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Featured events in the Tri-City area of Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec
Tiffany Terrell and Mikael Darmanie will perform in “Unbought” at the Connie Gotsch Theatre. (Courtesy The Core Ensemble)

In honor of National Women’s History month, the Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College will present a special music theater piece, “Unbought,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the San Juan College Connie Gotsch Theatre.

Actor Tiffany Terrell and pianist Mikael Darmanie, members of The Core Ensemble, will perform pieces that feature the stories of journalist and women’s suffrage activist Ida B. Wells, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and concubine Sally Hemings, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African American U.S. congresswoman and the first African American woman to run for president. The performance will also include music from popular and folk traditions and works by African American composers.

The event is sponsored by Citizens Bank through the San Juan College Foundation and is free and open to the public.

For information on the Broadening Horizons Lecture Series, contact the San Juan College Box Office at (505) 566-3430.

Join Farmington Museum for the first History Hike of the year at Honaker Trail. (Stock photo)
History hikes

Farmington Museum and Vistor Center will host a series of History Hikes, beginning with a hike at Honaker Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1, leaving from the museum, 3041 E. Main St.

The bus will leave the museum promptly at 8 a.m. and drive hikers for the trailhead. Honaker Trail is near Goose Neck State Park and is rated “hard” because of its elevation change of 1,643 feet.

Hikers are advised to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and appropriate shoes. Cost to participate is $20 per person. To register, call (505) 599-1400.

Galactic Gravel Grinder

The Galactic Gravel Grinder race will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2, in the Aztec area. The race will begin near Hart Canyon Road and County Road 2575.

The route is almost all dirt, with some pavement, and finishes on 4 miles of single track. Riders will encounter steep climbs up to 12%.

Mileage offered includes distances of 8.5 miles, 35 miles and 50 miles. The roads are considered rough and the last 3.8 miles finish on Alien Trail. Gravel bikes are recommended, but mountain bikes are also acceptable.

Navigation devices are mandatory on the 35- and 50-mile rides. The course will be marked, but navigation will help avoid riders missing a turn and getting lost.

Packet pickup will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. Registration fees are $35 to $65. To register, visit www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=302383.

Learn to properly prune fruit trees at Growing Forward Farm. (File photo)
Pruning workshop

New Mexico State University San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service will host a pruning and training workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Growing Forward Farm, 12 South Oliver Drive, Aztec.

Participants will train in the farm’s heritage orchard, which consists of about 55 apple, peach and cherry trees. Learn how to train young fruit trees to encourage productive growth using industry standard methodologies, including the central leader and vase techniques on both full-sized and dwarf trees.

Training orchard trees maximizes fruit production by increasing sunlight, decreasing pest pressure and creating the ideal canopy structure for fruiting.

The workshop will be led by County CES Director and Agriculture Agent Bonnie Hopkins-Byers and Growing Forward Farm Program Coordinator Andrew Foster.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Register online.

Home concert

Caliente Community Chorus will present Home in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave.

The spring concert will include choral works related to the concept of home. The choir will perform three movements from Bradley Ellingboe's new secular oratorio, “A Place Called Home,” which will premier at Carnegie Hall in April. Also included in the concert will be selections related to the planet, regional territory, structures and sanctuaries and kith and kin.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

For a full listing of events, check out the Farmington Community Calendar.