September 20, 2007


Mouth-watering West Texas BBQ, live music and excellent networking are on tap at the 6th annual Lubbock Chamber of Commerce BBQ Cook-off, located downtown in front of the Chamber offices at Broadway and Avenue L. The event will be open to the public from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door for adults; $10 for students; children ages 5 and under are free. "Students" include all elementary-high school age, plus college with a valid ID. Music headliner is Luke Olson with opening the Hogg Maulies. A mariachi band will also perform.


The Museum of TTU Association welcomes ROBERT STACKHOUSE for a personal tour of his exhibit Robert Stackhouse: Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings. Inside the galleries of the Museum of Texas Tech. A reception with the artist will follow. Due to the generous support by The Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. and The CH Foundation this program is open to the public at no charge. For more information please call 806-742-2443 or visit 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow; 4th St. and Indiana Ave.

Our FEATURED Weekend Attractions


September 21....Frank Meets Louie - Buffet fajita dinner by Abuelo's, live entertainment featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Michael Buble, and others. Dinner at 7 p.m., show is from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight. Cash bar available.. Tickets $25.00. Event hosted by D'Venue, 6202 Iola.


September 21 - 22....2007 Lubbock Music Festival, Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Friday night concert featuring '70s pop/rock act Three Dog Night ("Joy to the World") at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday night concert features Texas country band Cross Canadian Ragweed performing at 8:00 p.m. Depot District, 17th St. & Buddy Holly Ave.

September 21 - 22....Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
- Celebrating the opening of its 61st season, with the theme Global Journeys, led by new conductor, Tomasz Golka. This month's presentation is entitled Passion of the Slavic Soul. 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Theatre. For tickets call (806) 762-1688, purchase online at, or visit the brand new location of the LSO office at 601 Avenue K.


September 22....Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure - 13th annual event has been moved to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in anticipation of the biggest race of the year; goal is 10,000 participants. This year features a food court representing 20+ local restaurants, a display of cars and a bigger-than-ever Kids Korner. The kids area will feature a rock climbing wall, spider web, inflatable jumpers and many other activities. Race day schedule: Registration 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.; Survivor breakfast 6:45 a.m; Survivor photo 7:40 a.m.; Opening ceremonies start at 8 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk 8:45 a.m.; 1-Mile Run/Walk 9 a.m.

Other Events To Note....

September 21....Hub Performing Arts School Auditions - For competitive dance team held 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. A parent information meeting will be held at 4:30. Dancers ages 8 through 18 are welcome to audition. 3833 50th.. Call 795-7344 for more information. Last week to sign up for the fall semester.

September 21 - 29....Panhandle South Plains Fair -
The annual fall favorite returns for a 9-day run. Click here for more info.

September 22....Junior Rough Riders Fall Corral - Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by participating in different traditional Hispanic activities, which include: playing games from Mexico and Chile; traditional dancing with ballet Folklorico Nuestra Herencia; Hispanic folk tales and learning Spanish phrases. We will also explore structures at the NRHC that have ties to Hispanic heritage. Free for Junior Rough Riders, $5 for non-members. Register by calling (806) 742-0497, ext. 238 or by e-mail at Event will be held 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth Street.

Accentuating the Positive (Feedback)

Thanks to all of you who wrote following last week's commentary regarding the plethora of choices and attendance concerns I addressed from the previous weekend's entertainment options. I was delighted to receive some notes of agreement, encouragement...and a few interesting suggestions, as well. I must say, I was hoping to see some reaction from our know that many of you feel we, as a community, do indeed have so many "fun choices" for which to be grateful and, in turn, need to support wholeheartedly.

Most of us recognize the challenges of trying to "do it all"....from daily life on down to leisure-time activities....and certainly, I'm no exception. I have one of the busiest work schedules of anyone around...but I find that the "challenge" of getting out and taking in community events helps round out and legitimize, in some way, all the work that proceeds the recreation. In other words, without the opportunity to participate and indulge one's self on some level...I often find myself feeling the refrain of the childhood notion that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." And, yes, some of you pointed out the financial concerns of attending certain events...especially when considering several family members. I certainly understand and appreciate those points...but might also mention that many events that we list on our Calendar are free or have minimal cost. Many are simply charitable opportunities to simply "get involved"....i.e. a community library sale (where one saves a lot of money on quality books) or this weekend's "Race for the Cure"...for two noteworthy examples. The First Friday Art Trail is another wonderful opportunity to experience the artistic and creative side of Lubbock with free shuttles, free admission to the various galleries, and free refreshments at many of the stops on the trail. You see? You don't have to look far to see a wealth of inexpensive options.

Thanks for "listening" Lubbock....and here's to the good life we can find all around us each and every day! Positively, let's find the fun out there together...


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Two Winners In Our Weekly Cornfield Maize Contest!

From now through the third week of November, we're giving away Family Fun Packs each week to a lucky member of the Lubbock Fun Club. Included in the fun pack is: Admission for 5, hayride for 5, 15 shots at Corn Cannon, Cow Train ride for 5 and a real pumpkin! To enter, simply send us an e-mail with the words MAIZE CONTEST in the subject line to be entered in the random weekly drawing. It's quick and easy to enter for the weekly drawing! Just send your email to us here at

This week's winners (we're doing TWO this week!) of the Family Fun Packs are Jeri Ann of Levelland and Tom & Lynn of Lubbock. Thanks to all of you who continue to register by email. Please entry is all that is required. Once you've're automatically included in each weekly drawing. Congratulations, winners!


September 27....Empowering Women Luncheon - Featured speaker: Sarah Lamar; Topic: “Under Construction,”

September 27....LUBBOCK FUN CLUB MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE: "Midnight Madness Event" allowing LFC members the opportunity to attend a very special pre-sale the night before the official opening of the Cradles 2 Crayons Consignment Sale. Doors will be open from 9 p.m. until Midnight on Thursday, September 27th to allow Lubbock Fun Club members the chance to buy the bargains FIRST! We will have several special giveaways that night as well!

September 29....Texas' Last Frontier Ranch Heritage Tour - Bus tour of historic ranches and other sites of historical interest in West Texas. A limited number of tickets still available. See the extended Calendar on our website for tour details and contact information. A rare opportunity for area history buffs! Note: We understand that the producers of this tour already have SIX busses already booked! If you are interested, see our Calendar section for the full details!

September 30....Singles Potluck Picnic - All Lubbock area singles are invited. Begins at 5:00 p.m.; 88th & Flint at the picnic pavilion in N.B. McCullough Park.


How Do You Know When Your Child Needs a Tutor?

Club Z! In Home Tutoring, the world’s largest in-home tutoring company, released the following information to help parents determine when their children may need tutoring.

As parents, we all practice the art of reading between the lines when dialoging with our children. Statements such as “I don’t like school,” “I hate homework,” "The teachers don’t understand me," or “I am just no good at math” often translate into “I’m confused,” “I feel inadequate,” or “I need help with my school work.”

When children have difficulties learning, the consequences can be pervasive and create long-term disadvantages. Kenda Thames, Area Director for the Club Z! Lubbock location, warns, “Learning problems not only diminish self-esteem, but threaten a child’s motivation as well. If not addressed, learning problems can lead to grade retention, discipline problems, or in severe cases, dropping out.”

What Parents Can Do:
Stay plugged in and take action before the problem gets worse. With as few as 8 tutoring sessions, a child can make academic strides and return to the classroom more confident and motivated.

Club Z! tutors are qualified teachers who enjoy working with children in a one-on-one format. Club Z! students are tutored in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, thus freeing up valuable drive time for parents. Individual tutoring programs are coordinated with ongoing schoolwork, and tutors are matched with each student based on personality and academic needs. Furthermore, Club Z! offers affordable tutoring with priceless, long-term advantages for your child’s academic future.

To learn more about how tutoring will benefit your child, call Kenda Thames at 806-368-5629 or visit Club Z! In-Home Tutoring on the web at

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