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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: 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.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

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. Info:

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 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 Town Hall by 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. Info: or call 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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, go to or, or call 301-2009.

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: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

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: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Friday: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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.

Every other Friday: Collage Like Picasso! Learning Studio. 2:00-4:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bogard teaches this experiential workshop that focuses on creating collage and mixed-media art works. Students use Washi and other papers and paints to create collage and mixed-media paintings. Previous art experience is not necessary. Occasional field trips. Cost: $25 for a materials kit and instructional orientation. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 214-542-2192.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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 2: Workshop on making small, handcrafted books. 2 p.m. Each participant will make a “stab” book with an origami-style folded cover using handmade paper. Taught by Glo Cantwell of Cantwell’s Books and Fine Papers, who has been constructing handmade books for over 20 years. Class limited to 15 people. Call the library at 867-3355 to register early.

April 4: Eastern Sandoval County Citizen’s Association (ES-CA) meets. 6:30 p.m. Discuss local issues. All welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

April 4: Traditional Folk healing and healing plants talk and tour. 10-11 a.m. Held at Albuquerque Garden Center demonstration garden, located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. All ages are welcome to this free event. For further information, go to

April 6: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Featuring speaker Paul Bosland: “Everything you wanted to know about chiles.” 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. For more information, see or contact Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

April 10: Placitas Artists Series presents Grammy-winning solo guitarist Jason Vieaux. 3 p.m. Visual artist reception at 2 p.m. for Dorothy Bunny Bowen, wax resist on silk; Preston Photography, archival prints; Judith Roderick, hand-painted silk fiber art quilts; Dianna Shomaker, encaustic, oil, and acrylic. $20/students $15/ K-12 music students free. For further information, see or click here, in this Signpost.

April 10: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “New Mexico’s Stormy History,” presented by Elmer Maestas whose well-written accounting tells what actually occurred over the centuries in New Mexico history. 2 p.m. Free to the public. At Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Edmond Road, Bernalillo. From Hwy. 550, turn north beside I-Hop, continue to end.

April 10:Corrales Historical Society’s Speaker Series. “Magdelena Stock Driveway—Trail to the Rail.” 2 p.m. At the Old Historic San Ysidro Church, Corrales.

April 16: Albuquerque Baroque Players concert. 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 4800 Indian School Road NE. Tickets are $18 dollars, $15 dollars for seniors (62+), and seven dollars for full-time students; there is a twenty percent discount for groups of ten or more. 400-9385,

April 16: Placitas star party. Dusk (sunset is at 7:41 p.m.). Held at the Placitas Community Library. Arriving well before dark for ease of parking and for watching the setup of the various types of telescopes is recommended. Dress warmly and only use red flashlights or headlamps in the observing area in order to preserve night vision.,, 867-3355.

April 17: Friends of Coronado Historic Site presents “Blackwater Draw: 12,000 Years of Hunting” by Ranger Ethan Ortega. 2 p.m. History of excavations and research at the world-famous Clovis Site in Portales, well-known for it’s detailed stratigraphy and Paleo Indian mega fauna kills, including mammoth and bison. $5; free to Friends of CHS. At Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Edmond Road, Bernalillo., 340-4680 (Glen).

April 17: Albuquerque Baroque Players concert. 3 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Tickets are $18 dollars, $15 dollars for seniors (62+), and seven dollars for full-time students; there is a twenty percent discount for groups of ten or more. 400-9385,

April 17: Group Earth Day hike up Oak Canyon in the Jemez Mountains. Meet at Jemez Historic Site at 10 a.m., back at 3 p.m. Participants should bring water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a sack lunch. For more information, call 575-829-3530.

April 21: Placitas Chamber of Commerce hosts “Meet And Greet” at Blades’ Bistro on the patio. 5-7 p.m. 221 Hwy. 165, Placitas. All welcome.

April 22-24: Fruits Of The Earth 2016 at Anasazi Fields Winery—Community event with wine, food, art, music, poetry. Friday night Winemaker Buffet Dinner with wine pairings. Reservations required. $60/person. Saturday and Sunday doors open at noon. Free admission. Live music: Red Light Ramblers, Sage, Stagefright Slim. Wine tasting and more. 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas., 867-3062.

April 22-24 and April 29-May 1: Parade Of Homes. Stop by Diamond Tail Courtesy Office in Homestead Village, 221 Highway 165, Placitas, for information and comfort station.

April 23: Adopt-A-Highway highway clean-up of Hwy. 165. In honor of Earth Day. Sponsored by ES-CA, Placitas Chamber of Commerce, Blades’ Bistro, and Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 9-11 a.m. All welcome to help.

April 23: Islamic Women’s Panel Discussion. 10:00 a.m. Martha Liebert—Town of Bernalillo Public Library, 124 Calle Malinche, Bernalillo, 867-1440.

April 25: Meeting of the MRGCD Board of Directors. Public is welcome. Held at the Sandoval County Commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, Iris Road, Rio Rancho. The Board will conduct regular business, as well as, take public comment from constituents on-hand.

April 29-30: Gathering of Nations PowWow. The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people. Dancers, musicians, artisans, chefs. Held at WisePies Arena, aka The Pit, in Albuquerque. Tickets are available online or at the door during the event.

April 30: Flea Market sponsored by Knights of Columbus 7633. Arts, crafts, raffle. 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs for sale. $10 per vendor space. Info: Mick 588-9591, Sonny 280-2938.

April 30: Placitas Sage Cohousing members and prospective members meet. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about our plans for aging in community. Forest Lane, Placitas.,, 771-2531.

April 30-May 1: Corrales Art & Studio Tour. More than 150 local artists showing work in studios, galleries, local wineries, and B&Bs. Learn about the creative process; purchase directly from the artists. Preview Gallery at the historic Old San Ysidro Church in the heart of Corrales. Pick up a tour catalog from any participating artist. Sponsored by The Corrales Society of Artists, Inc.

May 3: Maggie Toulouse Oliver to visit Placitas. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Candidate for Secretary Of State. Maggie has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007 and has made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process, and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities. At the Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas.

May 7-8: Placitas Studio Tour. Fifty-nine Placitas artists display their paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, batik, woodworking, glass art, jewelry, mosaics, sculpture, mixed media 505-867-2450,,
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