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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.

Shelter dogs get new ‘leash’ on life
Local dog trainer and Pogo to compete in Extreme Mutt Makeover contest
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Just as wild mustangs have been given a second chance through a unique animal contests, so too has man’s best friend.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Humane Society of North Texas hope to prove that with a little loving care, attentive training and good humor, those animals chosen for the Extreme Makeover competition – and hundreds like them – can become valuable, wanted and adored companions.
Local dog trainer Joan Guertin of Common Sense Dog Training is one of 15 trainers selected to compete in the third annual Extreme Mutt Makeover, a part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth Aug. 13-14.
In a June 19 drawing, the petite Guertin was matched up with the largest dog in the competition – a 65-pound, 13-month old Great Pyrenees mix male from the Flower Mound animal shelter, named Pogo.
Guertin and Pogo have just eight weeks to get to know and trust each other, and train together before competing for cash and prizes at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
But Guertin isn’t worried.
“There are no losers in this competition,” she said. “Each dog will receive basic obedience training and a forever home.”
“Since 2007, the Extreme Mustang Makeover has placed more than 2,000 of America’s iconic wild horses for adoption, and the Foundation is using the same philosophy when it comes to placing America’s favorite companion animal for adoption,” Mustang Heritage Foundation executive director Patti Colbert said.
“This is taking rescue to an extreme by including accomplished dog trainers in the lives of these abandoned and unwanted animals, proving that they can be truly valuable to the lives of their adopters,” Colbert added.
Guertin, who is well known for her work with Corgis, a small-breed herding dog, said she is excited to work with a dog that could easily become a service dog.
“When my son found out, he said, ‘Mom you can’t train a dog who weighs more than your age,’” Guertin said. Fortunately for Pogo, Guertin is older than 65.
A special team of canine professionals used recognized temperament assessment guidelines and scoring systems to select the dogs for the contest. Additionally, the health of each dog was evaluated using diagnostic veterinary testing.
The dogs are nine months and older, and have been identified as “more difficult to adopt, due to their age, size or physical characteristics.”
“He’s (Pogo) coming along fine,” Guertin said. She describes Pogo as kind and gentle.
“He’s just a big lovable blob,” she affectionately said. “This dog is not a ‘get up and go’ dog. He thinks napping is the main event of the day.”
The laid-back attitude of the Great Pyrenees makes them the perfect flock guardian, as he has a calming affect on sheep. But make no mistake, he’s also armed with double razor sharp claws and could easily gut a predator, Guertin said.
In the week or so he and Joan have been getting acquainted, Pogo has learned to walk on the leash – though at least once he decided he’d rather rest and just flopped down in the middle of his training.
“I just persisted by walking around him in a circle until he had to get up and follow me,” Joan said. “It just takes patience, good humor and a willingness to laugh at the silliness. I add a few treats and make the doing more fun than disobeying. It’s all about pack leadership.”
According to one of the event organizers, Pogo and Guertin are a favorite to win.
“It puts a lot of pressure on me, as a trainer. It’s a lot to live up to,” Guertin said.
That said, Pogo is actually winning in the fan club competition on Facebook. If you want to learn more about Pogo and his training, do a search for “Pogos-Extreme Mutt Makeover” and make a comment on something you see or read there.
The competition will demonstrate basic obedience skills and any special talents or relationship the trainer has developed with the dog.
Guertin plans to teach Pogo how to be a companion to someone with mobility issues by using a wheelchair in the training.
“I also plan to teach him to respond to a doorbell, telephone and alarm clock,” she said. “We’ll also train to be aware of where his owner is at all times and teach him to stop at curbs and doors. He has the makings of a great service dog.”
The top five contenders in the competition will also be given a special three-minute freestyle event to be showcased during the final performance.
All the dogs will be available for adoption.
“The Humane Society of North Texas is passionate about finding lifetime homes for animals in need, and the Extreme Mutt Makeover is a fantastic opportunity to spread the message that shelter dogs simply need a second chance,” HSNT operations director Tammy Hawley said. “We are very honored to be a part of this event, and we look forward to the excitement when the trainers return with their dogs in August.”





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