December 1, 2011


December 1….Slaton's Centennial Celebration – Come and help celebrate Slaton’s Centennial with this year festivities around the Slaton Square. The schedule of events are as follows:

5 to 8 p.m....Open House for downtown businesses
6 p.m...........Parade: Start at Methodist Church; go around square
6:30 p.m.......Santa at the Gazebo
6:30 p.m.......School choir performance on the square

If you are interested in being in the parade please contact Judy Ross at 828-5473, 632-6549 or email or Kim Emerson at 828-4500 or Slaton Square, Slaton, Texas; from 5–8 p.m.

December 1….Lubbock Fun Club Singles "SOS" Monthly Dinner - Come and enjoy friends and food at Cattle Baron’s restaurant. No reservations required. Come prepared to have a great time and share a meal together! Tell a friend or bring a friend! Cattle Baron’s, 82nd & Quaker; 6:30 p.m.

DAY through SUNDAY

December 1-4….Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance: “Our Town”
- Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, is set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, circa 1900, and celebrates the “significance in the trivial acts of life.” It’s not a perfect town: “Things don’t change around here much.” We can recognize and celebrate that town by looking out Our Town’s window into Lubbock, Texas. Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Call (806) 742-3603 for reservations and information. Box office hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, barring TTU holidays (fall, winter, and spring breaks) and most of July and August. Please leave a detailed message during these times. Groups of 10 or more may be discounted. Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theatre (east entrance), 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues. Curtain times for Mainstage plays are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.


December 2…Betenbough Homes hosts 8th Annual Christmas Open House – Experience Santaland with a Texas twist and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gather your boots, buckles and boughs of holly and head on over to tour three, fully decorated and Christmas-themed model homes. Event details include: Complimentary photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus: 4 – 7 p.m., Christmas Carols on the lawn featuring Christian recording artist Al Denson: 6 -8 p.m., Free Cowboy Chili, a petting zoo and crafts in Santa’s Workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Betenbough New Home Center, 6517 82nd St. (near 82nd St. and Milwaukee Ave.); 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

December 2….Winter Wonderland Grand Illumination – Everyone is invited to join the Vintage Township Winter Wonderland Grand
Illumination. As evening falls they will light the Winter Wonderland Enchanted Forest for the first time. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available as well as carriage rides around Founders Park, pictures with Santa and magical snow machines. Admission is free with two cans of food to be donated to the U-Can-Share Food Drive. The lights of Winter Wonderland will sparkle every night throughout the month of December with special events each weekend. Vintage Township Founders Park, Trafalgar Avenue.

December 2…The Museum of TTU's Moody Planetarium Goes All-Digital - The Museum of Texas Tech University's Moody Planetarium has upgraded! Now it's all-digital and fully immersive. The Museum is hosting a free preview of the Moody Planetarium's new full-dome, all-digital projection system on December 2, with showings of an all new program, "Black Holes," at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 pm. Though the preview is free, seating is limited to 71. Free tickets will be available for each program 30-minutes before show times. The new system is a state-of-the-art, full-dome digital projection system, capable of creating a brilliant, seamless image over the entire 30-foot dome surface. Spectacular images surround the audience, extending beyond peripheral vision and leading to an experience that is fully immersive and totally engaging. This free preview is in conjunction with the Museum's First Friday Art Trail event, so there will be other activities available, such as:

* Stargazing on the Plaza with the South Plains Astronomy Club, dusk to 8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Telescope viewing of the West Texas skies from the Museum grounds. Dress appropriately.

* Bedtime@The Museum: T'was the Night Before Christmas, 6:30-7:30pm. For ages 8 and under with accompanying adult. Activity limited to first 20 participants. First come, first served.

* Movies@The Museum: It's A Wonderful Life (1946), 6:30 pm, in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Introduction by Rob Weiner, TTU Librarian at 6:15 pm. (125 min.)

For more information or to request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at, or call 806.742-2432. Stay up to date with MoTTU exhibitions and events at

December 2….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art 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 the community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. 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. For more info and complete schedule click HERE! The trail runs throughout downtown and Depot District from 6-9 p.m.

December 2….Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops - Usher in the Holiday Season with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra as they perform traditional and pops pieces. The Lubbock Chorale joins the orchestra for Bach’s angelic choral advent cantata before the LSO lightens our hearts with fun sing-alongs and fun holiday favorites, featuring childhood favorites like Rudolph and, of course, Santa! For tickets please call (806) 762-1688 or visit the company's website at Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway Street; 7:30 p.m.

December 2….Lady Antebellum in Concert - Grammy Award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum formed in Nashville in 2006 and is comprised of Charles Kelley, lead and background vocals; Dave Haywood, background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin; and Hillary Scott, lead and background vocals. The band will be touring in support of its third album, “Own the Night.” Josh Kelley and Eden’s Age will open the show. For tickets call 806.770.2000 or visit any Select-a-Seat outlets. City Bank Coliseum, 2720 Drive of Champions; 8 p.m.


December 2-3….“The Child is Born”
– Through the eyes of lowly manger animals comes the radiant story of the promised birth of Jesus Christ. This play written by Ann Manning and Marjorie Hodgson Parker will be enjoyed by young and old. Tickets are $20.00 / kids $12.50. and can be reserved by calling the box office at 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.; 7:30 p.m.

December 2-3
(Repeats Dec. 9-10, 16-17)…."Ring Around Rosalie” - CATS Playhouse will be presenting the world premiere of “Ring Around Rosalie”, a new comedy written & directed by Whitney Ryan Garrity. This funny, fast-paced farce takes place in 1933 - the day after Prohibition ends. The talented cast includes Ian Boone, Cornelius Brown, Megan Dobbs, Charles Grair, Lisa Hernandez, Jay Ingram, Zachery Kocurek, Kara Marshall, Seth Murry, Janet Park, Christina Plank, Sarrean White. For tickets and more information call 806-792-0501. CATS Playhouse, 2257- 34th St. Doors open at 7 p.m.;show begins at 7:30 p.m.


December 2–4
(Repeats Dec. 9–11 and 16–18)…."A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley" - A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley was adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic by Israel Horovitz and directed by John A, Packard. Famous the world over, the often bizarre and ultimately heart-warming story of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the others needs no detailing here. Horovitz’s adaptation follows the original scrupulously but, in bringing it to life on the stage, adds elements of inventiveness and brilliant theatricality which enhance and strengthen its timeless virtues. The end result is a theatre piece of unique eloquence, which will delight audiences of all ages, and draw forth the best efforts of all engaged in its presentation. For tickets call (806) 749-2416 or visit Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Ave; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.


December 3….Christmas Craft Show
– Start your Christmas shopping early. There will be lots of great booths. Life Enrichment Center, 1717 Main Street in Tahoka; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 3….Winter Wonderland Craft Show - Join the fun on Saturday, December 3rd for the Annual Holiday Craft Show at Vintage Township. Free admission allows you a selection of wonderful and distinctive hand-crafted gifts and more. For more information call 806.771.1117. Vintage Township,12002 Trafalgar St. Event runs from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

December 3….Alternative Gift Market - Shop for fair trade gift items from all over the world. Featured items include beautiful Christmas ornaments, nativities, jewelry and home décor from 10,000 Villages, a non-profit, fair trade organization. Profits benefit artisans in more than 40 countries. There will also be beautiful textiles from Guatemala through Colores de Pueblo, a group that works directly with Guatemalan weavers to help improve their lives. The South Plains Food Bank will have a booth featuring handmade soap and cookbooks from the GRUB program, which helps disadvantaged youth by teaching them gardening and life skills at the Food Bank farm. The Alternative Gift Market gives the public an opportunity to find one of a kind gifts that are not available anywhere else in Lubbock, while helping to improve the lives of poor people across the globe. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 48th & Salem; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

December 3….Holiday Wonderland at the Science Spectrum - Join the Science Spectrum for a new holiday family event that is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition. Take free photos with Santa Claus(B.Y.O.C./Camera). Visit the Science Spectrum’s holiday train display, giant Christmas tree, special model train displays by the Lubbock Model Railroad Association and other festive decorations. Take a spin on the Caprock Express, a children’s trackless ride-on Holiday train. (train tickets $2.00). See the Rocky Mountain Express or Thomas and Friends train films in the OMNI Theater. Enjoy “Cool” holiday science experiments and demonstrations. Decorate and eat your own Gingerbread Man. Sip hot cocoa and spiced cider and enjoy fun hands-on holiday crafts. Holiday Wonderland is geared for families with kids ages 2 to 12. Regular admission ticket rates will apply for the OMNI Theater and the Science Spectrum Museum. For more info visit or call 806-745-2525. Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289; 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

December 3….53rd Annual Carol of Lights - With the flip of a switch, more than 25,000 colored lights will illuminate 13 buildings around Memorial Circle, The Engineering Key and the Broadway Entrance to the campus during Texas Tech University's Carol of Lights. The Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Carillon Concert. At 7 p.m., the Masked Rider and Horse, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional and High Riders will begin at the University Seal at the Broadway Entrance and follow the luminaria lighted route around Memorial Circle to the Science Quadrangle. The Tech Trombone Choir, under the direction of Jim Decker, will accompany the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs, led by Karl Dent. The lights will be turned on every night from dusk until midnight, December 4th, 2011 thru January 1st. Texas Tech Memorial Circle, Texas Tech Campus; 6:30 p.m.

December 3….Carol Concert - The annual Carol Concert is a glorious celebration of the season, with the University Choir, University Singers,
and Women’s Chorale combining their talents in a variety of well-known Christmas melodies, as well as less familiar gems for the combined voice. Over two hundred voices will resonate in Hemmle Recital Hall following the annual Carol of Lights. For tickets call Select-A-Seat at 770-2000. Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech Campus; 8 p.m.


December 4….Nutcracker Tea
– Come and enjoy a magical afternoon. All are invited to come dressed in their favorite princess or Nutcracker attire as they will be introduced on the red carpet, enjoy tea and other refreshments, watch a short version of The Nutcracker, and get to meet and take pictures with the Nutcracker cast including The Sugar Plum Fairy. The event is geared for ages 6 and under. Reservations are $20 and can be made through Ballet Lubbock by calling 785.3090 through November 28. Lubbock Country Club, 3400 Mesa Road; 2 p.m.

December 4….Search For Baby Jesus
- The Christmas story comes to life this holiday season at Search for Baby Jesus. This dramatization and indoor walking tour takes you back in time to Bethlehem, through the events leading up to the birth of Christ. Admission is free. For more information call 797-9704. at Indiana Ave Baptist Church, 98th & Indiana Avenue. Indoor tours available 6 p.m. - 7:30 pm. on December 4th.

December 4….Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Christmas – Featuring national legend Michael Martin Murphy, this show is back by overwhelming demand. This wonderful Christmas event once again graces the Cactus stage to celebrate Christmas...cowboy style. Tickets are $30.00 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.; 7:30 p.m.


December 5….Matador Christmas -
For a different sort of Christmas celebration, join the Matador Singers for their annual presentation of traditional and contemporary seasonal music, delivered by an all-men’s choir. This beautifully-paced concert covers the musical spectrum...from humor to moving renditions of classic Christmas carols. Admission is free. The Legacy (formerly First Presbyterian), 14th & Ave O; 8 p.m.

Last Week's Trivia Winners....

Which James Bond film ended with agent 007 and Solitaire aboard a train?

Live and Let Die
Winners: Matt M. of Lubbock and Jonathan P. of Lubbock.

This Week's Trivia Contest....

Again this week, two winners will be chosen for Family 4-paks of Polar Express tickets...good Mondays through Fridays at 8 p.m. through December 21st. Winners may choose their preference of date.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Ticket, Please!" as your subject title.

The Question (Two-parts): a) What is the name of the world's largest railway station terminal; b) in which city is it found?

The deadline for this contest is Sunday at Midnight and the winners will be contacted by mid-afternoon Monday. Please....we ask that you only enter the contest once to be fair to everyone out there : )

Be sure to include your daytime contact info in the body of the email...including your cell phone number or a daytime landline so we may contact you easily if you are the winner. We'd like to know if you live in Lubbock or in the surrounding area, so please include your hometown.

Good luck to everyone!

Community Spotlight:
LUNA Kicks Off Its 16th Annual "Lights in Lubbock" Contest

It is time for some serious "ooooh-s" and "awe-s." It's Christmas time and families will gather to share the season of giving. Time once again for LUNA’s annual “Lights in Lubbock” Christmas decorating contest. In the spirit of community and the holiday season, a city-wide lighting and decorating contest will allow residents of Lubbock the opportunity to demonstrate their holiday spirit with a little friendly competition. The excitement begins with residents of Lubbock entering their home in LUNA’s “Lights in Lubbock” contest. Don’t be bashful to enter your home into this year’s contest. Entries should be reported to the LUNA office by Monday, December 12th either by e-mail or by calling 749-5862. A panel of highly “spirited” judges will be out and about to select the overall winners on Friday, December 16th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Make sure that participating homes are lit at that time. Five (5) homes will be selected by the judges as over all winners. It’s an exciting time of year and LUNA would love your participation! Please feel free to contact the LUNA Resource Center office by email at or by phone at 749-5862 for additional info about “Lights in Lubbock”.

Looking at Next Week & Beyond
December 7....“Miracle on 34th Street” - City Bank Auditorium
December 8…......Ransom Canyon Christmas Tour of Homes
December 8…......A Broadway Christmas - Cactus Theater
December 9-10….33rd Annual Candlelight at the Ranch

December 9-11…..Ballet Lubbock: “The Nutcracker”
December 10-23…Santa Land in Mackenzie Park
December 11….....Flying J Wranglers Cowboy Christmas
December 13….....Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
December 15….....Celtic Christmas
December 17….....South Plains Wildlife Rehab Open House
December 18-20….Cactus Kids Christmas Show

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