The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne—892-2456.

Mondays: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.

Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

Fourth Wednesday of the month: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

Every second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

August 1: Straw appliqué, horno bread making, How to dress Southwest style, contemporary bead jewelry (rosaries). Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 2: Optimists de Sandoval Club meeting. San Antonio Mission Hall, Placitas. 7 p.m.

August 5: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 7: Retablos, tin craft, Cochiti pottery turtles. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 7: A free open house celebrating National Gymnastics Day in New Mexico. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Gymnastics offers skills for a lifetime: building strength, flexibility, and coordination, enhancing self-esteem and goal-setting abilities. National Gymnastics Day seeks to introduce the value of physical fitness for every age, ethnicity, gender, and ability level. The Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy invites families to this special event. Demonstrations by SAGA competitive gymnasts, trampoline safety tips, door prizes, fun activities. Refreshments available. SAGA, 2832 Girard NE (just south of Candelaria). 884-6949,

August 7 and 8: Gathering of Spirits Blues Festival. Benefit for Wildlife West Nature Park. BIG Momma Ethel and Stagefright Slim, Joan Griffin and Larry Freedman, Frank McCulloch Trio, Trisha Ray, Mary Flower, Stan Hirsch. Live bird show. Artists Fred and Kristin Wilson, Nancy and Jon Couch, Jeff Sipe, Frank McCulloch III, Steve White, Karen Hall, and Jim Fish. Food by Blue Plate Special. Bring chairs, blankets, no picnics or drinks. Noon to 6 p.m. Adults $10 (includes wine glass); youth 14 to 20, $4; under 14, free. Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas. 867-3062.

August 7 and 8: New Mexico Junior Bullriders come to Bernalillo with a junior rodeo. Open bull riding, mutton bustin’, bullriding, barrel racing for ages 3 to 19. Sandoval County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. $5 adults, $3 children, 5 and under free. 281-2162, 832-0667.

August 8: Miniature moccasins, retablos, horno bread, Santo Domingo bead jewelry, dress Southwest style. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 8: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “The History of Los Matachines—The Feast of San Lorenzo from Colonial Times to the Present in Bernalillo.” Guest speaker Eddie Torres. 7:00 p.m. at the Sandoval County Museum (Old DeLavy House) in Bernalillo. 867-2755.

August 10: Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meeting. 4 p.m. Sandoval County Visitors Center, 243 South Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 505-867-8687.

August 13-14: Second annual Relay For Life Bernalillo/Placitas at Bernalillo High School track. Overnight American Cancer Society event. Luminaria ceremony to honor cancer survivors and victims. Games, activities, food. Volunteers needed. Janette Perez, 867-7410, or Melisa Beach, 260-2105, extension 13, American Cancer Society.

August 13, 14, and 15: The New Mexico Women’s Foundation is sponsoring a Rag Rug Festival. Women in remote villages of northern New Mexico are literally learning to empower themselves by turning to a historic art form that helped put this area on the map. One-of-a-kind handmade rag rugs will be available for purchase to help women living in poverty. Center for Museum Services, 725 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Live music.

August 14: La Familia Team Roping Productions presents a benefit roping for Divine Mercy Clinic Diabetes Project. Sandoval County Sheriff Posse Grounds, Bernalillo. 7 p.m. Damian Navarro at 867-6478 or George Navarro at 867-5324.

August 18: Optimists de Sandoval Club meeting. Gazebo at McCole’s Pub, Homestead Village, Placitas. 11 a.m.

August 23: Placitas Charter School Committee open community meeting to explain goals, receive input. 7 p.m., Pinon Café, Homestead Shopping Center, Placitas. Beverages available. Snow Watson, 867-2047.

August 14: Clarifying Meditative Work—A Fresh Look. A workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. Explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of your life, not theoretically, but from a simple meditative listening. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wat Center, 145 Madison NE, corner of Madison and Copper, east of Washington. $5 donation. Reservations, information: Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, 281-0684.

August 14: Cochiti coil pottery, retablos, tin craft, contemporary pottery. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 17: "Exercise: Having Fun Getting Fit!" a lecture in the 2004 Stroke Educational Lecture Series sponsored by the American Stroke Association and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Speaker Mary M. Schmidt, OTR/L, occupational therapist, will discuss why exercise is necessary to maintain and enhance fitness. Participants will be able to develop an exercise plan that is goal directed and individualized. 6:00 p.m. Free. HealthSouth, 7000 Jefferson. Registration required, 823-8712.

August 19: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Jemez Senior Center.

August 19: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 21: Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center present Summer Wings, an annual festival celebrating butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, bees. Hummingbird banding, nature walks, tour of the bosque, talks on backyard bird feeding and hummingbirds, pond tours, garden interpretation, storytelling, children’s activities, and live birds of prey presented by Wildlife Rescue. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, 344-7240.

August 21: Milagros crosses, Cochiti mini-storytellers (pottery), eggshell painting, contemporary bead jewelry. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 21: Santa Fe Indian Market. Experience the largest Indian market in the nation in the city of Santa Fe. UNM Recreational Services offers admission and a ride to and from the event for $25. To register or for further information, call 277-0178.

August 22: Miniature moccasins, retablos, tin craft, horno bread, dress Southwest style, contemporary bead jewelry. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 24: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 28: Contemporary pottery, Cochiti coil pottery, straw appliqué, tin craft. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 29: Contemporary pottery, retablos, horno bread, Santo Domingo bead jewelry. Traditions Marketplace, I-25 at Exit 257. Noon to 3 p.m. $20, 867-8600.

August 29: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 3 p.m., 3rd Floor, County Courthouse.






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