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Featured events in the Tri-City area of Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec
The Ba’ Hane poetry zine contains poetry by Navajo Preparatory School students. (DelSheree Gladden/The Journal)
Saad ak'e'elchi' poetry reading

The Saad ak'e'elchi' poetry reading will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Totah Theater, 315 W. Main St.

The poetry reading is the culmination of a two-week residency at Navajo Preparatory School with Navajo poets Venaya Yazzie and Tina Descheenie.

Yazzie and Descheenie worked with students to write and workshop poems in English and the students’ native languages. Student poetry was published in the bilingual poetry zine, “Saadak'e'elchi.” Selected poems will be read by the students at the event.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with readings from students and mentors after the reception.

The poetry reading is free and open to the public. For information, call (505) 320-0615.

Home and Garden Expo

The San Juan County Home and Garden Expo will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Explore home products and services offered in the Four Corners. Vendors will feature innovative ideas, garden goods, kitchen gadgetry and home décor.

Swag bags will be available for the first 100 guests. The Easter Bunny will be available Saturday for the Easter Kindness egg hunt.

Admission is $2 per person. For information, call (505) 320-6361.

Downtown Art Walk
Artifacts Gallery will be one of many downtown business hosting artists during the Art Walk April 7. (Herald file photo)

Art walks will return to downtown Farmington from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Downtown art walks host local artists and makers in downtown businesses, in pocket parks on Main Street and at Orchard Park Plaza.

Art walks are organized by Northwest New Mexico Arts Council as a way to celebrate the cultural arts community and to elevate the creative economy in San Juan County.

Block-by-block events include the Orchard Park's Makers Market, an open mic night at Locke Street Eats, an Easter craft show at Inspired Moments Event Center and live music at Orchard Park.

Art walks will also take place June 2, Oct. 6 and Nov. 25.

The art walk is free and family-friendly. For information, call (505) 320-0615 or email flotrujillonm@gmail.com.

CASA training

Community members interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate are invited to attend a 25-hour preservice training from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at RiverStone Church training room, 810 N. Buena Vista Ave.

CASA volunteers advocate for neglected or abused children in San Juan County. Volunteers work with professionals in children’s civil court cases to speak for the best interests of child victims of abuse and neglect to assure they reach a safe and permanent home in a timely fashion.

This is a free training program. Additional training sessions will be held through April 13. Independent, guided learning modules are also available along with five hours of court observation.

To learn more about the CASA program and to apply online, visit childhavennm.org/casa. For more information, email advocatecoach@childhavennm.org or call (505) 325-5358, ext. 182.

Sassy Tortoise and Hare benefit run
The Sassy Tortoise and Hare benefit run raises money for services for sexual assault survivors. (Courtesy SASNWNM)

The 11th annual Sassy Tortoise and Hare benefit run will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Orchard Park, 105 N. Orchard Ave.

Race options include a 10k run, 5k fun run or walk and a 1-mile stroller roll.

Race packet pickup will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the SAS office, 622 W. Main St., Suite F, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the event.

Live music will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with food trucks on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Race results and prize drawings will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

The run benefits services for survivors of sexual assault in the community and surrounding areas.

Registration fees are $25 for the 1-mile stroller roll, $35 for the 5k run or walk and $45 for the 10k run.

To register, visit www.runningguru.com/E1.asp?eID=107713.

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