October 22, 2009


October 22-24….Lubbock’s First Pumpkin TrailThe Pumpkin Trail is a spectacular grouping of lighted jack o’ lanterns placed along the walking trail at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum. In addition, there will be themed displays along the trail provided by local businesses and groups. The public is invited to walk the trail with family and friends .The trail will be open from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights and from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday. Ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening night at 7 p.m. The trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly...and it's free. As of Wednesday night, the pumpkin count was up to an amazing 592! The event is located at 4111 University Ave. so definitely take time to go by.

October 22-24….Friends of Wolfforth Library Fall Book Sale -
Come and become a friend of the library. Two chess tables have been added to the library and chess lessons will be introduced soon. Wolfforth Library, 508 E Highway 62/82; Fall book sale on Thursday is for members and is 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Book sale on Friday is 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


October 23….“Wild Ocean" Film Premiere This action-packed, inspirational giant screen documentary explores the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem. The film, presented in 2D at the OMNI Theater, highlights one of nature's greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator, mankind. Filmed off the wild coast of South Africa and set to the rhythm of the local people, “Wild Ocean” reveals the economic and cultural impact of the ocean while celebrating the communal efforts to protect our invaluable marine resources. Seals, common dolphins, and whales chase the fish from cooler currents up the coast into the warmer tropical waters. Diving birds, Cape Gannets, join the battle with aerial attacks from the sky. All of these animals are drawn to the scene, enmeshed in one of the most incredible mass feeding melees in the natural world. Eat and dash....or be eaten! This amazing spectacle has been captured using the world’s best IMAX cinematography equipment, and is now being shown on the world’s largest movie screens. This is as close to being there as it gets! For additional film information on “Wild Ocean”, go to www.wildoceanfilm.com. OMNI Theater General Admission Ticket Rates: $8.00 Adults; $6.50 Children (ages 3-12); $6.50 Seniors (60+) The OMNI Theater at the Science Spectrum will be showing the 2D version of this film. For additional theater info. and showtimes, the public may call 806-745-6299 or visit www.sciencespectrum.org

October 23….Lubbock Chorale Fall Concert –
The Lubbock Chorale invites you to join them for their fall concert: "Children Will Listen." Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat at 806-770- 2000. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University; 7 p.m.

October 23…..
Gary Allan in Concert – Country music star Gary Allan will be headlining with opening acts Justin Moore and Stoney LaRue also slated to perform. Tickets are available at all Select-A-Seat locations or by calling 770- 2000. United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Avenue, 7:30 p.m.


October 23, 24….CATS Playhouse: “Nick Tickle, Fairytale Detective in Witch Crook Took the Book?” and “The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairytale Detective”
- Join fairy tale detective Nick Tickle as he solves - not one - but two mysterious cases. First, all of the children's books are missing from the library, then, someone has taken some pages from Granny Possum's storybook! Was it Queen Cupcake, Rumplestiltskin, a witch, a giant or a band of pirates? Never fear, the greatest fairy tale detective is on the case: Nick Tickle to the rescue! Two family-friendly shows directed by Peter Contreras II and Marlee Wall. Tickets: $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children, students, and seniors. For more information call (806) 792-0501. CATS Playhouse, 2405 34th St; 6:30 p.m.

October 23, 24 (repeats Oct. 30, 31)…."Wedding Belles" - An original play by “Smoke on the Mountain” playwright Alan Bailey and Dallas writer/actress Ronnie Claire Edwards who played Cora in television's “The Waltons”. This character-driven play, set in East Texas in 1942, revolves around a wedding planned by a garden club. Jane Prince Jones directs and stars in this down-home comedy reuniting with fellow actresses, Camille Powe, Kathy Davis, Douglas Jones and Jenee Jones. You’ll love and laugh at the antics of these characters that you just might recognize as some of your own family members. A purely delightful evening as this wonderfully talented ensemble lights up the Cactus stage. Tickets: $25. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


October 24….“An Explosion of Science Workshop” - Calling all science whizzes! Hodges Community Center is now taking registrations for the Girl Scout sponsored workshop “An Explosion of Science.” This event is for scientists ages 6-12. There will be tons of fun and super messy activities. Pre-registration is required by October 20 and space is limited. The best part is it’s all free! For more information, call the Hodges staff at 767-3706. Hodges Community Center, 41st Street and University Ave; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

October 24….“A New Beginning: The Vision is Green” Workshop - Help save mother earth and learn how to make a difference! Hodges Community Center is now taking registrations for “A New Beginning: The Vision is Green” workshop. This event is free for all visionaries ages 6-12. There will be activities that will get children excited about making a difference. Pre-registration is required by October 20 and space is limited. For more information, call the Hodges staff at 767-3706. Hodges Community Center, 41st Street and University Avenue; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 24….Ghost Towns of the Trailway - In recognition of Texas Archeology Month, Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway will offer a unique opportunity to experience stories of people who remember the way things used to be in the 1930's and 40's. The van tour "Ghost Towns of the Trailway" incorporates oral history recordings along with sight-seeing. The route will trace the train's old path between South Plains and Quitaque. Now a hiking, biking, and equestrian trail, Caprock Canyons State Trailway stretches along 64 miles of the old Forth Worth to Denver railroad, along which small towns sprang up in the 1930's. Many of these communities, such as Grey Mule, remain only as lingering memories. Stunning canyon scenery and fall foliage will set the scene as visitors' imaginations fill the landscape. The tour begins at 4 p.m. and will last approximately three hours. Reservations are required and payment is due by noon on the 24th. Call 806-455-1492. Cost: adults, $10; seniors, $7.50; children ages 5 - 12, $5. Call 806-455-1492 for more information. Caprock Canyons State Park, Quitaque, Texas; 4 p.m.

October 24....Big XII College Football: #21 Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M - The newly-ranked Red Raiders entertain their longtime rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies at Jones AT&T Stadium; 6 p.m.


October 25….University Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert - The Texas Tech University School of Music presents the University Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert under the direction of Dr. Andrew George and graduate assistant conductors Jason Brame, Raul Mungia, Julie Sorensen, and Carolyn Turner. Come and listen to haunting works such as the "Billy-Tell Overture" by Rossini, "Plight of the Fumble Beez" by Rimsky-Korsakov, "In the Hall of the Burger King" by Grieg and many other great works as the Orchestra appears in costume and performs skits. Get out your costume and bring the family. This will be an unforgettable afternoon full of fun, excitement and great music. Don't miss this spooky and goofy afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are $9.50 for general public, $7.50 for senior citizens, $4.50 for students. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University; 3 p.m.

October 25….Singing Women of West Texas Concert
The Singing Women of West Texas is a nonprofit group of about 50 ladies from across the South Plains who sing songs of praise. Admission is free. Visit their website at www.swowt.org. Monterey Baptist Church, 3601 50th Street, Lubbock; Starts at 5 p.m.

October 25….Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers in Concert - Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element: music. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. Tickets are $42.75, $34.25 and available by calling Select-A-Seat at 770-2000. City Bank Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; 7 p.m.

October 25…. Leeland, Brandon Heath and Francesca Battisteli in Concert – The “Follow You Tour” will be in Lubbock this week. General Admission tickets are $21 and groups of 15 or more- $17.50 each. They are available at Mardel or at the First Baptist church office. Call 747-7050 for more information. First Baptist Church, 2201 Broadway Street; 7 p.m.


October 26….“Guest Night at the Ice House” - Prairie Winds Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International invites you to join them for Guest Night. There will be singing, games, and refreshments. Halloween costumes expected but not required. For more information call 806-799-SING (7464). The Icehouse, Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue J; 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Last Week's Winning Entries....

The winners of (2) Family 4-paks for "The Silly Science Carnival" were Crystal F. and Diana T. both from Lubbock.

The winners of (2) Family 4-paks for "The Spooky Science Carnival" were Monica L. and Christina G. both from Lubbock.

This Week's Ticket Giveaway Proves We've Gone "Maize Crazy"

Everyone is obviously "maize crazy"....so, this week we will have three (3) more Family 5-packs to The Maize! Each of the winning entries will receive the following: Admission for 5; Hayride for 5; Cowtrain for 5; Corn Cannon for 5; and your choice of pumpkin to take home! To enter this random drawing, please email
info@lubbockfunclub.com and be sure to put the words "Maize Crazy" as your 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. Deadline for the contest is Sunday at midnight. Winners will be contacted Monday. Please, we kindly request that you only enter the weekly contest only once each week to be fair to everyone. "Thanks!"

Sponsor Spotlight:
Golden Field Buffet Opens This Weekend with Traditional Lion and Dragon Dancers!
Andrew Wu has certainly come a long way. In 1989 as a high school student in China, Andrew protested during the Tienemann Square movement along with thousands who protested against the Chinese government.
As an investor, Andrew, along with his partners, took over the lease of the former Anna’s Buffet on University Avenue earlier this year and have invested over $500,000 to re-do the location’s infrastructure and establish a Las Vegas-like theme décor. The restaurant is named Golden Field Buffet and located at 7307 University Avenue. The restaurant is an international buffet that offers many dishes from many countries like China, America and Mexico. What separates this restaurant buffet from all the other buffets in Lubbock is Golden Field Buffet’s All-You-Can-Eat Crab Legs, Oysters, Steaks & Cheesecakes for dinner!

Grand Opening ribbon-cutting celebration with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for this Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 5 p.m. Dragon and lion dancers will be performing traditional ceremonial dances and encouraging the local community to celebrate with Andrew and his staff of over fifty. The dragon and lion dancers will be performing at the restaurant on Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at both 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. so be sure and come by to see this exciting cultural tradition played out right before your eyes....and try the French Creme cheesecake....it's the absolute best!

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October 26….......“Guest Night at the Ice House”
October 28…........Lone Star Kid’s Fall Festival
October 30…........TTU Art "Day Of the Dead" Exhibit
October 31…........First Annual Harvest Ball

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