December 9, 2010


December 9….Ransom Canyon Christmas Home Tour
Come and enjoy the season as you tour 4 beautiful homes and the chapel in Ransom Canyon. There will be refreshments to enjoy at the chapel. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Ransom Canyon City Hall, Ransom Canyon Realtors and Developers Office; The Slatonite in Slaton; the office of Dr. Ed and Lisa Wentz, 4013 84th St. in Lubbock; and all four locations of American Bank of Commerce. Tickets will also be sold after 5:30 p.m. tonight for $15 at the Ransom Canyon Fire Station, 1 Ridge Road. A new addition to this year’s tour is a door prize featuring a one night stay in a king size suite at the beautiful Overton Hotel including breakfast. For more information, call 777-4883. Ransom Canyon, Texas; 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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"The Aluminum Show"
(Performance dates are January 7-8, 2011) – For more than seven years, talented dancers and actors have been brilliantly breathing life into silver and aluminum-toned industrial materials, mesmerizing audiences across the globe.
In its second US visit in 2010, the 50-show tour received excellent reviews: "A fascinating, family-friendly, fun and interesting show...incredibly interactive from the front of the theatre all the way to the back... very visual... the energy is amazing... something I've never seen before" (Fox News TV); "The Aluminum Show does everything you can possibly imagine with its star element... kids will go crazy over this silver-and-black spectacle" (TheaterMania)

The combination of dance, theater and puppetry, spiced with a healthy helping of humor, is the essence of creating this powerful spectacle. "The Aluminum Show" uses recovered materials from industrial factories that are re-used to build the set, dress the cast and interact with the audience. Industrial materials are given new and surprising contexts, as they transform into cast members. When visual effects, lighting manipulations and enchanting music are brought together, all senses are on high alert. And with sights and sounds that overcome any language barrier, this family-friendly show provides entertainment for anyone and everyone.

Tickets go on sale for the general public on Monday, December 13th - but ONLY LFC members may purchase today through Sunday AND SAVE $10 ON SELECT SEATS purchasing online by CLICKING HERE or going to

To save the $10 per ticket in the special section, you must type in the password FUN. Performances are
January 7-8, 2011 at City Bank Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; 7:30 p.m.


December 10….Silent Wings Home Front Christmas - Children ages 7 and up are invited to the Silent Wings Museum for a workshop focusing on civilian and military Christmas traditions of WWII. Participants will learn about holiday customs of the 1940’s and their significance as they recreate these customs. The program will begin with the reenactment of the legendary Christmas truce from a simulated foxhole. Then, follow a specific wartime story in which they work together and gather supplies to make a no-bake 1940’s treat. Once the mission is complete, students are welcome to eat their treats. Participants will learn about life on the home front and the effect the war had on families at home. We will discuss holiday toys and decorations, then and now, and children will create period ornaments and decorations. Each child will also receive a small period gift to take home. Home Front Christmas will teach children valuable lessons from history that they can use today. In the season of giving, it is important to remember that the holidays are not all about the presents under the tree; they are about being together with those we care about. Pre-registration by Friday, December 3 at 5:00 PM is required, as class sizes are limited. For more information or to register please call Lisa Howe, Education Coordinator, at 806.775.3560 or 806.775.3567. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 North Interstate 27; 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

December 10….Cowboy Christmas Ball - The Texas Tech Equine Program will host a special dinner and dance featuring Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. Tickets are $40, or $75 for couples. Included in the event is a barbecue dinner, silent auction, and live music. .All proceeds benefit the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. Information is available by calling the center at (806) 792-4682. Texas Tech Equestrian Center, 5712 County Road 1500; 6:30 p.m.


December 10-11….32nd Annual Candlelight at the Ranch - Experience “Voices from the Range” during the Candlelight at the Ranch celebration where visitors walk down luminaria-lighted paths into Christmas scenes from life on the open prairie. Some 8,000 people annually attend this living history, holiday event. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 per family is appreciated. Visitors at Candlelight at the Ranch will notice the incorporation of music into traditional features. The sounds of the season will greet visitors as they walk through the park. Carolers will be located in several buildings singing music that is appropriate to the specific structure they are located in. A chorus will entertain visitors in the Pitchfork Pavilion, music will be played in the Four Sixes Barn and carolers will be wandering the path. “The holidays were an important part of family life on the Plains, whether it meant gathering around the stove to pull taffy, stringing popcorn for the tree or enjoying carols and hymns around the fire. Regardless if preparations for the winter were done together or alone, the thought of family was always at the center of the celebration. Traditional activities throughout the museum and historical park include period-dressed volunteers re-enacting holiday preparations and celebrations from the late 1700s to mid 1900s. Events occur in such diverse structures as the train depot, a sharecropper’s cabin, a half-dugout, an XIT division headquarters building, the one-room schoolhouse, a Spanish compound and the two-story, 1909 Barton House. Visitors will see re-creations of holiday meal preparations, tree decorating, making gingerbread houses, rehearsing for a school play and playing traditional holiday music on the piano. A chuck wagon will recall cold nights on the trail, as hot coffee boils on an open fire. In the refurbished Santa Fe Depot, holiday travelers wait for the train. In the decorated Four Sixes Barn, children can write letters to Santa and mail them in the authentic post office set up for the occasion. There, visitors can also buy hot chocolate and cider and enjoy a candy cane compliments of the real Santa Claus. Cogdell’s Store at the National Ranching Heritage Center will be open for shoppers in search of unique gift items. Wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer will be present Saturday evening to sign copies of his new book, which can be purchased at Cogdell’s. For morel info: Emily Arellano, event coordinator, (806) 742-0497 ext. 238. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 4th St; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

December 10-11 (repeats Dec. 17-18)....."A Place Called Christmas" - In this production written and directed by Whitney Ryan Garrity the Holiday Toy Store closes its doors on Christmas Eve, leaving 5 toys behind. The four older toys befriend the freshly painted puppet, Woody. Woody learns about Christmas and Santa Claus from the others and the toys embark on an adventure to find Christmas, believing it to be a place (the Toy Maker's been saying that Christmas is just around the corner since Thanksgiving). With the help of two quarreling elves and a flighty Good Fairy, the toys discover the true meaning of Christmas. To make reservations please call (806)792-0501. You may also e-mail a reservation to When making a reservation please provide your name, how many reservations, contact number, and what day you would like the reservations to be on. Tickets are adults $8.00 for adults and children/seniors/students are $6.00. Bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the South Plains Food Bank and get $1.00 off admission price. C.A.T.S. Playhouse, 2405 34th St; doors open at 7 p.m., curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

December 10-11
(repeats Dec. 17, 21-23)….Cactus Family Christmas Celebration - Carry on the tradition and join the Cactus as they commence this holiday season with the 17th Annual Cactus Family Christmas Celebration....featuring your favorite stars of the Cactus Theater 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 Christmas favorites to contemporary Christmas hits. Sensational Christmas 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, the official bakery of the Cactus Theater, will provide delicious Christmas treats and cookies for all. From our family to yours, we would love for you to come and be a part of the Cactus Christmas magic this holiday season. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (806)762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 10-12….Ballet Lubbock's “The Nutcracker” - Kick off your holiday season with a magical tradition like no other! Ballet Lubbock’s production of The Nutcracker is sure to fill you with heartwarming holiday cheer. With the help of over 150 brilliantly costumed dancers, breath-taking scenery, and a live orchestra, The Nutcracker ballet unfolds the story of Clara and the enchanted Nutcracker doll she receives from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. After a festive holiday party at her home, Clara falls asleep. As Clara dreams, the Nutcracker doll transforms into a handsome prince who whisks her away to the fanciful Land of the Sweets. The pair are joined by the Sugar Plum Fairy, Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, enchanted flowers, and more! Tickets available through Select-A-Seat at 806.770.2000 from October 29, 2010. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m.

December 10-12
(repeats Dec. 17-19).....“Bethlehem” - This original drama, written by Chip Polk, is Ragtown Gospel Theater's first musical. This new Christmas drama presents the birth of Jesus from Heaven's perspective and promises to be a deeply meaningful and memorable experience. Create a wonderful new tradition this year and attend the premier season of “Bethlehem” and experience Christmas at Ragtown. TIckets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students K-College. Discounts are available for Sunday School and other groups of 12 or more. Group tickets are available by phone at 1-877-RAGTOWN. Individual tickets may be purchased by phone, or purchase by visiting Ragtown Gospel Theater, Post Texas; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m., with a special Sunday matinee on December 19th.

December 10–12 (repeats Dec. 17–19)…."Nuncrackers" – Join Lubbock Community Theatre in the 5th of a series of musical comedies about nuns from the Mt. St. Helens Convent in Hoboken NJ (they are fictional of course). The first show called "Nunsense" introduces them. Their Christmas show, which is "being filmed in the convent basement on local cable access TV) features a lot of singing and dancing, a cooking show and a home shopping net work show. The play is family friendly featuring 7 kids and it is a lot of fun. During intermission there will be the opportunity to "Stuff the Stocking" for Ronald McDonald House Charities. To purchase tickets visit Lubbock Community Theatre, 4230 Boston Avenue; Friday and Saturday – 8 pm., Sunday – 2 p.m


December 11….20th Downtown Art Market - The Christmas edition of the market features local artists and local growers in a communal, supportive atmosphere. Centered around Tornado Gallery the DAM has become a monthly fixture for downtown Lubbock. While other markets have sprung up, the DAM proudly continues to offer the finest quality leather goods, woodwork, jewelry, metal work and glass art. A new addition to the Art Market is Sandstorm Glassworks, Resident artists Lee Ware and Bren Merritt will be giving Christmas ornament classes for browsers to enjoy. Their works- glass flowers, custom ornaments, fused and blown glass objects will also be for sale. There are over 30 vendors showing the finest in Christmas presents, all locally made. Support local artists and crafts people by giving the gift of handmade art this Christmas. For more info call 687-1644 or 239-1891. Tornado Gallery, 1822 Buddy Holly Avenue; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

December 11…."Santa Paws" is Coming to Town
- He wants to meet your pet! Bring your furry friend to Hodges Community Center and get their picture made with Santa! A great chance at a complete family portrait! The first 50 families will receive a holiday treat bag for their furry friend! Cost is $1 per pet. Pictures and treats are provided. For more info, call Alicia Perkins at 767-3706. Hodges Community Center, 4011 University; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

December 11….South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center "Holiday Open House" - Refreshments will be served and photography of the facility and "Wildlife Ambassadors" is welcome. Stop by and meet the founder/director, volunteers and staff. Admission is a $1.00 donation benefitting South Plains Wildlife Center, Inc. SPWRC is located on the east side of Indiana Avenue at 95th Street. Parking is available next door (the neighbors to the south) at Indiana Baptist Church parking lot. Open between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

December 11….Pictures with Cowboy Santa and a Mini - Minis and Friends South Plains will be offering pictures with Santa and a Miniature horse for a $5 donation. All money raised goes to the care of the minis and to allow us to continue to provide at no cost visits to those with special needs. For more information go to or call Melanie at 543-4172 or Ed at 535-6941. Market Street (98th and Quaker); 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 11….Christmas @ The Museum - The afternoon includes activities and events in celebration of the season: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas Puppet Theater (2:30, 3:30, 5 p.m.); Hands-on crafts 2 – 6 p.m.; Holiday Reading Corner 2 – 6 p.m., photos, cookies & cocoa with Santa 2 – 6 p.m. Admission is free. Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 - 4th Street.

December 11….The Miracles Christmas Parade - Help spark the magic of Christmas and the excitement of the season during the Miracles Christmas Parade: "A Family Christmas." Plan to get there early in the evening to find the perfect spot to watch marching bands, fire trucks, families, beauty queens, horses, dozens of decorated floats, honored guests and much more. The primary reason for the parade is to give back to the community and to promote an atmosphere of family fun, family entertainment and togetherness. Each year, the parade will benefit the United States Marines “Toys for Tots” to make Christmas a magical season for families on the South Plains, and a time of sharing with those in need. There will be a "Toys for Tots" campaign conducted by the U.S. Marines and the Miracles Christmas Parade. Families will be invited to bring toys to the parade. The U.S. Marines will march along the route and collect toys from the crowd. Together, the citizens of Lubbock and surrounding communities will "Fill the Float". Hot chocolate, coffee, and hot apple cider will be sold at various locations along the parade route to benefit Lubbock charitable organizations including Lubbock Independent School bands. This wonderful family holiday event is free to attend! Call 806.544.5059 for more details.The parade will start at 34th and Toledo and end at University Avenue; 6 p.m.


December 11-12 (repeats Dec. 18-19, 24-26)….Santa’s Land Drive Thru Christmas Park (in Tahoka) – Everyone is invited to to stop by and see the lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus (please bring your camera). The park includes four acres of land, 1/2 mile of driving paths, thousands of lights, 100 plus wooden cut outs, 15 blow-ups, tons of Christmas trees, and 3 decorated antique cars. Visitors are able to stay inside their cars or get out and mingle while enjoying a warm fire and some hot chocolate. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help keep the lights on. If you want to make sure Santa will be present please call (806) 891-1291 or check Tahoka, TX (30 miles south of Lubbock). Park is located at South 11th and Ave O (use Google map) just off of Hwy 87; Open at 6:30 p.m. Lights out no earlier than 10 p.m. If Santa is present he departs at 9 p.m.


December 12….Flying J Wranglers Western Christmas
- This wonderful group spends summers performing at the Flying J Ranch, and then touring and recording during the rest of the year, selling out the spectacular Spencer Theater in Ruidoso, and bringing their fabulous Western Christmas music to the Cactus Theater. The Flying J Wranglers' holiday show features rich melodious western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs, instrumentals and homespun comedy. For a really special holiday treat, catch the lighthearted antics of the Wranglers this holiday season. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (806)762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

Last Week's Trivia Winner

Question #1: In which body of water is Christmas Island located ???

Answer: Indian Ocean

The island has been a territory of Australia since 1957 and it is located 1600 miles northwest of Perth.

Winner: Cherish B. of Lubbock

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December 13…..Annual Prairie Winds Chorus Christmas Show
December 16…..The JDs Doo Wop Christmas
Dec. 18, 22….Decorate Cookies for Santa at Cookies By Design
December 18…......David Gaschen in Concert
December 19-20…..A Cactus Kids Christmas

December 21….....Touring production of “A Christmas Carol”
December 23, 29–31….Moonlight Musicals' ‘White Christmas’

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