Jun

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 19, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell New shelter director Colleen Tapia shows a basket of goodies donated to the shelter Saturday by the Terrell Animal Alliance during the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake's open house.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
New shelter director Colleen Tapia shows a basket of goodies donated to the shelter Saturday by the Terrell Animal Alliance during the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake’s open house.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake held an open house Saturday to acquaint the community with its facilities, volunteers, board members and new shelter executive director Colleen Tapia June 14.
Tapia will focus on reuniting lost pets with their owners, increase pet adoptions and the transporting of animals to rescue groups.
She also wants to increase the number of active volunteers at the shelter by speaking to community groups on the many ways area residents can help.
“I’m eager to meet with the many strong groups in this area,” Tapia said.
Toward those ends a number of monthly get togethers and networking opportunities are set for the lunch hour, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points on Wednesdays, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20.
Volunteer orientations are held from time to time. All are also welcome to attend board meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday, check the website or call (903) 432-3422 for the location. It changes monthly.
A special benefit event Rollin’ Round Quarter Auction is set for Sunday, July 20 at the Optimist Community Room, 410 John Thomas in Seven Points from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you missed the open house held at the animal shelter Saturday, check out the shelter’s website at www.hsccl.org. Select the Adoptable Pets tab to meet the residents at the shelter, awaiting selection as a companion.
Volunteer Kristi Robeson adds new photos to the Facebook page regularly. When you Like or Share posts, it increases the likelihood of shelter dogs and cats being adopted.
Fostering opportunities also abound. Send an email to info@hsccl.org.
The shelter also keeps an active wish list for useful items at www.tinyurl.com/HSCCLwish. Or use www.adoptashelter.com, prior to making any online purchase; to share the benefits with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
The shelter also welcomes the donation of the following items used daily: bleach, (He) laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, antibacterial dish soap, heavy duty 40-gallon, 3-ply trash bags and 13-gallon kitchen bags, canned dog food (lamb or chicken & rice), dry cat food, kitty litter, kitten and puppy milk supplement.
Replacement items include shop and fiber brooms, squeegee heads, commercial mop heads, long-handled scrub brushes, towels, dust pans, especially commercial grade stand-up dust pans; color and black ink cartridges for HP 564.
Other needed items from time to time are cat houses and trees, Kuranda dog beds, stainless steel dog and cat bowls, washer and dryer, utility van for animal transport.
Schools, businesses or groups may sponsor a supply drive; for information contact the shelter at info@hsccl.org.
The organization is qualified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity, so all donations are tax deductible.

Jun

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 19, 2014

Courtesy Photo Synergy All-Stars Amber Thompson, Ashlyn Thompson, Hallie Collins and Haley Hudson perform the Prologue from Cats, one of the best loved and second longest-running musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Synergy All-Stars Amber Thompson, Ashlyn Thompson, Hallie Collins and Haley Hudson perform the Prologue from Cats, one of the best loved and second longest-running musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


By Sherry Boone Landrum
Special to The Monitor

MABANK–The Dance Connection in Mabank students performed Musical on Parade at the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) auditorium June 8.
Students performed ballet, tap, jazz-hip hop, and lyrical renditions from many musicals including A Chorus Line, Annie, Cats, Oklahoma, Footloose and Grease.
Kicking off the performance was “The Shadow Waltz” from Gold Diggers of 1933, which features ballerinas with violins outlined in neon. The visually stunning opening sequence was executed with black lights.
In addition to offering regular dance classes, The Dance Connection is home for the Synergy All-Stars.
This dance team was created to encourage team work, the pursuit of excellence and community philanthropy through dance performance.
The All-Stars received excellent ratings at dance competitions for their adaptations from Amazing Grace, Cats and Footloose.
Dancing is an excellent form of exercise, as well as a creative outlet.
According to the National Dance Education Organization, dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated.
Through creative movement classes, some of the youngest children at The Dance Connection are already learning to express their emotions, become aware of themselves and their environment, develop control of their motor skills, and improve their ability to listen and follow directions.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Thursday June 19, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Jun

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 12, 2014

Monitor File Photo Calf roping action at the Mabank Western Week Rodeo is always thrilling and worth seeing. Be sure to save Friday and Saturday, June 27-28 and take the family to the rodeo.

Monitor File Photo
Calf roping action at the Mabank Western Week Rodeo is always thrilling and worth seeing. Be sure to save Friday and Saturday, June 27-28 and take the family to the rodeo.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–One of the longest running and most-anticipated events in the Cedar Creek Lake area is the annual Western Week held in Mabank the last week of June, starting Monday, 23 and ending Saturday, June 28.
The Mabank Volunteer Fire Department event highlights the area’s ranching past, culminating in a dust-flying rodeo at Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena on the final two days. CWT, is producing this year’s rodeo.
Owned by Charlie and Colt Thompson, CWT begins rodeo action at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28. The family-friendly entertainment costs $5 for adults 13 and up, and $3 for children 5 and older. Four-year-olds and under enter free. Slack rodeo, including timed events, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28.
Books open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. UPRA & CPRA dress code will be followed and a negative Coggins is required. Entry fee is $80. For more information, call Kim Ackel at (409) 781-3902.
Rodeo events include calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel riding, bull riding, bareback riding, ranch bronc, novice barrels for those 12 years old and under and a calf scramble.
On Monday, ten Western Week Rodeo Queen nominees begin their horsemanship rehearsals in the arena. On Tuesday, everyone is invited to a stress-relieving night of fun and games, contests of skills and wits the whole community can enjoy, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mabank park pavilion.
Children expecting to participate in the stick horse race for 7 year-olds and under at the rodeo, must have participated in the stick horse game Tuesday night.
The Queen and her court are named at a special barbecue dinner on Wednesday at a new venue, BNR Pit Grill on N. Mason Street. Then Friday, this year’s rodeo queen leads the grand procession.
Kids attending the rodeo in two age groups will get a chance to grab money off a calf’s tail during the rodeo. Laughter and shouts of glee are the primary sounds in the arena, along with the bellow of the unsuspecting calfs.
The Western Week Parade gets underway at 5 p.m. Saturday, winding its way from the rodeo arena through downtown Market Street and up past the Mabank Nursing Home and then back to the rodeo grounds before the start of the final night of rodeo excitement at 8 p.m.