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Clubs and Such

 BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or www.bnine
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (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. (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek 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. (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.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. 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. 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. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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. (903) 887-0293.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (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. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. 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 bhanstrom@embarq 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. (903) 887-2781.
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. (903) 887-5252.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.
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. Donna Dean at ddean45@
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
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. (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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State-Fish Art goes international
The 13th Annual awards ceremony held at Texas Freshwater Fisheries
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art competition held its 13th annual exhibition June 24-25 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens.
This is the first year the state-fish art contest has gone international, with participants from Canada, Indonesia and Turkey.
Grades 10-12 first-place winner Dinling “Sunny” Zhong was an exchange student from Bejing. She unfortunately had to head home before the event, but sent a acceptance video in her stead.
There were three age categories – grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. Next year, an essay will be incorporated into the contest and a new, art-only category for grades 1-3 will be added.
Winners were chosen from each state, then overall first through third winners were chosen. There was also a people’s choice award.
State first-place winners received medals and a fishing rod. Overall winners also received a trophy and gift certificate to an art supply store.
Contestants and families from all over the nation, as well as participants from Ontario, Canada, gathered to enjoy Texas barbecue Friday evening and an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon.
The awards ceremony opened with a song “Tomorrow,” from the musical “Annie,” which was performed by Mollie Davies, who is portraying Little Orphan Annie at the Henderson County Performing Arts. More information can be found at
Guest speakers included Athens Mayor Randy Daniel and Wildlife Forever board chairman Scott Grieve. A letter from Gov. Rick Perry was read to those gathered.
A home-schooler was announced as the “teacher of the year” for having several multi-award winning children, including winners in this year’s competition.
Many of those attending had already caught a fish in the TFFC lakes, some for the very first time.
Several local artists also gathered to show their wares, including a group from the Tyler SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism).
SCA members re-create the dress, life-style and handcrafted original artwork of European Medieval and Renaissance periods.
Bruce Lyndon Cunningham, a forester and botanical artist from Nacogdoches, exhibited his impressive Audobon-style illustrations of trees. The drawings incorporated all identifiers of the trees, including form, bark, flower and seeds.
Cunningham takes his artwork one step further by hand-carving frames for the original artwork made from the same wood as the illustration depicts.
Cunningham has been honored internationally for his work, which has been acquired by both President George Bush and his son, President George W. Bush.
Despite the jokes about it being jacket weather back home (compared to the Texas heat), all participants appeared to be having a good time.






























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