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June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14….Kids Cookie Camp - Cookies by Design is hosting cookie camp for kids ages 6-12. There is a morning or afternoon session at each camp. Morning sessions are 10 a.m. - noon and afternoon sessions are 2- 4 p.m. We will create aprons, bake cookies, learn how to decorate and ice cookies, and at the end of the week we will make our cookie bouquet! Cost is $100 per child. To register visit Cookies by Design, 3310 82nd St.

June 22….Buddy Holly Summer Showcase Series - This week Mariachi Mexico Lindo plays Traditional Mariachi. Summer Showcase 2017 is free to the public. There will be a cash bar, food and beverages available for purchase. Please, no outside beverages are allowed. Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Meadows Courtyard, 1810 Crickets Avenue.

June 22….Sock Hop at the Holly Hop – Come for a short lesson at 7 p.m…..followed by a Dance to the Hits of the Fabulous ‘50s. Come dressed in your ‘50s attire. Acencio from Absolute Dance with be the Deejay. Admission is free. And of course, there will be delicious Holly Hop Treats to cool you down. Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, 3404- 34th; 7- 10 p.m.

June 22, 23, 24, 25….Crtterfest ’17 - Lubbock’s most popular annual animal event is back again this June. Nowhere else in town can you see bears, elephants, alligators, crocodiles, camels, a kangaroo, giant tortoises, big snakes, and tons 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, pony and camel rides, along with many 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. Rosaire’s Bears and Crocodile Encounters will headline the always popular animal entertainment. Rosaire’s Bears is an all new act never seen in Lubbock before featuring brown bears. This show will not only astound you with these animal’s intelligence, but teaches important lessons about conserving wildlife and wild habitats. Crocodile Encounters is an educational reptile show that will introduce you to live American alligators and Nile crocodiles in order to educate the public about conserving these often misunderstood animals.

Schedule of Daily Showtimes:
Rosaire’s Bears: Thursday, Friday & Sunday - 11:30am, 2:00 & 5:00pm
Saturday only – 11:00am, 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00pm
Crocodile Encounters: Thursday, Friday & Sunday – 1:00 & 4:00pm
Saturday only – 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 4:00pm
Lubbock Police Dept. K-9 Unit: Thursday, Friday & Sunday - 1:00 & 4:00pm
Saturday only – 2:00 & 4:00pm
Your ticket to CritterFest not only includes viewing of all the amazing animals on display and getting 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. Tickets for CritterFest ‘17 can only be purchased at the door each day of the event! Box office opens at 10:00am daily.

General Admission Ticket rates for CritterFest ’17:
Adults: $12.50
Children (3-12): $10.00
Seniors (60+): $10.00
Museum Member Admission Prices for CritterFest ’17 Shows:
$4.50 Adults
$3.50 Children
*Children 2 and under receive free 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 Science Spectrum Museum, 2579 S. Loop 289: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily.

June 23….Pure Country: A Cactus Tribute to George Strait and Merle Haggard - Join us for a special night of REAL COUNTRY MUSIC as the Cactus celebrates the monster career hits of two of the biggest names to ever grace the stage: "King" George Strait and "Mighty" Merle Haggard. We'll serve up the greatest of these two greats in equal helpings...charting the careers of two of the most consistent hit-makers that country has ever known. We'll feature an amazing lineup of talented vocalists who will capture the essence of these music titans as we chronicle their respective careers through the past five decades. A partial sampling of songs you'll hear: "Amarillo By Morning", "Mama Tried", "The Chair", "Big City", "Fightin' Side of Me", "All My Exes Live In Texas" and so many more.Confirmed vocalists include: Danny Cadra, Jerry Brownlow, Mark Paden, Jeff Bailey and Karleigh Porterfield.Tickets only $20 for reserved floor seats; $15 for standard balcony; limited number of box seats at $40 - which includes concession stand goodies. Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.

June 23 - 24 (Repeats June 30-July 1)….Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Presents: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” - To begin the 12th summer season of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, we are happy to announce our upcoming production of Mark Twain’s timeless tale, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Based on the Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, centers around the escapades of orphan-teen, Tom, and his miscreant best-friend, Huckelberry Finn. Set on the banks of the Mississippi River during the end of the 1800s, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer exhibits a simpler life, the power of friendship, young love, and the merits of mischief. Join us for a musical adventure with “Tom Sawyer” at the Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre this summer! A great date night or family outing, “Tom Sawyer” will be fun for all! Picnics and coolers welcome! TICKETS: Adult Premium- $31; Adult GA- $23; Student GA- $15; Child Premium (12 and under)- $18; Child GA (12 and under)- $10 (INCLUDING SERVICE CHARGE) Tickets at all Select-A-Seat locations and online. Phone 806-770-2000, or visit City of Lubbock Home/. Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre, 413 E. Broadway; Gates open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 8 p.m.

June 23 – 25….Texas' Last Frontier Heritage Celebration - 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. On Friday fire up your cookers for the Cochran County Historical Commission’s Brisket Cook-off with winners announced and prizes award on Saturday. Saturday morning follow the crowds to a downtown parade in Morton featuring a kid’s "Decorate Your Bike" Contest and "Love My Ride" Car and Motorcycle Show, floats, antique tractors, motorcycles & ATVs, and horseback riders, followed by an exciting car burn-out contest. Then come to the county park to enjoy Buffalo Soldier and Native American history, a flintknapping/arrowhead making demonstration, the Richard Houston and Gerald Richards Band, young ladies' prairie tea, a fantastic car and motorcycle show, summer water sports, bingo and domino games, kids' chalk drawing contest, and a variety of food and craft vendors—among other festivities! On Sunday morning join in a community worship service in the park sponsored by the Cochran County Ministerial Alliance, followed by a delicious Sunday dinner. No overall admission fee. For more information visit ( Cochran County Park (1.2 miles east of TX Hwy. 214 on FM 1780).

June 24….Connect Church Garage Sale - Lots and lots and lots of stuff to come rummage through! Someone else's trash is your treasure! All will be priced to sell. All proceeds go to bringing a pastor on full time! Come on out and join the fun! Connect Church, 130101 US HWY 87; 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

June 24….Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market - Looking for best in local produce, handmade and artisan products? If the answer is YES...then visit the Downtown Farmers Market each Saturday at 19th and Buddy Holly Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a taste of downtown Lubbock, and the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese. baked goods and arts. The full 2017 market season will be every Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th from 9 a.m. until vendors sell out. For info, visit We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at 19th Street & Buddy Holly Ave.

June 24….Ranch Host Saturday - Ranch Hosts dressed in period clothing will be available in the historic park to answer visitors' questions and share information about the structures. National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121- 4th St; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

June 24….The Life and Art of Wassily Kandinsky with Christian Conrad - Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944): One of the most important art theorists of the past century, Wassily Kandinsky sought to develop a scientific system of how colors and forms effect human emotions. Famous for his text “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”, Kandinsky created the first non-objective paintings that rely solely on the composition’s formal aspects, such as lines and shapes. Join us as we examine Kandinsky’s life and art and begin to unravel the complicated world of non-representational art. Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation. This event is free to the public. Join us for coffee and donuts! The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Avenue K; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 24....The Roundtable presents: Joy Loper, Program Director for Neighborhood House "Upbring, working to bread the cycle of Child Abuse"- Our luncheons are held at Hillcrest Country Club 4011 N Boston Ave, Lubbock. North on University past State Living Facility to Newcomb, left for about 4 blocks and you will come to the entrance of the Hillcrest Country Club at Boston and Newcomb. Meeting format: People arrive about 11 a.m. to start registering, pay for lunch and some socializing. Food service starts at 11:15 followed by introductions and announcements at 11:30.The speaker will start about11:50 and be finished with the program and questions from the audience by 1 p.m. The public is invited. Lunch/attendance is fifteen dollars ($15) per person. Limited menu includes beverage and dessert. There are no membership fees or dues associated with attending the functions. Any extra monies that you would like to contribute will go towards the speakers lunch and towards our Honors College Scholarship fund at Tech. Our Saturday luncheons are a great way to (1) learn more about current global/US/Texas/Lubbock issues and events, (2) meet other people in area who may become lifetime friends (3) feel more at home in Lubbock. Most wear business or business-casual attire. No RSVP is necessary. Show up whenever your schedule allows, feel free to bring a guest(s) and email this invitation to anyone you think might be interested. For more information email Marie Evans at this address:

June 24….Summer Dance Series: Contra Dancing - The Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech presents the Summer Dance Series 2017 for a fun evening of Contra Dancing (English/Scottish/French folk dancing). There will be a live band and an instructor to teach the basic dance steps. This is the first in a series of three international dance events to be held this summer at the International Cultural Center. Enjoy light Refreshments/cash bar. Admission is free. June 24 – Contra Dancing, July 8 – Tango, July 22 – Irish Set Dancing. The International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University, 601 Indiana Ave; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

June 25….Sunday Concerts at The Park - Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to Wagner Park and listen to the Westwind Brass Band every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. Concerts will be held at 8:00 p.m. on June 25 and on July 2, 9 and 16. Enjoy these free concerts for all ages and experience music out under the West Texas sky in this neighborhood park. A special thank you to the Westwind Brass Band for their commitment to bringing music to the people of Lubbock every summer. Wagner Park is located at 26th Street and Flint Avenue.

June 30….Cactus Theater Presents: ’70s Disco Daze: A Cactus Tribute to ABBA • Bee Gees • Donna • Olivia - Get ready to get down and fabulously funky in a time trip back to the height of the vinyl age as we present ’70s DISCO DAZE: A Cactus Tribute to ABBA, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John. It's a chance to revisit the greatest pop hits of the mid-to-late ’70s and the "dy-no-mite" vibe of polyester pantsuits, big collars and silk shirts! We'll channel the greatest hits of ABBA, the Brothers Gibb, the queen of disco herself - Donna Summer - and, yes....we'll get physical with the music of Olivia Newton-John! Confirmed performers include: Craig Elliott, Jeff Bailey, Angela Crowson and Gabriella Flores. A song sampling of the mega-hits you'll hear includes "Dancing Queen", "Stayin' Alive", "Last Dance" and "Physical" among many more. It'll be a Friday night fun-fest as we churn the classics with your favorite Cactus vocalists - all backed by our movin' and groovin' masters of funky fun - The Rhythm Machine. Come dressed in your disco'll be a total blast from the past! Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony $15. Limited box seats $40 - which includes concession goodies with your ticket! . Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.


July 3….Cactus Theater Presents: -"All Hands On Deck!" National Tour - Patriotic Spectacular Direct from Branson- The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show was born of a heart filled with gratitude and patriotism. Creator and star Jody Madaras wanted to write a show that would say “Thank you” to the greatest generation – the men and women who served our country during WWII and The Korean Conflict — and also remind Americans of a time when our country was truly united. Madaras said, “This new 1940’s show is very special to me — I spent nearly four years writing it.” The Ohio farm boy knew he wanted to say something important. Madaras used the Hollywood Victory Caravan — a group of famous film stars who toured America by train in 1942 selling war bonds — as the setting for his new show. “When I got the idea to do the show, one of the things I found was that no one had ever done a show based on the Caravan. It was a huge part of the war effort and no one had ever fully honored them.”“1942 was one of the most pivotal years in world history paving the way for much of the prosperity we enjoy in this great country of ours. That’s our theme: being united, then and now.” Madaras’ strong patriotism is credited in large part to his family. His grandmother June was extremely active in the American Legion Auxiliary. “Growing up with Grandma, we always listened to these songs. She was very proud of the United States and believed we are at our best when we are united. Her handwriting is in this show.” His grandfather, Adolph “Duff” immigrated through Ellis Island from Hungary in 1911, and proudly served as an officer in the US Navy in WWII. In a family of great Americans lives great patriotism, reverence, gratitude, honor, and integrity. Madaras has masterfully crafted together those values into a production that takes us all on a sentimental, and truly inspirational, journey. Ticket information: LIMITED number of $40 VIP Pre-show "Meet & Greet" tickets available. Remainder of floor seats are $30 and $35; Standard balcony seats are $25; limited number of handicap floor seats $25 - reserved for those needing assistance until showtime; Balcony box seats are $60 and include concession refreshments. Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.

July 3….Buffalo Springs Lake Fireworks Spectacular
- This year Buffalo will be hosting the Buffalo Springs Lake Fireworks Spectacular on July 3rd. Day passes into the lake lower lake will be $15 per adult for this day only. Cost for Children 6-11, Seniors 64-and up, Active Military and Veterans $5. Children 5-Under – Free. Tailgating will be available on top for $25 for the entire car or $50 for everyone in your RV to tailgate all day on July 3rd. There will be vendors with food and great items for sale. Tailgate with your family on the upper end which is the best area to see the fireworks show! You will be allowed to bring a canopy, chairs, food, and even BYOB (No glass bottles) for tailgating. Please do not bring in outside fireworks, we do not allow personal fireworks to be shot off. Normal camping rates apply on July 3rd. Normal day entry and camping rates apply before and after July 3rd. Buffalo Springs Lake, 9999 High Meadow Road; Begins as soon as it turns dark.

July 10 – August 11….SmART Camp - The Lubbock Arts Alliance is excited to bring our new summer art series, SmART Camps, to the region. These separate sessions will run four weeks in July and August. Class size is small and limited, so early registration is encouraged. Our professional instructors will work directly with the students as they learn about filmmaking, cosplay costume fabrication, comic book styled art, and many more unique and varied art media. Children can be signed up for one session or all eight. If signed up for both sessions during the week, student should bring a sack lunch – so this way they can enjoy the entire day immersed in specialized art experiences! SmART Camps are recommended for ages 8-15. Each session is $100.00. Registration can be completed online at The camps will be held at the Institute for Creative Learners, 3302 67th Street. For more information, Lubbock Arts Alliance, 806-744-2787.
Week 1: July 10th-14th Session 1: 9am-12pm “BAM! POW! Comic Book Art” Learn about cartooning, storyboard art, comic styles and character drawing.
Session 2: 1pm-3pm “Cosplay Melee! Costume Building” Superheroes aren’t just born! They are built! Explore costume building, fabrication; take home your own helmet, bracers and more to create your own super hero (or villain)!
Week 2: July 17th-21st Session 1: 9am-12pm “Filmmaking 101” Learn more about how to your digital devices to make short films. Develop techniques to make your videos stand out, look great and sound amazing.
Session 2: 1pm-3pm “Kids in Film” Film and commercial acting is fun and exciting way to get your feet wet with performing in front of the camera. Learn basic techniques such as a quality slate, monologue work, and being comfortable on camera.
Week 3: July 31st-August 4th Session 1: 9am-12pm “Five Masters in Five Days” The class will focus on one artist per day, learning about their life, their artwork, and the importance of their work in art history. We will create artworks based on each artist.
Session 2: 1pm-3pm “Photography & Printmaking”Learn cyanotype and darkroom techniques to create unique photographic art.
Week 4: August 7th -11th Session 1: 9am-12pm “Face Off! Special Effects Make Up” Work with a professional makeup artist to learn special effects make up. Themed make ups daily and dabbling in latex application.
Session 2: 1pm-3pm “Cosplay Melee! II” Needing some extra time or new techniques, add to your skill arsenal of costume building and fabrication. Superheroes need more than just super powers! They need awesome costumes to go with it.

July 21….Whitplay Productions Presents: A Party to Murder - This dinner theatre performance of Whitney Ryan Garrity's original comedy-thriller will begin with dinner from a set menu at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30. Direction is by Whitney Garrity, stage management by Ashley Stephenson. The cast includes Stacey Bennett, Tanis Blount, Carole Logan Carroll, Zachery Kocurek-Gentry, Sherida Hibbard, Matthew Metzler and David Mitchell. Tickets are $30 per person for the entire evening of food and theatre, and can be reserved by calling LWC at (806) 763-6448 Lubbock Women's Club, 2020 Broadway; Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.

July 21….Cactus Theater Presents: An American Original: Junior Brown in Concert - Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Arizona, Junior Brown showed an affinity for music at an early age. Discovering a guitar in his grandparent's attic at age seven, he spent the next several years woodshedding with records and the radio. Junior was also able to tap into music he couldn't hear at home - which older, college-aged kids were listening to. This was possible as a result of his father's employment at a nearby campus in 1958. Armed with this broad spectrum of source material, he developed some formidable chops by the end of his teen years. Brown's passion for Country and Western music had intensified by the late 1960s. With many prominent figures as his inspiration, he spent his nights further sharpening his musical skills in small clubs across the southwest. "I played more nights in honky tonks during the ’70s and ’80s than most musicians will see in a lifetime. I did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks...I mean, after that, you gotta get good or get out." Brown still prefers to refer to his favorite music as "Country and Western" as it was called when he began his career. More recently, however, with the exception of Classical, Modern Jazz and Rap, he has shown himself to be equally adept at virtually all styles of American music, leading many to dub him "America's most versatile musician." A listen to his catalog of recordings reveals a virtuosity in Country, Western Swing, Hawaiian, Rock and Roll, Hard Rock, Surf, Blues, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Pop, Bluegrass, and even Mariachi. Junior knew he could play and sing almost anything, but he had yet to explore his potential as a songwriter. "I realized no one was going to walk into a club and discover I started hanging out with some songwriters who I'd played some gigs with, and they showed me how to support myself by writing and publishing." With his songwriting coming together by the mid ’80s, Brown upgraded his gear in a way that no artist had ever done. Struggling through each show with the back and forth switch between the six string guitar and its steel counterpart, he had a dream one night about the two instruments mysteriously melting into one. The result was Brown's unique invention, the "Guit-Steel", a double-necked guitar combining standard guitar with steel guitar, allowing him to switch instruments quickly in mid-song while singing. There are other Guit-Steel players now, but Junior was the first, and for many years the one and only. For this and other reasons, he is truly an American original. In the early 90's Brown and his band (including wife, Tanya Rae) relocated to the fertile Austin, Texas music scene and landed a weekly gig at the Continental Club. His unique and entertaining combination of singing, songwriting, instrumental skills and producing led to a seven record deal with Curb Records that began with "Twelve Shades of Brown" in 1993. He later released two albums on the Telarc label. Opening act to be announced. Reserved floor seats are $20-$25; standard balcony $15; limited box seats $40 - which includes concession goodies. Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.

July 22….Whitplay Productions Presents: A Party to Murder (Special benefit performance) - This special performance of Whitney Ryan Garrity's original comedy-thriller A Party to Murder will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30, and a Q&A with the playwright/director and cast will follow the performance at 8:30. Direction is by Whitney Garrity, stage management by Ashley Stephenson. The cast includes Stacey Bennett, Tanis Blount, Carole Logan Carroll, Zachery Kocurek-Gentry, Sherida Hibbard, Matthew Metzler and David Mitchell. Tickets are $20 per person for this benefit, and can be reserved by calling LCT at (806) 749-2416 Lubbock Community Theatre, 4232 Boston Ave; reception at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:30.

July 27….Cactus Theater Presents: Dawn and Hawkes - Live in Concert - Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate". Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums and kicked off a whirlwind of constant cross-country touring and performances with artists like Patty Griffin, Dan Tyminski & Alison Krauss, Chris Issak, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals including Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx. Their most recent album, Yours and Mine, is foremost a celebration of life’s beautiful moments that make us want to take another breath and another step – despite uncertainty. "If you're searching and you find you're not so alone, Let's go there to find that silver line” "Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” - Acoustic Guitar "Transcendent alternative-folk - you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo"- Huffington Post “Songs of introspective bliss, this singer-songwriter team genuinely helps the listener feel the spirit of life” - Performer Magazine “lovely, lilting and clearly heartfelt” - Elmore Magazine “Outstanding musicians individually, they are absolutely magical together.” - Houston Press “The audience caved for their interplay, romance, and music. They won everyone over by being raw, real, and original.” - Austin Chronicle “Roots music that sears the heart yet goes down smooth. Blues, folk, country and rock tangle in their sound, every element amplified by the pair's lovely, tortured harmonies” - Columbia Tribune “A couple whose harmonies and chemistry speak for themselves. It was clear from the very first note that Dawn and Hawkes are something very special”
- Taste Of Country "Naturally drawn to each other, the Austin based indie-folk-Americana duo performs with an unmatched chemistry apparent throughout the interplay of their onstage personas as well as their intricate harmonies.”- Steamboat Today “Undeniably intimate” - Texas Monthly. Reserved floor seats $20; standard balcony $15; limited box seats $40 - which includes concession treats. Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.


August 2….Ireland's Jewel: The Legendary Mary Black in Concert - For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around". At a time when less adventurous performers preferred to stick exclusively to the well-worn ballads from Ireland’s rich music heritage and the more obvious hits from contemporary writers, Mary explored the best work available from new composers and mined the rich seams they offered. That commitment to fresh material, combined with her unique interpretations of the songs she chooses, saw her release numerous albums that achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits.To the acclaim and awards Mary has received over the years from both the public and the critics must also be added the esteem she has generated from her fellow artists. Indeed, many of them have recorded and performed live with her, including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and Van Morrison, not to mention a host of Irish traditional musicians and singers. Along the way she has also recorded and performed with her siblings in The Black Family and with her highly successful sister Frances. In an industry noted for its fickleness and its almost insatiable need for fresh novelties, Mary Black’s enduring successes have proven that her depth of talent and her love of singing transcend the generations, as well as national and musical boundaries too. She is indeed a real Irish treasure and her talent a gift from this small Ireland to a grateful world. Reserved floor seats $30/$40; standard balcony $25; limited box seats $60 - which includes concession treats. Box office open daily 3:00-5:30 p.m. or call (806) 762-3233 or order online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave: 7:30 p.m.

August 5….Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run hosted by LifeGift and South Plains Kidney Foundation
- The inaugural Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run hosted by LifeGift and the South Plains Kidney Foundation will take place at MacKenzie Park. The 5K starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 1 mile walk at 8:15 a.m. The Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run honors organ, eye and tissue donors in 109 Texas counties in North, Southeast and West Texas. While celebrating the lives saved, and offering hope to those still waiting, the event raises awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation across the street. The Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run became a tradition in Fort Worth 15 years ago and we’re adding Lubbock to the race circuit in 2017, bringing more hope to the communities we serve. To register and for more information, visit MacKenzie Park, 301 Interstate 27; 8 a.m.


October 8….“Real Life Inspiration for Downton Abbey” A public talk by British author Jessica Fellowes - Join the Friends of the Lubbock Public Library for a literary talk with special guest Jessica Fellowes. Ms. Fellowes is the author of the official companion guide books to the hit TV show Downton Abbey, as well as the niece of the show’s creator. Visiting all the way from England, Ms. Fellowes will share background insights about the show, as well as how her family history inspired some of the show’s most memorable storylines. This is a family-friendly talk perfect for all Downton Abbey fans! General admission tickets are $5 and VIP tickets are $30; tickets will be available in August 2017. Lubbock Civic Auditorium, 2720 Drive of Champions; 3 p.m.





































































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