The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne—892-2456.

Mondays: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.

Tuesdays: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

First Tuesday: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesday: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

First Wednesday: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

Saturdays: Placitas Library Story Hour. 10 to 11 a.m.

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Sundays: Placitas Library. Coffee, conversation, and the Times (Los Angeles and New York) 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m.

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

April 1-29: MasterWorks of New Mexico 2005 Spring Art Show. Sponsored by the Pastel Society of New Mexico, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Rio Grande Art Association, Miniature Arts Bardean. Show runs all month. Expo New Mexico (New Mexico Fairgrounds), Hispanic Arts Building, Albuquerque. 260-9977.

April 2-3. LodeStar's planetarium is equipped with a million-dollar projection system and, at 55 feet in diameter, the biggest screen in New Mexico.

April 2: Albuquerque Baroque Players present “Some of Our Favorite Things,” a concert of Baroque music performed on period instruments. Guest artist: Stephen Redfield, Baroque violin. Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines, NE. $12/$10/$5. 255-7089,

April 2: "Forever Young" run, 10K race and 2-mile noncompetitive walk in memory of runner Charlie Young. 8 a.m. Homesteads Village, Placitas. (See announcement in this Signpost.)

April 2 and 3: “Passport to the Universe” plays on the hour from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Special admission to opening weekend shows will be half-price: $3 adults, $2.50 seniors, and $1.50 children ages 3 to 12. Admission includes access to two floors of interactive astronomy exhibits, along with telescope viewing of sunspots on LodeStar's second-floor observing deck. See full description of show below, at April 4.

April 2, 9, 16, 23: Santa Ana Garden Center free workshops, 10-11 a.m. “Permaculture 101” with Jim Brooks (4/2), “Soil Structures” with Dave Davenport (4/9), “Gardening for Birds” with Jeff Donult (4/16), “Traditional Uses of Native Plants” with Donna Thatcher (4/23). 157 Jemez Dam Road, Bernalillo 867-1322.

April 3: Bill Sapien, Sandoval County Commission chairman, speaks on “Juarez and the Mexican Revolution.” Delavy House Museum, across the river on US 550, west of Coronado Monument on Edmond Lane.Free and open to the public. Sandoval County Historical Society.

April 3: (Repeat performance) Albuquerque Baroque Players present “Some of Our Favorite Things,” a concert of Baroque music performed on period instruments. Guest artist: Stephen Redfield, Baroque violin. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Old Church Road, Corrales. $12/$10/$5. 255-7089,

April 3: Coronado State Monument bird walk. Early morning bird walk along the Rio Grande with a lecture and slide show. 8-10 a.m. 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, 867-5351.

April 4 and ongoing: “Passport to the Universe” show in Lodestar’s world-class digital theater explores the size and beauty of the heavens in three leaps of scale and helps us to understand our place in the cosmos. High-tech computer-generated graphics. Incredible visualizations. Lodestar, in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.daily. The “Enchanted Skies” show continues to play at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children. 1801 Mountain Road NW in Old Town Albuquerque.

April 4: Linda Lasswell Spaulding, from Placitas, invites you to her first book signing (Walking Home on the Camino de Santiago). Page One Books, 7:00 p.m. 11018 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, 294-2026.

April 4: An ongoing lecture series sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. “Ornamental Grasses,” by Mike Dooley, owner, High Desert Garden, Rio Rancho. Learn from local experts about gardening in New Mexico. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free, open to the public. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road (next to the post office), Rio Rancho. Sandoval County Extension Office, 867-2582.

April 4-29: “The Nerve: A Col-aberration,” by Lisa Gill and Kris Mills. Reception on Friday, April 8, 5-8:30 p.m. with a poetry reading at 6 p.m. and live syringe painting. Lisa Gill, author of Red as a Lotus (La Alameda Press) and sculptor Kris Mills have collaborated on a multimedia exhibition that explores the complexities of multiple sclerosis and our ideas about this often devastating neurological disorder. Sculpture, mixed-media works, audio, interactive installations. Lisa will give a brief reading at the reception, and will share her unconventional painting technique inspired by the hundreds of injections she's received in the last 18 months. Harwood Art Center Main Gallery, 1114 Seventh Street NW (corner of Mountain Road and Seventh Street).

April 6: DWI Planning Council, Law Enforcement Taskforce, 3 p.m., Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety Substation 5.

April 6: 10:30 a.m–Noon and 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Placitas Community Library's first book discussion. The Da Vinci Code. Several copies available. 10:30 to noon; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 867-3355.

April 7: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 8: "From the Big Bang to Big Brains," lecture by Astrophysicist Dr. Jeff Hester will probe the age-old question of how our structurally rich universe formed from the blinding flash known as the big bang. 8 p.m. LodeStar Astronomy Center planetarium theater, Albuquerque, (505) 841-5972,

April 9: Sandoval County Health and Wellness Expo. Health screenings, blood drive, special guest presenters, children's Creation Station, talent showcase,. information on diabetes, smoking cessation, children's health, cancer awareness, alternative health practices. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rio Rancho High School.

April 9: Placitas Acequia Workshop. Join representatives of the local acequia associations to learn about this important element of New Mexico culture. A short presentation will be followed by a tour of Placitas acequias. 9 a.m.-noon. Meet 9 a.m. at Placitas Community Center.

April 9 through May 7: Workshops for artists planning to hold workshops in schools. An introduction to working in the classroom with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Held in Deming, Des Moines, Farmington, Gallup, Hobbs, Mora, Mountainair, Raton, Taos. To register, call 800-879-4278. For schedule and details, contact Ann Weisman, at (505) 827-6490, 800-879-4278, or

April 9: Free talk on the need for assisted-dying legislation. 1:30 p.m. Explores how to further the cause that is already supported by seventy percent of the public. Sponsored by Compassion and Choices, 888-7375. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street, SE.


April 9: Community Dialogue, to bring together families and communities, specifically in Placitas. All welcome. 9:00 a.m. to noon. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For information and to participate, contact Donna Robbins, 771-1120 or

April 10: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents the Fry Street Quartet: Jessica Guideri, violin; Rebecca McFaul, violin; Russell Fallstad, viola; and Anne Francis, cello. Haydn's Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4; Britten’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25; and Dvorák's Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105. 3 p.m. Simms Center, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets at CMA office Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Symphony Center, 4407 Menaul Boulevard NE; 505-268-1990;; or at the door. $17-$35, students half price.

April 10: Elliott’s Ramblers play bluegrass, gospel, old-time music in Placitas. Part of the Placitas Artists Series. 3 p.m. Artists reception at 1:30 p.m. for Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Eleanor Modrick, Shirley Ann Sloop, Adrianna Scassellati. $15/$12. Placitas Presbyterian Church. 867-8080, (See story in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.)

April 10: Lecture and book signing. A Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. 2 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science launches the guide in Albuquerque during a series of lectures. $2 general public; $1 students, museum members. For more information, contact Tish Morris at the NMMNH&S: (505) 841-2882. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas, (505) 867-1396. Free and open to the public.

April 11: Backstage Pass—Props Shopping. Albuquerque Little Theatre's resident production coordinator Claudia Mathes leads a discussion on how to construct theatrical props. Includes food, drink, and a tour of Albuquerque Little Theatre. A fun way to meet people and learn what goes on behind the scenes. Call the box office to resister. 6 p.m. $20. 242-4750,

April 12: A Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. Gerry Sussman introduces the book and the concept it represents. Bob Julyan discusses the Sandia Mountains' ecology; Paul Stubbe discusses weather; and Mary Stuever discusses forest ecology and succession, including fire ecology. 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

April 13: Watershed Project Meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m. LPA Board Meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. La Puerta Building. Community members welcome.

April 13 to 30: Storehouse West fourth annual flower sale. Geraniums, daisies, hanging baskets of ivy geraniums and verbena, $3 to $11. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1030-R Veranda Drive, Rio Rancho. Special Saturday sales April 16 and 23. 892-2077.

April 13: Placitas Library Board Meeting. 7 p.m Everyone is invited to join us.

April 14: Rockin’ R Gallery Birthday Party. Cake, refreshments. Plans for phase 2 of the gallery to be revealed. 6 to 9 p.m. 3 Homesteads Road, Placitas, 867-9595.

April 20: Public hearing will receive comments from seniors on county programs. Make your problems, comments, and concerns known. 10 a.m. to noon, Bernalillo Recreation Center, 371 Rotary Park Road.

April 21: Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce “Meet and Greet.” Open to members and prospective members. 5:30 p.m. B & G Office Supply, 1248 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-1185,

April 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center.

April 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 21, 22, 23, and 24: Second annual New Mexico International Auto Show. 2005 and 2006 cars, light trucks, SUVs, mini vans, factory concept cars from 32 foreign and domestic manufacturers, jet skis, ATVs, New Mexico's largest motorcycle exhibit, after market product arcade, Kids Kar Show (a popular electric and pedal-powered interactive test track for children). Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second Street NW. More information at

April 22: Harwood Art Center is breaking ground for The Poets' Plaza. A City of Albuquerque Public Art Project, the Poets' Plaza has been years in the making. Ceremony will coincide with Earth Day celebrations at Escuela del Sol Montessori School.

April 22 and 23: Free Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing Workshop at Jemez Pueblo. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, contact The Quivira Coalition, (505) 820-2544, extension 0# or

April 23: Placitas Library Earth Day Celebration. Bring your kids and perhaps your gloves as we plan to plant a small vegetable garden in honor of Earth Day. Come as your favorite plant or animal, and we will play and plant! 10 a.m. to noon.

April 23: Mountain Bike the Placitas Open Space. This bike tour, led by local newspaper publisher and outdoor enthusiast Ty Belknap, will give you a special view of the Placitas Open Space. Meet at the West Access with your bikes at 8:45 a.m. Directions from I-25: East on Highway 165, left (north) onto Frontage Road for 1.5 miles, right (east) onto Camino Manzano for 1.3 miles, left onto Santa Ana Loop for 0.9 miles, left onto Cloud View Court. Open gate at end of Cloud View Court (please close gate behind you.) Drive to turnaround, where you may park and walk into the Open Space.

April 24: The Friends of Coronado State Monument present “Petroglyph National Monument: A Place of Power” with speaker Gretchen Ward. 2:00 p.m. $5 per person; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument. At Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, 867-6115.

April 24: The Friends of Coronado State Monument present “Ethnography of the Volcanic Landscape.” Gretchen Ward, Petroglyph National Monument's cultural resource program manager, will give a talk and slide presentation about the use of the volcanic landscape by the prehistoric Indians. 2 p.m. Coronado State Monument, west of the town of Bernalillo. Call Katherine at 867-6115 to reserve a space. $5 per person; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument.

April 26: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 p.m., County Health Commons.

April 26: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 26: Jayne Aubele, Larry Crumpler, and Spencer Lucas discuss how and when the Sandias were formed, and what rocks, mineral resources, and fossils they contain. 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

April 26: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association meets at 6 p.m. at Zomeworks (South of I-40 on 12th St., left on Bellamah). After the brief meeting, Steve Baer will present "Solar Water Heating." The meeting is open to the public and free of charge. 505-246-0400,

April 29: Learn the status quo on drug legislation in New Mexico at the April West Side Unit meeting of the League of Women Voters. Esther Bone Library, 950 Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho. 1 p.m. Speakers from the local league's Drug Policy Committee will focus on "Legislative Happenings and Next Steps." Call the League of Women Voters office during morning hours Mondays through Fridays at 884-8441 for more information.

April 30: Dia del Niño party with storytelling, book readings, presentations by local authors, piñata breaking, book walk, performances by local youth, goody bags. 1 to 5 p.m. Outside the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque. Ages three to twelve. 246-2261.

April 30: 2005 Bark in the Park celebration at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex in High Resort. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign-up deadline is April 15. Vendors, demonstrators, sponsors sought. Information and forms are available from Crystal McClernon, 306-0801, or online at

April 30: Placitas Community Library Birthday Party. Please join us on Placitas Appreciation Day as we say thanks for our first full year of operation. Plans are still in the works. Placitas Brass Band? Placitas Mountain Band? Other possibilities include Pepi's Pet Parade, book sale, plant sale, raffle, new and interesting things at the library. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 30: Placitas Appreciation Day. Booths, food, music, karaoke. Sponsored by the Placitas Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 1: Deadline for submissions to SouthWest Writers contest. Cash prizes, written critiques. (505) 265-9485,






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