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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) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday 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 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 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.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
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 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.
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.
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 Tuesday at the Nutrition Center 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 Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email  for more information.
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.
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 more 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) 489-2259.



Dairy Queen honors Girl Scouts
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Five Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 3572 were treated to a behind-the-scenes look Wednesday at their favorite ice cream parlor – Dairy Queen.
Seven Points and Kemp Dairy Queen owner Shirley Leone invited the girls for a tour, as part of Dairy Queen’s nationwide celebration of Girl Scouting in America.
(You may have noticed the Tagalongs Peanut Butter Patties Blizzard” and the “Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard,” featuring two favorite Girl Scout cookies, on sale at DQ in July.)
The week of July 19-25, the 5,700-store franchise conducted a salute to Girl Scouts.
Leone, who grew up in Girl Scouts, showed the girls the old Brownie uniform she used to wear, along with her sash of badges.
Since Leone loves Teddy bears, she also displayed a bear dressed in some Girls Scouting merchandise from the past.
“When I was about your age, I started wondering what it would be like to own my own Dairy Queen, because I wanted to be able to eat all the ice cream I wanted,” she told the girls.
“Back when I was your age, my parents used to take us to the Dairy Queen on hot summer evenings to cool off. It was a very special treat,” she added.
Leone also told the girls how soft-serve ice cream was invented in Illinois in 1938. A special machine was also invented that would make a continuous supply of the creamy ice cold treat.
The new ice cream treat was introduced to the public with a special event, which offered all the ice cream you can eat for 10 cents, she said.
“And 1,600 people came out to try the new soft-serve ice cream,” she added.
Though, invented in Illinois, the soft-serve ice cream is offered in more than 600 stores in Texas, where the largest number of Dairy Queen stores can be found.
After the short history lesson, the girls were given a tour of the back of the store.
Brittany Roberts led the girls through the kitchen, where they saw the grill and deep fryer, as well as a small freezer where the Dilly Bars and ice cream sandwiches are kept before packaging.
They shivered in the walk-in freezer, and saw the dispensers for frozen flavored drinks.
They also got to see how an ice cream cake is made.
First, a cookie blizzard is whipped up and put in the blast freezer, which rapidly chills and hardens the soft serve to a minus 40 degrees.
The rest of the cake is assembled with soft serve ice cream, cold fudge and lots of crunchy cookie crumbs.
Once the shape of the cake has been formed inside a ring mold, the blizzard comes out of the freezer and is added for the filling. The top is smoothed out and the ring is removed.
Using something that almost looks like a comb, the sides of the cake are scraped to add decorative horizontal lines. Then the whole thing is put back into the freezer for at least two hours.
The final step is decorating the top. The girls saw several cakes already decorated and waiting behind the glass door freezers for customers to pick out for their special occasions and celebrations.
Once the troop saw how one of the fabulous ice cream cakes was made, it was their turn to make some mini ice cream sundaes for themselves – yum!
Leone explained that the soft-serve ice cream is made with low-fat milk and is high in calcium.
The girls from Brownie Troop 3572 attend the Tool Elementary School, and are looking forward to recruiting some of their friends to join them in the fun of scouting, where girls are encouraged to take the lead, dream big, and learn by doing.
Girl Scouts can always use more adult volunteers to share their time, talent and wisdom with these leaders of tomorrow. If you can see yourself making a difference in a girl’s life, please call Amber L. Lara at (903) 526-7176 or e-mail her at
Also, a Girl Scouting booth will be set up at Tool Elementary School during “Meet The Teacher” night, so parents can investigate all scouting has to offer.
So far, this troop, which was formed in April, has been active in:
• collecting pet food for the Humane Society at Cedar Creek Lake,
• hiking at the East Texas Arboretum,
• activities to earn badges
• a leadership quest
• an Independence Day program at VFW Post 4376,
• bowling to raise funds for a camping trip in October, and
• meeting local professionals and community leaders.
Girls living on the west side of Cedar Creek Lake in grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join in the fun, as well as adult mentors/leaders.

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