Lake Life

& Such

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. There is a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting, also.
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 on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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 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. Everyone is welcome.
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 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) 675-7270.



Black-Eyed Peas and doggies
East Texas Arboretum October Fest draws crowd despite dreary weather
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff Writer

Athens–Despite the mildly dreary weather Oct. 10, a nice crowd turned out for this year’s October Fest at the East Texas Arboretum. The cooler temperatures and overcast skies just added to the feel of autumn.

Monitor Photo/ Linda K. Holt
The art club scarecrow stands guard outside of the exhibit of local artists.

Entertainer Don Obeidin provided music in the pavilion throughout the day – his third year to sing at the festival.
Local artisans, festival sponsors and published authors set up colorful booths, and children were able to try their skills at various games and pumpkin decorating.
They also took the opportunity to have their own faces painted with a variety of themes. They could also hear a story read by the author in the Little Red Schoolhouse.
The fall flowers were plentiful, and the scarecrow trail was as amusing as ever. It sported a new addition, a pair of currently unoccupied bat houses.
A gardening workshop with Malakoff Nursery owner Gary Reeves, an art exhibit in the Women’s Building, a silent auction and car show were all part of the fun.
East Texas Arboretum volunteer Michael Sambogna announced the winners of the black-eyed pea cook-off this year:
• appetizer: Broccoli Cheese Soup – Beverly Taylor,
• salad: Sweet Pea Salad – Kim Junell,
• main dish: Cabbage Patch Pea Stew – Terri Tompkins and Karen West,
• dessert: Pea Time Tassies – Di Ann Allen and
• grand prize: Texas Trust Black Eyed Peazza – Rita Clark. All recipes could be found in the free souvenir program available at the information booth.
The Uncle Fletch Hamburger Cook-off had to be cancelled for lack of participants, but there were plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers to eat at the event.
The dog show was very tough on the three judges. The results went like this:
Best Costume: 3rd Place – Gigi, 2nd Place – Poquito, 1st Place Tie – Ruby and Romeo.
Prettiest Female: 3rd Place – Gigi, 2nd Place – Ruby, 1st Place – Cricket.
Handsomest Male: 3rd Place – Poquito, 2nd Place – Emmitt, 1st Place – Buddy.
Celebrity Look-alike: 3rd Place – Hercules, 2nd Place – Ruby, 1st Place – Poquito.
Judges Choice: 3rd Place – Emmitt, 2nd Place – Romeo, 1st Place – Hercules.
The lucky winner of the seven cubic-foot freezer with food certificates for hamburger meat and black-eyed peas was Kay Hill of Athens.




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