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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: Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

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 Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Their function is to increase the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors.Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

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.

Through April 19: The Corrales Bosque Gallery is showing the watercolors of Pauline Eaton. Corrales Bosque Gallery, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. Open every day: 10-5., 898-7203

Through May 10: The Corrales Bosque Gallery also has an ongoing exhibit of works by 20 artists entitled "Hand to Mouth." Corrales Bosque Gallery, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. Open every day: 10-5., 898-7203

Through June 3: “Hand to Mouth.” Food-related art and more. Corrales Bosque Gallery’s yearly benefit show. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Forty percent of all proceeds made opening day will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Free gourmet food donated by local chefs. For information, call or visit the Corrales Bosque Gallery, Mercado de Maya, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. 898-7203. You may also visit their website at:

Through October 23: The Sandoval County Master Gardener Hotline is now open at 867-2582 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Veteran Master Gardeners will answer general gardening questions, from what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases may be a problem, and more.

March 27: Budget Hearing, 9 a.m., Commission Chambers.

March 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 28: Budget Hearing, 9 a.m., Commission Chamber.

March 29 and 30: Coronado Kennel Club Fundraiser—flea market/rummage sale. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Dog Club for Sandoval County. 724 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (parking lot of building just south of Allsup’s). For information, call Terry Smith at 771-8459.

April 1: The Sandoval County Cooperative Extension is hosting a free four-week class on “Cooking for Diabetics” on Tuesdays, through April 22, 9 a.m. until Noon. Sandoval County Visitor/Tourism Center, 264 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Free and all materials will be provided. To register: call Sandoval County Extension Service at 867-2582.

April 1: Monthly Meeting of Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas. Info: call Martin Bradshaw at 867-5942.

April 2: Local chapter of Holistic Moms Network meets, 6:30 p.m. Nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting mothers and families with an interest in natural health and mindful parenting. The new chapter will meet on the first Wednesday of each month on topics such as breastfeeding, informed vaccination, creating a non-toxic home, and attachment parenting. The chapter will also hold weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and have an email loop for online parenting support. The chapter welcomes moms from Sandoval County including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, and the surrounding areas. At Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas. Info: Heather Kerr, or

April 2: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Westside Church, 1650 Abrazo, Rio Rancho. Potluck dinner followed by a business meeting at 7:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Alice Byrne will present a short program on education. The public is welcome at no charge. Membership is open to both men and women. Info: Janice Saxton, 867-1139 or

April 3: Placitas Library Preschool story time, 10:00 a.m. Info: 867-3355.

April 3: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 4: The New Mexico Bead Society members will be displaying their work for sale at the Arts Alliance Gallery, 1100 San Mateo NE, Suite 10 in Albuquerque. Opening reception on April 4, 6-9 p.m., will include a silent auction to benefit community outreach. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Some Saturday hours are posted during the show, since many workshops, bead demonstrations, and classes will be offered during the month. Show runs through April.

April 6: The Sandoval County Historical Society meets at 2:00 p.m. April speaker: Van Ann Moore who will present “Dona Tules Barceló,” the famous gambling hall queen of Santa Fe. Artist Nancy Hawkes will be exhibiting her paintings. Refreshments served. Free, open to the public. Delavy House Museum, off of Highway 550, west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and Santa Ana Star Casino. Info: Martha Liebert, 867-2755.

April 6: April is Donate Life Month. The Organ Transplant Awareness Bingo Fundraiser (501c3) will be held in Bernalillo. OTAP kids will also be selling homemade goods for donations. Monies raised from this fundraiser used for high school senior scholarships. 4-7 p.m. Not a bingo player? Come eat dinner! Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center, Bernalillo. Info: 867-0498.

April 7: Loren Meinz, Sandoval County Master Gardener, and speakers from The Sandoval County Cooperative Extension will speak at the Sandoval County Master Gardeners lecture held April 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. The topic is “Grading, Erosion Prevention, and Water Harvesting in the Home Landscape.” It will be held at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE in Rio Rancho. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Office at 867-2582.

April 7: Placitas Library Book Club, 4:00 p.m. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory McGuire. Info: 867-3355 to verify time and location.

April 9: County Health Alliance Council, 9:00 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

April 11: Band Boosters of Rio Rancho High School presents the world-famous Cab Calloway Orchestra, lead by C. Calloway Brooks. One night only. 7 p.m. Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center, 301 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. Tickets: $25 advance/$30 door. Available at: Baum’s Music, 3301Southern Blvd (Country Club Plaza) and 2908 Eubank NE; The Color Spot, 3771 Southern Blvd; and HI DE HO!

April 12: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1:00 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. Info: Vincent, 505-898-5784,

April 13: The Placitas Artists Series presents “Con Brio!,” by the Brass Roots Trio. 3 p.m. Classical masterpieces, sizzling jazz, decadent tangos, heart-warming Americana. Artists reception precedes the concert at 1:30 p.m. and features Daniela DeLuca, Sylvia Eisenhart, Robert LeBlanc and Jeffery J. Schmitt. Tickets: $18/$15., 867-8080, 867-3333. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. [See article, this Signpost.]

April 15: Marian Bray will be bringing four of her wild mustangs and talk on the history of the wild mustang in New Mexico and how to adopt one. 4:30 p.m. Lynne Pomeranz, mustang photographer, will also be at the program, and will do a book signing and have books and other materials for sale. This program is geared to all ages and prizes will be awarded to a few lucky participants. No tickets required. Esther Bone Branch Library program room, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, in Rio Rancho, behind the Post Office. Info: 891-5012, extension 3128 or

April 16: Placitas Library Bilingual story hour, 3:00 p.m. for ages two to ten. 867-3355.

April 16: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room.

April 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Corrales Senior Center.

April 17: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3:00 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 17: Board of Finance, 5:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 19. Friends of Coronado State Monument offer a Photography Workshop: “Light and the Grand Landscape,” led by Alex Candelaria Sedillos, an editorial and advertising photographer, and member of of the Coronado State Monument staff. All levels of experience and for any type of camera. Bring your gear. 9:00 a.m. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. $20. Refreshments served. Participation is limited. Reservations: Pat Harris at (505) 822-8571 or

April 19: Ashtanga Flow Yoga Class, 10-11 a.m.
Geared to all levels of yoga experience. Free. Prior sign-ups are required at the adult information desk in the library or call or email to register. Space is limited to 20 participants. Esther Bone Branch Library program room, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho. Info: 891-5012, extension 3128, or email Bring a yoga mat (or small rug or towel), wear comfortable clothing.

April 20: Corrales Growers' Market Sign Up Meeting, 1 p.m. Free hot dogs and burgers. Growers' market lot; 500 Jones Rd. or Rec. Center, Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

April 20: Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a presentation by James B. Walker, Southwest Regional Director and Vice President of the Archaeological Conservancy. 2 p.m. Topic is “In the Shadows of the Sangre de Christo: Arroyo Hondo Pueblo” a one-thousand-room fourteenth century pueblo located just south of Santa Fe. Information regarding a follow-up field trip to the pueblo on April 26 will be available at the presentation. Delavy House, on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. Open to the public. Admission is $5 per person; free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

April 22: The swing jazz band, Le Chat Lunatique, will be performing gypsy and Western swing music similar to the sound that came out of 1940s Paris and similar to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. 6:30 pm. Esther Bone Branch Library program room, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, in Rio Rancho, behind the Post Office. Free, but tickets are required and available at the adult information desk. Info: 891-5012, extension 3128, or

April 24: Bosque Blues Band Concert presents an evening of blues music. 6:30 p.m. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. Free for all ages, but tickets required and available at the Adult Reference Desk. Info: Adult Services Dept., (505) 891-5013, Ext. 3030.

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

April 25 to May 9: Practical Permaculture Design Course, Wind River Ranch, Las Vegas NM. Learn practical solutions for sustainable living: from basics of nature-based design, to natural building, alternative energies use, productive ecologies, food forests and orchards design to rainwater harvesting, community building, alternative economics and more. Permaculture Institute. Last day to register is April 23. Info:

April 26: Placitas Library 4th Annual Library Birthday Bash and Zoo-to-You Summer Reading Challenge kick off, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Info: 867-3355.

April 27: Corrales Growers' Market start of the season. Plant and Garden Show 9 a.m.–noon. Music by the Squash Blossom Boys; Market Shop, greens, leeks, onions, radishes, honey, baked goods. 500 Jones Rd., Corrales, next to Corrales Post Office. Free. 898-7927.

April 27: Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico Dog Match for Conformation, Obedience and Rally events. Match held on the soccer field at the Loma Colorado Park, Rio Rancho. Registration begins: 9 a.m., judging begins 11 a.m. Info: call Martin Bradshaw at 867-5942.





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