December 6, 2012


December 6….Lubbock Fun Club Singles "SOS" Monthly Dinner - Come and enjoy friends and food at Cattle Baron’s Restaurant. There are no reservations required. Come prepared to have a great time and share a meal together! Tell a friend or bring a friend...but whatever you do, come join the fun with our group! Cattle Baron’s Restaurant, 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue; 6:30 p.m.

December 6-10 (Repeats Dec. 12-23, 27-30)....The Polar Express - The Polar Express comes to West Texas to recreate all the sights and sounds of the time-honored story. Picture the excitement of children dressed in pajamas with golden tickets clutched in their hands as they board the train and prepare to embark on their journey to the North Pole. The story begins when the Conductor calls "All aboard" and gleefully punches everyone's ticket. Little faces will peer out the train's windows as we pull out of the station on our way to the North Pole. Guests will hear the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack as the story reading begins and the book's characters come to life. Dancing chefs will serve hot cocoa and cookies to all riders in a merry fashion as the doubting hobo wanders through the train. The train stops where children will behold the magic of the North Pole from their warm train seats. With a jolly "Ho, ho, ho" Santa waves to everyone and climbs aboard where he will greet each child and present them with the iconic silver sleigh bell - listen carefully, only believers can hear its ringing! Christmas carols will be sung as elves dance along as the journey back to the station begins after a memorable ride that sets the tone for the whole holiday season. Join us in this annual event sure to become one of your family's treasured traditions. Reserve tickets by calling (877) 726- 7245 or by visiting New Location: North Steck Avenue, Wolfforth. Times: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

December 7….Garden and Arts Center Holiday Open House - Join the staff and friends of the GAC for a Holiday Open House full of holiday fun, food and shopping! GAC artists and instructors will have a variety of art work just perfect for that special holiday gift. All Items will be $50 or less. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue; 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

December 7….First Friday Art Trail -
See the regular art the exciting monthly additions showcasing art and artists downtown and throughout Lubbock. Catch a trolley or bus at many of the locations or pick up a FFAT map at any of the venues to see the art that can be found throughout the community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. Trolleys are free and you will find a "trolleyteer" on each trolley who is a treasure trove of info about FFAT and the arts in Lubbock and will help you navigate with ease. For more info and complete schedule click HERE! The trail runs throughout downtown and the Depot District from 6-9 p.m.

December 7….First Friday Art Trail at the Buddy Holly Center -
The Buddy Holly Center will provide an opportunity for patrons to enjoy fine art, entertainment and refreshments at the center for free. There will be caroling by the West Texas Children’s Chorus, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information call 806.775.3562. All ages welcome. Admission is free. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue; 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

December 7 (Repeats Dec. 14-15, 21)….18th Annual Cactus Family Christmas -
Carry on the tradition and join the Cactus Theater as they commence this holiday season with the 18th Annual Cactus Family Christmas Celebration; featuring your favorite stars of the Cactus Theater. Of course, we couldn’t have a Cactus celebration without the phenomenal Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine. Come get into the spirit of the season with an enchanting mixture of music ranging from wonderfully nostalgic Christmas favorites to contemporary Christmas hits. Sensational Christmas decorations provided by Holland Gardens will transform the Cactus Theater into the perfect cozy and at-home atmosphere in which to cuddle up and enjoy the joy of Christmas. As an added bonus, Slaton Bakery, the official bakery of the Cactus Theater, will provide delicious Christmas treats and cookies for all. Reserved tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 806.762.3233. Visit for more information. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

December 7-8….34th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
- The Candlelight at the Ranch captures the traditional spirit of a pioneer Christmas. This annual holiday event offers a glimpse into the past, as visitors experience yuletide celebrations that took place on the open prairie more than 100 years ago. Luminaries light the paths around the National Ranching Heritage Center's historic structures, where Ranch Hosts volunteers recreate holiday scenes of trimming trees with home-made decorations, playing traditional music and gathering around the campfire on a cold winter's night. Guests can warm up with a cup of hot cider and fresh popcorn as they tour through the historic site and write letters to Santa in the 6666 Barn. There is no admission charge for this annual event, but donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Emily Arellano at (806) 742-0498 or via e-mail at . National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th Street; both nights 6 – 9 p.m.

December 7-8 (Repeats Dec. 14-15)….The Santaland Diaries - This first show is a Christmas Tale for grownups! The SantaLand Diaries chronicles the politically incorrect and irreverent commentaries of “Crumpet” the disgruntled Macy’s elf. Join him as he tells tales of his fellow elves, Santa’s true colors and the rowdy children (and adults!) who come to sit on St. Nick’s lap. Rated PG-13. To purchase tickets call (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue; 8 p.m.


December 7-9 (Repeats Dec. 14-16)….CATS Theatre Presents “Scrooges Christmas” - Make Reservations for Scrooge's Christmas written and directed by Tim McIntire. Prices: $8.00 for adults & $6.00 for children under 12, seniors, and students. To reserve tickets call 806-792-0501. C.A.T.S. Playhouse Theatre, 2257 34th St; House open at 7 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinee: house opens at 1:30 p.m.; show 2 p.m.

December 8…Annual Greek Pastry Bake Sale - Its time again to enjoy traditional Greek pastries including baklava, koulourakia, kourabeithes, melomacarano,and more. Sampler boxes are also available. For more information call 795-7765. St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 81st Street & Homestead (One block west of Frankford off 82nd St.), 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

December 8 (Repeats Dec. 15, 22)….Santa in the Village - The Village Shopping Center will have a special visitor from the North Pole each Saturday in December before Christmas! Childress photography will be capturing this special memory (pictures ready for pick up immediately). This is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends! Breakfast with Santa is December 1st, tickets are $12 for kids and $8 for adults. Ticket includes free continental breakfast and a photo from Childress Photography! Kids will also enjoy the Christmas story told by Santa and kids are welcome to wear their pj's. We will be collecting books for Junior League, Food2Kids project as well! First 20 seats receive Premier Seating with Santa! Visit this link for more info: Link: The Village Shopping Center, 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue.

2012 Dates & Times:
December 8th - Santa 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
December 15th - Santa 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
December 22nd - Santa 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

December 8….Crafts Etc. Workshop - The Buddy Holly Center is thrilled to announce the Crafts, Etc. Workshop. The workshop will be instructed by local artist Pat Maines. Students will make an assemblage from wood, by taking beautiful scraps of wood, in all colors and sizes, and making them into a piece of art. All supplies provided. Pre-registration by Wednesday, December 5th at 5 p.m. is suggested. Call 806.775.3562 for more information. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue; 10:30 a.m. to noon.

December 8….Science Spectrum Holiday Wonderland - Join the Science Spectrum for a new holiday family event that is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition.

Enjoy these activities:
Free photos with Santa Claus. (B.Y.O.C. / Camera)
Visit the Science Spectrum’s Holiday Train display, giant Christmas Tree, and other festive decorations.
Dance with Santa's Rockin' Elves in the North Pole Party Room
Enjoy “Cool” Holiday Science Experiments and Demonstrations
Decorate and Eat your own Gingerbread Man.
Win Awesome prizes in the "Gift Wrap Your Friends" Contest
Make your own Holiday ornament and other fun crafts
Sip hot Cocoa and Spiced Cider
*See the Light Before Christmas film in the OMNI Theater.
*Special Holiday Promotion OMNI Ticket Rates for The Light Before Christmas: $6.00 Adults; $5.50 Children (ages 3-12);
$5.50 Seniors (60+)

Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. All event activities are Free, other than film and museum admission. Standard admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Science Spectrum Museum. For additional event information visit or call 806-745-2525. Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289; 1 - 4 p.m.

December 8….Miracles Christmas Parade
- Please join us on 34th Street in Lubbock for our version of "A Family Christmas." The parade starts promptly at 6 p.m. and includes lighted units for that extra special effect. Spectators start gathering early in the evening to get the perfect spot to watch marching bands, fire trucks, families, beauty queens, horses, dozens of decorated floats, honored guest and much more. The primary reason for the parade is to give back to the community and to promote an atmosphere of family fun, family entertainment, and togetherness. Each year, the parade will benefit the United States Marines “Toys for Tots”. Each year, we will work to make Christmas a magical season for families on the South Plains, and a time of sharing with those in need. There will be a "Toys for Tots" campaign conducted by the U.S. Marines and the Miracles Christmas Parade. Families will be invited to bring toys to the parade. The U.S. Marines will march along the route and collect toys from the attending families. Together, the citizens of Lubbock and surrounding communities will "Fill the Float". Hot chocolate, coffee, and hot apple cider will be sold at various locations along the parade route to benefit Lubbock charitable organizations. Including Lubbock Independent School Bands. Help spark the magic of Christmas and the excitement of the season during the Miracles Christmas Parade. For more information, follow visit Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Toledo and 34th Street and heads east ending at Flint Avenue (due to construction).

December 8….Christmas with Kenny Maines and Friends - Kenny Maines, one of Lubbock’s most loved performers, presents West Texas renditions of many Christian and classic Christmas songs, as well as inspirational originals. Celebrate with Kenny and his musical guests as they come together for this wonderful evening at the Cactus Theater. Reserved seats $20. For tickets, call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


December 8-9 (Repeats Dec.15-16)….The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Or are you looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays with your children and family? Join LCT's Theatre for Youth at the hilarious and heartwarming The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, where the unruly Herdman family take over the church Christmas pageant and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Rated PG. Written by Barbara Robinson, Co-Direction by John A. Packard and Jamie Rogers. To purchase tickets call (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Avenue; Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

December 8-9
(repeats Dec. 15-16, 22-25)….Santa's Land Drive-Thru Christmas Park - The park includes four acres of land, thousands of lights, 100 plus wooden cut outs, 15 blow-ups, tons of Christmas trees, and 3 decorated antique cars. Visitors are able to stay inside their cars or get out and mingle while enjoying a warm fire and some hot chocolate. Opening night is Thanksgiving night and there will be a train during opening weekend to give everyone a ride thru the park. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help keep the lights on. We would love to invite you to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (please bring your camera). If you want to make sure Santa will be present please call (806) 891-1291 or check Tahoka, Texas (30 miles south of Lubbock). Park is located at South 11th and Ave O (use Google map) just off of Hwy 87; Open at 6:30 p.m. Lights out no earlier than 10 p.m. If Santa is present he departs at 9 p.m.

December 9….Gallery Talk at the Buddy Holly Center -
Join Crafts, Etc. artists Olen Fortenberry, Lora Hunt, Spider Johnson and J. Christopher White as they speak about their art. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and for all ages. For more information call 806.775.3562. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue; 1:30 p.m.

December 9….Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas -
This "cowboy style" Christmas celebration is touted by many patrons as their favorite holiday season event. Once again, join one of America's iconic western music artists, Michael Martin Murphey, as he presents his joyous Christmas celebration. From the festive set to the incredible musical performances and heartwarming stories, you're guaranteed an evening of pure enjoyment! Tickets are $25.00 and $30.00 and can be reserved by calling 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 10….Pride of West Texas Show Chorus Christmas Show – This year the Chorus will present its annual Christmas Dessert Show, “DEAR SANTA.” Enjoy a fun time listening to Christmas carols, visiting with Santa and feasting on homemade desserts at intermission. A children’s chorus, comprised of children in our community ages 3 and up, will also be featured. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased by calling 799-SING (7464) or by contacting any chorus member or at the door. The Legacy, 1500 14th Street, 7 p.m.
Last Week's Trivia Winners.....

First Contest:

Question: In "The Polar Express" movie, what word does the conductor punch into the ticket of "the young man with all the questions" at the end of the night?

Answer: To be announced next we're repeating the same question this week...see below.

Winners: Becca G. and Vinh P. both of Lubbock.

Second Contest:

Question: Ballet Lubbock was started in what year and by whom?

Answers: To be announced next we're repeating the same question this week...see below.

Winner: Tammy P. of Lubbock.

ANOTHER Double-Shot of Trivia!

(Note: Due to the overwhelming popularity of these contests last week, we've decided to REPEAT the exact same contests this week. If your name and answers were submitted last week, you are ALREADY entered for this week. Please, only NEW ENTRANTS should enter this week. Thanks and good luck!)

First Contest

This week, 2 winners will be chosen for 2 Family 4-packs to ride The Polar Express. (Note: These are coach tickets...valid on weekdays only.)

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Ride This Train 2" as your subject title.

Question: In "The Polar Express" movie, what word does the conductor punch into the ticket of "the young man with all the questions" at the end of the night?
Second Contest…..

1 winner
will be chosen for a Family 4-pack to “The Nutcracker.” Winner will have a choice of either the Friday night or Saturday matinee performance.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Tough Nut to Crack 2" as your subject title.

Question: Ballet Lubbock was started in what year and by whom?

The deadline for these contests are Sunday at midnight and the winners will be contacted Monday by mid-afternoon. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Please be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email so we may get the tickets to you easily. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown. Good luck to everyone!

UNPRECEDENTED REQUEST from Lubbock Fun Club Publishers:
Please Show Your Support of the LFC by Helping Us Meet Our Online Granada Theatre Fundraising Goal!

As a few of you know, or have read in the local papers or seen on television, Lubbock Fun Club owners/publishers Darryl and Stephanie Holland have recently taken on another community-based project in recent months: the purchase and restoration of the historic GRANADA THEATRE in Plainview, Texas! TO SEE THE SPECIAL 6-MINUTE VIDEO, see the PLEDGE REWARDS and SUPPORT THIS EFFORT, please CLICK THIS LINK

HISTORY: This iconic “movie palace” - built in 1929 – was once the grandest of all movie houses in West Texas. Darryl’s grandfather, Price Holland, built the classic drive-ins and later became a partner in the operation of all the theaters in Plainview in 1957...until his retirement in the early ‘70s. After that, the Granada was sold to an out-of-state corporation in 1977. The theater was “twinned” at that time....stripped of virtually all its vintage, ornamental and architectural elements. It operated in this fashion for the next 20 years until being closed in 1997. The building has lay dormant these past 15 years...UNTIL NOW.

RECENTLY: Since the purchase of the building in early August, a new roof has been installed. A video outlining the project – complete with local testimonials – and a worldwide, “grass roots” FUNDRAISING initiative has been launched online at (with financial pledges processed by a division of, the world’s largest internet-based retail company). This fundraising drive has raised over $10,500 thus far....but there’s a considerable way to go to reach the minimum goal of $100,000 in “seed money” to then achieve additional funding from a local lender to complete this restoration project. Our deadline for reaching this $100k mark is December 31, 2012....but it can be done with your help! Why “only” raise $100,000 for such a large project? Simple: This “seed money” - proof of area-wide support - is needed to borrow the balance of the funding from our local bank. The Holland family will shoulder the load of the balance of restoration costs...but this initial “grass roots” support is necessary to proceed.

HERE’S OUR GENTLE APPEAL TO ALL OF YOU: If receiving the FREE Lubbock Fun Club “Weekly Report” in your inbox each week is something you value and appreciate, would you, our readers and friends – consider pledging your financial support to this GRANADA THEATRE fundraising effort as a show of support to us? We’ve continued to make the Lubbock Fun Club FREE for everyone and have always tried to be of service to the Lubbock community and cities and towns across the South Plains. We’ve tried to bring you timely information you can use for your families through the promotion of events, ticket giveaways, business spotlight features, non-profit updates and many more features. We think of this weekly effort as a community service..

NOW....we need YOUR help to pull this fundraising effort to a successful finish.. Will you step forward to help bring this theater back to life? It will offer a whole new dimension of entertainment offerings for folks all across the South Plains and will be the CROWN JEWEL of downtown Plainview, once again. Making a FUN, ROAD TRIP just a few miles north to see the amazing restoration and featured attractions at this MULTI-PURPOSE ATTRACTION will be a highlight for many when completed.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please know that all pledges made in this initiative are REWARDS BASED...meaning you will receive any number of incentives – varying by the level you pledge – on the website. Think of it as simply “paying it forward” - buying your movie or concert ticket or perhaps a chair for the remodeled theater, for example, in advance. If successfully funded by December 31, we will then mail your rewards packet to you at the conclusion of the fundraising drive. If we are unsuccessful with the pledge drive, no funds change hands. You see, NO CREDIT CARDS WILL BE CHARGED UNLESS WE REACH THE $100k GOAL BY DECEMBER 31.

WILL YOU SUPPORT the efforts of the Lubbock Fun Club publishers, Darryl and Stephanie, in this way? This is a ONE-TIME APPEAL to all of you who read the postcard and/or check our online calendar of events. If ever we needed you, folks...this is the time. If a great number - or hopefully ALL - of our 14,000+ members each pledged $10, $25, $50, $100 - or whatever you feel moved to pledge - it can make all the difference!


We appreciate you all for taking the time to look at this project with us and we value your support more than you’ll ever know. “THANKS, LFC READERS!”

Looking at Next Week & Beyond...
August 14-15…...Cactus Theater: "Dooley’s Back at Belle’s"
December 10-23…Santa Land in Mackenzie Park
December 13….....Ransom Canyon Christmas Home Tour
December 14-15; 21-23….Moonlight Madrigal Dinner Theatre

December 14, 15, 16….Ballet Lubbock:“The Nutcracker”
December 15….Foxhole Christmas
December 16….The Flying J Western Christmas

December 20….Decorate Cookies for Santa
December 22….Christmas Open House at the Wildlife Center
December 22-23….A Cactus Kids Christmas
December 24….Rock City Christmas Eve Service
December 25....."MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

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