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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, 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.
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) 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.


Pogo wows judges at Extreme Mutt Makeover
By Joan Guertin
Special to The Monitor

EXPO CENTER, FORT WORTH–Triple-digit temperatures were not the only heat generated in Fort Worth last weekend.
The Dog Days of Summer, literally, heated up with stress, as 16 dogs and their handlers competed in the second annual Extreme Mutt Makeover, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14.
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During the Extreme Mutt Makeover competition at the Fort Worth Expo Center Aug. 13-14, Pogo plays with John Guertin from Nashville, Tenn. Pogo was one of 16 mutts taken from Dallas/Fort Worth shelters to undergo a makeover and training.

Cedar Creek Lake area dog trainer Joan Guertin of Common Sense Dog Training and Behavior Solutions and her Makeover Mutt Pogo attracted lots of attention and was an obvious fan favorite.
The gentle, laid-back 65-pound pooch was in demand for lots of petting and hugs throughout the two-day competition. And even made some good dog buddies.
All of the dog competitors were rescued from various Fort Worth and Dallas area shelters. Several, including Pogo, were very close to a euthanasia date due to the length of time they had been in the shelter and passed over for adoption.
Pogo, a Great Pyrenese mix possessed a good temperament, but was rowdy and active, having had no training!
The competing trainers were given eight weeks to train and then present the dogs for the competition. It was a labor-intensive enterprise. But one with positive benefits as all of the dogs entered were ultimately adopted following the event.
A panel of four judges observed the dogs and handlers in two preliminary rounds, where they were first judged on basic obedience skills and attention to commands.
In addition, the judges critiqued their overall condition, grooming and appearance. At the end of the round, Pogo was ranked fourth with 420 points out of a possible 440.
The second round consisted of more demanding obedience exercises and performance around obstacles. Again, Pogo performed well, however, he apparently didn’t win over the judges as he was ranked 10th with a score of 289 out of a possible 320.
In between rounds, Pogo was kept very busy entertaining his fans, a number of whom expressed definite interest in adopting the big boy! And, of course, there were cameras at every turn. The media was out in force, and Pogo was a great favorite as he obviously loved the attention and played naturally to the cameras.
On Saturday, the interviews continued as did the competition. Round Three was the Free Style Round!
All of the dogs would be performing to music, selected by their trainers. Many brought elaborate equipment and props and performed complicated routines showing off their agility and trick skills.
Pogo and I simply danced. My daughter, Dorothy selected the song, “This Is The Moment,” from the Broadway production of Jekyl and Hyde, and performed by Donny Osmond.
Since Pogo was and always will be a laid-back pup, it was perfect for him.
All of the competitors were given 90 seconds to strut their stuff. However, Pogo and I had to dance for the full four minutes of the song! All of the judges were entranced with the relationship between Pogo and his trainer.
Pogo whirled, twirled, backed up, wove in and out between my legs, sat up and then bowed! All to the music and never missed a beat!
After we left the ring, the mistress of ceremonies wiped tears from her eyes, and gave us a “thumbs up”.
Later, another judge stopped me to comment that Pogo and I had brought tears to the eyes of all the judges, adding that “this was what this competition was all about, the relationship between dog and man and how powerful just a little bit of training can be and how it can change the lives of the most difficult of dogs!”
And so, although we didn’t win, (our overall point total was 851 for eighth place), we came away feeling really good about the weekend. And, in retrospect, there really were no losers in this event.
All of the dogs either went home with their trainers, or were adopted by someone in the audience. In addition, a dozen or more additional dogs, brought from area shelters, were adopted, including a sweet Sheltie mix that traveled home with my son’s friend, to Tennessee.
Oh, and by the way, this year’s winner and the recipient of the $1,000 prize money, was Patty Cake, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, the smallest dog in the competition! She was flawless.
Photos, video and stories of the event and all the competitors are on-line by searching, “Extreme Mutt Makeover.” Check it out! It will brighten your day!
I’m personally looking forward to next year’s competition! God willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be there with a new Mutt to Makeover!
Oh, and by the way, Pogo now officially resides with me and the Corgis here in Gun Barrel City!
He’s in training as a therapy dog and ultimately (we hope), a service dog! So, if you see me and the big, shaggy white boy strolling the streets around the area or in stores where he’s being socialized, stop and visit.
Pogo loves company and is proud to be a make-over mutt, who – thanks to a little bit of training – now has a home and a future.



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