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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 Seasons Restaurant in Mabank, 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   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.

Learning English, exchange student discovers art
German student may still have trouble by saying ‘y’all’
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A German exchange student who came to America to learn English found she had a real talent for a completely different language – art.
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Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
German exchange student Carolin Grumm (right) and Eustace High School teacher/coach Rob Tyner stand with the portrait Grumm drew of Tyner's granddaughter, Morgan Carter.

Morgan Carter, a 15-year-old homebound Athens High School student who has been battling Ewing’s sarcoma (a bone cancer) for five years.
Carter is the granddaughter of veteran EHS teacher/coach Rob Tyner, who was “blown away” by the exact likeness that Grumm was able to capture.
Working with pencils and using a photograph of Carter as a reference, Grumm labored literally every spare minute (including some down time in Tyner’s class and at home) for two weeks on the portrait.
“I made my wife close her eyes and put (the portrait) in a chair across from her,” Tyner said Monday. “When she opened her eyes, she just started sobbing, ‘That’s my baby girl.’”
Carter herself thought the portrait was excellent, Tyner said. “It looks exactly like her,” he said.
Carter continues to take chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Children’s Hospital in Dallas, but maintains a straight-A average “and nothing gets her down,” Tyner said.
“I’ve never had a student learn this quickly,” EHS art teacher Ron Brewer said.
“I recognized immediately that she had the capacity to be as good as anyone. All the tools were there,” Brewer said. “Like any teacher, my job is to get the student to care about the subject. She met my expectations and then some.”
“I love art class,” Grumm said. “It’s a lot different from Germany.”
In Germany, art classes were geared more toward the history of art than hands-on work, she explained.
“I never drew any likeness like this,” she said, adding, “I didn’t know I could draw like that.”
Eustace students swept the top awards at a juried art show at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in March.
“The program here is successful,” Brewer said. “(Grumm) took advantage of the program and went even further with it.”
What is most unusual about Grumm’s achievement is that the job wasn’t even offered to her – it was originally offered to the most accomplished portrait artist at the school, who turned it down.
“He said he couldn’t do the teeth,” Tyner recalled. “I think senioritis played a little part, too.”
Grumm volunteered to attempt the portrait.
“Portraits weren’t her strength,” Brewer said, “but she rose to the occasion.”
“I took it in the first place because I knew how much it meant to my teacher (Tyner),” Grumm said.
“As an artist, you always see things you could have changed,” she added. “(Usually) when I’m done, I’m done, but you always see something. It’s never perfect.”
That’s not what Tyner, or Brewer, or other folks who view the portrait say, but Brewer noted Grumm was really nervous about taking the project on.
“Remember how scared you were?” Brewer asked Grumm, who rolled her eyes and said “Jeez!”
“Everybody’s lining up for her to do portraits now,” Brewer added.
Traditionally, Americans travel to Europe to study art, because Europe has been the center of the art world for centuries, Brewer said.
“It fills me with a lot of pride to think that a European came here to learn about art, when it’s usually the other way around,” he said.
Grumm won’t be able to do many more portraits, as she has to return to her home in Krefeld, Germany (near Cologne), Sunday, June 20.
She wants to return to the U.S. for college, but cost is a major factor.
“It cost a lot for this year, and college costs more,” she pointed out. “I want to see more of the States. I love to travel.”
During the school year, she has visited Austin, Houston, Galveston and Dallas, and discovered what Texas natives already know about the weather – “you can have every season in one week.”
Grumm is still taken aback at the sheer size of Texas.
“I’m never going to say it’s a long way in Germany,” she said. “Here we have to drive an hour to go to a mall. In Germany, if you drive an hour, you can go to any mall.”
She misses Germany’s public transportation, which can get you anywhere quickly and easily, because she won’t be allowed to drive until she turns 18.
Grumm will have to retake the 11th grade (she won’t get any credit for her study here), and still frets about English tests.
“I came here to learn English, but I’ll fail because I say ‘y’all’ and mix my words up,” she said.


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