the healing I have had from the inside out,” Rike writes.
“The outside is really just a reflection of that healing.
Living life to the fullest was my heart’s desire, and I can
honestly say that’s what I’m doing – living.”
Reflecting on where she is on her journey, Rike said “As I
was driving down the road the other day with the top down on
my car, maybe dancing a little, I thought, ‘I’m happy
today.’ Though I will never be the same person I was Oct.
12, 2006, I am so much better than I ever thought possible
on Oct. 13, 2006. You, too, can be better than you ever
“People ask me, ‘How did you survive? How did you get up
again?’ Rike writes. “The truth is that it is only through
God’s grace that I press forward. I choose to accept His
love and strength, and hope that He is able to use this
terrible tragedy for good.
“After the crash, I could have wallowed in self-pity. I
could have been mad at God, mad at the man who did this, or
just mad at the world in general. Many people have even told
me they wouldn’t blame me if I did,” she writes. “But
hatred, anger, and bitterness are not going to bring my
family back. Feeling sorry for myself is not going to make
my life count. If I had chosen to go down that path, I may
as well have been in the van.”
Rike currently speaks full-time across the country. After
“The Biggest Loser,” she appeared in numerous media outlets,
including: the “Today” show, “The Ellen Degeneres Show,”
“Access Hollywood ” and People, Woman’s World and Life &
Her new 240-page book, with a forward by Shay Sorrells, was
published by FaithWords May 4, and is available in audio and
as an ebook.
Rike currently lives in Houma, La. Visit Abby online at
or on her Facebook page, which has more than 7,000 fans.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at petfinder.com