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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 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 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. 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 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.



Wrestlers help ‘Blue Santa’ holiday fund-raising
By Gregori Starrett
Special to The Monitor

SEVEN POINTS–Two Texas traditions continued this weekend when the North Texas Wrestling Alliance joined with the Seven Points Police Department’s Blue Santa to benefit lake-area children by hosting a fund-raising event and toy drive Nov. 28.
With roots planted firmly in the history of the wrestling world, the North Texas Wrestling Alliance is proving itself as a premier outlet for wrestling talent.

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Kody Knight (left) flies through the air to slam Chris Phoenix down on the mat during their match at the “Blue Santa” fund-raiser in Seven Points.

The organization is connected to the Sportitorium and wrestling royalty, the Von Erich family, through Richard “Elvis” Bingham, the organization’s founding owner.
Bingham wrestled at the Sportitorium during the heyday of the wrestling institution’s existence, allowing Bingham to perfect his craft and learn the business of professional wrestling.
Now long gone from downtown Fort Worth, the Sportitorium, home to World Class Championship Wrestling, held a world-wide viewership and successfully competed against “Saturday Night Live” for a national audience.
Although his passion for a rumble in the ring has not waned, Bingham spends most of his time promoting events and running a training camp in Cap City with several pro wrestlers as featured trainers.

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All American Mad Dog (left) and Kody Knight stand with toys and games collected for the Seven Points police department’s Blue Santa program following a wrestling exhibition Nov. 28.

Kody Knight is one of those trainers. Knight holds the current title of North Texas Wrestling Alliance’s Lightweight Champion, which he defended at the fund-raising event in Seven Points.
Knight is known as a high-flying aerobatic wrestler with a positive persona, and has a dedicated following of fans.
Another fan favorite is the All American Mad Dog, holder of the North Texas Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion title.
Mad Dog had to defend his title against two contenders, Rage and Ironheart, in separate matches, thanks to a fouled call by the referee that resulted in Mad Dog losing his title to Rage.
In the grand old-school wrestling style of settling disputes, a match was ordered on the spot between the senior referee “Bump” Caldwell and the in-ring referee.

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All American Mad Dog grabs Rage in a chinlock during their Nov. 28 match in Seven Points, part of a “Blue Santa” fund-raiser.

The resulting decision was to reinstate Mad Dog’s title and require him to face Ironheart after a break that allowed the wrestlers to have a meet and greet with the fans.
Stirring up the passion between matches, ringside announcer Nigel Rabid added to the event by provoking the fans with wittiness and wild statements delivered in a British accent.
Crowds surrounded Terrible Tim Sweeny and asked for him to autograph all types of items, including their shirts and bare arms.
Many requests to have pictures taken with the wrestlers were granted by the athletes, who were more than happy to spend the time connecting to the fans.
When asked about their reasons for participating in the benefit and toy drive, each wrestler interviewed stated the event was their way to give back to their fan base.
Every wrestler waived their appearance fee to maximize the amount of money to be donated to the Blue Santa Program.
Special thanks was offered to Mark Peterson for donating the lights and building, Red’s Lobster Bar and Grill and M & M Muffler in Seven Points for their contributions.
For more information about the training schools, or to arrange for fund-raising events for your organization, contact Bingham at (214) 478-0023 or by e-mail at

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