Sandoval Signpost


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

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 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. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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 Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. For more information, call 867-1396.

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

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. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

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

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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

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

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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 at 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, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

April 1: Gardening with Masters lecture—”Growing Culinary Herbs,” presented by Leah Vesely. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Free to public. No registration required. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 929.0414,

April 2: Jardiñeros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Author Anne Hays Egan will discuss Moving Mama: Taking Care of Mother During Her Final Years with Alzheimer’s, a practical resource for people caring for a loved one. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For more information, go to, or call Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

April 4: Monthly meeting of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society. Meeting at 8 p.m. and stargaze to follow. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Jupiter, as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. It is advised to dress warmly, as the weather may be chilly. For more information, visit our website at or call 220-5492.

April 4: Elementary art students from Placitas and Bernalillo present their work at the Range Café in Bernalillo (opening reception). 5-8 p.m. The work will be on display throughout the month of April.

April 4 and 5: Wild Horse Film Showcase 2014 explains complex management issues of wild horses. See article inside this Signpost for show times and other events. Held at the Governors Museum Auditorium on Washington Street, next to the Santa Fe plaza.

April 5: Firewise Placitas fair and celebration. 10-noon. Held at the Placitas Community Center (41 Camino de las Huertas).

April 5 and 12: Wildlife Rescue NM annual volunteer training. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The center is located at the entrance to the Rio Grande Nature Center, at 2901 Candelaria Road, NW, in Albuquerque. Attendance at both sessions is required before volunteers can begin working at the Center. There will also be an open house on April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Center at 344.2500 or email for more information.

April 5-27: Third annual InSight Women’s Photography Exhibit. Held at the Expo New Mexico Fine Arts Building (300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque). Attendance at the exhibit is free, minus a five-dollar fairgrounds parking fee. More information about the exhibit can be found online at

April 11: Off the Beaten Path: an exhibition of original pastel landscapes and giclees by Joan M. Hellquist. 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display for the month of April.

April 11: Karen McCalpin, Director of The Corolla Wild Horse Fund and recognized expert on wild and feral horse management will give a presentation. 7-9 p.m. Held at las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Doors open fifteen minutes before the presentation.

April 11: Rio Rancho Business Expo. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. See details inside this issue of the Signpost.

April 13: Native Bernalillo author Nasario Garcia will be signing his newest publication Bernalillo: Yesterday’s Sunshine/Today’s Shadows from 2-4 p.m. at the Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, 151 Edmund Road in Bernalillo. For more information, contact Rio Grande Books at 344-9382 or

April 14: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. “Interesting speakers and good food.” Held at Joe’s Pasta House, 3201 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho. For more info, or to make reservations call Carolyn at 681-6328, or email to

April 17: Corrales Historical Society Speaker Series. 7 p.m. Dr. Richard Melzer will present “The Civilian Conservation Corp in New Mexico 1933-42.” Formed in March 1933, the CCC was one of the first New Deal programs. It focused on soil conservation and restoration and put thousands of young New Mexicans to work. They left behind buildings, roads, campsites, bridges, trails, and other public projects. Funded by the Historical Society of New Mexico. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. At the Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. Info: Nancy Kimball, 505-730-6839.

April 19: Opening reception for Creation/migration: honoring our ancestors” at Gaucho Blue. 3-7 p.m. Creation/Migration is an ongoing inquiry into identity issues, such as the influence of place, culture, language, and genetics.

April 19: Reception for the Foothill Artists. 5-7 p.m. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery. This reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet local artists and to see a small sample of the works you can expect to see at their studios during the Placitas Studio Tour.

April 19-20: Fruits of the Earth 2014 at Anasazi Winery. A celebration of Earth Day, the Historic Village of Placitas, and the gifts of the land. The gates will open at noon each day and admission is free. Wine, food, art, music, and poetry. Info:

April 26: Miniature Southwestern birdhouse and wind chime workshop. 10-noon. Held in the Coronado Historic Site Video/Exhibit room. The cost is $15 dollars and includes all materials, including, paint, chimes, glue, and tiny ristras. Only 15 spots available. Reservations required: call Pat Harris at 822-8571.

April 26: Las Placitas Association leads public hike on the Crest of Montezuma in Placitas. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Placitas Post Office to carpool to the site. Hike should be completed by noon. Info:

April 26: Cuba Farmers’ Market Annual Spring Event. noon-5 p.m. Food, fun, music featuring Cuba High School Culinary Arts students, vendors from the Market, seeds, and bedding plants, raffles, and a silent auction. Music by Holy Water and Whiskey and other local groups. Celebrate Cuba, NM at the Eichwald Center. For more information, call 575-638-5606.

April 26 and 27: The Westside Concert Chorale, under the direction of Jerrilyn Foster, will present its spring concert, “A Tapestry of American Music.” April 26, 7:00 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, (7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas, 867-5718); and April 27, 3:00 p.m. at Rio Rancho Methodist Church, (1652 Abrazo Rd NE, Rio Rancho, 892-0404). The program is a tribute to American composers, including George and Ira Gershwin, Meredith Wilson, and Moses Hogan, and to American music including the selections Down to the River to Pray, I Got Rhythm, and The Music Man. Tickets available at door for seven dollars for seniors and students; $12 for adults.

April 27: Confronting the Holocaust: Placitas responds. 2 p.m. The Placitas Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Group is excited to bring noted psychologist and innovative photographer Dr. Karl Koenig to the Placitas Community Library. Koenig speaks in the context of the work of Karl Koenig, specifically through the book, Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust. 2:00 pm., Placitas Community Library. Free to public. Info: Doris Fields, 505-867-5340,

April 27: We Moved Like the Wind, the story of the Apache Nation and other nomadic tribes of the Southwest. 2 p.m. Held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), located on Edmund Road and Highway 550, in Bernalillo. Turn between I-Hop and Warrior Fuel Station, and follow the gravel road. Cost is five dollars for adults; 16 and under are free. Members of the Friends of Coronado are also free. Reservations are not needed, but seating is limited, so come early. For more information, call George Swenson, at 771-9493, or visit

May 3: Public forum to present task force report on free-roaming horses of Placitas. 9-noon. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, in Placitas. Participation will be limited to the size of the church sanctuary, and community members will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event. The event is free.

May 3: Chatter at the rail yards. 5 p.m. A soaring classical music concert will be held at the Blacksmith Shop at the Albuquerque Rail Yards, First Street, at Hazeldine Ave SW. Performing will be the Chatter Ensemble, featuring David Felberg, Solo Violin; Ruxandra Marquardt, Solo Violin; and Conor Hanick, piano and harpsichord. Tickets are $15 dollars for adults, nine for students, and five for children. They are available online at or send a check with your name, address, and number of desired tickets to: PO Box 7464, Albuquerque, NM 87194.

May 9: Drought gardening workshop offered by Sandoval County Master Gardeners. 8:45 a.m.-noon. Held at the New Mexico State University, Sandoval County Extension office conference room, 711 Camino del Pueblo (old Sandoval Courthouse) in Bernalillo. Topics covered will include drought gardening strategies, rain-water collection methods, and home soil erosion management. Class size is limited. To register call 867-2582, or toll free at (800) 678-1802.

May 15: Placitas History Project meets. 6:30-8 p.m. Also meets on August 21 and October 16. Held at the Placitas Community Library, (453 Hwy 165). Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.
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