Best Places to Beat the Heat in Lubbock, Texas

It might be getting closer to fall, but that doesn’t mean much in Lubbock, Texas! In Lubbock, there’s quite a few days of hot weather left. Here are some great places to beat the heat in Lubbock.

Waterparks

One way to beat the heat and have fun is to spend some time at a waterpark. Lubbock Water Rampage has a wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pool, and more. Joyland Amusement Park has plenty of fun, too, with a water park that’s great for all ages.

Ice Cream Shops

What’s better to beat the heat than a sweet treat? Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe has fun, unique flavors. If you’re more of an Italian Ice person, check out Blue Oasis, a shop with both ice cream and Italian ice.

Lakes

Enjoy a refreshing day on the beach by visiting one of Lubbock’s lakes. Buffalo Springs Lake and Llane Estacado Lake are two places where you can cool off and appreciate Lubbock’s natural beauty.

Movies

You can always escape the hot weather by hibernating inside! Enjoy a cool, dark movie theatre like Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or Cinemark Tinseltown USA. (Plus, they also have cool, refreshing treats).

If you need a car to escape the heat in, just come down to Pollard Used Cars today.

Beat the heat in Lubbock

Come to Santa Land in Lubbock this December

Looking for some family-friendly activities to do in Lubbock this holiday season? Throughout the month of December, you can join Lubbock Parks and Recreation in Mackenzie Park for a Lubbock annual tradition – Santa Land! Starting with an Opening Ceremony on December 10th, Santa Land in Lubbock is a great place to go with your family to get into the spirit of Christmas and celebrate everything the holidays have to offer.

The park is open from December 10th until the 23rd, and is open every night from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. Admission is free for all ages to enjoy attractions such as the massive lit Christmas tree, a holiday village, bonfires, animated displays, and even a hidden Elf on a Shelf that, if found, allows visitors to win their very own iPad Mini 2. At 6:00pm every evening, you can even watch Santa and Mrs. Claus come to Santa Land pulled by tiny reindeer!

Santa Land in Lubbock will also offer hot chocolate and other refreshments at the concession stand, along with live entertainment. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa, or you can purchase photos on site. Partake in some Christmas cheer at the 58th annual Santa Land celebration.

The 10 Most Generous Towns in Texas

Most Generous Towns
Smiling Faces in Lubbock, TX

Texas comes in at the 12th most generous state which comes as no surprise since everyone knows that Texans have big hearts. Residents of the Longhorn state gave 3.59% of their total income to charity in 2012. That adds up to a whopping $15,897,192,000 total. Here are the top 10 most generous towns in Texas presented by us here at Pollard Used Cars.

  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington took the top spot with 3.77% of the residents’ total income, which comes out to $5,265,147,000.
  2. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown gave $4,949,879,000 to charity in 2012.
  3. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos comes in with an impressive $1,216,197,000 in charitable donations.
  4. San Antonio-New Braunfels is a major tourist hotspot which means a higher income. As a result, residents donated $1,030,949,000 to charity, equating to 3.29% of their total annual income.
  5. Midland saw a massive $256,496,000 donated to charity, coming in at roughly 4.95% of the city’s total income.
  6. Beaumont-Port Arthur residents donated a generous $186,517,000 to charity in 2012.
  7. Tyler residents donated 5.53% of their income to charity, coming in with a total of $176,004,000.
  8. El Paso gave 2.61% of its total income to charity and that adds up to a whopping $160,755,000 to charity.
  9. Lubbock squeezed by Amarillo with a total contribution of $157,324,000 or roughly 4.46% of the total income.
  10. Amarillo residents gave 4.88% of their total income, coming in with a total of $151,764,000 donated to charity.

We made it on the list, and it is not surprise to all of us at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX. We have so many nice people come to our dealership every day!

K-9 Splash Fest

K-9 Splash Fest
This Pup Is Making A Splash

Summer is hot to us humans, especially here in Texas, so imagine how it feels to our beloved canine companions. Luckily there’s a way for both you and your lovable ball of fur to get cool this August. In case you haven’t heard, K-9 Splash Fest takes place within the coming weeks!

K-9 Splash Fest is essentially a pool party for dogs and is sponsored by the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department. As you’ve likely guessed, this year’s wet event takes place at Clapp Pool located in Lubbock on August 14th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Owners and dogs alike can hop into the pool and swim a few laps – just make sure to keep a close eye on your canine! Dogs can compete in three different contests: Diving, Swim Suit Competition, and Retrieving, all of which are incredibly enjoyable to watch. Prizes are awarded in each event.

While dogs get in for free, owners must have proof of their canine’s vaccinations or tags and keep their pets on a leash. Dogs that are overly aggressive or in season will not be admitted to the K-9 Splash Fest event due to safety concerns.

Have further questions or concerns? Contact the event planners at 806-775-2670.

We here at Pollard Used Cars can’t wait to see you at the K-9 Splash Fest!

Experience the Lubbock CritterFest 2016

Lubbock CritterFest
CritterFest Silliness

If you live in the area near Lubbock, Texas and you’re looking for something fun to do this summer, the Lubbock CritterFest 2016 is coming up soon at the end of June. This year’s theme is “Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind,” allowing kids and adults alike to experience popular attractions like animal rides, a petting zoo, and more.

 The “Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind” show features African lions and Bengal tigers, which is dedicated not only to showcasing the big cats’ intelligence, but also to educating audiences about conservation efforts. Tickets give you access to the show, as well as all other attractions associated with the exhibit and general Museum admission to everything the Omni Spectrum & Science Theater has to offer.

 The event takes place at the Science Spectrum & Omni Theater from June 23rd to June 26th. Showtimes are every day at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM in the Exhibit Hall. For the general public, children and seniors are $10.00 each, while adults are $12.50. If you are a member of the Theater, adult tickets are $4.50 while children are $3.50. Kids under 2 get in free. If you go, let us all know at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX, how you liked it in the comments below.

Better Steaks and More Trees: Texas Tech News

Texas Tech News
Texas Tech Is Better

From faculty doing groundbreaking research to the trials and tribulations of the Red Raiders, there are always exciting things going on over at Texas Tech. Here is some of the most interesting Texas Tech news that is happening now.

English Professor Works with Death Row Inmates

Jill Patterson, an English professor at Texas Tech, recently received a fellowship from the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University to help her in her work as she advocates for impoverished Texas death row inmates.

Celebrating Arbor Day at Texas Tech

Continuing a tradition that began all the way back in 1938, students, staff and faculty planted 28,000 trees and shrubs for Arbor Day. Throughout campus, volunteers gave their green thumbs a bit of exercise as they collectively helped to make Texas Tech a lot greener.

Agriculture Professor Perfects Steak

In the future, as you enjoy a perfectly marbled slab of beef, you may have Agricultural Science professor Brad Johnson to thank. He’s an expert on the subject of skeletal muscle growth in cattle and he recently spearheaded a study on how to increase marbling without raising obese cattle.

The university is a huge part of life in Lubbock, TX and we love catching up on Texas Tech news at Pollard Used Cars.