June 23, 2011


June 23….Buddy Holly Center Summer Showcase - This week's featured act is Tori Vasquez...a wonderfullocal singer/songwriter performing folk rock. Performances are every Thursday evening from June 1 – September 1, 2011. The Summer Showcase experience is an entertaining and innovative environment, where patrons can enjoy original and unique Texas made music. Summer Showcase 2011 is free. There will be a cash bar and beverages available for purchase. No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed. Buddy Holly Center Meadows Courtyard, 1801 Crickets Ave; 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


June 23, 24, 25, 26….CritterFest '11 - Lubbock’s most popular annual animal event is back again this June. Nowhere else in town can you get this close to elephants, lions, tigers, alligators, crocodiles, buffalos, camels, giant tortoises, big snakes, and hundreds of other cool animals as the Science Spectrum literally turns into a zoo for four days. Awesome and amazing animal acts, as well as the extremely popular petting zoo, elephant, camel and pony rides and cow milking demonstrations, along with hundreds of other animals on display continue to make this event a hit for the whole family! Two exciting shows will be featured at this year’s CritterFest. Terranova’s Big Cat Tiger Show and Crocodile Encounters will headline the always popular animal entertainment. Terranova’s Big Cat Tiger Show is a returning act to CritterFest that features five trained Bengal, Siberian and Sumatran tigers. This show will not only astound you with the cat’s intelligence, but teach important lessons about conserving the World’s endangered species. Crocodile Encounters is an educational reptile show that will introduce you to live American Alligators and Nile Crocodiles to educate the public about conserving these often misunderstood animals.

Schedule of Showtimes: Big Cat & Tiger Shows: 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 pm daily (Exhibit Hall)
Crocodile Encounters: 2:00 & 4:00 pm daily (Lower Level Café)

Your ticket to CRITTERFEST not only includes viewing of all the amazing animals on display and up close and personal seating to all of the exciting shows, but even includes regular Museum admission. The Science Spectrum Museum is home to Lubbock’s only public Aquarium Exhibition, Texas Alive: the Brazos River Journey!, a 6000 square foot permanent exhibit with both fresh and saltwater fish and other native Texas animals. For those that just can’t get enough critter fun, you can even take in an animal themed film in the OMNI Theater during the same weekend. The OMNI Theater will be featuring the largest animals that ever roamed the planet, dinosaurs. Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia explores discovers of the largest dinosaur species ever found on the planet from the Patagonia region of Argentina.*Standard General Admission Ticket Rates apply for OMNI films. Tickets for CritterFest ‘11 can only be purchased at the door each day! Box office opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

General Admission Ticket rates for CritterFest ’11:
Adults: $11.00 Children (3-12): $9.00 Seniors (60+): $9.00
Member Admission Prices for CritterFest ‘11 Shows:
$3.00 per Adult / $2.50 per Child
*Under age 3 Free for event admission. **Additional fees for animal feeding, rides, or photos will apply. For more event information the public may call 806-745-2525, or visit www.sciencespectrum.org. Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289


June 24….A Tribute to The Eagles - Featuring the all-time hits from America's greatest country-rock band...The Eagles! Starring your Cactus favorites Jason Fellers, Amber Pennington, Jeff Bailey, Dustin Garrett and the fabulous Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine. Tickets are $17.50 and available by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 p.m.


June 24-25 (repeats July 1, 2)….Lubbock Moonlight Musicals presents: “Annie” - Lubbock Moonlight Musicals is gearing up for the summer with its sixth season of summer musicals in the woodland setting of the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in Lubbock. Artistic Director Gerald Dolter promises the best summer yet—one that boasts large casts of new local talent and many budding child actors. The musical "Annie" is a show featuring children...and is all about children. More than 25 local girls, ages 5-14, will appear as orphans in the show. The role of Annie will be double-cast with Olivia St. Peter (daughter of Rick St. Peter) and Kennedy Reeves. Playing the role of Daddy Warbucks will be LMM veteran Mike Morgan. The cast also boasts the sultry voice of Allison Smith as Grace. All summer performances will be outdoors in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in beautiful MacKenzie Park. The audience is encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and personal lawn chairs or blankets. Seating is on grassy terraces. Tickets are priced at $28 for center terrace, preferred seating and $20 for general admission. Prices include a service charge. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at www.ticketsage.com/_lubbock/ or by calling (806) 770-2000. Substantial group discounts are available, as well as special prices for students and children. Wells Fargo Amphitheater, 413 E. Broadway; Gates will open at 7 p.m.; shows begin promptly at 8 p.m.


June 24-26….Texas' Last Frontier Heritage Celebration & Texas Buffalo Soldier Living History Encampment - Step back into the early life and times on Texas' far western frontier! Join in a variety of events throughout the weekend celebrating Cochran County's western frontier heritage. Tour an authentic Texas Buffalo Soldier camp--brought to you by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Buffalo Soldier Living History Program, U.S. 10th Cavalry Fort Concho Buffalo Soldiers, and the U.S. 2nd Cavalry Camel Corps. The theme of this year's event is "Frontier Fun & Games". The young and the young-at-heart are invited to a vintage baseball game Friday night in Levelland with the Buffalo Soldiers vs. "I Beat Pete" Christy and the KCBD-TV team. On Saturday join in a downtown parade in Morton and then come to the county park to enjoy stories celebrating the historic towns of Morton and Whiteface, an "iron riders" bicycle parade, young ladies' prairie tea, archery competition, pack camel demonstrations, a military cannon display, Geocaching GPS workshop, tracking, map, and compass games, campfire stories and singing, and a live country music band and dancing for the entire family, among other festivities. A special part of Saturday's events will be the public launch of Geocaching and Google Earth tours, as well as a live re-enactment, of an historic 1877 Buffalo Soldier Expedition through far West Texas and eastern New Mexico. A culminating highlight of the weekend is an outdoor Sunday morning community worship service followed by a barbecue and soul food dinner. All non-meal events are free. Contact Dorothy Barker, Cochran County Historical Commission, jodaphi1@windstream.net, (806) 266-5484 or (806) 891-5140.

Friday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.--Vintage Baseball Game, Barty Johnson Field, Levelland City Park, Levelland, TX

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.- until ???; Parade and other historical events; downtown Morton, TX

Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cochran County Park, Morton, TX (1.2 miles east of TX Hwy. 214 on FM 1780)


June 25….Lubbock Memorial Arboretum 50th Anniversary Extravaganza - The purpose of the event, in addition to celebrating fifty years of service to the community, is to educate the public about gardening and to bring the local gardening clubs in contact with potential new members. Various gardening groups from our region will have informational booths at the event, including: Petal Pushers Garden Club, Native Plant Society, Master Gardeners, Iris Society and Rose Society. There will be demonstration booths on various gardening topics, including: Bonsai, topiaries, plant propagation, terrariums, container gardens, composting, repotting plants, container gardens, plant propagation, seed germination, and paper making. The West Winds Band will perform at 12 p.m. In addition, we will have face painting and storytelling for the children, a butterfly and ladybug release, and a drawing for a painted rain barrel. We will open the event with a dedication ceremony for the Helen Devitt Jones Rose Garden, whose recent renovation was made possible through a grant from the CH Foundation and a donation of Earthkind roses from Nell Rains. If you would like additional information about the event, please contact Jennifer Simek, Director of the Arboretum, at 790-3921 or jennifer.simek@ttu.edu. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Avenue; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

June 25...."We Are The Ship: A Personal Perspective about the Painted Men of Black Baseball" - The lecture by Larry Lester, one of the founders of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. He is a dedicated advocate for worthy Negro League players and raises funds to purchase headstones to be placed on unmarked graves of athletes. Lester developed the traveling Negro League exhibition that has been showcased each year at Major League Baseball's FanFest during All-Star Week since 1993. Lester was under contract with the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, NY, to do a comprehensive study of African American baseball from the Civil War up through the mid-50s, appropriately called "Out of the Shadows." This lecture is in conjunction with the We Are The Ship exhibition. Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, 3301 Fourth St; 2 p.m.

June 25….Vintage Family Fun Fest - Free with admission for adults and totally free for children, this one night only event during the 2011 Parade of Homes at Vintage Township will delight parents and children of all ages alike. The Vintage Parade of Homes site will be transformed into a retro-style carnival complete with games, cotton candy, huge castle bounce house and adventure bounce obstacle course provided by Spoil Me Rotten. Don't miss a special appearance by the Chick-fil-A Cow as well as snacks and drinks. Vintage Township, 11410 Trafalgar Ave; 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.


June 26….Jeff Dunham “Identity Crisis Tour” - Jeff Dunham’s 100-city, all-new “Identity Crisis” tour continues to pack major venues worldwide. The show consistently delivers a cutting edge comedy experience that has catapulted Dunham and his comedic crew; Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J and the manic purple creature Peanut into the consciousness of the nation and comedy fans around the globe. The New York Times Magazine declared Jeff Dunham “the most successful comedian working in America.” Dunham was recently named Pollstar’s #1 Comedy Tour in North America for three years running, as well as their Top Worldwide Tour for the second year in a row. In addition, Dunham’s undeniable talent placed him on Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100 roster of most powerful entertainers for the past two years. NOTE: Parents, this is not a show recommended for children; features adult language. Tickets available at all Select-a-Seat locations, www.selectaseatlubbock.com or charge by phone 806-770-2000 or 1-806-735-1288. City Bank Coliseum, 2720 Drive of Champions. Doors open at 4 p.m. and show starts at 5 p.m.

June 26 (also July 3, 11, 17)….Westwinds Brass Band's Sunday Concerts in the Park - Bring your picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the Westwinds Brass Band out under the stars at Wagner Park! Enjoy the evening and hear the nostalgic music while visiting with your neighbor....or meet a new one! A children's march is always included so come see what it's all about! Each performance is roughly one hour in length. No admission charge...just bring your lawn chairs and head for the park and enjoy a good old-fashioned band play wonderful nostalgic songs you're sure to enjoy. Wagner Park, 26th and Elgin Avenue; 8 p.m.
Last Week's Trivia Winners....

Contest #1: In the play "Annie", which street do Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lilly want to live on?

Answer: "Easy Street"
Winner: Michele D. and Mary H. both of Lubbock

Contest #2:
Written about raising his own eldest son, which Mac Davis song title became a major hit for Bobby Goldsboro in the early '70s?

Answer: "Watching Scotty Grow"
Winner: Melody H. of Lubbock

This Week's Trivia Question...

This week, we have 2 pairs of tickets to see comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham perform on his “Identity Crisis” tour this Sunday at 5 p.m... yes...that's right....a very unusual starting time of 5 p.m. late Sunday afternoon.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at info@lubbockfunclub.com using the fun phrase “Identity Crisis ” as your subject title.

The Question: What is the full name of the grouchy puppet most associated with comedian Jeff Dunham?

The deadline for this contest is Friday (tomorrow) at noon and the winner will be contacted Friday afternoon. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there.

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.

Good luck to everyone!

Area Kids Summer Camps

Kids' Summer Cookie Camps (June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) - Hey Kids...looking for some sweet, creative fun this summer? Cookie Camp is back! Everyone is invited to Cookies by Design every Wednesday afternoon through the summer to have a blast decorating a different summer fun theme cookie each week! Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Call 806-794-6992 to reserve your spot –they fill up fast! Take advantage of this opportunity to create a tasty work of art! September Place Shopping Center, 3310-82nd Street.

Wishing you had found something for your kids to do this summer?
It isn’t too late! Hub Performing Arts School is still taking registrations for their last two summer camps- Shining Stars Camp begins July 5th through July 22nd. This fun musical theatre camp will work with campers on acting, singing and dancing and perform School House Rock Live Jr. at the end of camp! This camp is for students entering Kindergarten through 9th grade in the fall. Lots of great parts in the show! Starbound Camp begins July 25th through August 5th and is a theatre and acting camp. Classes in acting, STAGE COMBAT, improv, character development and audition skills. Final performances will be one act plays. Campers must be entering the 4th through 12th grades in the fall. All Camp information can be found at www.hubperformingarts.com or by calling 795-7344.

Looking at Next Week & Beyond

June 28…."Happy Birthday Stan Kenton" Jazz Fest Concert
June 28-July 2…Texas Tech Theatre & Dance Summer Rep
July 2….Waylon Birthday Bash / Independence Celebration

July 3….Lubbock Apartment Association Street Dance
July 4….4th on Broadway Festivities

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