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AUGUST 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Info: Jessica, 867-0498.

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

• First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. 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.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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

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

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: The Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Tuesdays (August 1 through 22): Divorce, Money and Power, the popular free program for women in transition due to divorce or other life change. Topics: The Emotional Stages of Divorce, Navigating the Legal Waters of Divorce, Money and Divorce 101, and Where Do You Go from Here? 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required (call Lorraine Bantista, 222-6600). Meet at the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, 300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Placitas Library hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 2 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–—Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; POW—People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

Wednesdays: Corrales Growers' Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. [See main listing under Sundays.]

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30. Inquiries and phone calls about these meetings or the library should call 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays: Corrales Growers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In August a 10:30 a.m. tour is added. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2.

Wednesdays through September 20: Corrales Growers' Market. 4–7 p.m. beginning July 12. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office 550-3271.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, in Albuquerque. Information is also available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Children's summer reading story time (June 8–August 10). Families may drop in or attend them all. Free and open to public. 867-3355.

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Second Friday: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

Fridays through October: Bernalillo Growers Market, on the west side of Camino del Pueblo, south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo, every Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., through October 27. For information: Charles, 891-2230, or Emily, 550-0234.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Casa San Ysidro, the Historic Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for touring at 2 p.m. only. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Sundays: Join Don at the Placitas Library for coffee, conversation, and the Times. Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1.

Sundays: Corrales Growers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Live music on Sundays. The market offers fresh vegetables, greens, herbs, fruits, flowers and bedding plants, as well as jams, salsas, baked goods, goat cheese, milk and yogurt, and other natural agricultural products, such as soaps, hand cream, a wide variety of New Mexico grown items, and the Market Shop.

July 29: Guided wildflower hike. Sandia Crest/Kiwanis Meadow. Call 281-3304 in advance to check on schedule changes. Meet at the Sandia Ranger Station at 9 a.m. Parking fee.

July 30: Butterfly walk with Ernie the Bug Man, to look for black swallowtails at the crest to Kiwanis Cabin. Meet at Sandia Ranger Station at 1 p.m. Learn how to photograph, collect, identify butterflies. Bring water, camera. Wear good shoes, appropriate clothing. 281-3304.

July 30: Corrales Growers' Market. Music by Paul Salazar, singer-guitarist. Basket raffle: try for a beautiful woven African basket filled with vendors’ offerings and bring home salsas, greens, berries, jams. Market runs 9 a.m. to noon every Sunday through October. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office, 550-3271.

July 31: Morning bird walk with Sandia Ranger District and skilled volunteer birders from Central New Mexico Audubon Society. 8 a.m. Meet at Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras and bring sunscreen, hat, water, binoculars. 1-1/2 to 2 hours. $3 amenity fee. 281-3304.

August 3: Free class, Effective Work Search Skills, for women in transition from home-making, divorce, or other. Topics: Identify skills and interests, Write an effective résumé, Tap into the hidden job market, Prepare for today's interviewing process. 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Registration required: 222-6600. Meet at Commission on the Status of Women, 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque.

August 3: Sandoval County Commission, 3:00 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 4 through 27: The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, winner of the 2003 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. True stories of six people convicted, sentenced to death row, and later exonerated and released. Discussion follows performances. Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW. General admission $12; students and seniors, $10. 898-9222.

August 6: Sandoval County Historical Society hosts “Mormon Tales,” by Dave Gardner, Penne Melton, and Bruce Myer. Refreshments. Free admission. 867-2755.

August 6 : Corrales Growers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Music by Rock Bottom Blues Duet, breakfast burritos with New Mexico chile, fresh produce, cold lemonade, baked goods, cut flowers, jams, and more. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office, 898-7927.

August 7: Book group discusses One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd: A Novel, by Jim Fergus, the story of a colorful assembly of pioneer women who under the auspices of the U.S. government traveled to the western prairies to intermarry among the Cheyenne. 4 p.m. Placitas Library. 867-3355.

August 7: Sandoval County Master Gardeners lecture by Dr. Curtis Smith, horticulture specialist, NMSU. Vegetables: What to harvest for early spring, What to plant now to flower in the spring; Trees: Planting dos and don’ts. South Conference Room, Rio Rancho City Hall, 3900 Southern Boulevard SE. 867-2582.

August 8: End of Summer Fun Day for three- to five-year-olds. Parents and grandparents of children ages 3 to 5 are invited to bring their children to the Bernalillo Head Start's End of Summer Fun Day, with information on Head Start, Early Head Start. Peanut Butter&Jelly, early-intervention services, Medicaid. There will be Free books from Read West and fishing in the fish tank for prizes, plus tours of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade's new red engine and ambulance, free smoothies. Head Start fall session begins August 21 for children ages three to five who are from low-income families. For more information, call 896-1885. Pick up a Head Start application at the Bernalillo Head Start site, 100 Ricardo Lane, across from the Country Store.

August 8: Sandoval County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meeting, 4 p.m., 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

August 9: Free public workshop on immigration. English and Spanish presentations, Q&A, free consultation with an attorney. 6-8 p.m. State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque. 1-800-876-6227 or 505-797-6047.

August 10: Placitas Library Party for the Summer Reading Challenge. All children invited, even if not in the program. Solar demonstrations, including cheese sandwiches, by Larry O'Hanlo; readings by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson. Refreshments. Certificates, prizes for the children who enrolled in the Summer Reading Challenge. Placitas Library. 867-3355.

August 11 through 13: New Mexico Women’s Foundation fourth annual Rag Rug Festival. Grand-opening ceremonies begin August 11 at 3:45 p.m. $50 per-person contribution suggested. Preview reception and sale 4 to 7:p.m. 725 Camino Lejo, at the foot of Museum Hill, in Santa Fe. August 12 and 13, 10: a.m. to 4 p.m., admission and parking free. For information about the New Mexico Women’s Foundation, call 505-983-6155. For reservations, information: Frieda Arth, 995-8926 or

August 12: Cordage prehistory and hands-on workshop, with Al Cornell. Make cordage as our ancient ancestors did.1- 4 p.m. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras Pueblo. 281-3304.

August 12: Summer Wings, celebration of butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, bees. Humming-bird banding from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by slide show and talk on hummingbirds, bird and nature walks, tours of Mariposaville, live raptors, discussion and display of native plants, children’s activities. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, Albuquerque. Parking $3. 343-1373.

August 12: Friends of Coronado State Monument present the third annual Gourd Workshop on the Portal. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Create birdhouses, bird feeders, masks, folk-art chickens, Southwestern dolls, Christmas ornaments, or whatever you want. .$20 per person, limit of twenty people. All supplies provided, reservations required by August 5. Call Gordon, 771-3464, or e-mail your reservation to Coronado State Monument is off I-25, west of the town of Bernalillo, on Highway 550, 771-3464.

Aug 12: Downhill Phil performs his unique brand of original acoustic music. 11:00 a.m. Piñon Café, Placitas.

August 12: Get Your Licks on Route 66 Festival. Art, food, beverages, Señor Murphy's newest candy, to benefit Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Meet and talk with the artists. Art Gallery 66, north of 550 on Highway 313, toward Algodones. Free parking.

August 12 and 13: Gathering of Spirits, a blues festival, at Anasazi Fields Winery. Impressive lineup of musicians, arts and crafts, wine tasting, and sales. A live-bird show is presented each day from noon to 1 p.m. Picnic baskets encouraged. $5 admission directly benefits Wildlife West Nature Park. 867-3062. [See story, this Signpost]

August 13: Corrales Growers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Music by Lucas Critchfield with Mike Anaya and Marimba Dulce; traditional Chiapas marimba, Back-to-school event, New Mexico fresh fruits and vegetables, plants for the garden, baked goods, natural body-care products with farm-grown ingredients. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office, 898-7927.

August 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10:00 a.m., Cuba Senior Center.

August 19: Paint-out by Plein Air New Mexico artists. Watch the outdoor artists at work. 8 a.m. Meet in the parking lot for the Loop Road Trail, Placitas. Display and sales at Plein Air New Mexico Gallery, 733 S. Camino del Pueblo, in the Old Town Shoppes, Bernalillo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through September 4. Reception August 25, 5-8 p.m. 505-867-9150.

August 20: Big first anniversary celebration for Democratic Women of Sandoval County. Noon to 3:00 p.m. Picnic lunch will be served. Bring food to share. Celebrate one year as activist Democratic women. Bring friends. Coronado State Monument Campground Pavilion, Highway 550, Bernalillo. 867-1139,

August 20: Corrales Growers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Second Growers Market Tractor Show. Music by David Palsce and Wally Davidson; folk-rock vocals and guitar, Burritoville offers great New Mexico breakfast, and the fruit and vegetables couldn't be finer. Baked goods, salsas, plants for the garden, fresh herbs, and Harvest Breads. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office, 898-7927.

August 22: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

August 26: Downhill Phil plays his unique brand of original acoustic music. 11:00 a.m. Piñon Café, Placitas.

August 27: Corrales Growers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Music by singer-songwriter Jimmy Abraham; beautiful African basket filled with vendor offerings will be raffled. Best fresh vegetables and fruits, organic strawberries, peaches, local honey, organic jams and salsas, baked goods, and a great burrito from Burritoville. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office, 898-7927.

August 27: Sunday is Funday, a community picnic sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rio Rancho to benefit youth programs such as the Boys and Girls Club. Free admission, Fifty-cent hot dogs and hamburgers, entertainment, arts and crafts, activities for children. Noon to 5:00 p.m. Rio Rancho Sports Complex. Vendors welcome, $50: Tony Popper, 892-0325, or David Heil, 228-7189.

September 30 and October 1: Twenty-first annual Corrales Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Pet parade at 9 a.m. Saturday. Unlimited hayrides ($2 daily) include Corrales Growers Market, juried arts and crafts show, farm tour, wine tasting, Wagner’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Mercado Antiguo. Food court, live entertainment, children’s activities, petting zoo and rides. Corrida de Corrales Fun Run Sunday 8 a.m. Free parking.





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