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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.

Grandma turns on the sun
14 grandkids enjoy Sunshine Camp at the lake
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

PAYNE SPRINGS–Every summer, grandparents Ruby and James Laney host a week-long “Sunshine Camp” at their Payne Springs home.
It started with just their grandchildren, but over the years has expanded to include some grandchildren of the neighbors. This year, there were 14 youngsters, ranging in ages 4 to 15.
A retired science school teacher, Ruby presents many mind-expanding projects and field trips throughout the week, and this year was no exception.
The campers made play dough and slime, examined owl pellets and geodes.
They also grew germs in Petri dishes and created erupting volcanoes in the dirt, made cement stepping stones and explored life under the sea in an enclosed simulated ocean.
Some of the favorite activities included a nature scavenger hunt and a fitness obstacle course.
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The young campers also enjoyed field trips to Tyler to visit The Discover Science Place, Hudnall Planetarium and the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store, along with visits to the East Texas Arboretum in Athens, and to Corsicana’s Pioneer Village and Cook Center Planetarium to see an IMAX show.
One thing that made this year different was an unusually harsh application of Murphy’s Law.
“The first thing that went wrong was the boat broke down,” Ruby explained. “That was major, because they all love to tube in the afternoons.
“Our wonderful neighbors, Sue and James Moeller, saved the camp by loaning us their boat for the remaining days,” she said.
“Next, while going to get gas for the boat, the diesel pickup broke down and had to be towed,” Ruby recalled. “We found a mechanic, who was able to fix it in two days,” she said.
Two youngsters required trips to the doctor – one for an inner ear infection, while the other required an X-ray for her arm. It turned out the arm wasn’t broken. “What a relief,” Ruby said.
On the last field trip to Corsicana, one of the cars broke down.
The children in that car had to be double-buckled in the other remaining cars, while the car’s owners stayed to get it repaired, which only took 3 hours.
On the last boat trip out on the lake, the boat ran out of gas. It was loaded down with kids and the sun was hot.
A good Samaritan boater stopped by and saved the day, she reported.
“Every night we had a smokeless campfire and sing-a-long around the fire pit. We played flashlight tag, did talent shows, played games and had lots of snacks.
“So, everything turned out super, after all,” Ruby said.
Helping adult Lynn Stacey wrote her impressions of the experience on Facebook.
“It sort of reminded me of the movies ‘Yours, Mine and Ours’ or ‘Cheaper by the Dozen.’ There were 11 there for all five days and four nights, and then three more came for the last two days,” Stacey wrote.
“No time for rest and not a whole lot of sleeping. Bedtime was a three-ring circus and the same was true with breakfast and getting off for field trips,” she added.
“The kids were so good this year, and it was a blast,” she wrote.





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