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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. 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.



Kiwanis hear about American Indian culture
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A former last battlefield for Native American tribes in East Texas is now a monument, with descendants of those tribes trying to keep the native traditions and history alive.
Eustace resident Sondra McAdams, vice chairman of the American Indian Cultural Society, told Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members about the Chief Bowles battlefield, located north of the Redland community along Van Zandt County Road 4923, off State Highway 64, about 12 miles west of Tyler and about 24 miles east of Canton.
Approximately 800 Native Americans, led by Chief John “Duwa’li” Bowles, Chief Big Mush and six other tribal chiefs, were killed in battle on the site July 16, 1836.
Although referred to as “the last battle of the Cherokee,” the native group included members of 13 different tribes, McAdams told the club during its weekly luncheon Wednesday.
Monitor Photo/ Kerry Yancey
Sondra McAdams (left) holds a donation check presented to her by Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis president Denise York following McAdams' talk to the Kiwanis club at their weekly luncheon Wednesday.

During the battle, Republic of Texas militia, under orders from President Mirabeau Lamar, killed many innocent women and children while slaughtering the male warriors and burning a Delaware village.
“My great-grandmother was a child of this battle,” she said.
A white couple found an infant abandoned near the battlefield, and took the little girl home to raise as their own.
“As an adult, she returned to her Indian ways,” McAdams said.
A century after the battle, in 1936, the state of Texas (then celebrating its 100th birthday) placed a monument at the site. In a process taking 13 years, the American Indian Cultural Society (AICS) obtained ownership of the site and the surrounding land.
Each July, the Society holds a commemorative gathering at the site. One year, some Boy Scouts working on their Eagle Scout badges placed 13 large rocks along a trail leading to the monument, and also placed permanent benches around the area, she related.
Saturday, Nov. 21, several Cub Scouts will meet at the site to learn Native American lore and make their own arrows. “I will be a storyteller there,” McAdams said.
Each Sunday, an AICS representative is on-site to offer tours and history lessons, and at 10 a.m. each second and fourth Saturday, Grand Saline area resident Charles Anderson offers Cherokee language lessons.
The AICS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is currently building a permanent structure on the memorial site.
“In December, we take bedding, clothing and toys to the reservations (in Oklahoma),” McAdams said. “Many people have a misconception that Indians are rich, because they have casinos. That’s not true.”
She held up a teddy bear, noting she purchased it and a dozen more at a local dollar store.
“This may be the only present a child will get, but you should see their eyes light up,” McAdams told club members.
Club president Denise York presented McAdams with a $100 donation, asking that it be used to aid children, the Kiwanis club’s goal.
For more information on the AICS, contact McAdams at (903) 425-8581 or e-mail at,  or



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