Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 505-404-8492.

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.

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. The cost is $15 per person or $5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Thursdays: Award-Winning Beading Class of the Placitas Community Center. 1-4 p.m. The Beading Group at the Placitas Community Center includes beginners, advanced, and senior beaders. They enjoy working on their own personal creations as well as instructed techniques and styles. All beaders bring in their personal beads and supplies and work at their own pace. Ideas are shared amongst each other and all have a great time. Both men and women are involved in this activity. All are welcome to attend the class.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

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

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Through April 28: New Mexico Showcase, a juried exhibition of eighty established and emerging New Mexico artists, includes the work of three Placitas artists: A mixed-media piece, by Jennifer Vasher; a digital ink print, by Margi Weir; and a mixed-media mosaic, by Laura Robbins. Guest juror: Peter Frank. 516 Art Gallery, 516 Central Avenue, SW. Downtown Albuquerque.

April 3: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club. Welcome Coffee. Learn of the Clubs’ varied activities. Open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque and Sandoval County for 5 years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. Men’s group. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

April 3: Gardening with the Masters—growing grapes. 7-8:30 p.m. Rex Franklin, Sandoval County Veteran Master Gardener, will teach attendees how to grow grapes. To be held at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. Free event offered by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension Master Gardeners. Sandoval County Extension, 867-2582.

April 6:  “Bone” making project for the One Million Bones Project (OMB) in association with the Placitas Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Group. 12-4 p.m. To be held at the Placitas Community Library. Refreshments will be provided.

April 7-30: Johnson Gallery “Thank You Show.” Works by twenty artists who have supported the gallery in recent years. Reception on April 7 from 3-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2843 Highway 14 N in Madrid, 87010 on the Turquoise Trail. For information call 505-471-1054.

April 12: Corrales Historical Society “Speaker Series 2012.” 7 p.m. Former US Senate staff member Karl Braithwaite presents: “New Mexico’s Representation in the US Senate Over the Last Forty Years.” Old San Ysidro Church @ 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

April 15: Joann Mazzio speaks about her challenging research of the last few years into the history of the Kuaua Pueblo. 2 p.m. Joann Mazzio is a young adult and children’s author. To be held at the Coronado State Monument. Admission is $5.00. Students and Friends of Coronado State Monument are free.

April 20: Town of Bernalillo celebrates Earth Day with public events. Earthen architecture and adobe workshops at YCC construction sites from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See article, this Signpost, for further details.

April 21: The Placitas Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Group holds third annual event. 2 p.m. The event will include a film clip about the Holocaust and genocide around the world and a candle lighting ceremony honoring those who have died as a result of genocide. To be held at the Placitas Community Library.

April 21: Adobe wall construction and adobe plastering demonstration. 10-4 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, Coronado State Monument Rangers, aided by the Youth Conservation Corps team from Bernalillo will give a demonstration. To be held at the Coronado State Monument. Admission is $3.00.

April 21: Guided hike to the top of the Crest of Montezuma. Meet at the Placitas Post Office at 8:30 a.m. This three to four mile hike is strenuous and involves bushwhacking and steep ground. Walking sticks, sturdy shoes, sun hats, snacks, and water are recommended.

April 22: Placitas Elementary School reunion for high school graduating class of 2012. 2-5 p.m. A potluck BBQ, held at Placitas Elementary School, will celebrate this milestone. For more info, or if you wish to help, email Pam or Peter Colton at

April 25: Placitas Recycling Association Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting, 7:00 p.m., La Puerta Realty office, 01 Ridge Court, Placitas. 867-3388.

April 26: Sandoval County Historical Society, a special extra ordinary meeting. 2 p.m. To share the history of Santuario De San Lorenzo. To be held at Santuario De San Lorenzo, 301 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (next to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church).

April 28: Sandoval County CASA second annual “Walk for the Kids.” 10 a.m. Meet at the southernmost parking lot of Intel—look for the large mobile billboard. For more information on how you and/or your group can participate in the walk, call Dr. Tammy Hanks at 720-7030 or visit the website at

April 28: Well-known naturalist Bill Dunmire will lead a tour of shrubs, grasses, and flowering plants in the Placitas Open Space. Meet at the Open Space East Access at 8:45 a.m. For more information visit

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