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'Gateway to Imagination' reception will take place at museum

Approximately 100 pieces of art in media ranging from oils, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, photography, 3D and mixed media will be showcased in the annual "Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition" exhibition opening this weekend at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

The annual exhibition, now in its 20th year, draws several hundred entries from all over the country, and cash awards up to $1,000 are presented to the winners in various categories.

The show opens with a presentation by juror Julie Sasse, curator of modern and contemporary art, and curator of Latin American art at the Tucson Museum of Art, at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the museum, 3041 E. Main St. A public reception will follow at 7 p.m.

The exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 30. Call 505-599-1174.

San Juan College celebrates pow-wow with dancing, royalty coronation

Drum groups from Arizona and Oklahoma will be among the highlights when the 10th annual San Juan College Pow-Wow takes place this weekend at the college.

The pow-wow features the Northern Host Drum the Horses, from Ft. Defiance, Arizona, with lead singer Kenny Brown, and the Southern Host Drum Cozad, from Anadarko, Oklahoma, with lead singer Rusty Cozad. The Head Gourd Dancer is San Juan College alum Duane Harris.

This year's event offers a new twist with the coronation of 2018-19 Miss Indian San Juan College. The reigning Ms. Indian San Juan College, Kahlaya Rose McKinney, will crown her successor. The pow-wow also features arts, crafts and food.

The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 and 1 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 22.  Advance tickets are $1 at the college's Native American Center. Admission at the gate is $3 for adults, $2 for those older than 60 with a photo ID, $1 for those with a San Juan College ID and free for children younger than 5.

San Juan College is located at 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. Call 505-566-3623.

Steampunk convention returns to Aztec this weekend

The fifth annual Steamers & Dreamers steampunk convention will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 at Minium Park, 200 N. Park Ave. in Aztec.

The daylong event, which is a celebration of Victorian science fiction, features a parade, a costume contest, live music, a street dance, vendors, a spaghetti dinner and more. It is being held in conjunction with the Aztec Vintage Social, which runs Sept. 20-21 at various locations throughout town with an art show, a movie in the park, a 5k run, a craft fair, a truck show and more.

Call 505-801-0373 or 505-334-2881 or visit steamersanddreamers.com.

Aztec church marks parish fiesta with dinner, games, raffle

An enchilada dinner will serve as the main draw for the annual parish fiesta at St. Joseph Church in Aztec this weekend.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 with family prize bingo in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. It continues the next day with the dinner at 11 a.m., with the meal running $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Outdoor food sales and a silent auction will begin at noon, while games begin at 12:30. There will be a live auction at 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 4 p.m. Raffle prizes range from $250 to $1,500, and you need not be present to win.

The church is located at 500 N. Mesa Verde in Aztec. Call 505-334-6535.

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