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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
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.
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 commerce luncheon.
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 Vetoni’s 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,   or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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 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 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   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 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.
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) 498-2140.
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.


Local youth visit rock and gem show
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MESQUITE–A local troop of Girl Scouts based in Tool joined other scouts in Mesquite for the annual Rock and Gem Show, hosted by the Dallas Gem and Mineral Society, Nov. 20.
The three-day event filled the Resistol Arena with hands-on exhibits, vendors and silent auctions.
The scouts came away with a sense of wonder and many geological treasures to start their own rock collections.
After seeing a geode cracked open, the girls took it to a society member, who put it under his high-magnification camera and showed the close-up image on a big flat-screen television.
The crystal formations fired their imaginations, revealing a dragon peering out at them from a cave, among a dozen different colors and shapes.
Another society member demonstrated how semi-precious stones are ground and polished to smooth, shiny bits of color, revealing the stone’s hidden beauty with the use of a lapidary, a machine with three revolving belts of different grades of grit, which polishes and smooths the specimens.
The scouts also got to bid on rock specimens in a different silent auction every hour, which included pieces of petrified wood, fossils and igneous formations.
In the meantime, they tried their hand at panning for gold, shoveling through a dig and feasting their eyes on all the marvelous jewelry and art forms made from rocks and gemstones.
There was even a table laid out for a feast, with foods of every kind – except these were all composed of geological samples, including the rock hound sitting under the table hoping to catch the scraps.
The Dallas Gem and Mineral Society is very generous in its admission prices to the annual show, letting scouts in free when they wear their uniforms.
Also, a family can gets in for just $5. The society loves opening the hidden world to young and old alike. The 55th Rock and Gem Show is set for the third weekend in November each year, so mark your 2011 calendar to take in this great event.
Beside the annual show, the society holds monthly meetings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every third Tuesday at its headquarters, located at 10205 Plano Road, and publishes a monthly newsletter called Rok Tok, which is available online at
The society also furnishes a workshop for members to learn the use of varying gem and stone-finishing techniques, offers rock hunting field trips and various other activities throughout the year.
Upon their return from the show, the scouts were treated to a half-dozen more science activities related to rocks and gemstones during their regular meeting Nov. 22.
Semi-retired teacher and former scout leader Ruby Laney of Payne Springs led the girls through a crystal-forming activity, using boiling water super-saturated with borax and poured into empty egg shells. After four days, the crystals had grown to their fullest extent.
Other activities included opening their own geodes with hammers, cooking up some rock candy, classifying a group of rocks into igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic categories and creating pet rocks as gifts to share during Thanksgiving.
For more information on Girl Scouting in Tool and Seven Points, call (903) 340-5911.

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