February 14, 2013

"Happy Valentine's Day!"


February 14….Dancing with Mr. Darcy - As the novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte and Jane Austen make clear, in 19th century England, dancing was both a social and political activity: not only entertainment but a very important social ritual between genders and classes. In the classic film realizations by the BBC of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, the elegant and refined, yet accessible, figures of English Country Dancing are often the focus of plot twists, turns, and symbolism. In this ticketed event, which raises funds for the Vernacular Music Center, participants may dance and dine; sip punch and tea; and watch, learn, and enjoy the dancing. TTU staff, dancers, and musicians will provide friendly instruction as well. Period or formal costume is requested, and a professional photographer will be present to take formal portraits. Admission, for dancing, instruction, the cold buffet and the midnight coffee service, is $25/single or $35/pair ($20/student). Tickets: 770-2000 or at 806.445.4637 (All tickets purchased in advance only). Period or formal costume is requested, and a professional photographer will be present to take formal portraits. For more information: http://www.vernacularmusiccenter.org/dancing-with-mr-darcy.html. Museum of TTU, Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, 3301 Fourth Street; 7 p.m.

February 15….The Flowerdew Hundred Post Mill Documentary
This new movie on the history of the Post Mill was produced by the American Wind Power Center will be shown at the museum. Call 806.747.8734 to pre-purchase tickets or for more information visit www.windmill.com. Single tickets are $15 or two for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 each. American Wind Power Center, 1701 Canyon Lake Drive; 7 p.m.

February 15-16 (Repeats Feb. 22-23)….CATS Theatre: "Epic Proportions" - Set in the 1930s, "Epic Proportions" tells the story of two brothers, Benny and Phil, who go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the huge Biblical epic Exeunt Omnes. Things move very quickly in this riotous comedy and before you know it, Phil is directing the movie, and Benny is starring in it. To complicate matters further they both fall in love with Louise, the assistant director in charge of the extras. Along the way there are gladiator battles, the Ten Plagues and a cast of thousands portrayed by four other actors. This play is written by Larry Coen and David Crane and directed by Zacery Kocurek. Tickets: Adults: $10.00, Students/seniors/children: $8.00. They can be reserved by calling (806) 792-0501. Children and Adult’s Theatrical Studio, 2257 34th; All shows are at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.

February 15-16 (Repeats Feb. 22-23)….Cactus Theater: Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming - The new Cactus Theater cast presented Smoke on the Mountain this past November and blew the audiences away. They are excited to return to the Cactus stage with the third part of the Smoke on the Mountain Trilogy. In Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming the Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 1945 where Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe is giving his last service. Having been called to preach in Texas, he's already bought a 10-gallon hat and is preparing to ride into the wild blue yonder with wife June, who is eight months pregnant...still signin' up a storm! The Sanders Family sends Mervin and June off in style with hilarious and touching stories and many fabulous Bluegrass gospel favorites! Don't miss it! Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved by calling 806-362-3233. For more info visit cactustheater.com. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

February 15-17….Circus Gatti – It’s Funsational! is a true American Circus, bringing 3 rings of great performances including Circus Gatti elephants, ponies and canines, high flying BMX freeks, Laughing Leo, “The Furriest, Funny Man,” Miss Alexa and Miss Natalia with their aerial skills, and daring moto-metal riders. Free tickets are available at many area locations or for more information call 714-685-1072 or visit tickets@circusgatti.net. City Bank Coliseum, 2720 Drive of Champions. Performance times are as follows: Friday: 7 p.m.; Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

February 15-17 (Repeats Feb. 22-24; March 1-3)....Lubbock Community Theatre: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” - In this hilarious tale of overachievers' angst, six adolescent outsiders in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. And in the process, they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional Material by Jay Reiss and directed by Jay C. Brown. Rated PG-13. Tickets can be reserved by calling (806) 749-2416. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Ave; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

February 16….Lubbock Lions Club 61st Annual Pancake Festival -
Guided by the slogan “Bigger, Batter, Better” The Lubbock Lions Club pledges to make the 61st Annual Pancake Festival, scheduled for Saturday, February 16th, its biggest in recent years. When the Pancake Festival’s doors open at 7 a.m. volunteers, split into three shifts, will stand behind massive grills prepared to flip enough pancakes for 18,000 people eager to enjoy the delicious “all-you-can-eat“ menu. City officials and local celebrities will be 'flippin’ pancakes at the VIP Grill. In addition to plenty of orange juice, milk and coffee, the grocery list includes 5,625 pounds of pancake batter, 16,416 ounces of margarine, 72,000 links of sausage and 38,800 ounces of maple flavored pancake syrup (including sugar-free). A scoop of delicious blueberry or strawberry topping can be added to a serving of pancakes for a token. As always, the food is freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day.The atmosphere is festive and family oriented. The entertainment is ongoing and additional items have been added to the benefit drawing. More than 900 volunteers, including students from Texas Tech University, will assist throughout the day. They will also be available to help visitors with special needs into the Exhibit Event Hall and carry pancakes to their tables. Tickets are $5.00 in advance when purchased in person from any Lubbock Lions Club member, at all Bolton Locations and at several United Supermarkets, Market Street (3) and at Amigos on Friday February 15th. Tickets purchased at the event are $6.00. There is no charge for children under two years of age. Want to save time? For just $5.00, purchase your tickets online at lubbocklions.org, pick them up at “will call” the day of the event and proceed directly into the festival. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.

February 16….Sounds of West Texas -
Classic love songs will be performed at the Sounds of West Texas concert that will begin at 5:45 with an acoustic set that will go until 6:45, and the show with the house band will begin at 7 p.m. This is a special benefit concert for 4 year old Addie Seacrist, who is the grand daughter of Ron Seacrist, Chief of Police for Texas Tech University. Addie has leukemia and Philadelphia Chromosome Disorder. There will be a silent auction that will begin at 5:30 and go until 9 p.m. Some of the silent auction items will be autographed guitars by Jason Aldean, the Eli Young Band, and another huge country artist we cannot name until the guitar is in our hands! There is also an autographed football by Kliff Kingsbury and there will be many more unusual auction items as well. The money raised from the silent auction, donations and ticket proceeds will go to help the family of Addie Seacrist with medical expenses. The music will be country, pop nostalgia, soft rock and blues. Some of the featured performers include: Larry Allen, Steve Burrus, Lesley Carraway, Mike Carraway, Danny Dukatnik, Craig Elliott, Ray Espinoza, Hat Trick Band-(Mike Boyd, Bobby McDowell, Mike Pritchard, Mark Wallney), Holly Heatwole, Brenda Hopkins, Don Hunnicutt, Jami Jones, Jessica Kirk, Penni Lawrence, Staci Laymon, Donnetta Lippe, Jenni Dale Lord, Donnie Martin, Jason Newton, Johnny Richardson, Ron Seacrist, Betty Smith, Brent Smith, Keith Smith, Riley Solberg, Tina Turner, Mark Wallney, Darren Welch, Terry Westbrook and Steve Williams. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for college students with IDs, and $7 for children between ages 4-12. The price is $12 a piece for those who purchase tickets in groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale at the Select-a-Seat outlets at Amigo's Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph's Records, Texas Tech Student Union's ticket booth and United Supermarkets. Call 770-2000 or toll free (800) 735 1288 for more information. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 5:45 p.m.

February 17….Lubbock Heritage Society presents: “History in Our Own Back Yard”
- The Lubbock Heritage Society is presenting a program for the public in conjunction with the annual meeting. Dr. Robert Carr, retired Lubbock physician, will present a program on “History in Our Own Back Yard.” The program will bring to light such little known events as the Yellow House Canyon Battle and historical information on Buffalo Springs, Ransom Canyon, Indian Truce site, Coronado campsite, Texas Ranger camp, Mackenzie vs Quanah Parker Battle site, Camp Supply and more. This program will serve as a reminder that this area is very rich in history. There is plenty of parking and we will have people available to help with parking. There is no charge for the event and no reservations are required. Contact Sonja Gotcher at 799-1905 or valentinesonja@aol.com if additional information is needed. The event will be held at the Southwest Collection on the TTU campus at 15th Street and Detroit Ave. in the Formby Room; 2 – 4 p.m.
Last Week's Trivia Winners....

Trivia Question #1:.

The Question: Appearing on their second album, which rock 'n' roll band's first Top 20 single was the infectious 1979 tune "Dance the Night Away" ???
Answer: Van Halen
Winner: Kim D. of Lubbock

Trivia Question #2:

The Question: In what year did the Lubbock Lions began flippin' pancakes to give back to the community?
Answer: 1953
Winners: Gerry Anne H.
and Kate B. both of Lubbock.
Dueces Wild Trivia This Week!
Two Contests x Two Winners x Two Tickets

Question #1:

For this contest, 2 winners will receive 2 tickets to The Sounds of West Texas concert at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night.

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

The Question: Prior to The Crickets' chart-topping success with the hit "That'll Be the Day"....recorded at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, NM in 1957....another West Texas rockabilly artist hit the top of the Billboard charts with his own million-seller. Can you name the artist AND the song?

The deadline for this contest is Friday (tomorrow!) at 10 a.m.
and the winner will be contacted by noon.

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 for us.

Question #2:

For this contest, 2 winners will receive 2 tickets to the Lubbock Lions Club 61st Annual Pancake Festival on Saturday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at info@lubbockfunclub.com using the fun phrase "Bigger, Batter, Better 2" as your subject title.

The Question: Which pancake mix became a national hit when it became commercially available in 1910?

The deadline for this contest is Friday at 10 a.m. and the winner will be contacted before noon.

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 for us.

Good luck to everyone!

Special, Bonus Contest!
Question: "What's YOUR Grail?"

In anticipation of the upcoming Celebrity Attractions presentation of SPAMALOT...we wondered what YOU, our readers consider your "holy grail" in life? In 25 words or less, tell us what you consider to be YOUR GRAIL.

Submit your short essays to us at
info@lubbockfunclub.com using the phrase "What's Your Grail?" as your subject title.

The winner will receive two (2) tickets to opening night of SPAMALOT on February 22nd.
We'll award tickets to the short essay we deem the best this coming Monday, February 18th and notify the winner that day. Please include a daytime phone number in your submission so we can contact you easily.

Thanks and keep those entries coming!

Children's Art To Be Showcased
At Village Shopping Center

February 13 – 19….Art Trail in the Village - The Village Shopping Center has partnered with All Saints, Honey, Oak Ridge, and Whiteside schools this year to showcase students artwork. Art Trail in The Village promotes confidence, creativity, dedication, patience, and school spirit with the students participating. The student’s art is displayed throughout the Village Shopping Center stores. A student from each school will receive a $100 Savings Certificate and the school with the highest participation will receive a donation from The Village Shopping Center. Family, friends, and the community are invited to stop by and vote for their favorite "Work of Art”. The Village Shopping Center is located at the northwest corner of 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue.

Check Out These Educational Opportunities for Young Adults

February 21 – April 4…. Financial Management for Teens and Young Adults - “Why do I need a budget?” “What difference does insurance make?” “I have to have a new Smart Phone!” Are these questions or discussions that you have had with your teenager or college student? If so, then we have the opportunity for these young adults to learn the answer to these, plus many more questions. The Lubbock County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a financial management class for teens and college students to learn about basic financial management. The six-part series will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. from February 21 thru April 4. Sessions will cover the following topics: goal setting/needs vs. wants, budgeting, credit, insurance, financial institutions and investing. Cost of the series is $25 which includes class materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is due by February 18; please call 775-1680 to register or to find out more information.

These Community Organizations Are Looking for Volunteers to Help

The Museum of Texas Tech University is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of the university that works to provide information on the heritage of local regions. Every third Saturday of the month, the museum hosts a free family event with activities for all ages. They need volunteers who enjoy working with families and children to help out with activities and games. If you are interested in becoming a "Saturday's at the Museum" volunteer, contact the museum at museum.education@ttu.edu or 806-742-2432.

The Bridge of Lubbock works to restore the community through outreach programs, including camps, after-school mentoring, a clothing closet, and many other great programs. They need volunteers on Good Friday to help with their Holiday Outreach! To find out more, contact Ashlei Watson at 806-687-0772 or awatson@bridgeoflubbock.org.

The Color Run is coming to Lubbock on March 23rd! The goal is to raise funds for one of our non-profit partners, Lubbock Impact. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help out at this amazing race! Volunteer jobs include throwing powdered color at runners, race day registration, festival help, color store help and many other fun duties. Be a Color Run volunteer by clicking here to sign up!
Looking at Next Week & Beyond....

Feb. 22-23….Celebrity Attractions: “Spamalot”
Feb. 26…Meals on Wheels 14th Annual Mardi Gras
March 2….7th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day
March 9 – June 12….Science Spectrum: Butterflies Alive

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