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 www.bninetexas.com
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)
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
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 Vetonis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 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 Quilters 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 Womens 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
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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.
Spooky or fall fest, lots
of events are ready for Halloween
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKEHalloween (or fall fest) costumes might have to be worn over jackets
and warm clothing, as it is the time of year when the air turns a bit cooler or
even crispy cold.
Little ones are filled with excitement as their anticipation of the fun time builds.
Closer and closer the time comes when they get to dress up in their special costume bought
with their allowance, or maybe made by grandma, or even their own creative hands.
Theres no worry about where the little princesses, ghosts or firemen will get to
wear the colorful costumes.
With the leaves already beginning to turn colors, they whirl, mixing both magic and a
festive note in the air, and dozens of parties and events await.
For those who enjoy the spookier side of the festival, area fire stations have made
haunted houses, and some have even added hayrides, for a small fee that benefits the VFDs.
Tool haunted maze
The city of Tool Volunteer Fire Department is presenting its annual Haunted Maze
1,500 square feet of Terror from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Oct. 30, at
the Tool City Hall. Material from the same maze used previously by Screams is
incorporated into the structure. A small fee is charged to enter.
Tower of Terror
The Kemp and Mabank fire departments are once again presenting their Tower of
Terror event and hayride starting at the Mabank Pavilion at about dark Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-31. All proceeds earned go toward the fire training facility.
Concession and souvenir T-shirts will be available at the pavilion.
Woods of Terror ride
The Payne Springs Fire Rescue is hosting its seventh annual Woods of Terror
hayride, lasting about 45 minutes.
The trailer leaves the fire station located at 9674 State Highway 198 at dark Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 29-30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. An all new road is open to
enter and travel through the woods. For information call fire station at (903) 451-4511.
And for good family fun, plus trick or treat for the kids, theres always the
traditional events that happen annually.
Mabank Trick or Treat
Mabank Trick or Treat is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Mabank Pavilion.
Businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals are invited to participate in this
annual community event. Bring your own chairs, tables decorations and lots of candy.
Spaces are free on first come, first served basis. Sponsored by the Mabank Chapter of the
Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. For information call Ronnie Davis at (903)
VFW childrens party
The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 4376 are hosting the Posts annual community
childrens Halloween party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Events include a sock hop,
food, fun, treats and prizes. Costume contest with prizes for top three place winners, and
crowns for king and queen ghoul.
Tool Fall Festival
The city of Tool presents its second annual free Fall Festival for kids 12 and
under from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Oran White Civic Center. Events include
candy, games and inflatables. For information call (903) 432-3522.
P.E.T.S. Palace fest
The P.E.T.S. Palace is hosting a Halloween Happening at the Palace from 7 to 9 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29. For information call (903) 887-0044, or e-mail to email@example.com.
Churches often provide an alternative to the season in the form of Fall Fests
and other celebrations.
FBC Fall Festival
The First Baptist Church in GBC is hosting a Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
30. A safe alternative to Halloween. For information call (903) 887-6887
Lakeview Fall Festival
Lakeview Church is hosting a fall festival from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at SH 334
and Wood Street, across from the City Hall in Seven Points. Free hot dogs, chili and
desserts, also games, music, candy, cake walk and lots of fellowship. For information call
Trunk or Treat
The Seven Points Church of Christ is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30, at the church. The event provides a safe place for children to come and
enjoy the fun.
The First Baptist Church in Eustace is hosting a Hallelujah Festival from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31, in the church gym. The event is intended to be a family alternative to
trick-or-treating. There will be lots of fun and games, candy, a cake walk, face painting,
hayride and lots more.
Cowboy Church fest
The Rope, Catch and Ride for Christ Cowboy Church is hosting a fall festival from 4 to 7
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Events include hay rides, pony rides, bounce house, cake walk,
games and bingo, prizes, hot dogs, nachos, frito pie and drinks. Location is north on SH
198, take a right and looks like a red barn. For information call Vickie at (903)
Adult costume parties and dances are also available.
CCL 49ers Halloween
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers club is hosting a Halloween costume party from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28. Dancing to Chuck & the 49ers. No smoking or alcohol. Donation at
the door. Dress code is no shorts or halter tops. Located in seven Points off SH 334, two
blocks south on Arnold Hills Road. For information call or fax (903) 432-3552.
VFW dance for adults
VFW Post 4376 is planning a Halloween party and dance for adults from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30. Costume contest with cash prizes for three top winners.
One church decided to delay its fall fest, thus extending the season a tiny bit.
The First Presbyterian Church of Mabank, 112 W. Mount Vernon, is hosting its Fall
Festival 2010, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. The lunch menu includes
Presbyterian stew, cornbread, dessert and drink for a small fee, a quilt by the churches
quilters, handmade crafts, baked goods and lunch-to-go. Proceeds will benefit church
projects. An early-bird sale is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.
Tips to ensure a safe Halloween
Special to the Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKEHere are some tips to make certain Halloween fun is also safe.
1. Make certain your child only wears a costume made of fire-retardant materials. Avoid
loose-hanging parts such as sashes, shredded parts or overly long sleeves, which can
easily catch fire from a jack-o-lantern or candle, or can get caught on something.
2. Check the costumes warning label. If it contains lead, phthalates or cadmium,
choose another costume. These can be severely damaging to young children.
3. Costumes should be loose, so warm clothes can be worn underneath without restricting
arm or leg movement. If your child does wear a mask, be sure holes for the eyes, nose and
mouth are large enough for comfort, and that they dont restrict vision or breathing.
4. Costumes that are too long and oversized shoes are tripping hazards. Avoid both.
5. Many safety experts recommend wearing makeup instead of a mask, but some Halloween
makeup products also contain lead. Check the packaging closely before you buy. Also, test
any new makeup products in a small area of the inside of the arm a few days before you
intend to use it to check for reactions from latex or other adhesive allergies.
6. Consider hair-coloring products, such as a temporary spray, as an alternative to wigs.
Check the product for information on washing and any concerns for dyed or chemically
7. Outfits should be made with light-colored materials. Put a few strips of reflective
tape on the costume and on their candy bag to make children more visible.
8. Attach your childs name, address and telephone number (including area code) to
his/her clothes, in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
9. Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible
materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp or heavy objects.
10. Follow your communitys guidelines for trick-or-treating hours. If its dark
outside, provide your child with a flashlight or glow stick to help them see steps and
11. Parents with younger children trick-or-treating should accompany them. Older children
should trick-or-treat in groups.
12. If you are planning to wear decorative contact lenses which have become a
popular Halloween accessory contact an eye care professional to ensure that they
are properly fitted and are appropriate for you to wear. Angies List now rates
medical service providers, including optometrists and ophthalmologists.
13. Inspect your childs candy and goodies before you let them have it.
Halloween tips for homeowners:
Clear the yard. Look out for things such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots
that can trip trick-or-treaters. Also, check for low tree limbs, support wires and
hard-to-see fences between yards.
Be careful with candles. Opt for a plug-in or battery-powered jack-o-lantern instead of
using a live candle. If you insist on a live flame, be sure it is away from any possible
exposure to trick-or-treaters costumes, or where they will be walking or standing.
Secure your pets. Be sure your pets are secured, or arrange for them to stay somewhere
else. Some pets become frightened; others may become territorial or even aggressive
Light the path. Check that the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and
clear of obstacles. While its tempting to create a dark and spooky home theme, poor
lighting can be a major safety hazard.
Speaking of treats. Avoid candy that has Tamarind as an ingredient, and always have
children wash their hands before eating candy (that has already been inspected). Consider
some healthier options like low-fat crackers, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit
rolls or raisins, or non-food treats such as (unsharpened) pencils, stickers or coins.