May

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 8, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Perot Museum Director of Corporate Giving Christina Cavalier speaks to Rotary Club members at the May 2 meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Perot Museum Director of Corporate Giving Christina Cavalier speaks to Rotary Club members at the May 2 meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club.

Motion lab, mind control activities, T-rex races and more

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard Perot Museum of Nature and Science Director of Corporate Giving Christina Cavalier speak about the many displays and activities at the museum May 2.
“The Perot Museum is 85,000 square feet and contains 11 exhibition halls and one traveling hall,” Cavalier said.
“Our paleontologist found two new species of dinosaurs in Alaska. The museum now displays a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil,” Cavalier added.
In addition to a never-seen before dinosaur, the five-floor museum features a 3-D theater, a dino dig for children 5 and under and a sports hall with a motion lab allowing visitors to race a T-rex against professional athletes.
Also of interest is the Dynamic Earth Hall that has an earthquake shake table, Being Human Hall and Energy Hall.
“I could get lost in the Energy Hall. I learn something new every time I go in there,” Cavalier said.
Perot Museum also features a mind control simulator where visitors can move Ping Pong balls with their brain waves and have an opportunity to control a robot.
Adults Only programs are available as well, giving grown-ups a themed night out on the town. Adult programs feature a cash bar, innovative experiments and dynamic performances.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The Perot Museum also offers workshops for Brownies and Girl Scouts and homeschools, as well as sleepovers, summer camps and a Night at the Museum.
The Perot Museum is the result of merging the Science Place, Dallas Children’s Museum and the Dallas Museum of Natural History together.
The museum has a great view of the downtown Dallas skyline and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Memberships are available.
For more information, go to www.perotmuseum.-org.
In other news, Rotarians:
• awarded Mabank Independent School District Education Foundation $2,000, accepted by board member Deborah Brendel.
Brendel said MISD has a diverse community of more than 3,600 students with 2,600 receiving free lunches.
“Through this grant we can provide programs to help students be successful in the workplace, breaking the cycle of poverty,” Brendel said.
• Kemp ISD Education Foundation was also awarded a $2,000 grant, accepted by Melinda Polk.
Polk said the grant will be used for innovative teaching methods.
• the golf tournament April 25 raised more than $13,000.
• heard Rotary Club member Lou Talbot received $25 for perfect attendance.
• heard Mike Moore and Ronnie Davis win two free tickets to the Perot Museum.
• heard District 5830 is up by 14 members since 2013, seven of which are from the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.

Apr

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 24, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Musicians Dave Tanner (right) and Dale Cook entertain Animal Friends Gala attendees with favorite tunes such as Yellow Rose of Texas, I Got Rhythm and I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Musicians Dave Tanner (right) and Dale Cook entertain Animal Friends Gala attendees with favorite tunes such as Yellow Rose of Texas, I Got Rhythm and I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

Guests bid on silent and live auction items after dining and dancing

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The second annual Animal Friends’ Gala and Dinner Auction benefiting the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic was held April 5, at the Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp.
The more than $40,000 raised from the event goes toward spaying and neutering the homeless animals of Cedar Creek Lake.
After silent auction bidding, the more than 200 attendees enjoyed cocktails, salad, rolls, breaded chicken, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a cupcake for dessert.
Silent auction items included jewelry, oversize doggie beds, picture frames, dinner ware, golf items, lighthouse figurines, candles, a yoga kit and more.
After dinner, the live auction bidding brought a number of surprises.
The highlight of the night was the sale of the clock with went for $200. After the purchase, the clock was given back to the donator, Kathi Mooney and sold again for $300. The clock was given back to Mooney a second time and then sold for its final time for $400.
Altogether, the clock brought in $900 for the gala.
However, the five foot by four and a half foot golf leaf framed Bellagio Shadows painting by Howard Behrens, valued at $2,475, did not sell. The opening bid price went as low at $600 with not one bid being offered.
Other items included a nine foot two-person kayak with paddle and life jackets, a behind the scenes tour of the Dallas Zoo, overnight stay at Black Beauty’s Luxury Suite for two overlooking the Gorilla Compound, a Brinkman Propane Barbecue Grill, a weekend stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Las Colinas, Apple iPad Mini, lady’s vintage platinum and diamond ring and a German triple chime wall clock with Jauch movement.
Live auction items brought in close to $7,000.
Legends 770 AM radio host of The Morning Drive Show Dave Tanner and drummer Dale Cook entertained throughout the evening with tunes like I Got Rhythm, Yellow Rose of Texas, I Left my Heart in San Francisco, In the Mood and many other favorites.
Tanner has entertained presidents, Texas governors and European royalty and Cook began his musical career at age 7 and has played with Peter Nero and Doc Severinsen.
Guests danced to waltzes and kept time with faster-paced dances before and after dinner.

Many more photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, April 24, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Apr

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Library volunteer Ann Morrow assists a group of girls gain some hands-on experience using the comptuers at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Library volunteer Ann Morrow assists a group of girls gain some hands-on experience using the comptuers at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–The Library at Cedar Creek Lake staff and volunteers hosted 110 second grade students from Eustace Primary recently for an interactive tour of the many research and fun learning materials to be discovered at the library.
“We’ve been trying to reach out to the schools to make them aware of the resources available here,” library director Sondra Price said of the visit.
“We also want the Head Start parents in the area to know about the English as a Second Language program we have here, along with GED and literacy programs,” she added. “The library is a great community resource on so many levels.”
The second graders spent nearly two hours experiencing a variety of things the library offers, starting with a special program brought to them by Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam Corder.
She helped the students to realize just how important trees are to our lives, so they won’t be taken for granted or mistreated.
Students got to express some of the facts they learned about trees in a craft project following Corder’s presentation.
The library offers just such educational and entertaining programs weekly throughout the summer to peak curiosity on a variety of subjects, which can all be explored in more depth through its informational resources on the shelves and online.
Small groups of students were lead on mini scavenger hunts for particular book titles, videos and audio books, while other students explored the online resources.
These include:
•eBooks, downloadable to tablets using your library card number.
• the Learning Express Library, which offers homework helps.
• A to Z maps, Global Road Warrior, and A to Z USA, which can be accessed with the user name – sevenpoints and password – library.
• TexShare Databases, include resources from any library in the state, and finally
• the library’s own database at www.cedarcreeklibrary.com.
“We do have a lot of databases and get homework help with eBooks for kids for their tablets. If they can’t get to the library and if they have their library card they can still check out books through the library,” Price noted.
“We hope to start these students as library users so they’ll want to visit often, especially during our summer reading programs,” Price said. “Much thought and effort are put into bringing educational programs to the area’s young people. We want them to be able to take full advantage of these opportunities.”
The library has 12 Internet computers and some laptop computers used in the various educational programs it offers to independent learners. The library also provides free WiFi access for those with tablets, smart phones and laptop computers.
Volunteer opportunities also abound for adults and teens.
“Teens who are working to graduate as Distinguished Scholars, need a certain number of volunteer hours. The library is a great place to volunteer,” Price said.
Currently, DECA club teens are operating The Greater Good tutoring program. There are also many other opportunities for teens who want to volunteer here, she added.
The library works with around 20 adult volunteers, not including the 15 board members. Volunteers are always needed for smooth and efficient operations.
Eustace Primary teacher Kim Temple said the teachers were thrilled for the opportunity to bring their classes to the library.
“In second grade, we not only want to develop reading skills but we want to instill a lifelong love of reading. We are hoping our kids visit the library and enjoy the summer program offered,” she said.
“Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the planned activities and especially the opportunity to learn how to look up their books. The popcorn and juice were an added bonus! Our students came back excited about using the information they learned about trees,” she added.
“We are definitely hoping to include a trip to the library next year. A great well organized trip!”
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points, Texas 75143 and its telephone is (903) 432-4185.