September 11, 2008

"We Remember...We'll Never Forget"

As has become tradition for the past six consecutive years, a field of flags known as the “American Tribute” is now in place at Kastman Park along the South Loop just west of Indiana through this coming Monday. American State Bank, in conjunction with the Lubbock Independent School District and the City of Lubbock, again join forces to honor our community’s first responders and pay tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001, tragedies. The field of red, white and blue has become a tradition and thousands of pictures are taken each year for weddings, portraits, families and veterans. Students at adjacent Murfee Elementary assist parents and volunteers in this pride-filled effort.

This local tribute is part of a much larger national commemoration called “The Healing Field” which began in Sandy, Utah, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. Lubbock was among the first cities in the country to join in the annual flag field display. A special memorial will be on display to honor area first responders that have given their lives in the line of duty in the last 100 years of Lubbock. Mayor Tom Martin will read a proclamation for “First Responders Day” at the City Council meeting Thursday morning. As part of the tribute, the public is invited to donate blood to honor First Responders on Thursday afternoon. United Blood Services workers will be on site with their mobile unit to collect blood donations from 4:00 – 6:45 p.m.


September 12….2008 Make-A-Wish Fajita Fest – Families can enjoy some of the best mouth-watering fajitas while entertainers Josh Abbott (6:30-7:30), The Cadillac Jack Band (8:00-9:00) and Bo Garza (9:30-11:00) perform. Some great auction items will be available between each entertainer's music set. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Select-A-Seat (806) 770-2000 ( Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12 (age 4 and under free). This is a great way to kick off a great weekend and help a tremendous organization. All proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish of the Texas Plains Chapter. Make-A-Wish Foundation® provides hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more info on the event and the organization, go to City Bank Coliseum; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.


September 12-14…."A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" - This is the second weekend of this show's run. Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life’s troubles. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Directed by John A. Packard. Ticket prices: adults $25; students $15; and $5 discount for groups over 10. Lubbock Community Theatre, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center, 511 Ave. K; Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee 2 p.m.

September 12-14....Fiestas del Llano
- Featuring food, concerts, pageant, parade and more in this annual celebration of hispanic heritage and culture. The Fiestas Patrias will be held September 12-14th at the Civic Center and the Grito de Dolores will be held September 15th at Our Lady of Guadelupe Church. These annual events, held since 1983, also features the "Grito de Delores". Admission is free for seniors and children under 42 inches; all others $5. Celebration hours are Friday 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. For more information visit or call (806) 749-9600.


September 13....National Kidney Foundation Walk
- Proceeds from this annual event go to support families/individuals in West Texas affected by kidney disease. Register at or call 799-7753 for more detailed information. Takes place at Buddy Holly Recreation Center, North University and Loop 289. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.

September 13…. 38th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival - This fall festival is a family-oriented event that includes over 75 vendors selling handmade craft items and fine art. The event features live entertainment, art demonstrations, concession booths and children’s activities...and has traditionally attracted thousands of visitors annually. Trolley service throughout the festival will run from parking lots at Hodges Community Center, 4011 University, and Clapp Pool, 46th and Avenue U, to the Garden and Arts Center. For more information on classes or reservations, please call the Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center at (806) 767-3724, email or visit our web site at Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

September 13…. Big XII Football: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. SMU Mustangs -
The undefeated (2-0) Red Raiders return home to host their old Southwest Conference rivals. Jones AT&T Stadium; 7:00 p.m.


September 13-14….13th Annual Apple Butter Festival -
A fun festival for the entire family! Entertainment includes Paul Davidson, Joe Gillis, Kim Townsend and others. Featuring hayrides in the orchard, live music both days, space slide, craft booths, petting zoo, face painting, meet Johnny Appleseed, children’s activities all day, miniature horses, lots of apple picking, and other activities. Benefit lunch with beverage offered all day for $5. Fresh apple turnovers and ice cream $2. All proceeds benefitting South Plains Food Bank, District 5730 Rotary, Apple Orchard, Meals On Wheels, and other charitable activities of Metropolitan Lubbock Rotary Club. Admission $3 per person, kids under 6 are free. For more info, call (806) 892-2961. Apple Country Orchards, located 4 miles east of Idalou, TX on Hwy 62/82; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


September 14….West Texas Roller Dollz Roller Derby –
Exclusive first look at the three West Texas Roller Dollz home teams. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat: $10.00 (adults), $12.00 (door), kids 11 & under – free. For more information call 770-2000 or 1-800 735-1288 or visit Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; doors open at 2 p.m and game starts at 3 p.m.


September 15….Singles Event –
Join the SOS singles for coffee and conversation . Christy Byers, a mental health counselor, will host a seminar on "Silent Signals - What Is Your Body Language Telling the Opposite Sex?" Cost is $2 per person at the door. If you would like to purchase coffee, then please arrive by 6:15 p.m. J & B Coffee, 26th and Boston; 7 p.m.

Healthy Game of Fun & Fitness?

Sept. 15 – Nov. 10….Get Fit Lubbock II -
After the succes of the first edition this past spring, we wanted to let our readers know about the follow-up to this fun and engaging "health game." Get Fit Lubbock II is an 8-week fitness challenge and teams of 6 to 10 will compete for prizes by tracking exercise, weight loss and attendance at health events in the community. Registration fee is $25 per person. Get Fit Lubbock is a program of the Healthy Lubbock Initiative. For more information, contact the Garrison Institute on Aging at 743-7821.

Last Week's Ticket Winners....
Winners of the two Maize Family Fun Paks were Colleen C. and Barbara S., both of Lubbock.

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This Week's Ticket Giveaway: More "Maize"...By Popular Demand!

WOW! Everybody went nuts registering to win tickets to "The Maize" last week! We received literally hundreds of we decided to have another drawing this week for more tickets to this wonderful family attraction...and it opens this weekend! Once again, we'll give away TWO (2) FAMILY FUN PAKS (valid September 13 through November 29, 2008). Each family "pak" includes: admission for up to 5 people to the Maize; 15 shots at the corn cannon; cow train ride for 5; hayride for 5; and one pumpkin of your choice for the family.

To enter this contest, send us an email with the words "I'M A-MAIZED" in th subject line and send to Be sure to include your name and a daytime telephone number. We'll list the winners here next week. Look here in two weeks as we host our annual "LFC MAIZE DAY" with a money-saving coupon for LFC members only.


September 23….Medical Expo -
For senior adults and families. Know more about medical services, medical equipment and supplies, medical screenings and your health. Register for a Visa cash card giveaway every hour. Stop by or stay all day. Wayland Plaza, 19th Street and West Loop 289; 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

September 25-27....Cradles 2 Crayons
- Quality children's consignment sale. Consignor sale is Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. and an active consignor number will be needed to shop. Also Check out a week before the sale to learn how to shop the preview sale on Thursday. Friday is the public sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. is the day when most items are half-off.

September 26-27…. Lubbock Music Festival - KC & The Sunshine Band Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Wade Bowen Saturday night at 8 p.m. Tickets to both shows are $15 and available at all Select-A-Seat locations by calling (806) 770-2000 or visiting Events held in the Depot District, 19th Street and Buddy Holly Ave.

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