September 10, 2009


September 10 (also repeats Sept. 17)….“Over Cocktails” - A one woman show, written by Carla Thompson, tells the story of Claire who is dissatisfied with her life, thinking it a worthless existence. The audience is challenged to be judge and jury on her outcome. This is a debut stage play for the novelist Thompson who surprises us with a twist as Claire ultimately decides her own fate. Veteran actress Jane Prince Jones tackles the role with the honesty that she brought to Katharine Hepburn in “Tea at Five”. In “Over Cocktails”, a woman’s world is now an “empty nest” which is part of life’s seriousness. And as the actress portraying that woman, Jane gives you the part of life she does best for Cactus audiences, the fun part of it....the comedy...making for a most entertaining evening. This is a two act comedy-drama with no profanity. Tickets: $25. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Ave.; 7:30 p.m

September 10….Texas Tech School of Music: "Virtuosity Inspired by Drama and Oppression" - David and Regina Shea present a program of music inspired by the operas of Bellini, together with a sonata of the Soviet era composer Sergei Prokofiev. The program will also include a preview of the Strauss Duo-Concertino performed with bassoonist Richard Meek that will be part of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra repertoire in November. Admission is free. Hemmle Recital Hall, on the campus of Texas Tech; just north of 19th and Boston; 7:30 p.m


eptember 10-12….Cradles 2 Crayons Children's Fall Consignment Sale - A quality children's and maternity consignment sale. You will find the best in high quality "gently used" children's clothing, nursery items, shoes, baby equipment, juvenile and household furniture, outside playground equipment, book, software, videos and toys, toys, toys. Visit for more information. Raintree Christian Church, 3601 82nd Street.

Read Below for Your Link to the Printable Invitation for Tonite's Sale!

Fun Club Members Only Shopping 9 p.m. - Midnite

It's here again! The eagerly-awaited Cradles2Crayons fall event and special invitation for Lubbock Fun Club members is right here at your fingertips. To attend tonight's LUBBOCK FUN CLUB MEMBERS ONLY NIGHT (where the good stuff is before it's on sale to the general public) must have an invitation for entry...CLICK HERE to print out your invitation.

* ALSO this year....attendees are asked to bring one (1) can of food of their choice for donation to the South Plains Food Bank as food supplies for this very worthwhile organization are low and we all need to help!

....bring the invitation that you print out from the link above... (1) can of food to the event tonight!


September 10-13….21st Annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration - Cowboy poets, musicians, storytellers, artists, historians, authors, editors. publishers, photographers, chuck wagon cooks, honest-to-goodness-cowboys and many more are heading to Lubbock to celebrate the largest presentation in the U.S. of ranching, cowboys and the western way of life. The annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration is one of the modern West's most exciting explorations of the traditions of the American Frontier. Your attention will be captured by poetry, music, stories, panel discussions, exhibits and trappings by and about the American Cowboy. Highlights of the event include the American Cowboy Culture Awards Show during the evening shows Friday and Saturday, the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, a horse parade, over one hundred western performers, poets, scholars, and hundreds of exhibits covering every imaginable western product. Featuring matinee and evening performance headliners R.W. Hampton, The Gillette Brothers, Johnny Western, The Flying J Wranglers (Friday Night only!) and Annie & Amy Smith (performing at the American Cowboy Culture Awards Banquet (Thursday night). For tickets and information call (806) 798-7825 or visit the official website by clicking here. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane.


September 11….New Neighbors - Want to make new friends or do something with women who are mostly 50 or older? There are groups for women who like movies, book reviews, bridge, canasta, bunco, touring places of interest in the area, luncheons, speakers and more. Some events are at night so couples can participate. New Neighbors is not all about fun. It is a charitable organization, contributing last year to Meals on Wheels, Shelia's Kitchen, South Plains Food Bank, South Plains Children's Shelter, and the Ronald McDonald House. To learn more, you are invited to attend the first general meeting for the year on September 11th at 10:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Country club. Note: Reservations were to be made three days in advance with Peggy Dyess at 798-1314 but you might squeeze in if you call immediately and tell them you heard about it through the Fun Club weekly postcard! Cost is $12. Hillcrest Country club, 4011 N. Canton Avenue; 10:30 a.m.

September 11….Ransom Canyon Dance - Lubbock favorites Jeff Bailey, Jeff McCreight & "Southern Conviction" will play oldies but goodies dance music, at the Ranch House at Ransom Canyon. Tickets are $30, or reserve a table for 8 at $250. Refreshments available. Bring your dancing feet and come enjoy the evening! Ranch House, Ransom Canyon; 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

September 11….TTU School of Music "Playing the Ineffable": Meaning in the Arts
- An interdisciplinary conversation part lecture, part dialog and part classical-music performance (both solo and two-piano), this presentation explores the dimensions of musical meaning on a variety of levels. The presenters bring parallel and interlocking backgrounds to their shared inquiry: one as a professional performer with philosophical interests, the other as a professional academic philosopher who is also an active classical musician. Pianists William Westney and Cynthia M. Grund perform works by Mozart and Rachmaninoff on concert Steinways. Admission is free. Hemmle Recital Hall, campus of Texas Tech University, just north of 19th and Boston; 8 p.m.


September 11, 12….“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” - "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" by Neil Simon is one of his earlier comedies that displays the hilarity only Simon can master. Many actors have portrayed the lead role of Barney, from the film's Alan Arkin to the touring production's Gary "Radar O'Reilly" Burghoff, but Cactus comic Kurt Kiser is a "hoot" offering nothing but pure 'fun'. Audiences will roar as he tries but fails, not once, but three times, to be a "red hot lover". Jane Prince Jones masterfully directs Kurt in the lead role, welcoming back to the Cactus stage three uniquely different actresses, Anna Ruth Aaron Despain, Jenee Jones and Kathy Davis. This is a classic Neil Simon comedy with no profanity but with some adult humor. Tickets: $25. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

September 11, 12….“The Guys” - Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Hub Theatre Group is proud to announce its production of Anne Nelson's "The Guys", a poignant story set in the aftermath of the events of September 11. The NY Post called this play a "generous, sad, touching play about the braveries of grief." A portion of proceeds from the play will benefit the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial. On September 11, a commemorative ceremony for firefighters will be held before the show with Fire Chief Rhea Cooper presiding and a presentation by the Honor Guard and a wine and cheese reception after the show. Tickets are $15/adults; $5/students and $25 for the special September 11 performance. Call 577-7441 to purchase tickets and visit for more information. Firehouse Theatre in the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue K; Sept. 8 p.m.


September 12….Downtown Art Market A once a month market held in the Tornado Gallery Garden and spreading on to Buddy Holly Avenue. It is a communal market which allows artists of all genres to buy, sell, or trade their works, supplies, food, and music. Over 40 artists featured. Performances, materials, unique objects, and fruits and produce are among the things that you will find there. It is free and open to the public. The contact person for these events is Larry Simmons at Tornado Gallery, 1822 Buddy Holly Avenue; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

September 12….Arboretum Second Saturday Program - During September, the Arboretum is proud to host a very special Second Saturday program featuring a presentation and a book signing by Willa Finley, one of the members and past Board of Trustees. She and LaShara Nieland are co-authors of the recently released book /"Lone Star Wildflowers, A //Guide to Texas Flowering Plants"/. Come and enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers! To see a preview of this beautiful new book published by Texas Tech University Press, look at the website Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University; Schedule: 9:30 a.m. – Refreshments; 10 a.m.: Presentation; 11 a.m.: Book signing.

September 12….College Football: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Rice University -
The Red Raiders are at home again this week to host their old Southwest Conference rival, the formidable Rice Owls. Jones AT&T Stadium; 6 p.m.


eptember 12, 13….14th Annual Apple Butter Festival - A fun festival for the entire family including hayrides in the orchard, space slide, craft booths, petting zoo, face painting, meet Johnny Appleseed, children’s activities all day, miniature horses, green chili roasting, raw honey sampling and bottling, lots of pre-picked apples, and other activities. Admission $3 per person, children under 6 enter free. There will be live music in the orchard both days featuring Joe Gillis, Buddy & Tina Wright, the Barbershop Chorus, Megan Atkinson, Amy Carroll, Paul Davidson, and more. Food includes a benefit lunch with beverage offered all day for $5, fresh apple turnovers and Blue Bell Ice Cream for $2. All proceeds benefiting South Plains Food Bank District 5730 Rotary Apple Orchard, Meals On Wheels and other charitable activities of Metropolitan Lubbock Rotary Club. For more information call 806-892-2961. Apple Country Orchards, located 4 miles east of Idalou on Highway 62/82 (12206 East Hwy 62); 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Would you believe it? It's Greyhound Planet Week 2009!

September 10, 11, 12….Greyhound Planet Week 2009 - The local organization known affectionatetly as “A Place For Us Greyhounds” would like extend an invitation to attend several exciting events. Greyhound Planet Week is an annual international event with several purposes including promoting the adoption and rescue of greyhounds as pets, providing education about the breed, and honoring all greyhounds—those living and those who have passed on. The charity, nonprofit group has happily placed over 35 dogs during the past two years and majority of them in the past twelve months. Greyhounds and their owners will have a gathering on the patio at the 4930 Loop 289 location of Freebird’s. The group will have their dogs on hand and enjoy dining and visiting with anyone interested in learning more about Greyhounds as pets. This event will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The next evening—the group plans to help PetSmart kick off their “Fall Adoption Weekend” by convening at PetSmart West located at 6046 Marsha Sharp Freeway starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 11. The finale of the week’s celebration will occur on Saturday, September 12, 2009. The greyhound group will meet at 7622 98th Street for the Greyhound Planet Party which will start at 10 a.m. with announcements and photo sessions. There will be refreshments, merchandise, and prizes. Dogs in foster care awaiting adoption will also be on hand. At 10:30 a.m. the greyhounds will be allowed to run and play in a fenced area on the property. The public is invited to attend this event—however; only greyhounds and their owners will be allowed to participate in the “fun run”. The party will end around noon. According to Linda Dunn, spokesperson for the group, the interest in adopting greyhounds is growing. She would welcome your phone calls and inquiries and her number is 806-787-8530. The group has a website . Email inquiries may be sent to

The Maize Celebrates Texas Tech
Opening Day is This Saturday, September 12!

September 12 – November 28….The Maize - Fall is here and the Simpson family has created a new labyrinth that will challenge any maze goer! Come test your skills in the 12 acre cornfield full of twists and turns. This year’s design is a tribute to Texas Tech University and its Raider Red mascot boasting proudly in the cornfield:“Get Your Guns Up Raiders.” The Maize will give visitors the chance to see this startling creation and is also the perfect place to come pick your pumpkins for fall decorating and carving. We have a huge selection and varieties to choose from. It is the perfect adventure for families, school field trips, church groups, scouts, birthday parties, cooperate team building and company gatherings. So come be a part of Lubbock’s very own cornfield maize. In addition to the maize, you will find roasted corn, BBQ, rock wall, pumpkin patches, campfires, corn cannon, hay bale mazes, barnyard, concession and tent area. Maize admission - $7, non-maize admission - $4, (3 and under are free). Hayride, Corn Cannon, Cow Train- $1 each. By reservation: Tues-Thur 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. (School Field trips) and Tues-Thur 5 – 9 p.m. (Groups).

For more information call James and Patti Simpson at 787-4222 or 787-4241or visit From Shallowater: (2 miles East on FM 1294). From 4th and Frankford: (7 miles north on Frankford to FM 1294. Turn left and go ¾ of a mile). From I-27: (Take the Shallowater exit. Go 6.5 miles on FM 1294). Open to the public: Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 2-9 p.m

Return of the Ticket Giveaway

This week we have two tickets to Ballet Lubbock's performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” next week (Sept. 18-20). The winner of the tickets may CHOOSE which night they'd like to attend (as available at the time of our drawing)....a rare opportunity indeed! To enter this random drawing, please email us at and be sure to put the word "Carnival" in the subject title. Please be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email so we may get the tickets to you easily. Deadline for this contest is Sunday at midnight. Winners will be contacted next Monday. Good luck to all who enter!

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September 17-20…......Fiestas Patrias
September 18, 19, 20...Lubbock Ballet: Carnival of the Animals
September 19…..........Garden & Arts Center Arts & Crafts Festival
September 25, 26, 27...LCT's production of “Fantasticks”
September 26…...........Roy Rivers: A Tribute to John Denver

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