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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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: 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 through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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.

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

Second Tuesdays: 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, 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

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 Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email

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 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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 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. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

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, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

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 Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

Every Friday: Bernalillo Growers’ Market. Fresh homegrown vegetables, fruit, music, and more. 4-7 p.m. South of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Main Street), Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-2485 or 867-9054.

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.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 892-3330, for more information.

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.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Their function is to increase the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors.Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

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

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.

Through October 23: The Sandoval County Master Gardener Hotline is now open at 867-2582 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Veteran Master Gardeners will answer general gardening questions, from what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases may be a problem, and more.

August 2: “Saturday with The Mayor,” Bernalillo Town Hall, 10:00 noon. 867-3311.

August 5: National Night Out, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Bernalillo. 867-3311.

August 5: Bernalillo Planning and Zoning Meeting, Bernalillo Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

August 6: The August 6 meeting of the Holistic Moms Network has, unfortunately, been cancelled. News on the September meeting will be forthcoming. Also note that starting in August, and from then on, play dates will be on Mondays at 10 a.m. They are being held at the same place every week: Enchanted Hills Park at the corner of Enchanted Hills Boulevard and Torino Hills Road. We hope to see you there! For more information, email Holistic Moms Network at ( is no longer valid).

August 7: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers. For information, call 867-7500.

August 8, 9, 10: Mayor Patricia A. Chávez and the Bernalillo Town Council are pleased to augment the traditional Fiestas de San Lorenzo celebration with other fiesta entertainment, food, fun for all ages. San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence) is Bernalillo’s patron saint. The town sponsored activities will be held at Rotary Park, 100 Rotary Park Rd. Activities begin Friday, August 8, at 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday August 9—10, beginning at noon to 11:00 p.m. Call the Community Development office at 505.771.7133 to obtain a detailed schedule. www.\\ for more festival information.

August 9: The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society (RRAS) will host its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. A public stargaze will follow the meeting, weather permitting, and a variety of telescopes provided by members of the RRAS will show great views of Jupiter, as well as elusive deep-sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Coronado Monument, Highway 550 in Bernalillo, between Jackalope and the Warrior 66 gas station. For more information, visit or call 220-5492.

August 9: Placitas Community Flea Market. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Skip the lonely garage sale and bring your unused items to our community flea market. No hot foods or sandwiches, please. $10 vendor fee will be collected the morning of the event. Fees support Placitas Elementary School’s Art Program. The market will be held in the west field of Homestead Village, three miles east of I-25 on SR 165. Future markets will be held September 13 and October 11. For more information, call 867-0027.

August 9: Bi-monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. For more information, call Vincent at 898-5784 or email

August 11: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, Bernalillo Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

August 12: ESCFCA Meeting, Bernalillo Town Hall, 3:00 p.m. 867-3311.

August 12: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Tourism Offices, 264 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call 867-7500.

August 13: County Health Alliance Council, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road in Bernalillo. For information, call 867-7500.

August 14: UNM/TOB Information Session, Bernalillo Town Hall, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 867-3311.

August 14-15: Spay & Neuter Clinic begins 8:00 6:00 p.m. 867-3311.

August 16: Las Placitas Association presents guests to speak on critical environmental issues. Speakers include: Dave Foreman, founder of Earth First; Dave Parsons with the Rewilding Institute; Dave Wyllie with Western Burrowing Owls; and Dave van Hulsteyn and Lura Brookins, co-founders of Wild Prairie Partners. 9 a.m.-noon. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Suggested donations of $5 are appreciated. For information, call 867-5477 or visit

August 17: “Sunday in Corrales,” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore this picturesque Village. First stop: Corrales Growers’ Market for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers. Then, in the shade of the Cottonwoods in La Entrada Park, meet creative painters and potters at Art in the Park. At 1 p.m., stop for Music in the Village, a casual concert at the Old San Ysidro Church ($10 at the door), featuring Jim Jones and Friends. From noon-4 p.m., tour Corrales bed and breakfasts to see your options ( Lunch at one of several restaurants with cuisine ranging from family-style or brew pub to fine dining in a relaxed environment. Then finish your day at one of the specialty shops or wineries.

August 20: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation Church, 1650 Abrazo, Rio Rancho. Call 867-1139 or email

August 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers. For information, call 867-7500.

August 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Placitas Senior Center. For information, call 867-7500.

August 21: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers. For information, call 867-7500.

August 21-22: Spay & Neuter Clinic begins 8:00 6:00 p.m. 867-3311.

August 22: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) has invited Senatorial candidates Steve Pearce (R) and Tom Udall (D), as well as District 1 House of Representatives candidates Martin Heinrich and Sheriff Darren White to debate issues of importance to the New Mexico business community at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. Advanced reservations required; $35 per person. Online registration: (click: “New Mexico Debates Addressing the Candidates’ Positions on Business Issues.”) For information, call 898-0036 or email

August 25: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, BernalilloTown Hall, 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

August 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers. For information, call 867-7500.

August 30, September 1 and 2: New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo from noon-7 p.m. New Mexico wineries, juried art show, kids’ zone, food, New Mexico agricultural products, live entertainment. Tickets: Adults $10 (includes free wine glass); $5 ages thirteen to twenty; twelve and under are free. Advance tickets and information available at: (Those under twenty-one must be accompanied by legal guardian.)





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