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El Rinconcito español 

Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos.

We see faces, but we don’t know hearts.

De lo que no veas, ni la mitad te creas.

Unless you see it for yourself, don’t believe even half

Con la vara que midas, serás medido.
With the stick you measure with, you will be measured.

Submitted by SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills,


Placitas paving projects scheduled for FY 2006

—Signpost staff

Sandoval County has approved three Placitas paving projects that are tentatively scheduled for the 2006 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005. The improvements will be made jointly with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and focus on school-bus routes.

The largest projects are the Placitas Trails and La Mesa neighborhoods and will overlay 2.4 miles of existing roads with 1.5 inches of fresh asphalt, stripe the roads, and upgrade signs at a cost of $150,000. The work covers Camino Barranca from Tierra Madre to its end and Placitas Trails from Roadrunner Court to its cul-de-sac.

Two dirt roads totaling 0.24 miles are listed for paving at a cost of $23,100: Aspen Court in Ranchos de Placitas and Calle Cacto in La Mesa.



Children invited to Día del Niño party at Hispanic center

Head Start, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families will hold a Día del Niño celebration on April 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. outside the Cultural Center, at 1701 4th Street SW, in Albuquerque. Activities will include storytelling, book readings, presentations by local authors, piñata breaking, a book walk, performances by local youth, and goody bags. The target audience is children from three to twelve years old and their families. Interested organizations are also invited to lend their expertise at the event. For more information, call 246-2261.


Community dialogue offered to help community healing

Donna Robbins

Many of us in the U.S. are struggling with recent economic, political, and social realities that have fractured our families, our communities, and our country. We all know what we stand for in terms of ethics and values, but we are unsure of what others believe and practice. Suspicion and divisiveness mark our communities—hardly a healthy atmosphere in which to live and raise our children. While we cannot "fix" our country at large, we can begin the process of dialoguing with one another, and in this way we can bring together our own families and communities, specifically here in Placitas.

On Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, a community dialogue will take place at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. We will use a formal dialogue process to find the common ground that enables us to heal. All residents of the Placitas community are welcome; the only requirement is that participants sincerely want to support the purpose.

The dialogue process was first proposed by philosopher Martin Buber and later by physicist, David Bohm.

Dialogue enables people to talk with each other—even from very diverse perspectives— and not "make war." It is a process that is practiced with deep respect for each individual's right to be heard and acknowledged. Dialogue is significantly different from conversation in which different ideas are presented with the possibility of one point of view emerging as the "winner." In dialogue, participants do not try to convince others that their point of view is the best, but rather that their point of view is worthy.

Dialogue is currently being used as a part of the peacemaking process in the Middle East and as a tool nationally and internationally to aid diverse groups of individuals create a common vision for how they may better work and live together.

Led by an experienced facilitator, the dialogue begins as participants learn (and agree to) certain principles, which include the following:

  • Listen without interrupting and with the intention to truly hear what is being said.
  • Suspend personal assumptions—those deeply held certainties or beliefs—in order to allow other points of view to be heard.
  • Honor silence, taking time to reflect before speaking.
  • Stay aware; examine your motives and reactions before you speak.
  • Speak your truth without making someone else wrong.

We welcome and encourage your attendance at this important event. To participate or for more information, please contact Donna Robbins at 771-1120 or


Archaeologist will discuss Petroglyph National Monument images

Gretchen Ward, Cultural Resource Program Manager and archaeologist for Petroglyph National Monument, will give a talk and slide show on Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Coronado State Monument. Her talk will discuss some of the images found at Petroglyph National Monument, “that place people talk about.” Upon its volcanic landscape are representations of what was important to Pueblo people over seven hundred years ago and what continues to hold significance for people of many cultures today.

Ward has prior experience as a park ranger at Death Valley National Monument. She has been an archaeologist with the federal government since 1992.

Coronado State Monument is in Bernalillo, west of the Rio Grande. Call Katherine at 867-6115 to reserve a space. Admission is $5 per person; Friends of Coronado State Monument are admitted free.


Don’t miss the county health expo in April

Laura Helwig
Sandoval County Tobacco Preventionist

Spring Into Good Health is the theme of the county's second annual Health and Wellness Expo on April 9 at Rio Rancho High School.

The expo, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium, is coordinated by the tobacco prevention programs of Sandoval County and Rio Rancho Public Schools.

Activities will include health screenings, a blood drive, special guest presenters, a children's Creation Station, and a talent showcase. There will be lots of door prizes and information on topics ranging from diabetes and smoking cessation to children's health, cancer awareness, and alternative health practices.

The goal is for participants to have fun while learning about healthy behaviors that all of us can incorporate into daily living.

Exhibitors at this year's expo will include the American Diabetes Association, Defined Fitness, Intel's Occupational Health, Meadowlark Family Health, and United Blood Services. Also on hand will be representatives from the Sandoval County DWI Prevention Program, Lovelace/Sandia Hospitals, the county's Clean Indoor Air Coaliton, and the New Mexico State Police Roll-Over Simulation, along with Deputy Kasey the Reading Dog, with the Sandoval County Sheriff's Department.

One simple way to spring into good health is to hop over with your friends and family to the County Health and Wellness Expo.


Auto show on the way

The 2005 New Mexico International Auto Show has announced five new participants and a 40 percent increase in exhibits for its second annual event April 21 to 24 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. For more information, visit






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