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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.


Main Street Grill returns to Gun Barrel City
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–After six years, the Olivarez family has returned to reopen the Main Street Grill in Gun Barrel City.
Originally located at the corner of Main Street (State Highway 334) and Welch Lane – where Southside State Bank now stands – Main Street Grill has moved to 2526 W. Main, formerly the Shuck-a-Peel seafood restaurant location.
Deanna Olivarez took possession of the building Sept. 27, and following some major renovations, formally opened Nov. 20.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey

Main Street Grill owner Deanna Olivarez (center) offers a taste of “the best burger on the lake” at the Main Street Grill in Gun Barrel City. Along with her are (from left) son Daylon, husband Daryl, daughter Maegan, Courtney Culp, daughter Macey, sister Danielle Loe and Gina Lewis. Not pictured is brother Rodney Spencer.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve missed seeing all the old customers and I’m excited to meet the new ones.”
In 2002, Olivarez realized her children needed more of her time, something that particularly struck her when she realized her daughter had fallen asleep sitting at a table waiting for her.
“My children are a priority, and I’m going to focus on what’s important,” she said. “That’s why I closed. I needed to get back to my family.”
Oldest son Daylon, a 2009 Kemp High School graduate, is now attending Trinity Valley Community College, while oldest daughter Macey is a senior powerlifter at KHS and younger daughter Maegan is a sophomore varsity volleyball/basketball player at Mabank High School.
All three children help out at the restaurant, with husband Daryl usually in the kitchen.
“I’ve got almost all of my old employees back,” Deanna Olivarez said.
In keeping with the family theme, they include brother Rodney Spencer, sister Danielle Loe and long-time friend Gina Lewis.
“We’ve got the exact same menu, with the same grill, even,” she said.
The new location has around 4,000 square feet, far more than the original location, with flat-screen televisions providing sports action, and more TVs planned.
Olivarez made sure she had a nice, clean establishment ready to go before opening.
“I want our customers to feel welcome when they walk in the door,” she said. “When they walk out, I want them to say to each other, ‘we’re coming back here.’”
A few items have been added to the menu, which features fresh vegetables and fresh, never frozen meats.
“Everything is cooked fresh when it’s ordered,” Olivarez said. “We use Texas-bred cattle delivered fresh to our door.”
Chicken tenders and steak fingers are hand-battered – not pre-breaded, she added.
“We were voted the best burger on the lake all four years we were open,” Olivarez recalled. “I’m proud of all our food.”
The Grill’s signature dish is their chicken wings, offered in eight different flavor varieties and three levels of heat – “wimpies,” “smok’n guns” and “flame throwers.”
“We have seven different kinds of grilled chicken sandwiches,” Olivarez pointed out.
For those trying to watch those calories, the Main Street Grill offers five different chicken salads with seven different dressings.
Burgers are the main attraction for most folks. There’s the Main Street burger (with or without cheese, along with a double meat version), and for those folks willing to risk over-stuffing themselves, there’s the “Boss Hog,” a one-pound behemoth with cheese and bacon.
Side dishes include the traditional french fries and onion rings, along with baked beans, fried okra, cole slaw and corn-on-the-cob.
The Main Street Grill is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to “10ish” Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays through the winter months. Call (903) 887-2424 for to-go orders.
Live music and karaoke will be featured one night a week, and there will be a wide selection of beers and wines.
“I’m trying to make this work for my customers,” Olivarez said. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.
“We take a lot of pride in what we serve, and we make sure it’s fresh and hot,” she added. “We like to get to know our customers – know their faces and names.”

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