Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

First Monday: Intentional Living Motivation: Learn how to create and manifest a successful, healthy and happy life. Explore, create and understand how to succeed using universal, physical and spiritual laws as tools. 5:30 p.m. Free. Placitas Community Center. Info: 620-3312.

Second Monday: The newly formed Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will hold their luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email:

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

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

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.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) 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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesday: 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: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

Third Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a "HAM" radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

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

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.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

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

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

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

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

Second Friday: The San-Bern Federated Republican Women meet at Chamisa Hills Country Club,  Southern and Country Club Drive. Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome, lunch reservations and information to Joyce Elliott, 891-8180. Meetings feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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 Saturday (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.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

March 30: 14th Annual Bernalillo Eggstravaganza. Egg hunt, prizes, fun jumps, bikes. Egg Hunt (ages 1 to 12) starts at 10 a.m.; bring your own collecting baskets. Free. Rotary Park, Bernalillo. Sponsored by the Town of Bernalillo Recreation Department and First Assembly of God Church. Info: 238-0689.

April 6: This poetry group, Fresh Ink New Mexico, will read from their new book, Fresh Ink New Mexico, 66 Poems from the Route. 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community. Books will be available for purchase.

April 6: Sandoval County Republican Party holds its Organizational Convention. Registration starts: 7:30 am; Ward Caucuses start: 8:30 am. The Convention will follow the caucuses. Purpose: to elect County Central Committee Members, county representatives to the State Central Committee, and new ward and county officers. Attendance restricted to registered Republicans in Sandoval County and the press. Bernalillo 550 Transportation Building (Rail Runner station).

April 7: Holocaust remembrance and genocide awareness days. 1 p.m. “Gaining Insight,” a discussion of genocide to identify creative strategies to intercept bias-based actions of violence. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

April 7-27: InSight photography exposition. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. Held in the EXPO New Mexico, Fine Arts Building—300 San Pedro NE—there will be a women-juried photography exhibit, showcasing the work of female photographers from across New Mexico. This second annual InSight show has expanded greatly and now has even more categories of photographic art. All art will be for sale. A weekly drawing for a free print is included. Admission is free.

April 8: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon meeting. 11 a.m. Turtle Mountain Banquet Room. Speakers: Hon. J. Miles Hanisee, Judge New Mexico Court of Appeals and Hon. G. Robert Cook, Municipal Judge. Information/reservations: Carolyn 681-6328 or email:

April 12: Reception for April art exhibit for Ana Claudia Doria Da Silva. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

April 13: Holocaust remembrance and genocide awareness days. 2 p.m. Worse than War: a Film by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen; an insightful analysis of why mass murder occurs and how to stop it. Contact Doris Fields at 867-5340 for more information. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

April 13: “Home Composting Class," presented by Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters, a nonprofit educational organization, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free to the public. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho. Register by calling: 505.891.5012, option 3.

April 16: Phantom Lake Surf Band. 6:30 p.m. This will be a unique live performance, featuring instrumental surf music with surfing film clips being shown on the giant eight-by-eight foot screen in the background. This will be a free, all-ages concert. Tickets are not required. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, call 891-5012, option 3.

April 20: Earth Day celebration. 10 a.m.-noon. The program will feature the Corrales Tractor Club, Waste Management’s touch-a-truck, police and fire vehicles, and several information tables with S.S.C.A.F.C.A., KRRB, and Water Conservation. There will also be arts and crafts for children. The first 150 people to attend will receive a free “Dilly Bar,” courtesy of Otero’s Dairy Queen. This free event is for all-ages and will be held in front of the library and in the upper parking lot closest to the library building. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. For more information call the library at 891-5012, option 3 or Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful at 891-5015.

April 20: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its Annual Spring Fundraiser. 4:00 pm until sunset, weather permitting: solar viewing through telescopes fitted with solar filters. A stargaze will follow, weather permitting. Speaker: Dr. Laurie Wells from CNM will give a presentation on meteors and asteroids. Papa Murphy’s pizza served for a donation from 5-8 p.m., while supplies last. Rainbow Park, 301 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho., 220-5492.

April 21: Placitas artist Series presents the artwork of Bunny Bowen, Evangeline Dunmire, Joan Fenicle, and Ann Pollard. 2 p.m. The reception for the artists will be held prior to a concert by the Richter Uzur Duo. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

April 21: Placitas Artist Series presents Richter Uzur Duo. 3 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, located on NM 165, six miles east of I-25 (exit 242). Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. At-the-door prices are $20 for general admission and for students: $15.

April 21: Friends of Coronado Lecture Series continues. 2 p.m. Friends of Coronado will present The History and Preservation of the Ma-Pe-Wi Kiva Frescoes at Kuaua, 1934 to Present with Richard Reycraft at Coronado State Monument, located at 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, 1.5 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. The event is $5 for Adults and free for students and members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument. Refreshments will be served. Resevations are unnecessary. For more information call Gary Williams, program chairman at 792-4851 or visit

April 24: Placitas Recycling Association Board Meeting, 7 p.m., La Puerta Realty Office. Those interested in volunteering to become a Board member can call 771-8053. Association details at

April 26: Outdoor Vision Fest (OVF). 8:45 to 10:45. Held at Santa Fe University of Art and Design Campus, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe. Outdoor Vision Fest (OVF) is a free, annual public event featuring environmental projections and outdoor art installations of design, animation, full motion video, video mapping, motion graphics and interactive multimedia created by students and faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

April 27: Montezuma Crest hike. 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Placitas Post Office to carpool to the site. The three to four mile hike is strenuous, involving off-trail walking on somewhat steep ground at times. A walking stick could be useful. Wear sturdy shoes and a sun hat. Bring snacks and extra water.

April 27: “Chipper Day,” sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District. 10am-3pm, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. $15 per pickup. (See Firewise article, in Public Safety, this Signpost.) Info: 404-8022,

April 27: Rio Rancho Art Association. Learn the tips and tricks of painting in various medium. 10 a.m. to noon. Watercolor, acrylic, oil, and more. Free. Sign up at the Adult Information Desk or call 505-891-5012, Option 3. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road SE, Rio Rancho

May 4-5: Corrales Art Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seventy five artists from Corrales and surrounding areas will participate in the 15th year of the Corrales Art Studio Tour. Patrons are invited to stop at Villa Acequia—4829 Corrales Road—to pick up a catalog, see samples of the artist’s work before heading out to the individual studios and visit the history and restoration of the building. Villa Acequia is listed on the New Mexico State Registry of Cultural Properties.

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