December 2, 2010


December 2….Children's Christmas Music Sing-Along -
The Groves Branch Library will have a Christmas music sing-along for kids with singer/guitarist Andy Mason. In addition to singing, children will learn the answers to some important questions, like “Did Frosty the Snowman really come to life?” and “What was the first Christmas song to be performed in outer space?” Groves Branch Library, 5520 19th Street; There will be two shows: one at 10 a.m. and one at 4 p.m.

December 2….Lubbock Fun Club "SOS" (Adults 50+) Monthly Dinner – Come and enjoy time with other singles. This is going to be another great dinner! Due to limited seating (60 maximum) in the private dining area reserved for the singles, the first 60 to respond will be able to sit together. Please call Jeanne at 806-777-9484 to RSVP. Cattle Baron Restaurant, 82nd & Quaker; 6:30 p.m.


December 2, 4, 5, 6….Texas Tech Madrigal Dinner Feast - Weshale good Lords and ladies fair! You are invited to experience this annual holiday celebration. Madrigal singing, brought to England from Italy in the 16th century, was initially a form of entertainment at the castles and country homes of the refined nobility. Now, the rich musical heritage and pageantry of this age is once again brought to life by costumed singers, musicians, dancers and entertainers. The 2010 Madrigal Dinner Feast at Texas Tech features the king and queen, the flavor of ancient Ireland, songs, instruments and dances. The Student Union Ballroom will be transformed into a festive, ancient banquet hall. It is the perfect occasion to raise the holiday spirit. Tickets to the Feast make perfect early Christmas presents. Individual tickets are $55.00 and are available through Select-A-Seat at 770-2000 or visit online at Proceeds to benefit vocal scholarship students in the School of Music of the College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas Tech University. Student Union Ballroom, Texas Tech campus; 7 p.m.


December 3….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art venues, plus 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 our community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. The 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! This continually evolving event runs throughout downtown and the Depot District from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

December 3…. Texas Tech Carol of Lights - Texas Tech will host the 52nd annual Carol of Lights celebration “Lighting The New Era”. The outdoor ceremony will begin with the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs performing selections of classic holiday songs at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the official ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Science Quad and Memorial Circle. More than 25,000 red, white and orange lights will illuminate the Texas Tech campus at the end of the ceremony. Past ceremonies have drawn about 20,000 students, faculty, staff and local residents. Guests attending the Carol of Lights are encouraged to arrive early. Parking will be available to the public in the North Commuter parking lot near Jones AT&T Stadium. Campus streets in the vicinity of Memorial Circle will close at 5:30 p.m. and remain closed until the completion of the event. Immediately following the Carol of Lights ceremony, the Texas Tech School of Music will hold their annual Carols Concert in the Hemmle Recital Hall. Texas Tech University; 6:30 p.m.


December 3-4…. Flatlands Dance Theatre World Premiere Concert - Flatlands Dance Theatre will present eight original dances in concert. Featured guest artist Posy Knight will join the company for this exciting world premiere event. Tickets are $15 general admission and $8 for students with ID, children, and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000. Firehouse Theatre – at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue; 7 p.m.

December 3-4 (repeats Dec. 10-11, 17-18)....."A Place Called Christmas" - In this production written and directed by Whitney Ryan Garrity the Holiday Toy Store closes its doors on Christmas Eve, leaving 5 toys behind. The four older toys befriend the freshly painted puppet, Woody. Woody learns about Christmas and Santa Claus from the others and the toys embark on an adventure to find Christmas, believing it to be a place (the Toy Maker's been saying that Christmas is just around the corner since Thanksgiving). With the help of two quarreling elves and a flighty Good Fairy, the toys discover the true meaning of Christmas. To make reservations please call (806)792-0501. You may also e-mail a reservation to When making a reservation please provide your name, how many reservations, contact number, and what day you would like the reservations to be on. Tickets are adults $8.00 for adults and children/seniors/students are $6.00. Bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the South Plains Food Bank and get $1.00 off admission price. C.A.T.S. Playhouse, 2405 34th St; doors open at 7 p.m., curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

December 3-4
(repeats Dec. 10-11, 17, 21-23)….Cactus Family Christmas Celebration - Carry on the tradition and join the Cactus as they commence this holiday season with the 17th Annual Cactus Family Christmas Celebration; featuring your favorite stars of the Cactus Theater and 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. From our family to yours, we would love for you to come and be a part of the Cactus Christmas magic this holiday season. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (806)762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

December 3-4….Hub Performing Arts School: "Give My Regards to Broadway"
- Come join the journey of a young girl who dreams of making it big on Broadway. This unique musical features songs you know and love from an assortment of musicals! Songs include "NYC", "Reflection", "Candyman", "Munchkinland", " Forget About the Boy", Everybody Wants to be a Cat", "Hardknock Life", and "Day by Day". Reserved tickets are only $10 adults/ $5 for children and are available by calling 795-7344 or at the door 1 hour before each show. O.L. Slaton Middle School Auditorium, 32nd St. at Ave. Q; December 3 at 8 p.m.; December 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


December 3-5 (repeats Dec. 10-12 and 17-19).....“Bethlehem” - This original drama, written by Chip Polk, is Ragtown Gospel Theater's first musical. This new Christmas drama presents the birth of Jesus from Heaven's perspective and promises to be a deeply meaningful and memorable experience. Create a wonderful new tradition this year and attend the premier season of “Bethlehem” and experience Christmas at Ragtown. TIckets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students K-College. Discounts are available for Sunday School and other groups of 12 or more. Group tickets are available by phone at 1-877-RAGTOWN. Individual tickets may be purchased by phone, or purchase by visiting Ragtown Gospel Theater, Post Texas; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m., with a special Sunday matinee on December 19th.

December 3–5 (repeats Dec. 10–12, 17–19)…."Nuncrackers" – Join Lubbock Community Theatre in the 5th of a series of musical comedies about nuns from the Mt. St. Helens Convent in Hoboken NJ (they are fictional of course). The first show called "Nunsense" introduces them. Their Christmas show, which is "being filmed in the convent basement on local cable access TV) features a lot of singing and dancing, a cooking show and a home shopping net work show. The play is family friendly featuring 7 kids and it is a lot of fun. During intermission there will be the opportunity to "Stuff the Stocking" for Ronald McDonald House Charities. To purchase tickets visit Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Avenue; Friday and Saturday – 8 pm., Sunday – 2 p.m


December 4….Christmas Celebration at Apple Country Orchards - Enjoy fresh peach and apple pancakes and sausage starting at 9 a.m. with proceeds to benefit the You Can Share Food Drive. Santa Claus will visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a hayride in the Orchard. The gift store and bakery are also open. Fresh apple pies, apple turnovers, and holiday gifts are available. Also, visit the fresh Christmas tree lot next to Sams. Drop off your Toys-for-Tots and received a $5 discount on your fresh cut tree. Apple Country Orchards, 4 miles east of Idalou on Hwy 62; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

December 4
(repeats Dec. 11, 18)….Photo Opportunity With Santa - 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! Bring a book for Junior League Food2Kids Project and receive a special gift from Santa! Also enjoy caroling in The Village Shopping Center, December 4th and 11th featuring a variety of local schools and orginzations. For more information visit Village Shopping Center, 82nd and Quaker Ave; 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

December 4….Science Spectrum Holiday Wonderland - Enjoy a new holiday family event that is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition. Special free activities include holiday critter petting zoo, photos with Cowboy Claus (photo on horseback with Cowboy Claus $3.00 BYOC (bring your own camera), winter wildlife, “cool” holiday science experiments and demonstrations, decorating and eating your own gingerbread man, sipping hot cocoa and spiced cider, fun hands-on holiday crafts, and a holiday themed mini-maze. Take a ride on the wild west Christmas barrel train and see the Science Spectrum’s holiday train display, giant Christmas tree, and other festive decorations. Fees will apply for feeding animals at the petting zoo. Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. Regular admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Science Spectrum Museum. Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289; Noon to 3 p.m.

December 4….Snowman Soup at the Buddy Hol
ly Center - Melt away the winter cold with a warm cup of Snowman Soup! Bring your children to the Buddy Holly Center to paint a special winter mug and make a special treat to put inside. Snowman soup is comprised of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Children will be able to take the mug and mix home at the end of the workshop. Makes a wonderful Christmas present, or keep it for yourself! Pre-registration by Wednesday, December 1st at 5 p.m. is required, as class sizes are limited. For more information or to register please call Lisa Howe, Education Coordinator, at 806.775.3560 or 806.775.3567. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue; 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

December 4….2010 Tech Terrace/UNIT Holiday Home Tour
-Take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy an afternoon of fun visiting some beautifully decorated homes within the Tech Terrace/UNIT Neighborhood Association boundaries (University, Nineteenth, Indiana & Thirty-fourth) ... each one with its own appeal. Homes featured this year are located at: 2901 19th Street, 3207 20th Street, 3017 22nd Street, 2831 23rd Street, 2614 32nd Street. The funds raised during the tour help to enhance the Tech Terrace parks, neighborhood schools and various other projects as needed.Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the following Tech Terrace/UNIT Neighborhood Plaza Shopping Center businesses: Alternative Food Company, Hodgepodge Design, J & B Coffee, and Sharp’s Flowers. This ticket includes a marvelous afternoon touring homes, visiting friends and neighbors, and doing a little shopping at the neighborhood stores. The number of tickets sold is limited to 500, so buy yours early! For further information about the home tour, call Ami E. Hill-Rendon at 438-4424. 2 to 5 p.m.

December 4….Annual Holiday Pops Concert - This holiday season, experience a performance of traditional music, familiar carols and audience sing-a-longs. The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music director Tomasz Golka, and the Lubbock Chorale, conducted by artistic director John Hollins, will combine talents to usher in the holiday cheer. Note that this concert is not part of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra season ticket package. General admission tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for students with IDs. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 762-1688. Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway; 7:30 p.m.


ecember 4-5…..Lubbock Community Theatre’s 2nd Annual KringleMart – Do you want to avoid the Christmas crowds? Are you looking for unique and personal gifts? This may just the place for you to shop. There will be lots of handmade items for sale including jewelry (different styles and price ranges), home décor (crosses, picture frames), aprons, handmade cards, other sown items (blankets, jackets, ect.), baked goods, photography. No entrance fee. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Avenue; Saturday : 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

December 4-5 (repeats Dec. 11-12, 18-19, 24-26)….Santa’s Land Drive Thru Christmas Park (in Tahoka) – Everyone is invited to to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (please bring your camera). The park includes four acres of land, 1/2 mile of driving paths, 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. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help keep the lights on. If you want to make sure Santa will be present please call (806) 891-1291 or check Tahoka, TX (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.

Last Week's Trivia Winners

Question #1: Which actor did the narration throughout "The Polar Express" film ???

Answer: Tom Hanks

Winner: Mary Rose G. and Angie S. both of Lubbock

Question #2: What is the name of the skin which hangs from a turkey's neck ???

Answer: Wattle

Winner: Pam W. and Becky L. both of Lubbock

The Weekly Trivia Contest!

This week, 1 winner will be chosen for a Family 4-pak to Ballet Lubbock’s annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker.”

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

The Question: In which body of water is Christmas Island located ???

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 info for us. Email your answer and contact details to us at:

Deadline for entry is Sunday at midnight and winners will be contacted on Monday.

Good luck to everyone!

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December 7…........Asleep at the Wheel in Concert
December 8-23…...Santa Land in Mackenzie Park
December 10…......Silent Wings Home Front Christmas
December 10-11…..32nd Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
December 10-12…..Ballet Lubbock's “The Nutcracker”
December 11…......The Miracles 34th Street Christmas Parade
December 12…......Flying J Wranglers Western Christmas
December 13…......Annual Prairie Winds Chorus Christmas Show
December 18…......David Gaschen in Concert

December 21…......“A Christmas Carol”
December 23, 29–31….Moonlight Musicals' ‘White Christmas’

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