Lake Life

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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. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
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 info, 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 info, 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 info, 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 info, 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.
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.
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. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
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. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


Cat tour of Cedar Creek Lake
Cat lovers see the neighborhood differently
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–You’ve probably seen them – maybe you make a special trip into the store or library just to have a “cat fix.”
These are very special cats (and those two dogs, too) who have great lives as greeters and entertainers – they’re working cats!
CatTourWhisper.jpg (200398 bytes)If you haven’t seen them, it’s worth a stop – they are available to be petted.

Whisper makes the Tri-County Library a comforting place to be.

Whisper the Library Cat is a fixture at Tri-County Library on Market Street in downtown Mabank.
Brought to the library as a kitten two years ago, she has grown into her job and takes it very seriously.
Inspired by Dewey the Library Cat, about whom a book was written, Whisper’s presence is a joint effort of the library and the Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic (thank you, Kay).
For years, Dexter has been sitting in the window at Old Friends Antiques Store, also on Market Street in Mabank.
This gorgeous huge yellow tabby greets everyone who comes in, usually with a yawn or a snore. He loves to be petted, but don’t expect him to wake up for it.
Continuing down the road into Gun Barrel City you will find Auto Kitty – a tiny black fuzzy cat that adores people.
She resides either at Auto Check (thus the name) on State Highway 198 just south of Main Street, or next door at Finny Tribe Fishing Lures, Tackle, Bait and more.
Having two jobs is exhausting – so she takes many cat nap breaks.
Farther south, on the east side of SH 198, stop when you get to Solar Screen with all the colorful outdoor furniture and yard accessaries on display.CatTourDexter.jpg (207886 bytes)
Practically an antique himself, Dexter – a huge yellow tabby – wanders through the treasures to be found at Old Friends Antiques Store on Market Street in Mabank.

You won’t want to miss saying hello to the exuberant Dexter (it’s a popular name for cats – what can I say?).
He will either be on top of a filing cabinet asleep, or racing across the desks scattering papers as he goes – it’s all in a day’s work.
Go back north to Main Street in Gun Barrel City and go left (west) to Gilbert & Jones, where they have the best in seasonal fashions for discerning women.
Nearly every day, Dian Jones brings her two little wascally kids in to greet customers and make sure they are welcome.
Chip and Abigail want you to know they can greet and meet as well as any cats can!
After buying that special outfit that says I love autumn, visit the Bluebonnet Emporium, where you might find just the right accessory for your wardrobe or your home. It’s located a little further west down Main Street.
Don’t be surprised to see Garfield, a huge gorgeous orange-yellow tabby luxuriating in his surroundings. After all, he is famous, you know.
Truly, there are people who drop in just to say hello to him and give him a good ear scratch. This boy rules the store and can be found napping under a display or on top of the counter right in your way.
It’s his store, after all.


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