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THURSDAY, APRIL 17 – SATURDAY, APRIL 19:  -

THE WOMEN’S STUDY PROGRAM AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN-WOMEN’S STUDIES ON THE EDGE
Please visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_2014.php for line-up of events, times, registration, speaker schedules
his three-day conference will kick off with a pre-conference event on Thursday, April 17 and continue on Friday, April 18 with simultaneous panel sessions conducted throughout the day and including the keynote speaker, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Saturday, April 19 will continue the discussion with three Regional Directors of Women's Studies Programs panel and a TTU Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty panel, concluded by a final group workshop.
Our annual conference provides a multitude of educational offerings for professionals at all levels of experience and specialty.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17:   -

THE WOMEN’S STUDY PROGRAM AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
PRESENTS INOCENTE FILM SCREENING
6:00 PM
Free Event
The Women's Studies Program presents the 30th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women April 17-19, 2014. This year we are kicking off the conference with a FREE film screening of teh 2013 Oscar Winning Documentary.  INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente's story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do. Visit our web site for more details on registering and schedule of events.
Texas Tech Student Union Building
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_2014.php

TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
RED RAIDER BASEBALL vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
6:30 PM
Dan Law Field
2901 Drive of Champions
http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-basebl/text-m-basebl-body.html




 
FRIDAY, APRIL 18:  -

TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
RED RAIDER BASEBALL vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
6:30 PM
Dan Law Field
2901 Drive of Champions
http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-basebl/text-m-basebl-body.html

MOONLIGHT DINNER THEATRE
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
6:30 PM
TICKETS:  prices vary  www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling 806.770.2000 or by visiting any select-a-seat location
The Lubbock Moonlight Dinner Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will be a dinner theatre like none other! The whimsical meets the wacky in this amusing tale of a poor floral assistant and the strange and unusual plant that changed life on planet Earth forever! Come dine with Audrey II, the funky, power crazed, people-eating alien plant from space, as she dines on everyone else!
Christine DeVitt Icehouse at LHUCA
511 Avenue J



CACTUS THEATER
PRESENTS SPRINGSTEEN, SEGER, PETTY TRIBUTE
7:30 PM
TICKETS:  $20 for adults  Please call 806.762.3233 to purchase tickets or visit the Cactus Theater Box Office
A Tribute to Springsteen, Seger, & Petty, once again featuring Dustin Garrett, Jason Fellers, Jeff McCreight, and Amber Pennington.
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.3233
www.cactustheater.com                                        

TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
THOMAS HUGHES FACULTY ORGAN RECITAL
8:00 – 9:30 PM
Hemmle Recital Hall
18th Street and Boston
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/



SATURDAY, APRIL 19:  -

CASA OF THE SOUTH PLAINS
CASA COLOR DASH!
10:00 AM
FEE:  $30.00
Sign up for the CASA Color Dash on April 19 at Mackenzie Park! All ages, runners and walkers welcome. Kids K is at 10 a.m. and 5K is at 10:30 a.m. Packet pickup is on the 18th from 12-6 at the Bodyworks on Slide & 4th. Packet pickup on race day opens at 8:30 a.m. at Mackenzie Park. 50% of proceeds come right back to CASA to help local foster children. This is a great time for a great cause.
MacKenzie Park
601 Municipal Drive
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY @ THE MUSEUM:  GEOSCIENCE
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Free
Public come-&-go event. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, and challenges!  Activities are FREE of charge and are for children ages 8 & up and family members.
3301 4th Street  806.742.2490
www.museum.ttu.edu


TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS
RED RAIDER BASEBALL vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
2:00 PM
Dan Law Field
2901 Drive of Champions
http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-basebl/text-m-basebl-body.html
 
MOONLIGHT DINNER THEATRE
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
6:30 PM
TICKETS:  prices vary  www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling 806.770.2000 or by visiting any select-a-seat location
The Lubbock Moonlight Dinner Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will be a dinner theatre like none other! The whimsical meets the wacky in this amusing tale of a poor floral assistant and the strange and unusual plant that changed life on planet Earth forever! Come dine with Audrey II, the funky, power crazed, people-eating alien plant from space, as she dines on everyone else!
Christine DeVitt Icehouse at LHUCA
511 Avenue J



CACTUS THEATER
PRESENTS LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE TOUR
7:30 PM
TICKETS:  $30 for adults  Please call 806.762.3233 to purchase tickets or visit the Cactus Theater Box Office
Experience Led Zeppelin: The Hindenberg Project. The Cactus Theater welcomes this nationally acclaimed road tour. You’ll enjoy all the classic hits and experience the magic this incredible group brings to the music of Led Zeppelin.
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.3233
www.cactustheater.com                                        


 

SUNDAY, APRIL 20:  -


Live Music:

FRIDAY, APRIL 18:  -


BASH RIPROCK’S
JAY STATHAM BAND
9:00 PM
2419 Main Street
http://www.bashriprocks.com/


BLUE LIGHT
CHARLIE SHAFTER with STRANGETOWN
9:00 PM
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.1185
http://charlieshafter.com/
http://www.thebluelightlive.com/



SATURDAY, APRIL 19:  -


BLUE LIGHT
K PHILLIPS & THE CONCHO PEARLS
9:00 PM
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.762.1185
http://www.kphillipsmusic.com/
http://www.thebluelightlive.com/
 

Ongoing events:

AMERICAN WIND POWER CENTER AND MUSEUM
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 for a family of four.  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734 
http://www.windmill.com/

BUDDY HOLLY CENTER EXHIBITS
1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
http://www.buddyhollycenter.org/

 

BUDDY HOLLY GALLERY 
The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster; a songbook used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly's glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more.

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:  A LOOK AT LUBBOCK ARTISTS 
March 7 – April 19, 2014  *ENDS SATURDAY*
Private Collections: A Look at Lubbock Artists focuses on a select group of artists whose works are represented in private and public collections in the Lubbock area. The exhibition features work from artists Kathy Hinson, Ann McDonald, Susan Nall and James Watkins.



GLASSYALLEY ART STUDIO
Monday-Friday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. - Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Other classes offered: Concrete Sculpture.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence -  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art Christena Stephens – Photography
1940 Texas Avenue
https://www.facebook.com/GlassyAlleyArtStudioGallery


LANDMARK ARTS AT THE TEXAS TECH SCHOOL OF ART EXHIBITS
18th Street and Flint Avenue  806.742.3825
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ART/index.php

L I N E U P :  PATTERN- TYPE –TAXONOMY 
April 11 – May 17, 2014
Landmark Gallery

DEBORAH BAY:  THE BIG BANG
March 31-May 11, 2014
SRO Photo Gallery


LHUCA
The Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall will feature will feature Ken Little, “Flat Out on the Plains”. Ken Little, professor of art in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, was appointed by the Texas Commission on the Arts as the 2014 Texas State Visual Artist 3D.
April 4 – May 31, 2014
http://www.lhuca.org/KenLittle.html
The Helen Devitt Jones Studio will feature “Big Art”, a group exhibition of some of Lubbock’s finest, doing what they do best, making big art.
March 7 – April 26, 2014
http://www.lhuca.org/BigArt.html
The John Lott Gallery will feature Yuliya Makarova, “Veiled”. While ideas of intuition are lost in translation, the visual program of the work reveals an obdurate determination to create a bridge between printmaking and painting.
April 4 – May 26, 2014
http://www.lhuca.org/YuliyaMakarova2014.html
Martin McDonald Gallery will feature Erika Jane Mallette, “New American Gothic”. The world of Erika Jane Mallette is as creative as abject, as "gothic" (the new tendency, not confused with the middle ages) as fantastic, satirical, surrealistic, and imaginative with references of American culture, Southern culture, and good old fashioned make believe.
April 4 – May 26, 2014
http://www.lhuca.org/ErikaJaneMallette.html
Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606
www.lhuca.org
 
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH PLANETARIUM

LASER SHOWS / ASTRONOMY SHOWS
April 2 – May 6, 2014

Wednesday-Sunday:
2:00 PM   Dawn of the Space Age
3:30 PM   Earth’s Wild Ride

Saturday shows
11:30 AM  Seasonal Stargazing
2:00 PM    Earth’s Wild Ride
3:30 PM    Dawn of the Space Age
TICKETS:  General Admission (ages 19-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-18) $3.00; Seniors (ages 60 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress
3301 Fourth Street  806.742.2432
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/planetarium.html


MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY EXHIBITS
Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM  Sun: 1-5 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free. 
3301 4th Street  806.742.2490
www.museum.ttu.edu

TIME EXPOSURES:  PICTURING ISLETA PUEBLO IN THE 19TH CENTURY 
Gallery 2 & 3
An exhibition telling the story of the Isleta Pueblo, a Native American community in New Mexico, and the yearly cycle of traditional events that dominate their lives and the history of their struggle to maintain those traditions in the face of American expansion in the mid 1800s.
IN ADDITION TWO: EMBRACING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 
an "Up From the Basement" exhibition focusing on the use of digital technology to create and/or enhance art works.

GALLERY OF SOUTHWEST INDIAN ARTS
The Museum of Texas Tech University is reopening the well-acclaimed William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art. The exhibition titled “Beyond Expressions in Clay” focuses on works by Pueblo peoples of the Southwestern United States. The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art’s grand reopening features pieces by some of the most renowned contemporary and historic Southwest Indian potters. “Beyond Expressions in Clay” showcases both traditional and innovative pottery from all the major pottery-making groups of the American Southwest from a range of time periods.
 
IN ADDITION-RECENTLY ACQUIRED ARTWORKS FOR THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTIONS 
Gallery 4
An “Up from the Basement” exhibition from the Art Division. During the last year over 1,000 artworks were added to the Museum's collections. The 14 on exhibit represent just a small fraction of the prints, drawings, and paintings recently acquired.


AZ<>NM<>TX — 20th and 21st CENTURY ART IN TEXAS, NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA
TALKINGTON GALLERY OF ART
The first exhibition, AZ<>NM<>TX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, is comprised of over 50 pieces by artists who have worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, including several works donated by Margaret Talkington.
Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, William Lester.


GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL-COLLECTING, PRESERVING, AND DISPLAYING INSECTS
Explorium Gallery
An up from the basement exhibit from the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory Invertebrates collection.


VAMPIRE BATS – THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE AMAZING! 
Gallery 7
Learn the truth about vampire bats:  what they eat, where they live and more!

NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus. The 24-acre facility is home to forty-eight structures, ranging from windmills, a train, barn, dugouts and more, that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
The NRHC is open: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.  The outdoor portion of the NRHC closes at 4:00 PM each day. The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
Please visit our website at www.nrhc.ttu.edu  for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.
3121 Fourth Street 806.742.0498


CURRENT EXHIBITS – NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER:  -

ACROSS TIME AND TERRITORY:  THE NRHC STORY

“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story," is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.

PORTRAIT GALLERY:  FACES OF THE NRHC BY PAUL MILOSEVICH
Paul Milosevich is an accomplished artist, some say one of the best at portrait painting. He enjoys portraits because of the time that goes into creating one. "A painted portrait takes hours to do. And if it's done from the person actually sitting there, it's three to 10 hours of the artist’s life that was spent creating that portrait. Add the physical properties of paint, plus everything that the artist brings into it, and also what kind of responses the subject triggered in the artist. Sometimes you can look at a painted portrait and sense the hours that went by." This exhibit features portraits of some of the people who have guided and shaped the NRHC.

HORSE-DRAWN TO HORSEPOWER
Opens August 17
"Horse-Drawn to Horsepower" is an exhibit that offers a look at America's transition from the horse and buggy to the horseless carriage. The exhibit focuses on rural America with artifacts that include horse-drawn vehicles that were common on ranches, along with their motor vehicle replacements.
One of the featured artifacts is a working 1923 Ford Model T “chuck truck,” or motorized chuck wagon. Other artifacts include a wide array of tools and materials related to the Ford Model T, which became a common sight on many ranches in the early 20th century. Rare photographs showing early automobiles at work in rural America will also be on display. The exhibit opens on August 17 and closes in summer 2014.
The National Ranching Heritage Center is a museum and historical park comprised of 48 authentic dwellings and outbuildings from some of history’s most important ranches. Structures on the 16-acre site have been authentically restored and furnished and date from the late 1780s to the 1950s.



FUTURE PROMISE:  SELECTIONS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ROLAND AND JOYCE JONES
Future Promise is a small sample of the artwork that Roland and Joyce Jones plan on donating to the National Ranching Heritage Center. The exhibit features paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures.
 
STEADY IN THE SADDLE
An exhibit which uses stirrups from the NRHC collection to demonstrate a variety of stirrup styles from around the world. The exhibit also discusses the history of stirrups and their development.


MATT KLEBERG
Opens August 31

PEACHTREE GALLERY
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
About
Peachtree Gallery is a small gallery located in the historic downtown of Lubbock, Texas.
Description
The mission of Peachtree Gallery is dedication to creating a sense of welcome and invitation in a fine art gallery setting. It is meant to be a place where both artist and collector feels represented and well cared for, and, most importantly to me, a space in which both parties feel at home and understood. Though small in size, Peachtree Gallery is rich in spirit and in representation, housing the works of artists from the Lubbock area as well as artists from all over the United States.
Artists
David Bondt, Jordan Brown, Stacy Brunsen, Micah Cash, Jason Cytacki, Jimmy Dyer, Betsy Edwards, John Franklin, Dolan Geiman, Evan Hawley, Kathy Hinson, Ronda Ivy, Dyan Newton, Sarah Otts, Liz Potter, Nick Ryan, Lorelei Skizenta, Alyssa Underwood, Cecelia Weldon.
901 17th Street  806.470.9996
http://peachtreegallerylubbock.com/


TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY – SW COLLECTION LIBRARY EXHIBITS:
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)
http://www.swco.ttu.edu/


TEXAS TECH THEN AND NOW
November 15, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Contrasting campus scenes of the last eighty five years are shown in 68 photographs in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

WOMEN WHO SHAPED TEXAS TECH
October 2013-June 2014
Margaret Watson Weeks, Mary Woodward Doak and Elizabeth Howard West would emerge as three important figures in the history of women at Texas Tech. Margaret Watson Weeks, Dean of the School of Home Economics for over twenty-five years, shaped the School’s programs, courses, and the cultural and social activities for women on campus. She also worked to establish Casa Linda, a cooperative residence for women on the Tech campus. Mary Woodward Doak served as both the Dean of Women and a professor in the English Department from 1925-1945 and was responsible for encouraging support for a museum at Texas Tech. Elizabeth Howard West, having worked at the Library of Congress and as Texas State Library Archivist, served as the first librarian at Texas Technological College in 1925. The exhibit contains more information on these three remarkable women as well as items and scenes from early college life at Texas Tech, all of which is housed in the University Archives at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

TRACTORCADE!  AMERICAN AGRUCULTURE MOVEMENT 
March 3  - June 15, 2014
The 35th anniversary of the American Agriculture Movement’s last great Tractorcade in 1979 is commemorated in a current exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
Protests for parity began in 1977 and continued through 1978 when 3,000 farmers, known as the “Gentle Rebels,” drove their tractors with their concerns to Washington D.C. The exhibit includes photos, memorabilia, belt buckles, patches, hats and other items. Also an audio component features a song by Ace Ball chronicling the movement.


The William Kittredge Collection is now open for research. 

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY – THE VIETNAM CENTER AND ARCHIVE
Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010
http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/


TORNADO GALLERY
Hours:  Wednesday-Friday  2;00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Artists:  Baron Batch,Tony Greer, Melissa Jones, Rachel Jones, Hilton McLaurin, Lawrence Montgomery, Larry Prcin, Heidi Simmons, Larry Simmons, Steve Snell, Brenda Watts
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  
www.tornadogallerylubbock.com    
http://tornadogallery.blogspot.com/
 

 

At the Science Spectrum:

25 Fun Facts about the Science Spectrum
1. Before having a permanent home, the Science Spectrum hosted its first temporary traveling exhibition, Light and Sight, from the Franklin Institute inside the South Plains Mall in April of 1987.
2. The Science Spectrum held its Grand Opening as a permanent museum on February 11th, 1989 at the previous 50th and Slide location. The inaugural exhibitions during its opening were, Dinosaurs and Leonardo da Vinci: The Inventor.
3. The Science Spectrum moved to its current location on the South Loop between Indiana and University Aves. in October of 1993.  
4. The first exhibition hosted at its new permanent location was, Mission to Mars, in October of 1993.
5. Known as the OMNIMAX Theater when first opened, the theater debuted its first film, Ring of Fire, on October 23rd of 1993.
6. In November of 2003, the theater underwent a renovation and installed a new state-of-the-art  15/70mm rolling loop projection system and an all new 18,000 watt Dolby Digital DTS sound system.  Reopened to the public in December of 2003, the theater also received a name change by which it is still currently know, the OMNI Theater.
 
7. In July of 2003, the museum opened its largest permanent gallery installation, Texas Alive; the Brazos River Journey, making it home to Lubbock’s only public aquarium. 
8. July 2011 marked another mile-stone with the opening of the all new Dudley & Dorris Faver
Gallery of Flight.
 
9. The Lubbock Children’s Museum, a permanent exhibition space devoted to early childhood education, opened inside the Science Spectrum in November of 2011. 
10. During its 25 years, the museum has presented 43 traveling exhibitions.  For its 25th year, we are proud to be hosting the much anticipated Penguin Plunge! exhibition.  The public will be able to see a  “waddle” or group of real live African Rock Penguins, a first for Lubbock!   
11. Over its 20 plus years, the OMNI Theater has shown 94 films.  This spring, the all new documentary film Penguins will be shown in the theater to accompany the Penguin Plunge! traveling exhibition. 
12. Over  4,000,000 visitors have either attended the museum, a film in the OMNI, been to an educational camp / workshop or have attended a special event at the facility during the past 25 years.
13. The museum and theater now sees over 25,000 students and teachers on field trips annually.
14. In the past 25 years, over 250,000 students have also seen museum educators come to their school, library, church, after-school care center or community event with traveling science programs called “Outreach”.
15. Traveling Outreach programs from the museum routinely serve a large portion of the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region. The furthest that Science Spectrum Outreach programs have traveled to date is to Del Rio, Texas, at a distance of over 365 miles and 6 hours away.    
16. CritterFest is the largest annual event the museum hosts each year in late June.  It will also celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2014. In both 2012 and 2013, the event grew to serve over 10,000 people!
17. The Science Spectrum is a member of the international trade organization, the Association of Science and Technology Centers or ASTC.  Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers nearly 600 members in over 40 countries. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children's museums.  
18. The Science Spectrum is a categorized as a “Governoring Member” of ASTC, and has had staff members present at its annual conference.
19. The Science Spectrum is a locally operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has a mission statement to further public understanding of science and technology, provide opportunities for “hands-on” learning, acquaint young people with careers in STEM fields and improve the quality of life for citizens of all ages in Lubbock and on the South Plains!
20. The Science Spectrum chose the prism as its logo because white light can be broken down into the colors of the rainbow, just like the field of science can be broken down into a spectrum of disciplines.
21. Currently there are approximately 40 part-time and full-time staff at the museum and theater, but only two that have been with the organization the entire 25 years.  Kay Dudley, Giftshop Manager and Cassandra Henry, Executive Director. 
22. Each year the organization sees hundreds of community volunteers, both as individuals and as groups from local organizations, volunteer for exhibitions, special events, children’s camps and workshops, and fundraising efforts.
23. The current building that houses the Science Spectrum is also home to three other organizations; the National Weather Service, Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center and Procurement Assistance Center.
24. The airplane hanging in the lobby is a 1929 Alexander Eaglerock A-2 and one of only nine still in existence, since most of the 1000 planes of that type were destroyed for movie stunt plane crashes.
25. A 150 pound visitor who spends an hour standing at exhibits, 45 minutes walking, 5 minutes using the stairs, and 10 minutes playing active virtual volleyball will burn over 300 calories on their museum visit.


Get Ready to “Dive In” to great Family Fun this Spring...
 
Penguin Plunge!
 
March 1st through June 15th, 2014
 
at the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater.
 
A first for Lubbock! - Penguin Plunge! is an immersive experience that combines a live penguin habitat, hands-on interactives, environmental education, and an amazing photographic exhibition.  
 
In the Penguin Habitat:
Meet a loveable "waddle" or group of African Rock Penguins up close and personal.  During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll be able to view these special creatures both on land and in the water. The penguins live, eat, sleep, swim and play in their state-of-the-art 2500 gallon habitat that is temperature and humidity controlled just to their liking.
 
Animal care takers and educators will be giving special daily presentations on penguins,
covering topics like what a penguin eats and how they avoid predators, to how they raise their young and communicate with each other.  
 
Interactive Areas:
After meeting these adorable creatures, head on over to other exhibit areas for some hands-on fun! See how you measure up against penguins from around the world or practice carrying eggs on your feet. Try out a hands-on experiment or craft at the Pebble Play Place and round out the visit learning about penguins' habitats and how we can help protect and preserve these precious animals.
 
Photographic Exhibit:  
Cold Feet - Photographs by J.J. L’Heureux
 
Except for the sounds of the rookeries, the expansion and contraction of the ice, and the howl of the wind, Antarctica is very much like the soundless photographs presented in this exhibition.
 
Traveling along the ice shelves from Atka Bay to Halley Station, painter, naturalist and photographer J.J. L’Heureux turns her camera to the penguins and their adaptations to the cold and wind of this continent.  
Sixty stunning photographs from her personal expeditions to Antarctica will be displayed.
 
www.jjLHeureux.com
 
Insider Tips:
This exhibition is expected to be popular during it’s opening weekends and Spring Break Week, so there are a few things you can do to make your trip a little easier.

  • Penguin Plunge! tickets will be single entry admission only.

  • Admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Wait times during peak hours may be possible, and will vary based on crowds. To avoid possible lines for entry, consider arriving earlier in the day.

  • Strollers are allowed inside the exhibition space.

  • The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

  • Museum will have special extended hours until 6:00pm each day during Spring Break Week, March 15-23, 2014.

  • Groups of 20 or more may want to consider making reservations.  Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Call 806-745-2525 x234 for group rates and reservations.

  • For a special additional experience, ask about a “Behind the Scenes Tour Pass”. Guests purchasing this pass will go behind the scenes with the animal care-takers and see first-hand how the penguins are cared for, help feed them and get a one-on-one photo opp. with a penguin. Behind the Scenes Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and will be available to the general public beginning March 24th. The number of passes allowed each day will be strictly limited, so it is highly recommended to purchase passes in advance.  Reservations and passes for the tours go on sale beginning March 1st. Cost for the passes will be $25.00 for Adults, $20.00 for Children (ages 3-12), and $20.00 for Seniors (ages 60+). For additional Behind the Scenes Tour Pass information and reservations call 806-745-2525 x234.

 
Also Featured: Penguins in the OMNI Theater
While you’re here, you’ll also be able to take in the full penguin experience by seeing  the all new OMNI film, Penguins.
A Tale of Love and Survival in Penguin City.
Narrated by David Attenborough, Penguins celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals—as well as six million penguins! Somehow our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family.
What follows is the story of the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. This cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth’s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins is an unforgettable tale of one King Penguin’s journey through his species’ central rite of passage.
 
Penguins is a presentation of nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment. Written and narrated by David Attenborough, the film is produced by Anthony Geffen and Sias Wilson and features cinematography by Simon Niblett and original music by James Edward Barker. The film was entirely filmed on location in South Georgia Island, a British overseas territory located in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
 
The film is recommended for General Audiences. For more information on Penguins visit the film’s website at www.penguinsthefilm.com.  The OMNI Theater will be showing the 2D version of this film.
 
Penguin Plunge! and Penguins the film General Admission Ticket Prices:
 
 
    Penguin Plunge!              Penguin Plunge!           Penguins
            w/Film or Museum          w/Film & Museum        Film Only
Adult                  $12.50                       $17.50                         $8.00  
Child (3-12)       $9.50                         $13.50                         $6.50  
Senior  (60+)     $9.50                                      $13.50                         $6.50  
 
*For Group and School Group rates and reservations please call 806-745-2525 x234.
 
Additional exhibit and film information may be found at www.sciencespectrum.org.
 


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