February 9, 2012


February 9….Harlem Globetrotters - On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob “Hops” Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John “Jet” Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell “Spider” Wilks of the University of Cincinnati. The amazing 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony “Biggie” McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England. “The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “This year’s rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world.” The Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave; 7 p.m.

February 10….New Neighbors Club Valentine’s Meeting and Luncheon - Members and guests are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the New Neighbors Club. The program includes songs of love with Nick Watts, from Bacon Heights Music Ministry. Lunch cost is $14. For more information contact Virginia Ringener @ 797-6478 or lubbocknn1@att.net. Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway; 10:30 a.m.

February 10….Maxey Community Center Art With Aimee – All kids ages 6-12 are invited to join in on Valentine inspired arts & crafts, pizza, drinks, sweet treats games, & fun! Cost is $10.00. Call Maxey Center for more information 806-767-3796. Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th Street; 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.

February 10-11….The Friends of the Library Public Library Book Lovers Half Price Sale - The sale is open to the public. There are tens of thousands of books remaining including a large selection of Star Wars and Star Trek books and memorabilia. All books, CD’s, DVD’s and audio books and other items are half price! This is a great time to stock up on reading material for the entire year. There will be a silent auction during the book sale. Mahon Library basement, 1306 9th Street; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

February 10-11 (Repeats Feb. 17-18, 24-25)….C.A.T.S. Playhouse: “You Can’t Take It With You” - This wonderful classic comedy written by George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart and directed by Zachery Kocurek is one that the entire family can enjoy! At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. Admission prices are as follows: Adults $10, Students/Seniors/Children $8. Reservations are recommended. Please call 806-792-0501 to reserve tickets. Children and Adults Theatrical Studio, 2257 34th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

February 11….Landscaping With Native Plants – The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum would like to invite the public to this special program with Daniel Cunningham, an Environmental Horticulture major at Texas Tech University and a member of the South Plains Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas as the featured speaker. Daniel is an avid fan of native plants, and is always ready to chat with others who share his interest. Bring your questions to ask at the end of his program! Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave. Come for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m.

February 11…. Sounds of West Texas - This will be an evening of "Classic Love Songs" as performed by local musicians. Performers include Larry Allen, Steve Burrus, Hayley Burton, Mike Carraway, Danny Dukatnik, Brad Ethridge, Ray Espinoza, Hat Trick Band: Mike Boyd, Mike Pritchard, Bobby McDowell, Mark Wallney, Bradford Jackson, Kaci Keltz, Jessica Kirk, Darryl Lippe, Donnetta Lippe, Boyd Martin, Bryan Martin, Donnie Martin, Minerva and the Pearls, Jason Newton, Hunter Sides, Reagan Sides, Shanna Sides, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, Mark Wallney, Steve Williams, Terry Westbrook and Tyler Westbrook. Tickets for this incredibly talented ensemble cast are only $15 for the general public, $10 for college students with ID's and $7 for children between ages 4 and 12. The price is $12 apiece for those in groups of 10 or more purchasing tickets together. Tickets are on sale at the Select-A-Seat outlets at Amigo's Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph's Records, Texas Tech Student Union's ticket booth and United Supermarkets. Call 770-2000 or toll free (800) 735-1288 for more details. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; 7 p.m.

February 11….David Gaschen at the Cactus Theater - The Lubbock native returns for what always promises to be a magical vocal performance. Best known for his years on Broadway performing the lead role in "Phantom of the Opera", Gaschen delivers wit, charm and a world-class vocal powerpunch each and every time he takes the stage. If you've never witnessed this amazing talent... you owe it to yourself! Tickets are $30.00 and can be reserved by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m

February 12….3rd Annual YWCA Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance – This fun event is for girls ages 4-7 and 8-12 and their fathers or other adult role model. Enjoy dancing, a chocolate fountain, finger sandwiches, cookies, and punch. Meet Cinderella as she hands out Princess Valentine goodie bags from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.! Bring your camera and take your picture with Princess Cinderella. Cost is only $10.00 per person and includes a souvenir t- shirt. A professional photographer will be available for portrait sittings at both sessions. For more information call 806-792-2723. The Legacy Event Center, 1400 15th St. Girls ages 4-7 (from 2 - 3:30 p.m.) and girls ages 8-12 (from 4 - 6 p.m).
TUESDAY - Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14….34th Street Orange Cone Kickoff and Shopping Spree
– The 34th Street Association would like to extend an invitation to the public to participate in the 34th Street bus unveiling and shopping spree. The is a kick off to the construction process which is scheduled to begin the end of February. After the bus unveil anyone is welcome to board and ride the 34th Street bus for FREE along 34th Street from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Boarding passengers will be given a postcard with 34th Street businesses who are offering a special discount at their store good only to those who ride the bus. Visit www.shop34th.com for more information. Corner of 34th Street and Flint in the YWCA parking lot; 10:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.

February 14….Music for Valentine's Day - Join the TTU Early Music Ensemble as they take you back in time to the land of the troubadours and trouveres, with songs of love hailing from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This program will feature a mix of voices and early instruments, including the medieval fiddle, harp, hurdy-gurdy, and viola dagamba, with repertoire ranging from solo songs to choral chansons. Admission is free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4600 48th St; 7 p.m.

February 14….Cactus Theater presents: For Lovers Only – Cupid is alive at the Cactus...and couples are invited to enjoy this romantic evening of song. Take a time trip down lovers lane....and enjoy some of the greatest love songs of our time. Tickets are $25.00 and can be reserved by calling (806) 762-3233. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.
Small Business Spotlight:
A-1 Flags Over Lubbock

Local family enterprise in 17th year!

We're kicking off this special featurette with a look at one of the more unique businesses found in our fair city....one focused on keeping the flags flying high for all to see, enjoy and appreciate! A-1 Flags Over Lubbock is truly a mom and pop organization, headed by Mary and Bill Hayes, who operate the store with their son Steve. This amazing shop features the flags of 97 different countries...along with dozens of other specialty banners which celebrate and/or commemorate everything imaginable...from recreations of historic Texas icons to the rare and mysterious. The flags range from miniature 4" x 6" size to monstrous 20-ft. x 38-ft. always-in-style, classic American flags. Likewise, prices range from as little as 40 cents to the more spendy $1360....truly offering something for everybody and every budget. The most obscure flag in the store? Steve Hayes says it must surely be the flag for the country of Lithuania. His pick for the most interesting flag in the store goes hands-down to the Isle of Man. This tiny, island nation is represented by a red flag with three connected human legs - which look like they are made of armor - positioned in a tumbling or running motion. Very unusual and interesting indeed! In addition to the amazing selection of flags, some of the services provided by A-1 Flags Over Lubbock is repair and installation. For do-it-yourselfers, they also have everything you need to get your flag up and flying...offering everything from the proper poles, ropes, balls, pulleys, brackets and more. They also have flag kits, which include a 3' x 5' flag of your choice and a 10-ft. pole with ground socket.

We encourage our readers to visit A-1 Flags Over Lubbock in Mission Plaza at 3501 50th St., Suite 114....or pick up the phone and call them at (806) 785-9024.

Support small, LOCAL businesses - it matters to all of us - and let the Hayes family know you read about them in the Lubbock Fun Club "weekly postcard!"

Some interesting FLAG TRIVIA:

Fun flag fact #1:
A few countries have a nearly identical flag to that of others....whether represented by similar stripe patterns or the same colors represented in a different pattern or sequence. But did you know that the tiny country of Monaco has the EXACT SAME FLAG as that of Indonesia? That seemed very strange to us...but we saw it for ourselves right there in the complete catalog of world flags!

Fun flag fact #2: As we understand it, according to the bylaws of Texas Tech University, the school may only purchase its Texas flags from makers manufacturing within the state of Texas. No "imported" Texas flags allowed...you gotta love it!

Fun flag fact #3: Speaking of the Texas flag, we must also point out that the flag for the South American country of Chile is eerily similar to that of our beloved homestate flag. The differences? On the Chilean flag, the field of blue doesn't extend all the way down to the bottom of the design and its star is much smaller than our distinctively large, iconic "lone star." Naturally, we encourage you to know your Texas flag and display it proudly - always with the field of white on top and the scarlet red on the bottom!

Kids' Korner:
"Art Trail in the Village" Gives Students a True Showcase for Talents

February 9–15….Kids' “Art Trail in the Village” - 82nd and Quaker is proud to announce the 4th Annual Art Trail in The Village which will feature the artwork of kids from All Saints, Bennett, Crestview, Cooper North, Lubbock Christian School, Oak Ridge and Waters Elementary School. The student’s art will be displayed throughout The Village Shopping Center, and the community is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite "Work of Art”. You can pick up voting cards at each Village store...so show your support! The school with the highest participation will receive an art scholarship for their school. You can vote often - 1 vote per family, per day! For more information, visit TheVillageShoppingCenter.com.
This Week's Trivia Contest!

This week, two winners will be chosen for a pair of tickets to the Saturday night performance of the Sounds of West Texas.

To win these tickets, answer the trivia question below and email it to us at info@lubbockfunclub.com using the fun phrase "Sounds Like a Winner" as your subject title.

The Question: As a member of the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, can you name the Levelland, Texas, native who penned such hit country songs as "Chains" (Patty Loveless), "Lucille" (Kenny Rogers) and "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" (Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash)?

The deadline for this contest is Friday (that's TOMORROW) at noon and the winners will be contacted later that day or early evening. 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!
Last Week's Trivia Winners....

The Question: In which American city were the Harlem Globetrotters founded?

Answer: Chicago, Illinois (Editor's Note: The founder, Abe Saperstein, chose the distinctive "Harlem" name to give audiences the impression that the team was actually from the inner city of New York.)

Winners: Glenna B., Sharon M.
and Val G. all of Lubbock

Looking at Next Week & Beyond
February 13-19…TTU Theatre and Dance Lab: “Humble Boy"
February 14….....34th Street Orange Cone Kickoff
February 14….....Cactus Theater presents: For Lovers Only
February 16….....Lemonade Day Launch
February 17-19….LCT presents: “The Laramie Project”
February 21….....Meals on Wheels' Mardi Gras Celebration
February 24-25….Celebrity Attractions: “STOMP”

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