Mike Easterling
Farmington Daily Times
"Firefighter's Memorial Flag" by Jaymes Dudding of Rio Rancho is one of the pieces included in the 'Gateway to Imagination' exhibition opening this weekend at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

The Downtown Makers Market takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in downtown Farmington. The event features vendors of various local products, including produce, jams and jellies, leather goods, baked goods and repurposed items. Admission is free. Call 505-599-8442.

The fourth annual Astronomy Festival will take place Sept. 20-23 at Chaco Culture National Historic Park off U.S. Highway 550 south of Farmington. The festival will feature night sky viewings, daytime tours and presentations with rangers and guest speakers, as well as hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. There is an admission fee for the park. Call 505-786-7014.

The Aztec Vintage Social takes place Sept. 20-21 at various locations throughout Aztec. The event includes an art show, a movie in the park, a 5k run, a parade, a craft fair, a truck show, a coloring contest, a steampunk convention and vendors. Visit

An International Climate Strike observance sponsored by Indivisible San Juan will be held at noon Sept. 20 in the parking lot outside the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The event features a speech by New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. Call 267-218-6228.

The 10th annual San Juan College Pow-Wow takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 and 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. The event includes arts, crafts, food, dancing and drumming. Tickets are $3, $2 for those older than 60, $1 for those with a San Juan College ID and free for children younger than 5. Advance tickets are $1 at the college's Native American Center. Call 505-566-3623 or visit

"Handwriting on the Wall," a lecture on historical graffiti, will be presented by historian Fred Blackburn at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Visitors Center at Aztec Ruins National Monument, 725 Ruins Road in Aztec. Admission is free. Call 505-334-6174.

Storm Area 51 Movie Night takes place at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the SunRay Park & Casino grandstand, 39 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield, with a screening of "Paul." Admission is free, and blankets and chairs are permitted. Concessions will be available, and patrons are encouraged to wear alien gear. Call 505-566-1200.

The 39th annual Cancer Walkathon takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the parking lot at the San Juan Regional Medical Center, 801 W. Maple St. in Farmington. Everyone who raises $50 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Call 505-609-6813.

The Farmington Growers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 and 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in the parking lot adjacent to the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The event features locally grown food, hand-made crafts and live entertainment. Admission is free. Call 505-599-8442.

Fossil Fiestas, a hands-on exhibition that is part of a National Science Foundation-funded initiative engage families in learning about evolution, will be presented from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave. Call 505-599-1273 or visit

A free household hazardous waste collection event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the San Juan County Administration Building, 100 S. Oliver in Aztec. Residents of Aztec, Bloomfield and Kirtland will need to bring proof of residency. No waste from Farmington will be accepted. Call 505-334-7700 for a list of hazardous waste items that will be accepted.

The fifth annual Steamers and Dreamers Steampunk Convention takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Minium Park, 200 N. Park Ave. in Aztec. The event includes a parade, vendors, a carnival, a dance contest, live music, a costume contest, a craft fair, a spaghetti dinner and a street dance. Call 505-801-0373 or 505-334-2881 or visit

Changing Seasons, Changing Lives, a fundraising dinner for the Arc of San Juan County, takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at SunRay Park & Casino, 39 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield. Tickets are $40. Call 505-326-6303.

An opening reception for the "Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition" exhibition begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. Admission is free, but $3 donations are welcome. The exhibition remains on display through Nov. 30. Call 505-599-1174.

The parish fiesta begins 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at St. Joseph Church, 500 N. Mesa Verde in Aztec. The event includes an enchilada dinner, a silent auction, games, a live auction, and a raffle. Call 505-334-6535.

The Music in the Shade series continues at 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Wines of the San Juan, 233 N.M. Highway 511 in Blanco, with a performance by the Robin Davis Duo. Admission is free. Call 505-632-0879 or visit

The Flying Legends of Victory Tour comes to the Four Corners Regional Airport, 1300 W. Navajo St. in Farmington, with an appearance by the World War II B-17 bomber Sentimental Journey at 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The aircraft remains on display through Sept. 30. Tour fees are $10 each or $20 per family. Visit or call 505-599-1394.

The Reel Readers series continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave., with a free screening of the 2016 film "Nerve" based on the book by Jeanne Ryan. Participants are encouraged to bring a take-out dinner and take part in a discussion of the film and movie. Visit or call 505-599-1270.

Education specialist Donna Thatcher leads the Tuesday Birding session at 8 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. A leisurely 1- to 2-mile walk through Animas and Berg parks is included. Participation is free. Call 505-599-1422.

A community conversation on the future of early childhood education in New Mexico will be presented by the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership to help develop a strategic plan for the newly created New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Cate Center, 301 N. Court Ave. in Farmington. The event is open to everyone.

"The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)" will be presented by the Four Corners Musical Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-28 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. Tickets range from $10 to $32. Call 505-599-1148.