December 16, 2010


December 16….JDs Doo Wop Christmas
Donnie and his sidekicks Jeff Bailey, Jason Fellers, and Mark Paden revisit the Cactus stage to take you on a sleigh ride through memory lane featuring the all time hits of the JDs with a holiday twist. Their usual comedic wit, cool vibe and amazing musical talent will jingle your bells making this "THE" concert you can't miss! We are all blessed to have the group back together again. Their last shows were completely sold out! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (806) 762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 17….December’s Art With Aimee - Sign up for Art with Aimee, a seasonally themed kid’s party / parent’s night out for kids ages 6-12. Kids will enjoy pizza, drinks, and a sweet treat. For December the party theme is Holiday Celebration. Kids will have fun making ginger bread houses and eating reindeer cupcakes. They will also enjoy singing along to holiday karaoke and playing other holiday themed games like “Unwrap the Gift”, and “Name that Holiday Carol”. Pre-Registration is required and cost is $10 per child. Call to reserve your spot today. For more information call 806-767-3796. Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th Street; 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.

December 17….Quinn Patrick Ankrum and Anne Kissel in Concert - The young American mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick regularly receives acclaim for the purity and strength of her lyric voice enhanced by a sizzling coloratura facility and an engaging personality on stage. A native of Texas, Patrick received her training at Trinity University in San Antonio and the University of Colorado at Boulder followed by participation in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio. Praised by the Boston Globe for her "subtlety and insight," pianist Anne Kissel is sought after as a chamber musician and song recitalist. While residing in Boston, Kissel was actively involved in educational outreach performance in Boston's inner city schools and at schools throughout New England with such groups as the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Boston. Admission is free. St. John's United Methodist Church, 1501 University Avenue; 8 p.m.

December 17 (repeats Dec. 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 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, located at 2405 34th St. Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain is at 7:30 p.m.


December 17-19….“All Through The House”Christmas is approaching and William Garrett is a very happy man. His business is booming, his family is healthy, and his three closest friends are over for their weekly meeting of the Shakespeare Study Club where Shakespeare takes a back seat to poker and women aren’t allowed. Then the trouble starts! The men are interrupted by William’s frantic daughter, then his concerned wife, his domineering, busybody mother-in-law, and finally, the Reverend Fowler. As William’s good spirits and economic well-being fly out the window, the audience will be thoroughly entertained by guessing who will finally gain the upper hand and reestablish the Christmas spirit. For tickets and more information call 806-495-4005 or visit Garza Theatre, 226 E. Main, Post, TX; Friday and Saturday: 7:30 p.m. and Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

December 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 in Post Texas. Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.

December 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, located at 4230 Boston Avenue; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.; Sunday matinee at 2 p.m


December 18….Christmas For the Animals Open House - Drive through or walk through the Haven and visit the animals who are waiting to greet you. You are welcome to stop in the Visitors Center to meet staff members and volunteers from 2 p.m.- 5 –p.m. There will be a donation drive thru December 31st, Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-11a.m. or 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.- 5 p.m. The Haven’s wish list includes leashes and collars, canned and dry dog and cat food, brushes, litter and litter boxes, mops and brooms, laundry detergent and bleach, all purpose cleaner (Fabuloso, Odoban), paper towels, hand sanitizer, blankets/towels, and gift cards for building supplies and dog and cat food. For more information call 806-763-0092. Haven Animal Care Shelter, 4501 N FM 1729.

December 18….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.

December 18….Photo Opportunity With Santa
- The Village Shopping Center will have a special visitor from the North Pole! Childress Photography will be capturing this special memory (pictures ready for pick up immediately). This is the perfect holiday gift for family and friends! Bring a book for Junior League Food2Kids Project and receive a special gift from Santa! Also enjoy caroling in The Village Shopping Center, December 4th and 11th featuring a variety of local schools and orginzations. For more information visit Village Shopping Center , 82nd and Quaker Ave; 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

December 18 (repeats Dec. 22)….Decorate Cookies for Santa - Kids of all ages are invited to come on down to Cookies by Design and have some fun decorating cookies for the big night—Christmas Eve! The jolly old elf, Santa himself, will stop by to take pictures with you and oversee the festivities! Reserve your spot by calling 794-6992. The cookie parties fill up quickly, so call today! Cost is $10 for two cookies and a picture with Santa! Cookies By Design, 3310-82nd Street. Times available: Saturday December 18th at 11a.m., noon, 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. Wednesday December 22nd at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.

December 18….David Gaschen in Concert – David is a worldwide renown vocalist and performer, who is no stranger to art of entertaining. A graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Music, David received his degree in Vocal performance. After graduation, David moved to Chicago, to begin following his dream of being on Broadway. A veteran of over twenty shows, he landed the leading roles of Frederic in the Pirates of Penznace and Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Light Opera Works in Chicago and then in the summer of 1999, David was asked to be in the cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut as the Phantom in November of 1999 and has now performed the role of Phantom over 1300 times. David's previous performances at the Cactus have left the house on their feet in applause. You won't want to miss this opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with David Gaschen. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling (806)762.3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


December 18-19 (repeats Dec. 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 19-20….A Cactus Kids Christmas -
This is an annual event that has always been a sell-out! They say that the spirit of the holiday season resides within the children and this will never be more evident as you listen to these kids sing your Christmas favorites. These stars of Terri Caldwell Music work all fall to prepare the music for this outstanding concert, as it is their opportunity to perform with the fantastic Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine, just like the Stars of the Cactus. Don't miss this jaw-dropping show, which features Cactus Kids from four to seventeen with special guests as they all perform your favorite inspiring Christmas songs of the holiday season! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 806.762.3233. Cactus Theater, located in the Depot District at 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m

Don't Miss Santa Land in Mackenzie Park...Nightly Thru December 23rd!

December 8-23….Santa Land
- For the 54th consecutive year, Santa Land will light up the Lubbock night with Christmas trees, children singing, twinkling lights and Santa and Mrs. Claus ready to hear the Christmas dreams of area children. An opening ceremony to welcome the Clauses, light the 60-foot Christmas tree, and officially open Santa Land will be held on Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m. Children from Lubbock and surrounding communities are invited to be a part of this special evening. Santa Land is open fourteen consecutive nights, and as always, is free to the public. More than 30,000 people visit Santa Land each year to see the festive holiday village with its huge lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. For visits with Santa, parents are encouraged to bring their children early in the evening as the line is stopped on busy nights at approximately 9 p.m. or earlier depending on the crowd. Enjoy live entertainment most evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for sale at the concession stand. Parents are welcome to bring cameras and video cameras to take photos of their children with Santa at no charge. For those who forget their cameras, keepsake digital photos may be purchased for each. Enter Santa Land from the east Broadway entrance into Mackenize Park just past Ave. A and the fairgrounds; open nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

This Week's Trivia Contest

This week, 1 winner will be chosen for two tickets to Lubbock Moonlight Musical’s dinner theater production of “White Christmas” to be staged at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday, December 29th.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us using the fun phrase “Dreaming of a White Christmas” as your subject title.

The Question: In the 1954 film version of "White Christmas"....the Vermont Inn was a remodeled set originally used in which other Bing Crosby film from a decade earlier?

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 Sunday at midnight and winners will be contacted on Monday.

Good luck to everyone!

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