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APRIL 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m.-noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1, Placitas. 867-3355.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

April 1: Albuquerque Concert Band will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. at the Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center. For further information, see their website at [See article, this Signpost.]

April 1: The world premiere of a commissioned opera entitled Trinity is the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program’s offering as they begin their annual Spring Opera Tour. There will be an Albuquerque performance on April 1 at 3 p.m. at the KiMo Theater. For information about daytime performances for students, contact Education Director Andrea Walters at (505) 986-5928, or send email to

April 5: County Board of Finance Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 5: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 11: County Health Alliance Council, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

April 11: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

April 12: Cowboy Poetry Round-up, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., at the Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. Cowboy poet and musician John Abernathy, accompanied by Red Ryder and Josh Hanna, will perform an evening of western poetry, music, and discussion of the history of the wild mustang in New Mexico. For information, call the library at (505) 891-5013, ext. 3039, or email.

April 14: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. For information, call (505) 896-3347, or email

April 14: Pan American Round Table One (PART 1) celebrates Pan American Day with a fashion show presenting fashions by Arizona designer Alfredo’s Wife and a Marienda Tea held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 11 a.m. Tickets are $35, $15 charitable donation. Call (505) 861-1586 for tickets and information.

April 15: Placitas Artists Series presents Musica Antiqua de Albuquerque performing “Banchetto Musicale” at 3 p.m., a concert of music for festive occasions from the Renaissance, with voices and early instruments. A visual artists’ reception and exhibition for Mabel Culpepper, Gwen Peterson, Gary W. Priester, and Marilyn Saueressig begins at 1:30 p.m. For information, visit, or call (505) 867-8080. [See article, this Signpost.]

April 15: Corrales Growers’ Market Winter Market. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. For those who can’t wait, the winter market has a lot to offer, including baked goods, natural soaps, lavender products, herbs, jams, flowers, ristras, goat cheese, and beautiful flower arrangements, plus some opening season products, plants, etc. The Market is held on Corrales Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call (505) 898-7927.

April 15: Jemez Art Show at the Sandoval County Historical Society, once the home of New Mexico artist Edmond DeLavy. The opening reception is April 15 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be open each Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. until May 30. For further information, call (505) 867-5872. [See article, this Signpost.]

April 19: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Cuba Senior Center.

April 19: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 21: Spring Photography Workshop at the Coronado State Monument off I-25, west of Bernalillo, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $25. The workshop will emphasize the mechanics and aesthetics of “photography of the grand landscape” and “environmental portraiture.” For information, call Pat Harris at (505) 822-8571 or email .

April 22: Thimbleweed Quilt Group 2nd Annual Outdoor Quilt Show, to include quilt exhibition and sales, refreshments, and quilt raffle. The show will be held at the Rio Rancho Veteran’s Park on Pinetree Street, between the Post Office and the Esther Bone Library. Pinetree Street is north of Southern Boulevard, which is west of Route 528. Rain date will be April 29th. For information, call (505) 891-1190.

April 24: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 26: The Docents of the Corrales Historical Society will lead a trip through the North Valley, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of $30 covers the bus, lunch, and any guide charges and tips. The tour leaves promptly at 8 a.m. from the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, located on Old Church Road, off Corrales Road (NM 448). Call Hope Grey at (505) 897-3942 for information or reservations.

April 28: Las Placitas Association (LPA) is sponsoring a bird hike featuring migratory and nesting birds of the Placitas Open Space. The hike will begin at 8:15 am. and last four to five hours, however, people are free to leave earlier if they wish. Bring water, snacks, hats, sun block, and good hiking shoes. Meet at the open space east access. For directions, visit the LPA website at

April 28: Shop for Mother’s Day from fifty women-owned local businesses and participate in a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Barrett House (a local women’s shelter). Mother’s Day gifts include spa packages, hair and nail services, health and beauty products and services, and many other unique gift ideas. Vendors will also collect gently-used women’s business suits to donate to women’s shelters to support women transitioning to work. The event will be held at Our Lady of Fatima gym, located at 4020 Lomas Boulevard NE in Albuquerque. For information, call (505) 980-7483.

April 28 and 29: Rio Rancho Artists’ Association (RRAA) Studio Tour. Thirty-five artists working in media ranging from colored pencil and pastels, oil and acrylic paints, photography, sculpture, and fabric art open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event is sponsored by the City of Rio Rancho Cultural Enrichment Department, The Observer newspaper, and the RRAA. The starting point for the tour will be Haynes Park, at the corner of Route 528 and 21st in Rio Rancho by the BBQ pavilion, where directions and details will be provided. For tour information, call (505) 296-8631. For RRAA information, call (505) 771-0748, or visit

April 29: Opening Day of the Corrales Growers’ Market. 9 a.m – noon. Official season for Corrales Growers’ Market begins with a Plant and Garden Show. Come enjoy breakfast burritos and the music of The Squash Blossom Boys. Buy plants for your garden and visit lots more vendors with New Mexico-grown products. The Market is held on Corrales Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call (505) 898-7927.





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