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Wendy DeLaCruz, left, hugs Marita Robinson before Robinson performs with her band along Lovers Lane during the 2015 ...more
Wendy DeLaCruz, left, hugs Marita Robinson before Robinson performs with her band along Lovers Lane during the 2015 Aztec Sparkles celebration. The event returns on Saturday.
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The seventh Community Christmas Nativity and Creche Exhibition takes place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 902 W. Blanco Blvd. in Bloomfield. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

An opening reception for the "Letters of Support and Raise a Glass" fundraiser takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. The event will feature original work on envelopes, postcards and mugs. Proceeds will benefit the college art department and students. The exhibition continues through Dec. 15. Call 505-566-3464.

The annual Evening of Lights celebration at Aztec Ruins National Monument, 725 Ruins Road in Aztec, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event features lantern displays in the ruins and cultural demonstrations in the Visitor Center, along with free cookies and hot cocoa. Admission is free. Call 505-334-6174.

The lighting of a Christmas tree and presentation of the Kirtland Citizen of the Year award will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the West Campus of San Juan College in Kirtland. Hot chocolate will be served, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.

The AstroFriday series at the San Juan College Planetarium on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington, continues Friday with a program on the Star of Bethlehem at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and no one will be admitted after the program has begun. A free, public stargaze with telescopes will take place in the courtyard after the second program. Admission is free. Call 505-566-3361.

"The Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners" exhibition opens at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The exhibition features approximately 40 works by artists from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Admission is free. Call 505-599-1174.

The Aztec Sparkles holiday celebration takes place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at various locations in Aztec. The festivities include an arts and crafts fair, a 5k run, hay wagon rides, an antique tractor and truck show, a DJ, a parade and live music. Call 505-334-7646.

A 2-mile bird walk takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. Admission is free, and participants are advised to dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Call 505-599-1422.

The seventh annual Fran Templeton Memorial Craft Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bloomfield High School, 520 N. First St. in Bloomfield. All proceeds from space sales will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomfield and the Bloomfield High School cheerleaders. Admission is free. Call 505-486-6244.

Jingle and Mingle, the annual open house at the Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Road in Farmington, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. The event features refreshments, holiday games and door prizes. Admission is free. Call 505-599-1184.

Riverside Nature Center visitors will have the chance to make simple bird feeders from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. Participation is free. Call 505-599-1422.

The Best Brass of Christmas presents a concert of Christmas music at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 414 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington. Admission is free, and hot chocolate will be served. Call 505-860-8122 or 505-598-0887.

The Tre Rios chapter of the Compassionate Friends will hold its seventh annual World Candle Lighting program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Little Theatre on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. The program will include readings, music and a candle lighting. Call 505-860-9381 or 505-860-3767.

The Teen Movie Monday series continues at 4 p.m. Monday in the Teen Zone at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave., with a free screening of "Wonder Woman." The 2017 action-adventure-superhero film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Danny Huston. Teens can earn free snacks for the movie by picking up a punch card and attending library programs or checking out library materials. Visit infoway.org or call 505-599-1270.

A broadcast of the New York Ballet Company performance of "The Nutcracker" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave., as part of the Lincoln Center at the Movies series. Admission is free. Call 505-599-1270 or visit infoway.org.

Education specialist Donna Thatcher leads the Tuesday Birding session at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. Participation is free, and participants are advised to dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Call 505-599-1422.

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