People, Places & Events

    Halloween at the YMCA is Nutty, Spooky and Safe
Special to The Monitor
MABANK-Halloween can be silly - a nutty, spooky scare. But let's not have a night of fun spoiled by any real scare. 
For a safe, exciting Halloween, the Lake Area YMCA is again offering an imaginative Halloween experience - an evening for little goblins and their families to enjoy in an environment that's both caring and safe. 
The holiday fun takes place at 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at 405 W. Walnut St, Mabank. 
The Lake Area YMCA will be decorated, waiting, and well supervised. 
"It's a safe, creative and social experience for all ages," Program Director Mari Richardson said.
"Families want to know that their children are being looked after on Halloween night, while engaging in enjoyable, worthwhile activities. Our YMCA is not just a safe place, it's a happy and exciting destination for little kids, teens - and adults," Richardson added.
For five years in a row, the Lake Area YMCA has hosted a variety of organized Halloween activities, this year including: costume parades, games, face-painting, fun houses and pumpkin-patch, and more fun activities for the children. 
Admission is free with ticket purchase available for the games, activities and concessions.
Halloween still means bags of treats: Make them healthy ones! And put on your thinking caps, using your creativity to make and wear your own wild and wacky costumes. 
But no matter what your Halloween plans, the Lake Area YMCA suggests considering these precautions before heading to the Y or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood: 
* wear light-colored costumes, labels indicating 'flame retardant'
* wear shorter costumes to prevent tripping
* add reflective tape or striping to costumes for greater visibility
* use face make-up - no hoods or masks that obscure the face and vision 
* take younger children door-to-door in daylight hours 
* carry a working flashlight 
* trick-or-treat within your neighborhood, only to homes you know 
* remind children: never enter homes and accept no rides from strangers
* be alert to auto traffic, crossing safely, according to rules 
* have parents or other adults inspect treats
* check your lawn and steps for tripping hazards
This year, strengthen family! Celebrate Halloween together as enjoyable, quality time.
For more information about "Halloween at the YMCA" festivities at the Lake Area YMCA contact Mari Richardson, (903) 713-YMCA.


Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic Set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY-From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Friends of the Animals will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic for all area residents.
It will be held at the Friends' clinic in the southeast corner of State Highways 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City in the red brick office strip behind the Chevron station. No appointment is necessary.
Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.
A rabies shot will cost $10, the annual vaccination for dogs or cats to protect from five different diseases will cost $15. 
The feline leukemia vaccination will be available as well at a cost of $10.
This clinic will also offer microchipping to cats or dogs. 
A tiny chip is inserted into the scruff of the pet, which can be read by a scanner available at shelters everywhere. Your lost pet comes home! 
Cost for this is $20, which includes the national registration.
Although these low-cost vaccinations are usually only available to its spay/neuter clients, this vaccination clinic will be open to everyone, anywhere. 
Also available for sale during this time will be Frontline Plus, the monthly flea and tick prevention and Capstar, the instant flea killer that lasts for 24 hours. 
The Capstar costs $3 and the Frontline Plus costs $26 for a three-month supply for a cat and ranges from $28 to $31 for a three-month supply for dogs. 
These products are actually available to anyone year 'round at the Friends' clinic on Tuesdays.
There is a rabies epidemic in Texas - and anyone who has had a dog with parvo or distemper knows the suffering that animal goes through - and that it is very contagious to other dogs.
Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has been open since July 2002 and has neutered more than 9,000 animals in that time, saving and preventing literally millions of little lives. 
Surgery is done by appointment only.
If you would like to volunteer at the clinic on Tuesdays or have questions about the vaccination clinic, please call (903) 887-PETS. 
Tax-deductible donations for this non-profit charity may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147.
Please visit the web site: 


New Sherwin-Williams Store Now Open in Gun Barrel City
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GUN BARREL CITY- Whether you're looking to spruce up a room with a fresh coat of paint or dramatically transform your living space, your new Gun Barrel City Sherwin-Williams store has more options in decorating products than ever before. 
"Today's DIY consumer has a huge array of choices in textures, patterns and colors," Gun Barrel City store manager Thad Weber said.
"At Sherwin-Williams, we bring all of these creative options together in one store, along with expert, how-to advice from salespeople who really understand the products they sell," he added.
At the new store, you will also find a broad selection of easy-to-use, pre-coordinated color scheme cards that help you choose the perfect palette of hues for your interior or exterior project.
Located at 1307 West Main Street, Suite G, the new Sherwin-Williams store held its grand opening Saturday Oct. 14. 
The Gun Barrel City Sherwin-Williams store is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Gun Barrel City Sherwin-Williams store you can explore all of the various ways to add color and attractive finishes to your home including the illusionsr Faux Finish Program. 
Designed by the color experts at Sherwin-Williams, the program has everything you need - from paints and tools to step-by-step instructions - to bring the look of sponging, ragging, metallic, suede and more to your home. 
In addition, Sher-ColorT, a new advanced computerized color matching system, gives do-it-yourself decorators the ability to accurately match paint shades to virtually any color sample they bring to the local store - from window fabrics to carpet to upholstery and more. 
The Gun Barrel City Sherwin-Williams store also offers exciting choices in pattern and color through a large collection of wallcoverings.
Sherwin-Williams is the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint, stains, coatings, wallcoverings and associated supplies and sundry items. 
With more than 3,000 stores in North America, the company is dedicated to supporting the do-it-yourself consumer with specialized products, superior technical knowledge and one-on-one, personalized service that's focused on unique project needs. 
Sherwin-Williams brand-name products can only be found at Sherwin-Williams stores; call 1-800-4-SHERWIN (1-800-474-3794) for the nearest location. 
And, visit Sherwin-Williams on the Internet at