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July 17
, 2011






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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Grandparents entertain the younger
set for a week of Sunshine Camp

Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Once again, Payne Springs resident Ruby Laney with the help of some of her neighbors and several grandparents pulled off another year of Sunshine Camp.
This is the 11th year of Sunshine Camp. And as in the past, it was a week of fun, learning adventures and field trips to nearby sights.
Grandparents Scotty Aitken and Margie Laney, Maryanna Roosa, Susan Stone, Ruby and Jim Laney, and Mary Marx guided 15 children ranging in ages from 5 to 13 through an unforgettable week between June 14 and 18.
Sunshine Camp is the brainchild of Three Harbors resident and retired elementary teacher Ruby Laney, who loves science.

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After an afternoon of swimming, campers tested their wits with brain teasing games. The games were just one obstacle in a course of obstacles they had to complete before getting their dinner. Pictured are Sophia Lammedal, Landon Dixon, Maddie Maldonado, Cate Walker and Noah McFarland.

Some of the activities included conducting experiments with matter, turning simple kitchen ingredients into “atomic” green slime; backyard dirt and plaster into “dinosaur” fossils, tie-dyeing T-shirts and working their way through a very challenging obstacle course with a balance between physical and mental hurdles.
Other experiments worked with static electricity, demonstrated centrifugal force and worked with sand that would not get wet!
Every afternoons, campers donned life jackets and went tubing on the lake just off the dock.
Field trips took the members of Sunshine Camp to the recently opened John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, just outside Seagoville, where they collected microorganisms and got to examine them under a microscope in the lab.
While there, campers also used binoculars to do some bird watching. They even got acquainted with a corn snake.
Another field trip took the group to Grand Saline and the Morton Salt Mine Museum. None could resist tasting the museum walls which are made entirely of large salt crystals. The campers were very interested to learn where their table salt came from and some of the history of the place.
Just a few miles down the road, they visited the East Texas Gator Farm.
A very kid-friendly place with lots to see and do, the kids had a ball. They got to hold snakes, baby alligators, and possums and also got to see a variety of animals including a baby deer.
Closer to home, the group also enjoyed an afternoon of bowling at Lakeplex Lanes in Seven Points.
The children also ate at several local restaurants during the week and created a memory book of photos and writing about their experiences at “grandma’s house at Cedar Creek Lake.”
The children attending included Tanner Chorens, Landon Dixon Noah, Drew and Madisyn McFarland, Reagan and Stevie Stephens, Sophia Lammedal, Makenna and Collin Cribbs, Cate Walker, Jack Brock, Maddie Maldonado, Haley Nelson and Tate Pressley.
Each one will have no trouble telling their school classes about the fun they had over their summer vacation.

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The entire group of Sunshine campers line up in front of the Salt Mine Museum
made entirely of large salt crystals in Grand Saline.



























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