April 26, 2012

April 26….Ariel's Under the Sea Event- End "National Princess Week" with Ariel as she shares her story. Plenty of crafts, snacks and songs. Wear your prettiest dress and take your picture with Ariel on the beach! Mahon Library, 1306 9th Street;10:30 a.m


April 26-28….41st Annual Bob Wills Days - The small West Texas town of Turkey, Texas has welcomed tens of thousands of attendees to the annual Bob Wills Day festival since 1972. This year, the festival will start with activities on Thursday night April 26 and will continue until Saturday night April 28. In honor of the milestone, the popular and treasured venue that has entertained crowds for the last 40 years will be joined by new features, special guests, a parade, a barbeque cook-off and a grand reunion of former Texas Playboys and friends of Texas Playboys. Turkey is the hometown of Bob Wills, the famous bandleader, fiddler, composer, charismatic performer and movie star who fused old time fiddle tunes, jazz blues, country, mariachi and gospel music into Western Swing, one of the few truly American music forms. Recognized as a major influence on music and musicians who followed him, Bob Wills is an American icon. The festival line-up includes some exciting additions like the 2010 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Mata; Asleep at the Wheels' Jason Roberts aka 'the Texas Fiddleman," who plays Bob Wills in the critically acclaimed play, "A Ride with Bob;" Jake Hooker and the Outsiders; plus the ever-popular Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys and Dr. Charles Townsend as emcee. Unlike a lot of festivals, at Bob Wills Day, it doesn't cost a thing to enjoy many of our popular events, like, the downtown parade, arts and crafts show or the FREE CONCERT on Saturday, April 28th at 2:30 p.m., featuring the Original Texas Playboys. It is a real laid back festival, allowing you to choose which events you want to attend and tickets can be purchased at each event separately. All dance tickets are just $15.00 per person. On Thursday, April 26th, The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's Show Band under the direction of Joe Settlemires - and many more Special Guests will play at 8 p.m. On Friday, April 27th, your $15.00 ticket gets you in for both Jake Hooker and the Outsiders and The Original Texas Playboys dances. Dancing from 5:30 p.m. to midnight! On Saturday, April 28th, we welcome back our long-time friend Jody Nix and The Texas Cowboys for a wonderful dance. For specific information you can call the Bob Wills Museum in Turkey any weekday at 806-423-1253 or visit www.bobwillsday.com.


April 26-29….Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance: “The Learned Ladies” - Pretentiousness, pomposity, pedantry and fraud abound in a pseudo-academic setting…and the ladies are pretty funny, too. Molière’s elegant 17th-century comedy about a family with exaggerated intellectual airs – and the frauds they attract – gets a new look for the 21st century. This comdy is written by Molière, translated by Jonathan Marks and directed by Jonathan Marks. Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Call (806) 742-3603 for reservations and information. Box office hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, barring TTU holidays (fall, winter, and spring breaks) and most of July and August. Please leave a detailed message during these times. Groups of 10 or more may be discounted. Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theatre (east entrance), 18th Street between Boston & Flint Avenues. Curtain times for Mainstage events are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.


April 27….6th Annual Llano Estacado Silver Star Board Casino Night - All proceeds will benefit clients of Adult Protective Services in the Lubbock community. Individual tickets are $35 and couples are $60. Door prizes, silent auction and heavy hors d'oeuvres included. For more information, please call Wendi Edwards 806-698-5514 or Irma Sandoval 806-698-5562. Lazy S Rock Ranch, 18th Street & Milwaukee; 6:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.

April 27…. Expect Respect Theater Ensemble: “The Respect Project” - The Expect Respect Theatre Ensemble will perform original monologues that speak out against teen interpersonal violence. You won’t want to miss this ground breaking theatrical performance written straight from the hearts our teens in Lubbock. Under the direction of Dr. James Bush, the Expect Respect Theater Ensemble will take the audience on a journey; navigating out of unhealthy relationships and towards positive healthy relationships. This interactive performance will leave audiences inspired and ready to join movement towards a respectful community that values the lives of our teens and children. Admission is free and this event is open to the public. Presented by Women’s Protective Services, The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and under the direction of Dr. James Bush. For more info call Roy or Jordan @ 806.748.5292. LHUCA, 511 Ave. K; 7 p.m.

April 27….Cactus Theater: Metallica Tribute – Come see the world’s newest ultimate tribute to Metallica featuring Blake Vera, Jose Barcenas and Bryan Pacheco. There will be lights, haze, bouncers, and the works of a true rock concert. This show is intended for all ages. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door and can be reserved by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 8 p.m.


April 27- 28….Lubbock Meals on Wheels Annual Garage Sale - This annual sale that benefits Lubbock Meals on Wheels will once again be hosted by Metropolitan Rotary with the assistance of the originators of the event, Delta Theta Chi. Thanks to these partnerships, the event is able to continue, and both Lubbock Meals on Wheels and Metropolitan Rotary’s projects will benefit from the effort. Thanks to the generous donation of some storage buildings from Affordable Storage, items will be accepted from now until a week prior to the event. Please only contribute items that are clean, in working order, or gently used. They will not accept old style televisions or CRT computer monitors. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, please call Metropolitan Rotary at 806-535-5295, and leave a message or e-mail them at garagesalepickup@gmail.com. For more information, please call Lisa at 792-7971. Event takes place at the former Cardinal’s Sports Center, 3611-50th Street. April 27th 7 a.m.-6 p.m. & 28th 7 a.m.-2 p.m.


April 28…."Coffee with your Canine" - April is "Adopt a Greyhound" month and the purpose of this event is to show recognition and gratitude to all of the volunteers and support persons. All breeds of dogs are welcome The group will also meet at Higginbotham Park located at Vicksburg and 19th at the southwest corner near the church--there will be a commemorative walk with the hounds and prizes and a recognition ceremony. Call Linda at 806-787-8530 for more info. The group's email address is aplaceforusgreyhounds@yahoo.com and the webpage is www.aplaceforusgreyhounds.org. Starbucks located at 801 University 9 a.m.

April 28….Jumpstart for a Day Children’s Activity Fair - This Free Fair will feature activity booths inspired by children’s books. These fun, creative, hands-on-activities are designed to promote language and literacy in kids preschool and beyond. Activities include Chinese Dragon March, face painting, big blocks, magic drawings, body tracing, puppet play, strike up the band, fishing pond, masks, alphabet bookmarks and planting grass seed. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 6002 Slide Road; 10 a.m. – noon.

April 28…National Ranching Heritage Center’s 42nd Annual Ranch Day - Spend some time in the Old West. Planned around the theme of “Head ’em Up, Move ’em Out,” visitors will learn about different methods of movement around the West. Not only will they learn about different transportation methods, they will also learn about the cattle drive. Highlights this year include horse-drawn carriage rides, horseback rides in the Slaughter round pen, riding the rail car at the Santa Fe Depot and food samples from the original multi-purpose vehicle, the chuck wagon. Designed for the entire family, Ranch Day activities include washing clothes on a washboard, games from bygone times, carding wool and viewing cattle in the shipping pens by the train and depot. Pioneer crafts will be demonstrated, along with horse gentling and leatherworking. Performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day on the stage of the 6666 Barn. According to Ranch Day coordinator Emily Arellano, children can write with quill and ink at the Old Mail Camp, make their own rope in the McLaughlin Arbor, churn butter at the JA Milk & Meat House, learn to rope a steer and participate in stick horse rodeos. Ranch Day is a living history, educational event begun in 1970 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. More than 100 Ranch Hosts and special event participants recreate authentic settings reflective of ranching from the 1780s to the present. Admission to the day’s events is free but donations are encouraged. Lunch from Steak Express will be available for $6 in the Pitchfork Pavilion and homemade ice cream and vanilla wafers from the Slaton Bakery will be available for $3 on the Campbell Patio. For additional information about Ranch Day, call Emily Arellano at (806) 742-0498. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street, (806) 742-0498. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

April 28….Lubbock Mini Maker Faire - Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science and technology projects, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. The goal is to bring 50+ makers and 2500+ attendees together to help encourage the Maker Spirit and awareness of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) among Young Makers on the South Plains. The mission of Maker Faire events is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The Texas Tech IEEE Student Branch is providing free admission to the Lubbock Mini Maker Faire for K-12 and all University students! Visit http://lubbockmakerfaire.com/ to find out how to get your free tickets. All attendees must be ticketed. Adult tickets are only $10 at the door! United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

April 28….The 14th Annual Blue Ribbon Rally Car & Bike Show - This is the primary fundraising event for Family Guidance & Outreach Center of Lubbock, a non-profit agency working to prevent child abuse and neglect. The day's events include a classic car and custom motorcycle show with awards, multiple vendors, live music, a children's area, a motorcycle fun run, “family fun” contests, and a drawing for a new 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback motorcycle. The Blue Ribbon Rally is free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit www.blueribbonrally.com or call 806-747-5577. Lubbock's historic Depot Entertainment District, 19th Street & Buddy Holly Avenue; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

April 28…. Geocaching Workshop: Exploring Texas' Last Frontier Using GPS Technologies - Whiteface teacher Lisa Johnson will be presenting a free hands-on workshop to teach participants how to geocache. Sample caches will be provided within walking distance of the Whiteface Elementary School Auditorium as well as short driving distances from the town of Whiteface. Smartphones and hand-held GPS devices will be available for use. Volunteers will show visitors GPS and Smartphone basics and guide participants in exploring the area and learning the basic history of the Buffalo Soldier Expedition of 1877 that traversed current day Lynn, Terry, Hockley, Cochran, and Lubbock Counties in Texas and Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. It is a great opportunity for school children and adults of all ages to learn how to use the latest GPS and Smartphone technologies to explore the world around us! Admission is free. For more information contact: Dorothy Barker, jodaphi1@windstream.net, (806) 266-5484 (home)/(806) 891-5140 (cell) or Bryant Sears, bdsears316@msn.com, (806) 245-6641 (home)/(806) 523-7735 (cell). Whiteface Elementary School Auditorium (2nd and Arthur Streets), Whiteface, Texas. 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

April 28….Dream Dinners ”Savor the Promise of New Beginnings”- Women’s Protective Services is embarking on a new frontier of awareness and fundraising. WPS’ exciting new event promises to bring culinary excitement to the idea of saving the lives of domestic violence victims. The First Annual Dream Dinner Experience has been designed to introduce people of West Texas to the work being done 24/7 through the Women's Protective Services of Lubbock. The Dream Dinner Experience was created to enhance the well-being and health of families, lifestyles and homes through a healthy dining experience. We have invited top chefs and food creators to provide exquisite and delicious themed meals accompanied by matching cordials, local entertainment and fabulous company for 6 upcoming evenings along with a Culinary Event. Each dinner will be intricately detailed and held in unique and interesting settings that will be announced shortly before each event. While you enjoy and unusual and fun night out, you will be helping people who have nowhere else to turn. The Celebrity Culinary Event will feature a Celebrity Chef such as Art Smith, Bobby Flay, or Curtis Stone. This event will be open to the public for experiencing the preparation of a 3 course healthy meal. Five people will be chosen from the audience to taste the meal prepared. This will be a wonderful experience for the public to see how they can incorporate healthy meals into their busy lives. Thank you in advance for reserving your place setting at each Dream Dinner or the complete Dream Dinner Series. $50 per person and
includes live music with the Derek Teague Band and healthy hors d’oeuvres. Please contact Lori Savedra at 806-748-5292 or www.wpslubbock.com. Charles Adams Gallery, 602 Avenue J; 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

April 28….Tout le Monde: Techstyle Senior Fashion Show – The Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences and the department of Design Apparel and Manufacturing will present their 2012 Fashion Show featuring senior student portfolios. Special guest speaker is Christy Hartin from KCBD TV Lubbock. Allen Theater, Texas Tech Student Union. Reception starts at 6 p.m.; the fashion show begins at 7 p.m.

April 28….Cactus Theater: Latin Magic Tribute – This show will feature the rhythmic sounds of Emilo, Santana, Los Lonely Boys, Texas Tornadoes, Selena and more staring the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine, Laurel Guzman. Raquel Ramos, Tiny Rogers, West Garza and Dustin Garrett. Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

April 28….36th Annual Scholarship ConcertThe Texas Tech choirs and orchestra join forces with the Lubbock Chorale to present Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Russian Easter" (Overture) and Mozart’s "Requiem" (Robert Levin version) for this annual music scholarship fundraiser. More than 200 voices, along with the 80-piece Texas Tech Orchestra, will perform. Ensembles include the Texas Tech orchestra, University Choir, Women's Chorale, Matador Singers, University Singers, and The Lubbock Chorale. Andrew George, and Richard Bjella will conduct the concert. 'MOZART'S JUST DESSERTS' - follow this monumental concert with a sampling of the finest chocolates from Lubbock and chamber music from the students. No admission charge - donations will be graciously accepted. Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway; 8 p.m.


April 28-29….54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show and Sale – Hosting the event is the Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society. There will be dealers, demonstrators, exhibits, hourly door prizes, silent auction, adult and junior grand prize. Admission is $4.00, students, 6-12 years old $2.00, and seniors $3.00 and children under 6 years old and accompanied by an adult are free. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday hours 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


April 29….Santa Fe Opera Tour - The Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series concludes its season with the Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour. The program for the evening is entitled "Avastar". The one-act original production, sung in English and written by Kathleen Clawson and Kirt Pavitt, is described as a dramatic journey incorporating musical works from opera, Broadway, and the world of popular music that are familiar to all audiences. Music for Avastar includes music from composers and songwriters, G.F. Handel, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Giacomo Puccini, Van Morrison, and others. The Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour is comprised of opera apprentice singers. The program has been helping young singers establish their careers since Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby created the program as part of the Opera’s debut season in 1957. Touring dozens of cities throughout New Mexico and Texas, these talented singers perform a wide-ranging repertory of arias, songs of the season, musical theater selections and sacred music. Admission is free with limited seating. No ticket is required. For more information, please contact Jo Moore at 806.742.0700 or by email at jo.moore@ttu.edu or visit www.presidentialseries.ttu.edu or www.Facebook.com/presidential.series. Hemmle Recital Hall, School of Music building on the campus of Texas Tech University; 7 p.m.

Last Week's Trivia Winners....

Trivia Question: Which Lubbock native is credited with voicing the Gingerbread Man in the film versions of "Shrek"???

Answer:Conrad Vernon

Winner: Mike W.
of Lubbock

This Week's Trivia Question:

This week, 4 winners will be chosen for 2 tickets to the 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show and Sale taking place this Saturday and Sunday.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at
info@lubbockfunclub.com using the fun phrase "Texas Is a Real Gem" as your subject title.

The Question: What is state gemstone of Texas ????

The deadline for this contest is tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m.
and the winners will be contacted that day. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email...including your cell phone number or a daytime landline so we may contact you easily if you are the winner. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown.

Good luck to everyone!

Scene This?
"Smiley Bush" Greets Lubbock Drivers at Corner of 58th & Indiana

Its owners lovingly refer to it as simply, "Smiley Bush"...and that's exactly what it is...a neat, cleverly trimmed, bushy shrub with a smiley face "carved" into the side. Sitting on the northwest corner of 58th Street and Indiana Avenue, the happy face greets motorists driving north on Indiana or west on 58th Street. The bush is outfitted with its own "costumes" for the fall/Halloween season - it dons a orange hat and stem so it resembles a pumpkin - and trades that in for a Santa hat a few weeks later to celebrate the festive Christmas season.

But there's something NEW coming on the horizon very soon...and we've got the scoop!

The owners, who politely requested their anonymity, are about to give the bush a trim on top...to create a MOHAWK for the summer months! There are also possible plans to expand the hats/costumes to commemorate other holidays throughout the year as well...so stay tuned and keep smiling back at the whimsical "Smiley Bush" when you pass!

Looking at Next Week & Beyond
May 3….TTU Press 10th Annual Literary Lubbock Event
May 4–5….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra: Golka Farewell
May 4-6….AKC Dog Agility Trials
May 4-6...Lubbock Community Theatre presents: “Harvey”
May 12….Garrison Institute: Hero’s Health/Safety Day

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