Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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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: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

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

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

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

Second Mondays: 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. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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). 867-9094.

Third Mondays: 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. 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. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays: 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. 771-0130.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10:00 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). This meeting is an opportunity to learn of the Clubs' many varied activities. Membership is 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. It's a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons, speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. Single’s and men’s groups available. 321-6970,

First Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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. Call 404-8492 or visit

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, Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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.

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

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. 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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by SandovalMasterGardeners. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred, information at Public Class Registration: At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 505-929-0414.

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. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, 301-2009.

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

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

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursdays: Veteran’s outreach program. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA and state benefits. NMDVS is here to help. Don’t forget to bring your dd-214. For more information, call Joseph Dorn at 383-2414.

First and third Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission meeting. 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 Thursdays: 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 Thursdays: 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 Thursdays: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: 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. Geri: 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.

First Friday: Veterans Outreach program. 1-5 p.m. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

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. 867-7226.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

Third Sundays: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysidro town office. Jessica: 459-6553.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

April 1: Great American Cleanup Kickoff Party. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Held at Otero's Dairy Queen, located at 2116 Southern Boulevard. While supplies last, free root beer floats will be available to those who register to participate.

April 1: AMISTAR variety band plays "feel-good music." 7-9 p.m. Held at the Range Café Lizard Rodeo Lounge in Bernalillo.

April 2: Artist reception for "Every Child Is An Artist" show. 2-4 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library.
The show will run from April 2 through April 27. This youth art exhibit showcases the delightful artwork of Placitas Elementary School’s artists.

April 2: Albuquerque Concert Band performs. 3-4 p.m. Held at Eldorado High School (11300 Montgomery Boulevard NE). This concert will feature our 2017 scholarship winner, flutist Alan Martinez. He will be performing his award winning music with the ACB. Free admission. Open to the public.

April 3: “Balancing Acts:” a fall prevention class for seniors in Sandoval County. 1:30 p.m. Pat Thorpe, a Licensed Physical Therapist, will teach seniors how to prevent bad falls. The NM Department of Health reports NM that fall-related injuries are the third leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and death for seniors ages 65 and older. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

April 5: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros will hold its monthly meeting featuring Jennifer Hobson of Jerico Nursery, speaking on “Gardening in New Mexico.” 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, go to or contact Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

April 7: Regular monthly meeting and stargaze of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society with special guest speaker Dr. Laurie Wells. Starts at 8:00 p.m. (please note change in time). Dr. Laurie Wells will give a presentation on astrophotography. Telescopes provided by the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give views of the stars and planets after the meeting (weather permitting)., 220-5355.

April 8: Artist's Books on the Road with writer Alicia Bailey. 1-4 p.m. Free. Santa Fe Community College Boardroom main room (6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe). A program of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group.

April 11: Concerned Citizens for the Common Good in these Uncommon Times’ monthly meeting. 7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. A discussion group focused on local and national politics and what can be done to move the issues toward progressive goals.

April 16: Friends of Coronado Historic Site Lecture titled "New Mexico Before Columbus." 2 p.m.
Alan Osborne, a NM Humanities Council Chautauqua Speaker, will present a short history of New Mexico prior to the European Age of Discovery. Osborne is a co-founder of Southwest Seminars of Santa Fe. Held at the Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Hwy 550 and Edmond Road, in Bernalillo. Adult admission: $5 (Friends of CHS are free). 771-9493, visit Coronado Historic Site is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A combination ticket, good for admission to both Jémez and Coronado Historic Sites is available for $5. First Sunday of the month admission for New Mexico residents with ID is free.

April 20: Placitas Chamber of Commerce Meet ’n Greet. 5-7 p.m. Held at 26 Mimbres Court, a newly finished home by Enchanted Spaces Builders located in Petroglyph Trails subdivision. The event is open to members and would-be members. Join us for food, drink, music, and fun.

April 22: LPA nature hike with Michael Crofoot. Meet at 8:45 a.m. Go through the east gate of the Open Space off the BLM access in the Toad Road, Mustang Mesa area to meet Michael at the Open Space gate. The hike will last about two hours. Michael will try to identify every plant species seen and will share some of their stories in the context of understanding the environmental history of this wonderful park. There will be time to take photographs and for a short discussion time. Wear a good hat, rugged shoes, bring plenty of liquids, and be prepared for a relatively easy hike with a bunch of nature lovers.

April 22: Artists’ reception for “What Goes Round,” an Earth Day art exhibit. 2-5 p.m. Held at Jemez Fine Art Collective in Jemez Springs.

April 23: Placitas Artist Series concert and artist reception. 2 p.m. artist reception; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring Classical pianist Misuzu Tanaka, and visual artist Judith Roderick. Roderick’s works, all of which are for sale, will be on display from April 3 to April 28. The concert and visual artist reception take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. For tickets, go to or see page 2 of this Signpost.

April 23: Placitas Open House Blitz. 1:30 to 4 p.m. You may pick up a Flyer of homes along the tour, along with a map, at La Puerta Real Estate Building at One Ridge Court.

April 28: Great American Cleanup. 8 a.m.-noon. Activities will include cleaning trash and debris from public lands, road right-of ways, and parks throughout the City. Following cleanup work, a thank you party for volunteers will take place at Haynes Park featuring refreshments and giveaways. For more information about Rio Rancho municipal government, visit

April 29: Free Shredding Event. 10 a.m-1 p.m. La Puerta Real Estate Services will host this service in their parking lot at One Ridge Court in Placitas. Bring anything you want to shred. It is not necessary to remove staples or paper clips.

April 29: Fundraiser Bowling Tournament. Sign in starts at 12:30 p.m. Held at Starlight Lanes in Santa Ana Casino. Teams of four are encouraged to register and participate ($50 per person will go towards reducing hunger in NM). Registration form and money must be received by April 14. For more information, go to Submit completed registration form to
 3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507
or contact Dolores Gonzales at 395-2678 or doloresg@ncnme.

April 29: Coffee with Cops at the Placitas Café. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Local police officers invite the community to come have coffee and talk about issues facing the town and how the police department can serve residents better. For more information, call Sgt. Ronny Hunt at 697-8357.

April 29 and 30: Wild Horse Photographic Exhibit to benefit the Wild Horse Preserve at San Felipe. Noon-4 p.m. Join John Boland to see his latest wild-horse photography and images for his upcoming book Wild Horses of New Mexico. Lynn Murdock of Image Maker Pix Photography will be showing his wild-horse photography. Children’s book Tilly's Tale, about a rescued four-day old mustang, authored and illustrated by Placitans, will also be available. Held at Algodones Gallery, 622 Frontage Road in Algodones, just north of Algodones exit, behind the huge horse gates. 249-9480.

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