November 28, 2013
"Happy Thanksgiving!"


November 28….21st Annual Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate and be thankful for the things we hold most dear: family, friends, food and running! Launch a pre-emergent strike to keep those Thanksgiving Day meal calories from germinating by running the 2013 Annual Turkey Trot presented by the West Texas Running Club. The Annual Turkey Trot will bring together runners of all shapes and sizes, from young to old, serious to novice, mud thrill-seeker to the color-inspired to celebrate an early morning kick off to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Turkey Trot has become a running family tradition for many West Texas residents and visiting relatives and friends that come from cities all over Texas and from many other states. The Turkey Trot features a 2 Mile and a 12K Race. The 2 Mile event is a flat out and back course except for the downhill at the start and uphill at the finish. After exiting the Museum, runners in the 12K will encounter some challenging hills but will also be rewarded with some scenic views as they make their way around Canyon Lake #6 and through Mackenzie Park. The USA Track and Field certified 12K course finishes uphill back at the Bayer Museum. For a different challenge in the 2 Mile Race, consider forming a team to run in the Family, School or Open team divisions. Each team member must register separately as a member of a team and each team must have a minimum of 4 members. The team in each division with the 4 fastest cumulative times is crowned the winner. For your non-running family members, volunteers are always needed and will receive a free event t-shirt! Register and/or Join the WTRC online at Starts and finishes at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Mackenzie Park, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive at East Broadway; 9 a.m.

November 28 – 30, December 1 (Repeats Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)….Santa's Land Drive-Thru Christmas Park - We would love to invite you to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (make sure and check face book or call to make sure Santa will be present if you are wanting photos with Santa) (please bring your camera). The park includes four acres of land thousands of lights,100 plus wooden cut-outs, 20 inflatables, tons of Christmas trees, lighted towers, color cubes and 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. Opening Night is Thanksgiving Night November 28. On November 28, 29, 30 The Blue Weed Special Train will be here to give everyone a ride through the park! If you want to make sure Santa will be present please call (806) 891-1291 find us on facebook.. Santa's Land Drive-Thru Christmas Park is located in 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 10:00 p.m. If Santa is present, he departs the park at 9 p.m.

November 29….Slaton’s 5th Friday Art on the Square - Slaton town square will be hosting a Black Friday event. The event will bring together various members of the Slaton art community to showcase the studios and shops of the Slaton Town Square. The studios involved include Multiplicity, WaterSpace South and WaterSpace North, Cecily Maples, The Antique Mall and the Slaton Model Railroad Museum. The Lubbock Camera Club will have pieces on display at the Multiplicity Gallery. Many of the studios plan on having holiday specials on holiday items. There will also be pottery, jewelry, fused glass, photographs, and mosaics from members of the Llano Estacado Clay Guild. As always, 5th Friday Arts on the Square is a free event open to the public. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with trains running at the Model Railroad Museum until 9 p.m. Slaton, Texas.

November 29….Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans - The Sock Hop was an informal dance at America high schools, typically held in the high school's gym. The term sock hop came about because dancers were required to remove their hard-soled shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. If you grew up in the '50s or ‘60s - you remember the all American " sock hop"! Come reminisce the music of those days with us at the Cactus, complete with the Cactus Sock Hop dancers!!! Wear your Bobby socks and Blue jeans for a group photo shoot at the end of the show! Tickets are $20.00. For more information visit or call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

November 29 - 30; December 1 - 2;
(Repeats Dec. 4 - 9; 11 - 23; 27 - 30)….Polar Express - The Polar Express comes to West Texas to recreate all the sights and sounds of the time-honored story. Picture the excitement of children dressed in pajamas with golden tickets clutched in their hands as they board the train and prepare to embark on their journey to the North Pole. The story begins when the Conductors calls "All aboard" and gleefully punches everyone's ticket. Little faces will peer out the train's windows as we pull out of the station on our way to the North Pole. Guests will hear the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack as the story reading begins and the book's characters come to life. Dancing chefs will serve hot cocoa and cookies to all riders in a merry fashion as the doubting hobo wanders through the train. The train stops where children will behold the magic of the North Pole from their warm train seats. With a jolly "Ho, ho, ho" Santa waves to everyone and climbs aboard where he will greet each child and present them with the iconic silver sleigh bell - listen carefully, only believers can hear its ringing! Christmas carols will be sung as elves dance along as the journey back to the station begins after a memorable ride that sets the for the whole holiday season. This annual event sure to become one of your family's treasured traditions. Tickets may be purchased by calling 877-726-7245 or visiting 103 North Steck Avenue, Wolfforth, TX; 4:30. 6:30, 8:30 p.m.

November 30….The Top 20 Country Duets of All Time - This spectacular concert will pair amazing West Texas vocalists with some of the greatest songs by iconic country stars! You'll hear hit songs made famous by Conway and Loretta, George and Tammy, Waylon and Willie, Kenny and Dolly - just to name a few! Tickets are $20.00. For more information visit the official theater website at or call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.

December 1….Percussion Ensemble Christmas ConcertCome and enjoy favorite holiday music from both School of Music Percussion Ensembles. Admission is free. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech Campus; 3 p.m.

December 1….Dustin Garrett’s CD Release Concert - Don't miss the long awaited release of Dustin's wonderful CD "Inspiration" and his performance of the entire album live on the Cactus stage. Dustin's playing, singing and producing on this CD are the performances of a lifetime! This project will for sure be touted as one of the best albums ever produced in West Texas. Come enjoy and celebrate Dustin's musical creation! Admission is FREE! For more information visit or call 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 4 p.m

December 2….Lubbock Christian University Big Blue Family Christmas - Families and members of the Lubbock community are welcome to join LCU students, alumni, faculty, and staff for an evening packed with events beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Pictures with Santa will be held in the Betty Hancock Parlor, and guests can enjoy hot chocolate and hot spiced cider in the mall area of the LCU campus. At 7 p.m., attendees can join in the countdown for the lighting of the Chaparral in the mall area, where LCU’s musical group, Forte, will sing Christmas carols. The rest of the evening contains treats, crafts, Christmas games in “Who-ville,” a photo booth, and pictures taken with the Grinch. To conclude the Big Blue Family Christmas, guests are invited to bring their blankets and chairs to bundle up and watch The Grinch (2000) in front of the SUB at 7:30 p.m. The Big Blue Family Christmas is a free event, fun for all ages. View the complete schedule here . Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th Street; 5:30 p.m.

December 2….Pride of West Texas Show Chorus Annual Christmas Dessert Show “Happy Holidays” - Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any chorus member or at the door. A raffle drawing will be held at the show’s intermission. For additional information, call 799-SING or visit Science Spectrum, 2579 Loop 289; 7 p.m.

National Ranching Heritage Center Debuts "Hidden Views" Exhibit

November– March 15, 2014....“Hidden Views: Art From The Collections” - This magnificent collection of paintings and sculpture from the National Ranching Heritage Center and Ranching Heritage Association art collections, was recently placed on exhibit for public viewing in the center’s Macy Gallery. Collected from private donations from many of the center’s supporters, the exhibit is the first showing for many of the pieces. “These special artworks were created by some of history’s most notable western artists,” said Matt Brockman, executive director of the center. “We’re proud of them and want the public to benefit from their display.” The exhibit includes the last large oil painting completed by Tom Ryan, a well known artist who often depicted cowboy life on the historic Four Sixes Ranch near Guthrie, Texas. Other works on view are paintings by notables Frank Reaugh, Milbe Benge, Robert Lougheed, Fred Harman, Peter Hurd, Jack Bryant and Boris Bernhard Gordon. A sculpture by Garland Weeks is also featured. Most of the art, held for decades in private collections, have had limited or no exposure until now. For further information: Scott White (806) 742-0498. The exhibit is scheduled to remain open until March 15, 2014. The National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th Street.

Looking Ahead....

December 2….Pride of West Texas Chorus Christmas Show
December 3….55th Annual Texas Tech Carol of Lights
December 3….Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert
December 3….Joe Bonamassa in Concert
December 5….“The Joy of Play” Open House
December 6….New Neighbors Christmas Coffee
Dec. 13 -14….Ranching Heritage Candlelight at the Ranch

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