November 18, 2010


November 18–20….Holiday Happening - The Junior League of Lubbock invites you to experience “A Season of Hope” at the 31st annual Holiday Happening. Come experience holiday shopping with more than 140 vendors in two shopping areas. Aside from great shopping, Holiday Happening 2010 features several traditional events and a Friday night event with a new twist.

Schedule of Activities:

Thursday, Nov. 18 - ‘Tis the Season…to Shine - Ladies’ Day 2010: Breakfast provided by Starbucks and brunch or lunch provided by Stella’s. Attend a style show brought to you by J. Hoffman’s/Brighton Collectibles and Hollyhocks and make sure to bid on items in the silent auction.

Friday, Nov. 19 - ‘Tis the Season…to Party - Friday Night Event: Come celebrate Friday night and kick your heels up to music from the William Clark Green Band and Kenny Maines, presented by Dollar Western Wear and Cinch Jeans. Bid on our silent auction and buy benefit drawing tickets for a chance to win a fabulous prize, including a Robert Lance Jewelry set, a package from the Outdoor Chef or a Fantasy Sports vacation for two. Dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by United Supermarkets and enjoy your favorite beverage from the cash bar.

Saturday, Nov. 20 ‘Tis the Season…to Dream - Children’s Event 2010: Your little ones’ eyes will light up at the sight of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa will be busy taking pictures so Mrs. Claus has agreed to entertain with a story. Choose one of the four seatings with meals provided by Chick-fil-A. Photos will be taken by Drake Design Photography and entertainment will be provided by the Frenship Show Choir.

’Tis the Season….to Splurge - Market Hall 2010: Experience two shopping areas featuring more than 140 merchants.

Market Hall General Shopping Hours:
Thursday, Nov. 18 - 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Stroller-free shopping until 2 p.m.)
Friday, Nov. 19 - 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Santa pictures 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 21 - Noon – 5 p.m. (Santa pictures from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

Holiday Happening is an annual fundraiser of the Junior League of Lubbock. Since it was founded in 1979, Holiday Happening has raised more than $4.6 million for the Lubbock community. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to support the Food2Kids program, Kids in the Kitchen and other community programs. The Food2Kids program provides almost 900 weekly food sacks to children in the Lubbock Independent School District who would otherwise go hungry during the weekend. Kids in the Kitchen is an initiative that educates and empowers children to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices. For tickets and more info, call 806.445.9637 or visit The site includes a full schedule of events, ticket prices and market hall hours. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Mac Davis Lane.


November 18-19, 21….Celebrity Attractions presents: "A Tuna Christmas" -
Spend the holidays once again with all your favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies—now with all new sets and costumes. Returning to Lubbock after nearly ten years, “ A Tuna Christmas” will keep you laughing. Starring Tony Award-nominated Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, these master comedians, with their deft comedic timing, trademark characterizations and split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! It is 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and a yard-decorating contest being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom. With all new sets and costumes, don't miss your favorite Tuna denizens this holiday season! City Bank Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.;Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.


November 19…. Grammy Award Nominee and Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon in Concert - Texas Tech University’s fall 2010 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series will present Nnenna Freelon, a six-time Grammy Award nominee and jazz vocalist. Freelon, hailed as the “international voice of jazz,” has performed with a number of legendary musicians including Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Al Jarreau. A world-renowned composer, producer and arranger, Freelon has electrified audiences at performances from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, to popular jazz festivals all over the world. “The audience can expect elegance, grace and an exquisite voice from Nnenna Freelon,” said Jo Moore, administrator of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. “She is a compelling and captivating live performer. Add jazz vocals to that mix and you definitely have the ‘wow’ factor.” She has received the prestigious Billie Holliday Award from the Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in New York City. Tickets are $12 for general admission and can be purchased through Select-A-Seat by calling (806) 770-2000. Prices include a $3 Select-A-Seat service charge. Student tickets are free with a valid ID at the SUB ticket booth. For more information contact Jo Moore, administrator, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700 or Allen Theatre, Student Union Building, Texas Tech campus; 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


November 19-20 (repeats November 26-27) “Minnie’s Pearls” - Who could have ever dreamed that a country gal with a $1.98 price tag hanging from her straw hat would become the queen of country comedy? For 50 years, the character Sarah Cannon created in "Minnie Pearl" held her position on the Grand Ole Opry with her countrified comedy routines. In her decades of appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, Minnie crossed paths, befriended and inspired many, many female country artists. The Cactus Theater proudly presents Jane Prince Jones as Minnie Pearl and Terri Caldwell singing the hit songs of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire, in their second production endeavor. Continuing in the tradition of "Always, Patsy Cline" come see this wonderful duo make their magic on stage once more in "Minnie's Pearls." Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


November 19-21; (repeats Nov. 23-24, 26-28, 30; December 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-23)….Polar Express Train Ride – Inspired by the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the Polar Express will come to life as the train returns to West Texas this holiday season. Guests will be transported to the “North Pole” and will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while reading or listening to this classic tale. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. When the train reaches its destination Santa and the elves will be there to greet each child and give them their own sleigh bell. This year will feature a new route and 2 cars with an upper and lower dome. For ticket information log on to or call (877) 726-7245 West Texas Polar Express station, 6602 Marsha Sharp Freeway (Texas Water Rampage site); Departure times are 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; (4:30 p.m. departure time is only available on Saturdays).


November 20….The Tailgate '
n' Trolley Party - The 34th Street Association is offering a wonderful opportunity to network and get to know your neighbors. Meal includes: Tom & Bingo BBQ sandwich meal and drink and Italian Ice from Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe. Enjoy live music featuring Toby Ryan. There will also be a trolley ride to and from the stadium. Rides begin at 12 p.m. (Free Parking at the Sunset Church of Christ Parking Lot). You get all this for the incredibly low price of $12.00. Separate Options Available: Meal Only: $7.00 / Trolley only: $6.00. Tickets available at the following locations, Tom’s Tree Place, Bible Barn and Kevin Watson State Farm Insurance. If unable to drop by these locations you call 806-470-4077 and the tickets will be delivered to you. There are only 200 tickets for sale and going quickly so let us know or stop by ASAP to make sure you have a seat! Sunset Church of Christ parking lot, 3723 34th Street; 10 a.m. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

November 20….The AwesoMe SuccEss Network Arts & Crafts Fair - This month's event will have 40 booths. You'll find many handmade items including jewelry, crosses, hats & scarves, children's items, framed photographs, as well as consultants from Mary Kay, Miche Bags and Scentsy. The craft fairs are getting bigger and better each month so be sure and come check it out. Admission is free. For more info, visit or email Science Spectrum (South Entrance - Exhibit Hall), 2579 South Loop 289; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

November 20….Red Raider College Football - Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Weber State at Jones AT&T Stadium. 4th Street and University Avenue; 2 p.m.

November 20…."Clean Comedy For a Cause" – Come enjoy a night of hilarity to benefit those with special needs. The night will include dinner by Carino’s Italian Restaurant, a silent auction and feature clean comedian Al Fike. Individual Tickets are $75 or sponsor a table of 8 for $600. All proceeds benefit High Point Village and special needs individuals. The US Census Bureau estimates more than 80,000 individuals with special needs ages 5 and older live within 100 miles of Lubbock. High Point Village exists to enrich the lives of these individuals by offering high-quality programs, social opportunities and job skills training for these individuals-- increasing their quality of life so they can live as independently as possible. Ultimately High Point Village strives to be a residential facility with a family-like atmosphere dedicated to “Recognizing abilities, not disabilities.” Historic Watson Building, 1109-13th St.; 6:30 - 9 p.m.


November 21…..Toys For Tots Motorcycle Rally - Bring a toy and enjoy the fun. Call 771-6555 for more information. Triple J Chophouse and Brew Co., 1807 Buddy Holly Avenue; Noon – 4 p.m.

Last Week's Trivia Winners

Question #1: The annual "Holiday Happening" event began in 1979, but the Junior League of Lubbock itself was actually established in which year using what name originally ???

Answer: It was established in 1935 and called “The Junior Welfare League of Lubbock”

Winner: Jennifer R. and Melissa E. both of Lubbock

Question #2: Jaston Williams (of "Tuna" fame) hails from which West Texas town ???

Answer: Crosbyton
[ Editor's note: He was born in the far West Texas city of El Paso...but moved to the nearby South Plains town of Crosbyton as a teenager. Crosbyton was the town we were looking for....but we honored both answers in determining our winner.]

Winner: Richard G. of Lubbock

Two Trivia Contests This Week!

Trivia Contest #1: This week, 2 winners will be chosen for a pair of tickets to the Market Hall Shopping Event during this week's Holiday Happening event, November 19-21st.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us using the fun phrase “Shop 'til You Drop” as your subject title.

The Question: Which U.S. president issued the first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation ???

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 for us. Email your answer and contact details to us at:

Deadline for entry is Friday at noon and winners will be contacted early Friday afternoon.

Trivia Contest #2:
This week 1 winner will win a pair of tickets to this week's 'Tis the Season …To Dream Children’s Event at Holiday Happening on November 20th at the 2 p.m. seating.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase “Dream A Little Dream” as your subject title.

The Question: Which great American statesman lobbied to make the turkey our national symbol (instead of the bald eagle) ???

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 for us. Email your answer and contact details to us at:

Deadline for entry is Friday at noon and winners will be contacted early Friday afternoon.ƒ

Good luck to everyone!

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November 18-December 6….LUNA’s Annual “Lights in Lubbock”
Dec. 2 – Jan. 1….Vintage Township Annual Winter Wonderland
December 3-4…Flatlands Dance Theatre World Premiere Concert
December 3-4, 10-11, 17, 21-23….Cactus Family Christmas

December 7….........Asleep at the Wheel in Concert
December 10-12….“The Nutcracker”

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