September 24, 2009


September 24….8th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-Off - Is your BBQ the best in West Texas? Come, compete and find out at the 8th annual Hub City BBQ Cook-off. Team entry fee will be $100 for all teams (including amateur) except student teams which will pay $50. Companies may choose which division they wish to participate – corporate, professional or amateur/student. More than 60 teams have already signed up and space is at a premium! Almost 90 companies participated in 2008. Thursday evening. Featured entertainment will be the Electric Gypsies. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults; $10 for students in advance and at the door; and children ages 5 and under have free admission. “Students” include all elementary-high school age, plus college with a valid ID. This year, we welcome families, as we will again have our Family-Friendly Area hosted by First United Methodist Church and sponsored by Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing! Kids can enjoy Chick-fil-A kids’ meals in an atmosphere designed to accommodate families. In front of the Chamber offices, Broadway and Avenue L; 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.


September 25, 26 (also repeats October 2, 3)…."The Woman in Black" - The Garza Theatre is proud to bring back this chilling drama for four encore performances. Starring: Jon Steele and Daniel Ballard. Eel Marsh House stands tall, gaunt and isolated, surveying the endless flat salt marshes beyond the Nine Lives Causeway, somewhere on England's bleak east coast. Here Mrs Alice Drablow lived - and died - alone. Young Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is ordered by his firm's senior partner to travel up from London to attend her funeral and then sort out all her papers. His task is a lonely one, and at first Kipps is quite unaware of the tragic secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows. “The Woman In Black” treads in the footsteps of the classic ghost story following the tradition of Charles Dickens and M.R James, of Henry James and Edith Wharton. It is not a horror story or a tale of terror, yet the events build up to a horrifying climax and instill a sense of horror. It relies on atmosphere, a vivid sense of place, on hints and glimpses and suggestions, on what is shadowy, heard and sometimes only half-seen, to chill the reader's blood to the marrow and make reading the book alone at night inadvisable for the faint-hearted. Ticket prices: adults - $12.00, children (12 & under) - $8.00, student rate (with student id) - $10.00, senior rate (60 and above) - $10.00, military discount (with military id) - $10.00, group rate (call for information) - $10.00. For more info call 806-495-4005 or visit The Garza Theatre, 226 E. Main, Post, Texas; 7:30 p.m.

September 25, 26….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra: Odes of Joy and Defiance - Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony cast a joyous shadow that changed music forever. Thereafter, every composer’s 9th has been regarded, like Beethoven’s, as an apotheosis and culmination of their oeuvre. In this spirit, Shostakovich was asked to write his 9th Symphony as an homage to Stalin. Instead, he wrote a satirical piece mocking everything the communist party held in high regard. Shostakovich was severely reprimanded and almost exiled to Siberia for his defiance. Symphony No. 9 - Shostakovich and Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven. The concert will also be featuring the combined choirs of The Lubbock Chorale and The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, as well as outstanding solos from artists such as Sue Arnold, David Corman, Gerald Dolter, and Kathy McNeil. Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 8 p.m.


September 25, 26, 27; (also repeats October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11)….“Fantasticks” - The world's longest-running musical and the winner of the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, this love story combines the storylines from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer's Night's Dream, and The Romancers, to tell the story of two fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children will fall in love, because they know that children always do what their parents forbid. After the children do fall in love, they discover their father's plot and they each go off and experience the world. In the end, they return to each other and to their love. There are many memorable songs in the play including "Try to Remember" and "Love, You are Love". "The Fantasticks" is one of the most often produced and most beloved plays in the American theatre. Authors: Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones, and directed by Pam Brown. Rating: family fare. Lubbock Community Theatre (formerly Boston Avenue Playhouse), 4232 Boston Avenue; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.


September 26….Texas' Last Frontier Ranch Heritage Tour, Levelland - The fifth annual ranch heritage tour, sponsored by the Hockley County and Cochran County Historical Commissions, will visit the headquarters of legendary West Texas ranches in Hockley, Terry, Gaines, Yoakum, and Cochran Counties. Participants will board air-conditioned buses in Levelland, Texas to tour the Spade, Lake Tomb-L7, and Duggan Ranches, and see the Sawyer, Sherman, and Fitzgerald Ranches, as well as the half-dugout and house of the Armstrong family built in the early 1900s near Denver City. They will also view the historic settlements of Ropesville, Meadow, Seagraves, White City near Cedar Lake, Sligo, and Whiteface,Texas. The 2009 tour will provide an opportunity to visit the Brownfield and Plains, Texas historical museums. The tour culminates with a barbecue dinner and country and western music at Girlstown USA near Whiteface--former headquarters of the Duggan Ranch. The ticket price of $75 covers a book containing information on each of the tour sites, as well as the full day of events, including the bus tour, lunch, evening meal, and entertainment. Tour starts at 9 a.m. Seating on the buses is limited, so order your tickets now! For tickets and information, please contact John or Bette Hope,, (806) 894-4062; Jim Hogue,, (806) 229-2741; or Dorothy Barker,, (806) 266-5484.

September 26….Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes Fundraiser hosted by the Lubbock Council, American Diabetes Association. Walkers from across West Texas (2,000+ in attendance), (individuals and teams) will walk up to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). There will also be music, food and fun. Baseball fields - Mackenzie Park, 600 Broadway. Check in at 8 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m.

September 26….Memory Walk - The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against this fatal disease. Length of walk is 1 mile. To register visit Texas Tech University Frazier Alumni Pavilion; Registration begins at 8 a.m. and walk begins at 9 a.m.

September 26….5th Annual Strut for the Mutts - Come strut with us! All proceeds will directly go toward paying for veterinary care, food, and other basic needs of all the dogs and cats at the Haven Animal Shelter in Lubbock. For more information or to pre-register, visit or email Walk your own dog, walk an adoptable Haven dog, or just walk by yourself. Each human participant receives a free t-shirt and each canine participant receives a free bandana! 1.5 mile walk hosted by the Haven Animal Care Shelter. Registration fee: $20 adults/$10 children under 18/free for children under 2 if you preregister before Sept 1
$25 adults/$10 children after September 1 up to day of event. Higginbotham Park (19th and Vicksburg); Registration: 9 a.m. (walk begins at 10 a.m.)

September 26….Ransom Canyon Fall Festival - The fun starts early with garage sales throughout the Canyon beginning at 8 a.m. Pick up breakfast and coffee at the Ranch House, and then return for festival activities, booths, children's games, bake sale, crafts, lunch and more. Ransom Canyon, TX: garage sale takes place from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ranch House events take place from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

September 26….Maxey’s 2nd Annual Country Fall Festival - Celebrate fall and enjoy a day of family fun. Cost is $5 for the entire family. There will be hay rides around Maxey Park, barrel rides & paddle boats, scarecrow making contest, fall themed arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, face painting, carnival games, live Music, food & fun. Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th Street; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

September 26….Betenbough Fall Festival
- With cool weather just around the corner, Betenbough Homes is bringing the fall spirit to Lubbock with a Fall Festival at their New Home Center Grand Opening. Guests are invited to tour each of the three, fully decorated homes and the world-class design center, which offers home buyers a one-stop shopping experience. Partnering with Apple Country Orchards, Betenbough Homes will offer an open-air farmers market on the lawn of the New Home Center. Children will have a chance to bob for apples, and families will be surrounded by pumpkins as a local photographer snaps complimentary family photos. Refreshments from the Apple Country Orchards’ Bakery will be available in each of the homes. Also, a free jar of the Orchards’ apple butter will be given to each family. Snuggle up in scarves and bring your family out to Betenbough Homes’ New Home Center Grand Opening beginning at noon. The event is free & open to the public. For more, visit Betenbough Homes, 6517 82nd St.; Noon to 4 p.m.

September 26….Roy Rivers presents "A Tribute to John Denver" - Roy Rivers is both an entertainer and a singer/songwriter whose songs and live concert events reflect the continuing spiritual journey of his life. As of this date, he has written over 140 songs. Roy's voice has always been compared to that of John Denver, one of his musical heroes. Roy will perform his renowned "Tribute to John Denver"...reflecting his very essence! Tickets: $30. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


September 26, 27….AKC Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials - The Heart of the Plains Kennel Club will be hosting 2 days of American Kennel Club licensed dog shows and obedience and rally trials. Dogs attending these shows will be competing in conformation, obedience and rally. In conformation, the judge compares the dogs in competition with his interpretation of the perfect dog as described in the breed’s written standard. The dog coming closest to the breed standard will be awarded points toward its championship title or hopefully move on to Group and Best In Show competition.
The newest AKC sport, Rally, will also be exhibited at these shows. Rally competition is a planned heeling course that includes a variety of turns, serpentine moves and jumps. Dogs will be competing for qualifying scores toward their Novice, Advanced and Excellent titles. Each day will have an entry of more than 700 dogs, coming from more than 20 states and foreign countries. Many of the top winning dogs in the nation will compete at these shows. The shows will be highlighted by a display of the winning artwork from a Lubbock Christian School Elementary for the 12th annual “Kid’s Art Show at the Dog Show.” There will be free educational material offered to the public and no admission fee will be charged for these shows. The public is urged to attend this fun family event. For more information, call 794-1256, or email at or visit Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last Week's Winning Entries....

Last week's ticket winners of family 5-paks to The Maize were Gerry Anne H. of Lubbock and Elsa H. of Lubbock.

This Week's Ticket Giveaway

This week we have 2 tickets to see the Garza Theatre (located in "suburban" Post, Texas) production of “The Woman in Black” for either October 2nd or 3rd. It is being held over for 4 more you know it's a goodie! To enter this random drawing, please email us at and be sure to put the word "Garza" in the subject title. Please be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email so we may get the tickets to you easily. We'd also like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown info as well. Deadline for this contest is Sunday at midnight. Please include your preference of Oct. 2nd or 3rd so we can coordinate tickets for the performance of your choice. Winners will be contacted Monday by 1 p.m. Good luck!

Annual South Plains Fair Rolls Into Town for Weeklong Run

eptember 25 – October 3…. 2009 Panhandle South Plains Fair – The fair is back with free concerts, carnival midway, food and refreshments, exhibitors, merchants and lots of fun. The concerts will be held at the South Plains Fair Coliseum, and the tickets to each of the concerts are free and include Eddie Money (September 25), Saving Abel (September 26), Billy Currington (September 28), Siggno (September 29), Steve Wariner (September 30), Junior Brown with Zack Walther and the Croncrites (October 1), Boyz II Men (October 2), and Johnny Rivers (October 3). Fair admission prices are: adult, (13 and over) $7.00, children, (under 13) $2.00 and parking is $3.00. The Mega Pass will be $60 again this year and will be available for purchase at the Fair Park Coliseum Monday-Friday 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The last day to purchase a Mega Pass will be Saturday, September 19th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. They will not be available after that day. The Mega Pass is a pay-one-price picture ID that is good for a wristband for unlimited rides each day of the carnival operation: September 24th - October 3rd. Pony rides and other specialty rides may be exempted. Special days during fair week are school day: Monday (September 28th) where all children under 18 admitted free until 9 p.m. and senior citizen day: Tuesday (September 29th) where all persons over 60 years of age admitted free. South Plains Fair Grounds, 1012 Avenue A; 1 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and operates until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday night.

LFC Members Offered Chance to Win Free Entry In The Falls Athletic Club's "Biggest Loser Contest"

The Falls Athletic Club is again hosting its BIGGEST LOSER contest and they have offered Lubbock Fun Club members the opportunity to win free entry into the contest. We will award four (4) individual entries to four lucky winners!

Official rules for the contest can be found by clicking this link.

Lubbock Fun Club will award a free entry to the contest for the winning one-paragraph essays telling us why you should earn one of the slots. Entries can be taken until Sept. 27th at midnight so please send entries to us at by that time. At that time, we'll determine the winners, contact the winners on Monday morning and get the winning entries scheduled for the annual event.

Good luck to all who enter and thanks to The Falls for giving our members a chance to participate for FREE!
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October 1................….Singles Dinner (30s/40s Group)
October 3…..................2009 Komen Race for the Cure
October 8…..................5th Annual Vino Festivo
October 16, 17, 18….....“Mamma Mia!”
October 17…................Mustang Car Club Meet

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