December 18, 2008


December 18….Kids' Show and Tell Storytime – All kids age 3 and up are invited to the library for a special “show and tell”. Bring something special to show the group. For more information, call 792-6566. Godeke Branch Library, 6601 Quaker, 2 p.m.

December 18….Lady Raider Basketball –
Non-conference action pits Texas Tech Lady Raiders vs. Prairie View A&M. United Spirit Arena, 1711 Indiana; 7 p.m.


ecember 18, 20, 22….Decorate Cookies for Santa - Last chance! Kids of all ages come on down and have some fun decorating cookies to save for the big night—Christmas Eve! The jolly old elf, Santa himself will be here to take pictures with you and oversee the festivities! Email for a coloring page to print, color and bring with you to enter the contest. The grand prize will be a 9 cookie Christmas bouquet—five other runner ups will be awarded a special prize! Reserve your spot by calling 794-6992 for one hour party times available. Cookie parties fill up quickly, so call today. Cost is $10 for two cookies and a picture with Santa.
Times available:
Thursday December 18 at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.;
Saturday December 20 at 1 p.m. 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.;
Monday December 22 at 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.


December 19-20….Vintage Winter Wonderland: "A Place like No Other" - Last weekend! Come out to Vintage Township to experience the magic of Christmas. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
There will be miniature pony carriage rides, beautiful Christmas displays in the park (with a 30' Christmas tree), hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies, sparkling lights everywhere, live entertainment nightly and, of course, Santa Claus. It even snows nightly! If you missed last year's festivities - well, this year's Winter Wonderland is set to be even more spectacular. Call 771-1117 for more information. Vintage Township, 11410 Trafalgar Ave.

December 19-20...."Alibis" and "Murder Next Door" — “Alibis,” is a hit comic mystery by Peter Kennedy. Direction is by Peter Contreras. Preceding it will be the one-act thriller "Murder Next Door," penned by local playwright Whitney Ryan Garrity and directed by Rolando Rivera. General admission tickets $10 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors. Call 792-0501. CATS Playhouse, 2405 34th St.; 7:30 p.m.

December 19-20….Garza Theatre’s production of "The Gift of the Magi" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - The Garza Theatre proudly presents O'Henry's Christmas classic "The Gift of the Magi" dramatized by Mark Bedell and directed by Gerald Dolter, and a musical narrative reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" narrated by Daniel Hogan and sung by Gerald Dolter. "Who chorus" includes Kristi Heinrich, Karen Dolter, Ian Klotzman and Daniel Hogan. Tickets: adults $12.00; children (12 and under) $8.00;, student rate (with student id) $10.00; seniors (age 60+) $10.00; military discount (with military id) $10.00; group rate (call for information) $10.00. Season tickets are available. For more info, call 806-495-4005. Garza Theatre, 226 E. Main, Post, TX. December 19 & 20 at 8 p.m.; matinee also offered on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


December 19-21…."Joseph the Carpenter" - This coming weekend will be the final three performances of "Joseph the Carpenter". Don't miss this touching story of the trials Joseph faced, upon learning that his betrothed was with child. What were his thoughts? How did his family handle it? The neighbors? Prior to the drama, the audience will enjoy a full southern gospel music concert featuring entertainer, singer and pianist, Chip Polk. Shuttle buses bring patrons to the front door and all seats are handicapped accessible. At intermission, the audience can enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate, and a full concession area. Ragtown Gospel Theater, Post, Texas; 7:30 p.m. - Friday, Dec. 19th, 3 p.m. - Saturday Dec. 20th, 3 p.m. - Sunday Dec. 21st.


December 19….Christmas With David Gaschen – David is a worldwide renowned vocalist and performer, who is no stranger to the art of entertaining. A native of Lubbock, he got his start at the early age of 15. A graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Music, David received his degree in Vocal performance. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to begin following his dream of being on Broadway. A veteran of over twenty shows, he landed the leading role of Frederic in the "Pirates of Penzance" and Karl Franz in "The Student Prince" with Light Opera Works in Chicago and then in the summer of 1999, David was asked to be in the cast of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut as the Phantom in November 1999 and has now performed the role of the Phantom over 1300 times. Although this dynamic performer loves the Broadway stage, he has changed directions in his career to the concert arena. Reserved seat tickets: $30 & $25. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 20…. South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Winter Open House - All are invited to come tour the facility, meet the animal ambassadors and volunteers. Parking is available next door at Indiana Baptist Church. South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 3308 95th Street; 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

December 20….Greyhound Event - Photos will be taken with Santa at PetSmart - Greyhounds will be there with their owners to meet interested families and provide information. A portion of the proceeds with benefit "A Place for Us Greyhounds”. For more information visit or call Linda at 806-787-8530. PetSmart West, 6046 Brownfield Hwy; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

December 20….Red Raider Basketball – Non-conference hoops action with the Texas Tech men vs the New Mexico Lobos. United Spirit Arena, 1711 Indiana; 12 p.m.

December 20….Hearts and Hooves Annual Christmas Fundraiser - Pictures with Santa and a Mini. Bring the kids (young and old) and have your picture made with Santa and one of the miniature horses. The cost is $5 for one picture (pictures taken and printed immediately) or $2 if you bring your own camera. There will be hot chocolate and spiced tea for sale by the cup and Hearts and Hooves Christmas t-shirts and Hearts and Hooves memory t-shirts, toy horse sets, spiced tea in gift jars, hand painted wine glasses and chances for a wine gift basket. There will also be Jollyeo bracelets for sale to raise funds for the Jollyeo fund (a fund set up to help with vet bills for animals attacked by dogs). All money raised goes to the care of miniature horses and to provide visits to those with special needs. This is the last opportunity before Christmas.
Takes place at Malouf's, Kingsgate Shopping Center (82nd & Quaker);1-4 p.m.

December 20….Cowboy Christmas Ball – Dinner catered by University Caterers will be followed by a country dance featuring the music of Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Project. Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling 441-1919 or 797-0428. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 6:30 p.m.

December 20….Lady Raider Basketball – Texas Tech vs Sacramento State. United Spirit Arena, 1711 Indiana; 7 p.m.

December 20….Michael Martin Murphey’s “Cowboy Christmas” - The "singing cowboy poet", is not only the number one, best-selling singer/ songwriter of American cowboy music, he's one of the world's most respected singer/songwriters in the pop and country field. As a recording artist, he has had six gold records and his hit singles include “Wildfire,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Carolina in the Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” and “Long Line of Love.” This innovative concert concept called "Cowboy Christmas™" started in 1987 and has become a trademarked touring show and musical concept for him. The tour now spans 40 cities per holiday season. This show is highly celebrated around the nation and one of the most in-demand shows of the holiday season. Tickets: $35 & $30. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; newly added 4:00 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening show.


December 20-21…. Fundraising/Food Drive - Children & Adults Theatrical Studio in cooperation with Cub Scouts Pack 560 is having a Fundraising/Food Drive. Kids can come by and have their picture taken with Santa. Free hot cocoa and cookies for kids. Cost is $10.00 or $5.00 with 3 cans of food. CATS Playhouse, 2405 34th St; 1-5 p.m.


December 21…Cactus Kids Christmas - This is an annual event that has always been a sell-out! They say that the spirit of the holiday season resides within the children, this will never be more evident as you listen to these kids sing your Christmas favorites. For the first time ever, students from Terri Caldwell Music School auditioned to earn a coveted spot on this beautiful show. The students work all fall to prepare the music for this outstanding concert, as it is the yearly highlight, and it is their opportunity to perform with the fantastic Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine, just like the stars of the Cactus. Featured performers will be the Cactus Kids, Cactus Kiddos, Cactus Cuties, Itty Bitty's, Lil’ Sis (little sisters of the Cactus Cuties) and special guests. Tickets: $25, $12 for kids 12 & under. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; newly added 2:30 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening show.


December 22….A Night of Classic Christmas Hymns -
The true meaning of Christmas comes to life with the Classic Christmas songs and hymns we all know and love. Expect to hear wonderful harmonies and presentations by 4 Heavensake, The Watchmen, Sisters Joy, Jason Fellers, Jerry Newman, Nick Watts, Blake Whitmire and Kathy Holmes as they bring the magic of Christmas to the Cactus stage with “Oh Come,” “Oh Come Emmanuel,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “God Became a Baby” and many more! Don’t forget what Christmas is really about, take a break from shopping and receive a blessing. Tickets: $25 and $20. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 22-23…. Maxey's Annual Kids Holiday Camp Week 1 - Enjoy vacation with fun-filled days of games, activities and a fun field trip. For elementary age children (ages 6-12). Must register in person at Maxey Center. Cost is $30 for 2 days of camp. For more information call 806-767-3796. Maxey Center, 4020 30th St; 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


December 23…. Cactus Family Christmas Celebration - Carry on the tradition and join the Cactus Theater as they commence this holiday season with their 14th Annual Cactus Family Christmas Celebration; featuring favorite stars of the Cactus including the Cactus Cuties, Itty Bitty’s 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 favorites to contemporary Christmas hits. Sensational 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 will provide delicious Christmas treats and cookies for all. Tickets are $20 and $25. The Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


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Last Week's
Ticket Winners....

Our winners of last week's Nutcracker contest were Liz L. and Carolyn R. The answer to the trivia question was "The Nutcracker & the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman.

This Week's Ticket Giveaway(s)....

With a big "Merry Christmas" wish to all....we have a whopping 5 pairs of special combo tickets for the Science Spectrum and Omni Theater. These tickets will grant you entry to the museum and the movie of your choice. These tickets are good through January 31, 2009.

To enter this week's giveaway winners will be randomly drawn from all entries submitted with the correct answer to this week's trivia question.

The question: Written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, the classic poem entitled "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is also known by what other title?

To enter this week's drawing from correct answers received for the trivia question, send us an e-mail with the words "Last 2008 Tickets" in the subject line. In the body of the email, provide your answer to the trivia question. The deadline for entries is this Sunday at midnight.

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December 29-31; January 2….Maxey's Annual Holiday Camp Week 2 - Enjoy vacation with fun filled days of games, activities and a fun field trip. For elementary age children (ages 6-12). Must register in person at Maxey Center. Cost is $60 for 4 days of camp. For more information call 806-767-3796. Maxey Center, 4020 30th St; 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

December 29-31....50th Annual FiberMax Caprock Basketball Tournament Hoops of Fun - Featuring 87 teams of high school players with wall to wall basketball with first games starting at 9 a.m. and last games starting at 9 p.m. Plan to join us for exciting, family fun. Coaches interested may call Charlie Holt at 806-787-9753; Games will be held at Estacado, Lubbock High, Coronado, Monterey, Trinity, Frenship, All Saints and LCU locations.

December 30….Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The TSO is a rock orchestra founded by Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva in 1996. The band's musical style is often described in different terms, incorporating progressive rock, symphonic metal, and heavy metal, with influences from classical music. The group is based in New York City, but frequently tours worldwide. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for its renditions of traditional Christmas songs. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat. United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana; 7:30 p.m.

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