December 3, 2009


December 3….SOS Singles (50s/60s age group) Monthly Dinner - Join the singles for another great evening! Wear your boots and jeans…this is a real rustic looking restaurant. For more information contact Jeanne at 806-777-9484. Texas Land and Cattle, 7202 Indiana Avenue; Come early for a social get acquainted time at 6 p.m.; then enjoy dinner at 7 p.m.


December 4….Grand Re-Opening of Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum - After nearly two years of being closed to the public, the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum is open again. There will be a new look, thanks in large part to the newest Mt. Blanco team member, Miss Whitney Yule of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Whitney and museum director Joe Taylor have rearranged and improved the displays. The museum will be open regularly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. School groups are welcome. With her experience in broadcast television and radio, Whitney and has now turned her talents to her own video company. Her first feature-length, "Bone Digger" is a documentary featuring Joe Taylor and the Mt. Blanco Museum and will be released soon. The museum plans to have a pre-release screening of Whitney’s new film during the grand re-opening. So come and enjoy snacks and drinks and tour the largest (still) creation fossil museum in the world. And, for those who may not know, there are two museums here! The other is an art museum of Joe Taylor’s paintings for the music industry during the 1970s and 80s. For more information visit or email ,or call 806-675-7777. Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum, 124 West Main, Crosbyton, Texas; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

December 4….New Neighbors Annual Christmas Hospitality Coffee - It's time to begin the 2009 Christmas holiday celebrations and you are invited to join with others at the Christmas Hospitality Coffee. This is a come and go coffee for all members and prospective members. No charge; no reservations necessary...just come join the fun and meet some new folks!. 6008 102nd Street; 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

December 4….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art venues, plus the exciting monthly additions showcasing art and artists downtown and throughout Lubbock. Catch a trolley or bus at many of the locations or pick up a FFAT map at any of the venues to see the art that can be found throughout our community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. The trolleys are free, and you will find a "trolleyteer" on each trolley who is a treasure trove of info about FFAT and the arts in Lubbock and will help you navigate with ease. Click HERE for a complete list of locations and more information! This continually evolving event runs throughout downtown and the Depot District from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

December 4….Annual Carol Concert - The College of Visual & Performing Arts and the School of Music brings back the seasonal celebration of Christmas with a huge choral concert of beautiful Christmas music and carols. Over two hundred voices will resonate in Hemmle Recital Hall. The University Choir, University Singers, Madrigal Singers, Women's Chorale, and Matador Singers will combine their talents in a variety of well-known Christmas melodies, as well as less familiar gems for the combined voice. The ensembles will also welcome their special guests: members of the West Texas Children's Chorus, conducted and founded by School of Music faculty member Susan Brumfield.Faculty members John Hollins and Sigurd Øgaard will provide a prelude and accompaniment on the 81-rank Holtkamp Organ (consisting of 4,271 pipes.) The university's new director of choral activities, Richard Bjella spearheads the event, along with faculty conductors. As always, the audience is invited to join the choirs in some popular carols. The evening begins at 7 p.m. (earlier than usual) because this year's concert takes place on a different night than the annual Carol of Lights. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat at 770-2000, 1-800-735-1288,, or any of their 25 locations. Tickets are priced at $11.50-public, $9.50-seniors, and $9-students/children, not including the service charge. Hemmle Recital Hall, 18th and Boston; 7 p.m.


December 4-5 (repeats Dec. 21-22)….Sanders Family Christmas - The Cactus proudly brings back this wonderful Christmas play after a long absence! Here's your chance to entertain your holiday guests in high style and treat yourself to a hilarious heartwarming show you'll never forget! Catch Smoke On the Mountain in November and then this incredible sequel in December. It just doesn't get any better. Starring Jane Prince Jones, Mike Morgan, Donnie Allison, Cami Caldwell, Toby Caldwell, Tarah Read, Allan Wallace, Marilyn Arland, Mark Paden and more. Tickets are priced at $25.00. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 5 (repeats Dec. 12)….Lubbock Community Theatre’s 1st Annual Kringle Mart - Unique and homemade arts, crafts, gifts and one of a kind works by local artisans and vendors. Stop by and see something unique and different and maybe find just the right gift for someone on your list this year! This is a fundraiser for LCT. Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Avenue; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

December 5….Christmas Celebration at Apple Country Orchards - There is no fee. Fresh apple pancakes and sausage served all day. Come visit Santa and take a hayride in the orchard. The gift store and bakery are also open. Apple Country Orchards, 12206 East Hwy 62 (4 miles east of Idalou); 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

December 5….Holiday Wonderland - Join the Science Spectrum for a new family event that is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition. Enjoy free activities including Santa’s reindeer and Holiday Critter Petting Zoo, photos with Santa (B.Y.O.C. / camera), Science Spectrum’s holiday train display, giant Christmas tree, and other festive decorations, decorate and eat your own gingerbread man, sip hot cocoa and spiced cider, fun hands-on holiday crafts, “cool” holiday science experiments and demonstrations, and take a ride on the Wild West Christmas Barrel Train. Fees will apply for feeding or taking photos with the animals at the petting zoo. Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. Regular admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Science Spectrum Museum. While you’re there, take time to think about giving back! Nov. 20th through Dec. 14th the Science Spectrum has teamed up with Buckner Children and Family Services to provide you an opportunity to grant Christmas wishes for the children that they care for. Without the support of the community, many of these wishes would not be granted. Buckner hopes to meet every child's Christmas wish this season. The process is very simple. Each child has completed a wish list, each wish was put on an ornament with their name and age. This ornament can be chosen off of a tree located in the Lobby of the Science Spectrum, the wish granted, and the item returned unwrapped to the Science Spectrum. These gifts will be delivered to the children served by Buckner on Christmas morning. Your support and participation in making this a merry season for the many children at Buckner would be appreciated. Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

December 5….Tech Terrace U.N.I.T. Holiday Home Tour – Come and enjoy the 2009 Holiday Home Tour at these homes in Tech Terrace: 2910 20th, 3015 21st, 3309 24th, 2621 25th, 2815 27th, and 3210 27th. Tickets are $15 and available at Alternative Food Company, Ice Cream Shoppe, Miss Social Butterfly, Hodgepodge Design, J & B Coffee, and Sharp's Flowers. Tech Terrace; 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

December 5….Holiday Pops Concert - The Lubbock Chorale and The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church will join the Lubbock Symphony for an evening of perennial favorites including selections from The Messiah, Chilcott’s 12 Days of Christmas, and Christmas Sing-Along in a concert that will fill the hall with beautiful music and heartwarming holiday cheer. Ticket prices for Holiday Pops are $30 - $20 for adults and $25 - $15 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, please call (806) 762-1688, visit, or stop by the office at 601 Avenue K in Lubbock. First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway; 7:30 p.m.


December 5-6 (repeats Dec. 11-12; 18-20)…“A Christmas Carol” - A musical adaptation for the stage based on the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. Book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Michel Legrand. Directed by Jay Young and musical direction by Jacob Miller. Starring John Davis as "Scrooge." Price: adults $15.00; children 12 & under $10.00; students, seniors, military, groups $13.00. For tickets or more info, call 806-495-4005 or visit Garza Theatre, 226 East Main Street; December 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.; December 6th and 20th at 2:30 p.m.


December 5, 6, 7….32nd Annual Madrigal DinnerWeshale good Lords and ladies fair! This is your invitation to experience the annual holiday celebration that is the Texas Tech Madrigal Dinner Feast hosted by the Texas Tech University School of Music. Madrigal singing, brought to England from Italy in the 16th century, was initially a form of entertainment at the castles and country homes of the refined nobility. Now, the rich musical heritage and pageantry of this age is once again brought to life by costumed singers, musicians, dancers and entertainers. This year's Madrigal will be like never before, featuring our furry and feathered friends. The Student Union Ballroom will be transformed into a festive, ancient banquet hall with a rotating circular stage in the center where our singers and court entertainers will delight our guests during the royal feast. Lords and Ladies of the Court, dressed in the latest Elizabethan fashion, offer a feast for the eyes as they process in grand style with flowing gowns of the richest velvet and silk. During the feast, members of the court entertain on two stages and quartets of minstrels serenade each table. Christmas carols and madrigals fill the hall through the rich and elegant voices of the Texas Tech Madrigal Singers. The performance concludes with the traditional candle-lit recessional. For more information, please visit Royal Court Tickets - $125 available by calling Rebecca Webb in the School of Music at 742-2225 General Public - $50 available through Select-A-Seat by calling 770-2000, online at, or any Select-a-Seat outlet. Tickets are $50 and available at all Select-A-Seat locations. Call 742-2225 or visit Texas Tech University Student Union Ballroom, 17th and Akron; 7 p.m


December 6….Gary Morris in Concert - The Cactus is proud to welcome back American music icon Gary Morris to our stage. Gary is a Texas born vocalist whose career is on a playing field all of its own. Since the early 1980's, he has had 16 Top 10 singles and 5 number 1 hits including "Baby Bye Bye", "100% Chance of Rain", and "Leave Me Lonely". Gary's best-known song, "Wind Beneath My Wings", won both the CMA and ACM's Song of the Year awards. Gary has stolen the Broadway stage in productions of "La Boheme" and "Les Miserables" and has hosted and produced the long-running and top-rated television show "North American Sportsman". This concert is truly unique as Gary will not only be performing his own hit music, but he will also be adding his own special touch and breathtaking vocal talents to many of your favorite Christmas classics. Make sure you make plans today to come see this is sure to be a sellout. Tickets are $35/$30. Cactus Theater,1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor Spotlight:

Cookies By Design Offers Holiday Shoppers a Chance to "Cookie Break" All Month Long!

Weary from Christmas shopping? Take a fun “snack break” at Cookies by Design. Come in anytime during the shoppe hours (M-F 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) throughout December and decorate your own cookie! Bring a friend and make a memory as well as share a delicious, sweet treat! Cost is $5 for one or $10 for three cookies. Call ahead at 794-6992 and let them know you are coming or just drop by! They have some great gift ideas and can also put together a “cookie party-in-a-box” for class or office parties. Cookies by Design, 3310-82nd Street.

Last Week's Winning Entries....

The winners of six (6) pairs of tickets for the Polar Express train rides were Cyan B. of Slaton and Meg G., Tiffany B., Mike and Mitzi T., Debbie A., Matt and Teresa R.....all of Lubbock.
This week, we have TWO more exciting ticket giveaways!


This week we have two (2) pairs of tickets for Ballet Lubbock's presentation of "The Nutcracker" performances on December 10, 11, 12 and 13th! The winners will receive a voucher that may be exchanged at area Select-a-Seat locations for the performance of their choice (as available).

To enter this random drawing, email us at and be sure to put the word "Nutcracker” 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 like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown info. There will be 2 winners and they will have a choice of performances based on availability. The deadline is Sunday at midnight and winners will be contacted Monday morning.


We have a family 4-pack to see Hub Performing Art's presentation of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” next week (Dec. 11-12). As a bonus, the winner of the tickets may choose which day they'd like to attend!

To enter this random drawing, email us at and be sure to put the word "Beauty" 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 like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown info. The deadline is Sunday at midnight and winners will be contacted Monday morning.

Please, for all contests, we request that you only enter the weekly contest once each week to be fair to everyone.

"Thanks and good luck to all!"

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December 8 ….........AWC Luncheon with Speaker, Paula Berg
December 11-12…...31st Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
December 11-12…...“Beauty and the Beast Jr.”
December 10-13…...Ballet Lubbock: “The Nutcracker”
December 12…........5th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade
December 15…........LSO’s Holiday Chamber Concert

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