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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.
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. 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.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
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 glbstotts@hotmail.com, or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
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.
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 bhanstrom@embarqmail.com   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 ddean45@hotmail.com.
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) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600 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.
 

 

Local dancers mark first National Dance Day
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Dance clubs and studios across the nation planned special dance events for the inaugural National Dance Day July 31, and Cedar Creek Lake was no exception.
The Dance Connection in Mabank hosted a morning street dance, and followed it with free dance lessons in its air-conditioned Market Street studio.
Under the direction of Leslie Dare, the Dance Connection offers classes for all ages in ballet, tap, hip hop, belly-dancing and jazz.
The Log Cabin Swingers held an open house dance party in Tool that evening to introduce the community to square and round dancing ,with about 100 people participating.
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Having practiced the routine inside, dancers take their hip hop number to the street in downtown Mabank Saturday. The street dance was The Dance Connection's way of celebrating July 31 as National Dance Day.

This year, the dance club marks 34 years. Its many members enjoy bimonthly dances at the club’s Promenade Hall in Tool and offer a 16-week square dancing course with weekly lessons.
Though Dallas has traditionally set aside the last Saturday in July to celebrate all manner of dances, from tap to belly dancing, “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is credited with initiating July 31 as National Dance Day.
DanceSquare.jpg (180389 bytes)Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton from the District of Columbia introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the United States and also encourage dancing among the people of all age groups.
Lythgoe cited the growing obesity problem and sees getting people dancing as a perfect way to get moving and have fun, instead of eating so much.
He posted his idea for a national day of dance on a popular social networking site, and was surprised at the overwhelming positive reaction. He received innumerable responses to his post, which translated into an approval from the citizens of the United States, and recognized by Congress.
Norton’s fight for good health in the nation stems back to January, when she introduced the Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise Act to promote exercise and diet changes. Norton’s LIFE bill directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a lead agency in combating obesity and sedentary life-styles.
“More than 30 percent of Americans are obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years,” Norton cited. “Television shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ are not only entertaining but are also encouraging people to live a physically active life-style. Holding a National Dance Day in the nation’s capitol is a terrific way to promote fitness and fight obesity.”
Local dance enthusiasts, representatives from dance schools and organizations and former “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists were on hand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. July 31 to “get the dance party started.”
“National Dance Day does not ‘belong to any single corporation,’ television show or charity,” Lythgoe said. “It belongs to the people. It is my hope that countless exciting dance ideas will come to fruition on National Dance Day, like the world’s longest conga line in Miami or the world’s longest kick line in front of Radio City Music Hall or scores of break-dancers taking over the Venice boardwalk. The sky is the limit.”
He added the event was not meant to promote “So You Think You Can Dance,” but it was his effort for the entire country to realize how much they enjoy dance.

 


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