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Edgewood Family History Center class, “Introduction to DNA for Genealogy,” 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church in Edgewood SEPTEMBER 27. For info email

Stargazing at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, SEPTEMBER 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. Trails open til dusk for guided trail hikes; From 8 – 9 p.m. astronomers will allow the public to peer through their telescopes. Free. For info call 505-281-5259.

Michael F. Brown, president of the School for Advanced Research and author of “The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People,” will speak about encounters with an indigenous people of Peru and contested zones of the Amazonian frontier at 7 p.m. on SEPTEMBER 28 at La Sala de Galisteo. For info see

Free seminar on how to preserve and store photos so they are safe in the event of a disaster, SEPTEMBER 30 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the East Mountain Library in Tijeras. Have up to 50 photos scanned in high res at no charge. For info call 505-280-7709.

Navajo Taco fundraiser and dance to help Julio Rodriquez SEPTEMBER 30 from 2-7 p.m. at the Willard Community Center. Music by DJ Milo. $7 a plate, $10 for the dance. To donate or for info call Arlene Mendez at 505-384-9489.

Mountainair Banquet and Fundraiser, SEPTEMBER 30, 6 p.m. at Dr. Saul Community Center. Call ahead for tickets to 505-705-5999. Sponsored by FFA, 4-H, and Manzano Mountain Gun Club. All are welcome.

Cars & Coffee, 8-10 a.m. at Cabra Coffee, in Cedar Crest SEPTEMBER 30. Bring your family, friends, cars, trucks and motorbikes. For info join “East Mountains Classic Cars” on Facebook.

Spirit on the Mountain, a celebration of body, mind and spirit, OCTOBER 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Elevation Fitness 6874 in Cedar Crest. Psychic readers, healers, artists, vendors, more. Entry fee $5. For info contact 505-328-3734 or

Lucy R. Lippard, author, art and culture critic, will read from her book, “Down Country,” five centuries of Pueblo Indian Culture in the Galisteo Basin and her work-in-progress, “Pueblo Chico,” a history of the Galisteo village, at 7 p.m. on OCTOBER 5 (changed date) at La Sala de Galisteo. For info see

Farm tour OCTOBER 7 at Old Windmill Dairy in Estancia. Feed baby goats, cheese sampling, arts and crafts, roasting smores, pumpkin painting. $10 for kids, $16 for adults. Movie night with Goats, double feature, showing Legends of Sleepy Hollow and Halloween. Tickets $10 to $26 and available at

Brews on Bachelor, a festival OCTOBER 7 from 4-10 p.m. Beer sampling, sales and by the glass with brews from Santa Fe Brewing, Sierra Blanca Brewing and Ale Republic. 21 and over, $5 per person. Tickets are limited. Live music, games, football, bonfires, vendors. For info look for Brews on Bachelor on Facebook.

Pet Blessing Service, OCTOBER 8 at Mountainside United Methodist Church in Cedar Crest at 2:30 p.m. Non-aggressive animals are welcome. For details, contact or 505-286-9984.

Food preservation series at Estancia Methodist Church, OCTOBER 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, Freezing & Drying. Classes $10 and limited to 12 participants. For info and reservations call 505-544-4333.

Facing East gallery opening at Cibola Arts Gallery in Mountainair, OCTOBER 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Route 66 Arts Alliance meets OCTOBER 10 at 6 p.m. at its Edgewood office. Planning for Winter Arts Festival and student art show. For info,

WestFest, dancing food and vendors at Mountain Arts on Broadway from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring Syd Masters OCTOBER 14. Sponsored by Manzano Mountain Art Council.

East Mountain Vineyard Church in Edgewood’s parking lot sale and bake sale, OCTOBER 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Something for everyone.

30th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour, OCTOBER 14-15, with over 25 artists and craftmen opening their studios. For info, visit or call 505-466-3541.

Fanciful 50s Vintage Tea, OCTOBER 15 at the Moriarty Civic Center, 1-4 p.m. Dress in your best vintage style and enjoy tea and refreshments to benefit the Moriarty Historical Society and Museum. Sweet and savory refreshments, entertainment, vintage portrait and keepsake, hat and costume contest. Call 832-0839 for info.

Music for the Soul opens its fall season OCTOBER 15 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Edgewood with the Giovanni String Quartet. Music by Bach, Mozart, Borodin, Dvorak and more. Reception at 2:30 p.m. with concert at 3 p.m. Free-will offering supports the music series. For info

Punkin Chunkin Festival, hosted by Estancia Rotary Club, OCTOBER 21 at Cape Calabaza in Estancia. Gates open at 8 a.m. Carnival opens, 10 a.m.; parade starts at 10:30. Launcher registration and practice starts at noon. 1 p.m. prince and princess crowned and official opening launch at 1:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. pie eating contest. For info 505-615-7059.

Taste of the East Mountains, OCTOBER 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Restaurants serving samples of best dishes, vendors with treasures, local music, talent, entertainment, door prizes. Sponsored by the East Mountain Chamber of Commerce, hosted by Legacy Church in Edgewood. For info call 505-281-1999.

Hands-on poultry processing workshop. Everything from tools to slaughter, plucking and bagging, OCTOBER 21 from 1-3 p.m. at Cogburn Farm in Moriarty. Space is limited for this free workshop. To register call 505-350-0595.

Halloween Hike, OCTOBER 30 t the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, starting at 6 p.m. A guided night hike, so headlamps or flashlights are required. Donations are appreciated. No pets allowed. For info contact Vanessa at 505-281-5259.

Flamenco de Abó dance performance, NOVEMBER 5 at Mountain Arts on Broadway in Mountainair at 2 p.m. Sponsored by Manzano Mountain Art Council.

Holiday craft fair NOVEMBER 18 at Holy Cross Church in Edgewood. For info, or 505-850-9720. Handmade crafts, entertainment, raffle and door prizes and food by Our Daily Bread food truck. Raffle proceeds benefit the Edgewood Animal Shelter.