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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.

Love perfects a pastime (life)
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Some people work puzzles, others enjoy reading, some are champs at cards or dominoes, but Ralph Gigowski, a resident of Cedar View House in Gun Barrel City, has always found drawing to be a relaxing pastime.
“It (drawing) is so relaxing to me. You can dream while you draw, you know,” he said.
He calls it doodling. But anyone seeing his “doodles” is impressed by his artist’s eye and skill.
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Artist Ralph Gigowski, 90, with some of his “doodling.”

And no wonder, he’s been doing it for more than 70 years. Gigowski is 90. His hand is steady, his eye keen and his heart, full.
“I’m a positive-minded and loving man. I believe everyone should have a chance at happiness, and it only comes from love in the heart and mind,” he said.
He should know. He still loves Arlyn, his wife of 48 years, who died of high cholesterol. Together they had three sons and a daughter.
A photo of Arlyn as a bride hangs above his bed, and his eyes fill with pride as he speaks about her and what they had together.
“You know there are so many married people, who don’t know what they really have,” he said.
Gigowski is also a man in love. A certain Rose in Cleveland has at least 100 of his doodles covering 100 envelopes from letters he’s written to her.
Sometimes he doesn’t leave enough room for the address and just gets the name and zip code on it, he told The Monitor.
But the letters are so distinctive and frequent that the post office and letter carriers know where to deliver them.
“I write about four or five letters a week,” he said, each with a short illustrated message.
One can imagine how happy Rose, 86, is to receive his many letters.
The pair met nearly two years ago, when Gigowski following a slight stroke came to live with his son in Grosbeck.
He had gotten to visit the senior citizens center there and saw her come in. “I thought she was good-looking,” he told The Monitor.
They dated briefly and got to know one another, and a relationship grew.
For one reason and another, Gigowski, a longtime Harbor Point subdivision resident, came back to Cedar Creek Lake to live at Cedar View House.
Whenever there are special visitors to the assisted-living complex, he can be seen with pen and paper in hand.
This month, Gigowski is looking forward to spending 10 days with his Rose, who has cancer and refuses to undergo chemotherapy, yet again.
“I’ve been longing to visit her,” he said.
“Maybe not a good enough story for the movies, but there you have it,” he added.
Though he didn’t arrive in Texas until 1964, Gigowski is proud to call himself a Texan. A job as a field engineer with the Armstrong Rubber Co. is what brought him here.
About a year later, he and his wife drove down to Cedar Creek Lake and fell in love with the lake.
He bought a red motorboat worth more than $20,000 for a mere $8,000 from a man going through a divorce. Not too long ago he gave it to his son.
He loved boating on the lake, and his family enjoyed water skiing behind it. Though he’s never regretted buying it, he admits, a boat is a “hole in the water” when it comes to keeping up with repairs, upkeep and other expenses.
Besides drawing boats, he enjoys any water theme from wildlife, lighthouses and naval aircraft carriers. But his first love is drawing flying aircraft, which he has done since his boyhood.
Although never a pilot, he spent a few years in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He’s also operated a meat market and a filling station.
But all through his long life, Gigowski has always made time to draw.
“I find when tension is there, I can start doodling and get rid of all my tension and just relax.”




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