East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at
12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD
office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City
Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the
third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library.
For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is
invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m.
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more
information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at
1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday
at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The
public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at
7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first
Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Monday of each month in
the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
to attend. Call for times, (903) 498-2013, ext. 2.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday
of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building.
For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is
invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the
month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195.
The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall
the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the
fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30
p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday
of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center,
located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points
city hall the second Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic
Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3704. The public is invited.
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Poinsettia care tips
By Stephen Gent
McDade’s Nursery Owner
TOOL –A popular tradition at this time of year is to
decorate and brighten the home with live poinsettias.
Poinsettias are native to South America and were first
introduced into the United States by the Ambassador to
Mexico Dr. Joel Poinsett in 1828.
Overtime poinsettias, with their bright red leaves or
bracts, have become a holiday mainstay.
A common myth that has existed for generations is that
poinsettias are poisonous to children and animals.
Research has shown that a child could consume over 500
poinsettia leaves without showing any toxic effects. They
may not feel well, but the consequences are not fatal.
Poinsettias have also been considered difficult to look
after. This is not the case either.
If you follow the simple plant care instructions below, your
poinsettias will keep their leaves and look healthy
throughout the holiday season and into next year.
• Always place your poinsettias in a room with temperatures
between 65 – 75 degrees. In general, if you are comfortable
so are your poinsettias. Do not place outside or expose to
temperatures less than 50 degrees as this will cause leaves
Be very cautious about purchasing plants that have been left
outside overnight or have been shipped in from colder
• Provide six hours of filtered sunlight each day. If direct
sun can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a shade or a
• Don’t place plants near cold drafts or excessive heat.
Avoid placing plants near appliances, fireplaces or
• Water your poinsettias when the soil feels dry to the
touch. Always remove a plant from any decorative container
before watering and allow the water to drain completely.
• Do not fertilize your poinsettia when in bloom. Wait until
blooming has finished and use a balanced all purpose plant
• When transporting your poinsettias use a box or roomy
shopping bag to protect it.
Dec. 12 is National Poinsettia Day honoring the plant and
the man who first propagated them in the United States.
Holiday craft fair set for Dec. 10
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–For those who are looking for that perfect Christmas
gift, or just want to enjoy a great shopping experience, the
“Get Your Jingle On” Holiday Craft and Gift Fair is the
ideal place to shop.
More than 60 vendors will be on hand at Mabank Intermediate
School for the fourth year of the annual event.
Also, the Mabank Intermediate School staff will be
collecting canned goods to help fill local food pantries.
Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items
The gift and craft fair is from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 10, and is located at the corner of Highway 198 and
Hundreds of gift items, decorations, handmade trinkets,
antiquities, artwork and novelty pieces will be on display
during the five-hour event.
The public is invited to attend this indoor holiday craft
fair and shopping experience. A concession stand featuring
breakfast and lunch and seasonal favorites such as chili,
hot chocolate, sweets, sausage-on-a-stick and hot dogs will
be set up, along with seating for diners and weary shoppers.
For more information, contact Tonya Chapman or Christina
Strong at (903) 880-1640.
Second Saturday Art Jam set Dec. 10
Special to The Monitor
EDOM/BEN WHEELER—The 279 Artisans Trail’s Second Saturday
Art Jam Dec. 10, carries the theme “Celebrating Christmas in
Visitors will see old-fashioned decorations, carolers, Santa
Claus, an English double-decker tour bus, and holiday
festivities throughout the day.
Admission is free and begins at 10 a.m. with some activities
lasting until 11 p.m.
The event takes place along a 20-mile stretch of Farm Road
279 in and around Ben Wheeler.
Many local artists will give demonstrations and here are a
few additional activities for visitors:
• Arbor Castle Birdhouses presents oil painter Nadia
• A Christmas Bazaar takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in
the Old Elwood Schoolhouse with handcrafted items by area
• Edom Jam Stage presents Steve Fuqua, Brandon Elliott,
Loretta Callens, Edom Jazz Trio and Uncle Joe Hopps &
Friends All Stars Jam from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Flying Fish Gallery showcases guest artists Donna Bearden,
a Mandela artist printing her designs on silk; Kathleen
Martin, a mixed-media artist using gourds as her foundation
to give the allusion of animals as well as people; C. Henry
Wells, an architect and watercolor artist; and music
provided by Mark McGowen.
• The Shed Café will serve a Stockyards Bonanza with the
debut of “always fresh, never frozen” Stockyards Steaks
including porterhouse, New York strip, T-bone, ribeye, and
• Chef Jackson York holds a candy-making class at 3 p.m. at
Edom Bakery & Grill.
• Take a country tour in an English double-decker bus along
the 279 Artisans Trail from Ben Wheeler to Edom and Blue
Moon Gardens. Tour returns between 2-7 p.m.
• Blue Moon Gardens features Dori McCutcheon, a local fiber
artist. Dori raises Angora goats on her ranch outside Ben
Wheeler. She is bringing Angora goat mohair locks and
demonstrating how to prepare them for spinning.
She will also have her spinning wheel and a loom to show the
entire process of making yarn and weaving.
The shopkeepers open at 10 a.m. and close around 5 p.m.
Evening music includes Grant Cook at The Forge beginning at
7 p.m. and country-dance band Group Therapy at Moore’s Store
from 8-11 p.m.
The Old Firehouse presents Adler & Hearne and Dave Sherman
with doors opening at 7 p.m., and concerts beginning at 7:30
Concert admission is $15 at the door or $12 in advance.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call (903)
852-2781 or go to
For more information on the 279 Artisans Trail, call (903)
780-7336 or (903) 571-7631 or go to
www.facebook.com/279 Artisans Trail.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at