Balloon rally, list of the best offers in the astronomy festival calendar

An observation of the equinox sunrise will take place at dawn on Thursday, September 22 at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park near Nageezi. If the sky is clear, visitors will be able to see the sun rise between two perfectly aligned windows that flank the entrance to the Great Kiva Rinconada. The door opens at 6 a.m. and attendance is limited to the first 100 people. Visit nps.gov/chcu.

The designer market returns from 3 p.m. to dusk on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Orchard Plaza, 101 N. Orchard Ave. in downtown Farmington. The event features live music and around two dozen vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, clothing, arts and crafts, leather goods and more . Free. Call 505-320-0615.

The Rise and Vibe festival takes place Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25 at the Tico Time River Resort, ¼ mile south of the Colorado border on US Highway 550 in northern San Juan County. The event features live reggae music, DJs, drums, a kids’ zone and more. Visit risenvibe.com for more ticket information.

Cowboy Karaoke with DJ Justin Hogue will be presented at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the Wooden Nickel, 900 W. Broadway Ave. in Bloomfield. Dial 505-632-2457.

New Mexico Mercy Mission The free dental clinic is taking place all day Friday, September 2, 3 and Saturday, September 24 at the McGee Park Convention Center, 41 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield. Patients will be offered basic care, including fillings, cleanings, extractions and limited root canals on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:15 a.m. Visit nmdentalfoundation.org.

The Fifth Annual Astronomy Festival will take place throughout the day on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park near Nageezi. Indoor planetarium shows, tours, presentations and telescope viewing sessions with volunteers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society are planned. Visit nps.gov/chcu.

The Four Corners Hot Air Balloon Rally takes place throughout the day from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, at locations across Farmington. A balloon launch will take place at 7 a.m. each day at Lake Farmington, while balloon glow events and concerts are scheduled at Justice Park, Ricketts Park and San Juan College. Admission to all events, except concerts, is free. To see a schedule, visit FourCornersBalloonRally.com.

The 54e annual barbecue presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at the 1925 Positive Way Club in Farmington. Admission is $10 and includes a barbecue dinner. Dial 505-327-6396.

The Four Corners Ancient Food Association will present its 41st Antique Tractor and Engine Exhibit at noon Friday, September 23 and 8 a.m. Saturday, September 24 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. Event includes tractor raffles, exhibits, auction silent and arts and crafts sale. Free. Dial 505-419-2515 or 505-850-6155.

The AstroFriday series continues with screenings of “Cosmic Castaways” at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 23 at the San Juan College Planetarium on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, and no one will be admitted after the start of each show. A stargazing session will follow with telescopes in the courtyard outside the Planetarium. Dial 505-566-3361.

David Mensch performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Clancy’s Irish Pub and Cantina, 2701 E. 20e Street in Farmington. Dial 505-325-8176.

Free movie night will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Locke Street Eats, 112 N. Locke St. in downtown Farmington, with a screening of “Beetlejuice.” Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Dial 505-772-9663.

Patrick and the Las Vegas Band perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at the Henderson Performing Arts Center on the campus of San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington, as part of the Four Corners Balloon Rally. Tickets are $10. Visit sanjuancollege.edu for more information.

Joker’s Wild performs at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at SunRay Park & ​​Casino, 39 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield. Dial 505-566-1205.

The Tee Up for Tingley Golf Tournament will be held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Riverview Golf Course, 64 County Road 6520 in Kirtland. The event benefits the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. Registration is $500 per team. Dial 505-243-6626.

The Farmington Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24 at the Farmington Museum in Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. Free. Dial 505-334-9496.

The Sixth Annual Craft Fair presented by Bee Hive Homes of Farmington will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at 508 Airport Drive in Farmington. The event includes crafts, baked goods, hot meals and over 30 vendors. Free. Dial 505-716-6560.

The interactive exhibits “Wild Kratts”, “Creature Power” and “Ocean Adventure” open at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 24 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. in Farmington. Admission is $10. Dial 505-599-1174.

The Gold Star Families of San Juan County will dedicate a memorial to fallen heroes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 at All Veterans Memorial Plaza at Berg Park in Farmington.

The Harvest Festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 at Wines of the San Juan, 233 NM Highway 511 in Blanco. Free. The event includes live music, food vendors, a grape treading contest and more. Call 505-632-0879.

family fun day takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Locke Street Eats, 112 N. Locke St. in downtown Farmington. The event includes face painting, cornhole games, music, balloons and more. Free. Dial 505-772-9663.

Dairy moms will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Locke Street Eats, 112 N. Locke St. in downtown Farmington. Free. Dial 505-772-9663.

guess who performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Ricketts Park, 1101 Fairgrounds Road as part of the Four Corners Balloon Rally. Tickets are $10 and $20. Dial 505-599-1148.

This time performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at VFW Post 614, 201 S. Park Ave. at Aztec. Dial 505-334-8842.

Trivia night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 at Traegers Bar, 5170 College Blvd., Suite 106 in Farmington. Dial 505-278-8568.

The Kirtland Farmers Market takes place 5-7 p.m. Monday, September 26 at the Kirtland City Hall parking lot, 47 County Road 6500. Free. Dial 505-592-2551.

Presentations of the final design for a park planned for all abilities in Farmington are scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the San Juan Center for Independence, 1204 San Juan Blvd., and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Farmington City Council Meeting , 800 Municipal Drive. Everyone is welcome.

The sun bus will be offering free skin cancer screening and sun safety education all day Tuesday, September 27 at 5512 E. Main St. in Farmington.

The Tuesday Morning Birders group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 27 at the Riverside Nature Center at Animas Park, near Browning Parkway in Farmington. Participation is free for experienced and novice bird watchers. Free. Dial 505-599-1422.

The BLAST after-school program takes place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at the Bloomfield Public Library, 333 S. 1st Holy free. Dial 505-632-8315.

The Farmington Farmers Market takes place from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. Free. Dial 505-334-9496.

Trivia night will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 at Clancy’s Irish Pub and Cantina, 2701 E. 20e Call St. 505-325-8176.

morning story time takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at the Bloomfield Public Library, 333 S. 1st Call St. 505-632-8315.

A Brown Bag Birding session will take place at noon on Wednesday, September 28 at the Riverside Nature Center at Animas Park, near Browning Parkway in Farmington. Participants are invited to bring their lunch and join the center staff in the observation room to observe wildlife. Free. Dial 505-599-1422.

The Aztec Farmer’s Market will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Westside Plaza, 1409 W. Aztec Blvd. Dial 505-634-6171.

The weekly Jazz Jam presented by the San Juan Jazz Society and the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Orchard Plaza, 1 N. Orchard Ave. in downtown Farmington. Free. Call 505-320-0615.

Jose Villareal performs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Clancy’s Irish Cantina, 2701 E. 20e Street in Farmington. Free. Dial 505-325-8176.

Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610 or [email protected] Support local journalism with a digital subscription: http://bit.ly/2I6TU0e.