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.

Sandoval commission meetings For the next two months, the Sandoval County Commission will return to alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.

During July and August, the regular commission meetings on the first Thursday of each month will begin at 3:00 p.m. Regular meetings on the third Thursdays will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The schedule reverts to evening meetings in September. The commission meets in the Sandoval County Courthouse in Bernalillo.

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: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

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.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief support group. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

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: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

First Tuesday: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday: 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.

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

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

Third Tuesday: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. 291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: 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,

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting at Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

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.

First Wednesday: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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.

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

Alternate Wednesdays: Village Academy Governance Council work sessions. San Antonio Mission, Placitas. Open to the public.

Wednesdays and Fridays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-8 p.m. Please call Gary Hansen at 867-2829 for further information.

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

First Thursdays: Placitas Talks on a variety of subjects at the Placitas Library. See for information.

Fridays: Water-Wise Garden Maintenance. 9-11 am. Master gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions and provide assistance. Next to the Esther Bone Library, Rio Rancho.

Fridays from July 8 through late October: The Bernalillo Farmers’/Growers’ Market will be open every Friday, 4-7 pm; locally produced fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, plants and landscape items, assorted surprises. Main Street, Bernalillo, between OLOS Church and Dollar Store.

Fridays through August: Children’s Story Hour. A children’s reading and art program at the Placitas Community Library. Each week a story will be read, followed by a related art activity. The program is geared to ages four to seven, but all children are welcome. 9 to 10:30 a.m. 867-3355.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion, 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!

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Sundays: Join Don and Bob for crullers and conversation at the Placitas Library. 1 Tierra Madre, Placitas.10 am to 1 pm.

Sundays: Placitas Library. Coffee, conversation, and the Times (Los Angeles and New York) 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m.

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

Through August 28: Placitas digital artist Barry McCormick will be showing new images in the juried photography show "Heart and Bone, Anatomy and Soul," Sol Arts Gallery and Performance Space, 712 Central SE, Albuquerque, 244-004. ArtsCrawl opening receptions on July 1 and August 5; PhotoArts ABQ reception on July 15, at Sol Arts.

Through August 30: Placitas digital artist Barry McCormick will be showing new images at the DA3NM v2.0 Show, South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, (505) 848-1323). Opening reception July 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

July 29: Deadline for entries in Líderes de Hoy national essay contest for Hispanic high school students. (See article in this Signpost.)

July 30 and 31: Contemporary Hispanic Market. Over 140 artists and craftspeople will exhibit paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, furniture. Lincoln Avenue, adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preview night July 28, 1615 B Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.

July 30: NM Climate Initiative training. Information on the New Mexico Climate Change Advisory Group and how it will work to reduce New Mexico's greenhouse-gas emissions in response to Governor Richardson’s executive order and his program to act on the climate crisis. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW, Albuquerque. Sponsors: NM Conference of Churches, NM Interfaith Power and Light, Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.

August 1: “Trees For Our Specific Area,” part of the ongoing Gardening with the Masters lecture series. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road, next to the post office in Rio Rancho. For more information, call the Sandoval County Extension Office, 867-2582.

August 3: DWI Planning Council and Law Enforcement Task Force, 3 p.m., Rio Rancho DPS Substation #5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Dr., Rio Rancho.

August 4 through 7: Sandoval County Fair. Parade, Pony Express race, arts-and-crafts market, livestock exhibits, battle of the bands contest, wild-horse show, prizes, 4-H Junior Livestock Sale, junior and professional rodeos (plus rodeo school for ages 7 and up). Sandoval County Fairgrounds, just south of Cuba off Old NM 44. For information, call Augusta Hood, 249-2872.

August 5 through 30: “Happiness is ... ,” a show of art and poetry by NM children waiting to be adopted or already adopted. Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th Street NW, on the southeast corner of Mountain and 7th. Artists’ reception August 19, 5 to 9 p.m.

August 5, 6, and 7: Back-to-school tax holiday. Participation by retailers is voluntary; most sports equipment and clothing accessories are excluded; prices can't exceed $100 for an item of clothing, $15 for supply items, $1,000 for computers. A complete list of eligible items is at

August 6: Opening reception for "Another Beautiful Day in Albuquerque," 7-9 p.m. An image by Barry McCormick has been selected for exhibition in “Transitions,” the sixteenth annual juried exhibition of Albuquerque area artists. 27 artists will be represented at the show. 516 Artspace, 516 Central SW. Opening reception is August 6. The exhibition closes on September 17.

August 6: Downhill Phil plays music at McCole's Pub and Grill in Placitas. Original tunes and popular hits. Guitar, vocals, harmonica.

August 7: San Antonio Mission video chronicling the construction and dedication of the new addition to the mission. San Antonio Mission Social Hall. 11 a.m. (following 9:30 a.m. mass). (See story in this Signpost.)

August 7: Pueblo Independence Day, starting at 8 a.m. Jemez State Monument. Food, Indian dancing, and music all day. 505-829-3530.

August 7: A talk by Eddie Torres on the matachines and Bernalillo’s Feast of San Lorenzo. No charge for admission. Hosted by the Sandoval County Historical Society. 3 p.m. DeLavy House, just west of the Coronado Monument off US 550, in Bernalillo.

August 9: Lodger's Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., Sandoval County Visitor's Center, 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

August 9, 10, and 11: Fiesta de San Lorenzo. Festival in Bernalillo. Music, booths, procession.

August 11: Grand Opening, Sandoval County Judicial Complex, 4 p.m., Idalia Road and NM 528.

August 13: Starry night at Coronado Monument with telescopes and an astronomer. Crafts for kids. 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Coronado State Monument, 1-25 Exit 242, two miles west on Highway 550, Bernalillo. For further information, call 867-5351.

August 13: Diamond Tail Restoration and Hike. Learn about reducing storm-water runoff (apply their simple techniques on your own property to increase water infiltration into the ground). Followed by a tour of ghost town of Tejon. Bring water, snack. Meet at Diamond Tail Ranch, 8:30 a.m. (See detailed directions in story in this Signpost.) Hosted by Las Placitas Association.

August 13 and 14: Gathering of Spirits 2005, noon to 6 p.m. Music, arts and crafts, wine tasting, live bird shows each day at 1 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch. Admission: $5. Benefits Wildlife West Nature Park. 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas 867-3062,

August 14: Celebration of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Vendors, food booths, foot race (8 a.m.) from Jemez Pueblo to Jemez State Monument, traditional dances, Cumulonimbus flute-and-drum group, Black Eagle performance. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jemez State Monument. 829-3530.

August 14: Public workshop to address Bernalillo Main Street improvements. Displays and discussion. 4 to 9 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall.

August 18: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Jemez Senior Center.

August 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 19, 20, and 21: Wildfoods Weekend in the Gila Mountains. Box 820, Reserve, NM 87830;

August 19: Tribal transformations Live 05, community health, healing, music fair, 2 p.m. Wool Warehouse.516 First Street. 268-5504.

August 23: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 p.m., County Health Commons.

August 23: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 23: New Mexico Solar Energy Association meeting, followed by Solar Hot Water program presented by Jay Greenstreet and Steve Baer of Zomeworks. No charge for admission. Call (505) 246-0400 or check for further information and confirmation of time and place (Albuquerque).

September 8: “Wildly Successful Bird Feeding in Placitas,” a Placitas Talk by Ann Shrewnack, of Placitas and Wild Birds Unlimited, showing the incredible variety of birds we can expect at our feeders and how best to attract them. 7 p.m. Placitas Library. 867-3355.






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