Friday, Sept. 22
GARDEN SPROUTS: Stories and hands-on activities for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver from 9 to 10 a.m., weather permitting; sponsored by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and the Railyard Park Conservancy. Meet at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill, 725 Camino Lejo; $5 suggested donation; free to members and children under 12. STORY TIME: Bring your infants, toddlers and preschoolers for stories, songs and crafts at the Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado, 14 Avenida Torreon, 11:30 a.m. ALL-AGES CHESS: The Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado, 14 Avenida Torreon, presents a chess program from 3 to 5 p.m. All players under 12 must have parental permission. FRIDAY AFTERNOON ART: Families are invited to participate in a free art program called Come Play With Clay from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Southside Branch Library. INAUGURAL LANTERN FEST: Send your hopes, wishes, and dreams to the skies at this all-ages event, sponsored by the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. The fest will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Downs at Santa Fe, 27475 W. Frontage Road. Arrive early to enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment before the lights go up! Lanterns are set to fly at dusk. Tickets are $25; children 4 and under get in free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Food Depot. Purchase tickets at the Buffalo Thunder Box Office or tickets.com.