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San Juan County Historical Society plans program on La Plata

A pair of longtime La Plata residents will present a program on the history of the community near the Colorado border when the San Juan County Historical Society meets next week.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Old La Plata Schoolhouse, 1438 N.M. Highway 170. The presentation will be delivered by Elbert and Nila Hamblin, who will be discussing their experiences in the community, the history of its water disputes and the effort to convert the old school building into a community center.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. A tour of the community's two cemeteries will follow, and visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes.

Tribute show will feature music of Elvis, Beatles

Fans of two iconic rock 'n' roll icons will have the chance to hear their music performed side by side next week when the Beatles vs. Elvis tribute show comes to Farmington.

The show features Scot Bruce in the role of Elvis Presley, while the Fab Four will be portrayed by Chris Paul Overall, Nate Bott, Axel Clarke and Jesse Wilder. Each act will perform three sets each, trading places throughout the night. All the performers will take the stage for an encore.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Tickets range from $34 to $65. They can be purchased online at fmtn.org/civiccenter, by phone at 505-599-1148 or in person at the Civic Center box office.

Program at Planetarium focuses on 'Harry Potter' theme

The AstroFriday series at the San Juan College Planetarium returns this weekend with a presentation of the popular "The Astronomy of Harry Potter" program.

The program focuses on astrological objects that are often featured in the Harry Potter series of novels by author J.K. Rowling and the subsequent series of films. Many of the names of the prominent characters in the series are derived from those objects.

Two programs are planned, one at 6:30 and one at 7:30 p.m., both on Aug. 9. Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no one will be admitted after the programs have begun.

A free, public stargaze with telescopes will follow in the courtyard outside the Planetarium if weather permits. Targeted objects include the moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, the rings of SaturnĀ and the gold and blue double star Albireo, as well as the Ring Nebula in Lyra, the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, the Sagittarius Star Cloud and the "Dumbbell Nebula" in M27 in Cygnus.

The Planetarium is located on the college campus at 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. For more information, call Planetarium director David Mayeux at 505-566-3361.

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