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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site and click on Calendar. Or fax your listing to 867-3870. The deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost.

Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

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.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Mondays: Happiness That Lasts. 6-7:30 p.m., Rio Rancho Main Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Learn easy ways to develop a special experience of mental peace; as this grows, our problems naturally decrease, and our feeling of happiness lasts longer and longer. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class―no pre-registration required. $8/per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. (505) 292-5293;

Mondays (first Monday of the month): Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by a special program including speakers, demonstrations, or other events of interest to artists and art lovers. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience and media. All are encouraged to join. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists, network, make friends, and develop your skills.

Mondays: Come Sing with Sweet Adelines Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the area who enjoy acappella singing and performing to “check us out.” Women of all ages are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 p.m. at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE., Albuquerque. For more information please visit or call 505-323-7960. 

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Please call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Mondays: Placitas/Bernalillo Al-Anon Family Support Group Meeting. 7:30-8:30 pm behind the United Methodist Church in Bernalillo, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. For more information, call 262-2177.

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.

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.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call (505) 867-9094.

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 Tuesday: 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. For member networking events visit or Phone: 505-404-8492

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. 7-9 p.m. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. This is  an opportunity to learn of the Club’s many varied activities.  Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or residents who are having major changes in their lives. Luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, opera, etc.  Info:  Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,
Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Bilingual story time for ages six to ten. 3 p.m., Placitas Community Library

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.

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda, or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or his cell at 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Kids’ Book Club for ages six to ten. 3 p.m., Placitas Community Library

Third and fourth Tuesdays (except August): National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, Rio Rancho. 1909 Grande Blvd. Off of 19th Ave. and NM528. Contact Jaqui Valdez for more info at 977-9006.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more info, contact

Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10-11:30 a.m. St. Aquinas Catholic Church.

Wednesdays: Mid-day Rio Rancho Toastmasters. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills. Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard NE. Call (505) 792-9667 and ask for Debbi Ruel.

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.

Wednesdays: Mini Farmers’ Market at the Placitas Community Library. 1:30-5pm. Placitas grown, organic sugar snap and snow peas, green beans, squash, salad greens and much more. Other gardeners who have produce to share are encouraged to bring it to the Library then. All proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library.  

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.

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. Children are always welcome. For more information, email Heather Kerr at

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally.  At the February 9 meeting DWSC will host a Forum for Candidates seeking to Chair the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Sandoval County Democrats. On March 9 DWSC will focus on Health Care Initiatives and on April 12 Environmental Issues: Clean Air and Water.  For information about the group, please contact Janice Saxton, President at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library. Meetings are open to public. For information, call 867-3355.

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.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December)
Sandoval County Commission. 6:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or a meeting agenda.

Thursdays: Depression and bi-polar 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 and third Thursday of the month: The Coronado Optimist Club meetings, 6:15 p.m. Coronado Grill (upstairs). Expanding the horizons of community youth, encouraging civic responsibility, and participating in community service. New members are welcome.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association, 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. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, 884-8441, 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C, Albuquerque,

Fourth Thursday of each month except for the months of November and December: Sandoval County Development  Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo

Second and fourth Thursdays (except during June, July, and August): Preschool story time for ages two to five. 10 a.m., Placitas Community Library

Fridays: The Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market will be open for business beginning July 8 and continuing every Friday from  4:00 to 7:00 p.m. until October 28, 2011. The Market Ground is located just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Hwy 313) in Bernalillo. The location is about a block south of the intersection of 313 and U.S. 550.

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.

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho, monthly book sale. 10-1 p.m. Huge discounts & great bargains! Loma Colorado Main Library, auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr, Rio Rancho. 892-READ,

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

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. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

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

Sundays (starting the 7the of Aug.): Book study and meditation groups. 10 a.m. WOW–Women of Wonder. 4569 Corrales Rd.

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.

July-August: Summer Food Service Program: free breakfast and lunch for children up to the age of 18. Santa Ana Child Care Center.  Questions, call 867-3715.

August 4-7: 35th Sandoval County Fair: Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. Exciting events and vendors. Admission $5 adult; $3 youth. Unlimited entry is $10 individual; $25 for family. Livestock shows, rodeos, 4-H exhibits and open exhibits of agriculture, art, sewing and crafts. Gourd Dancing, Native American Pow Wow, Antique Tractor show, wild horse race, rodeos, horse shows and evening dances. Dutch Oven Cooking contest on Saturday from 8-noon.

August 5: The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its monthly meeting and stargaze. 8:00 p.m. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society and will show views of Saturn as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events. Meeting and stargaze located at Coronado State Monument. For more information, log on to or call 220-5492.

August 6: Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. led by Aaron Koslow, a state ranked teen chess player who teaches the finer points of the game and is happy to match wits with more experienced players of all ages. Placitas Community Library. 

August 7: Art for those who love art—Placitas Senior Art Class Reception.  1 p.m. at the Placitas library. There will be an art show featuring the work of the Placitas Center Senior Art class at the Placitas Library. See article in arts section for more details.

August 7, 14, 21, 28: City of Rio Rancho Free Summer Music Series. 6:30-8 p.m. This summer, the city of Rio Rancho’s Parks Recreation and Community Services Department invite citizens to enjoy some of the area’s most popular musical acts at Haynes Park. Including the Hit Squad, the Muddy River String Band, Daddy O’s, and Rio Rancho Symphonic Band. Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Blvd. (located across the street from Intel on N.M. 528/Pat D’Arco Highway).

August 10: Flutist Johnny “Nailman” Alston in concert at Loma Colorado Main Library. Free. 6:30-7:45. Afro-Native American flutist and percussionist. The repertoire for the evening will feature his contemporary, original compositions, including pieces from his first CD, Lost Valley, and his second, Between Two Worlds: A Collaboration of Native American Flute and Piano. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, Rio Rancho Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.

August 16: New Gifted, Autism (ASD) & Asperger’s Parent Support Group in Sandoval County. 7-8 p.m. New support group for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Aspergers’ and/or Gifted characteristics. This support and networking group is being formed in recognition of the overlap that exists in children who may be identified as gifted, having Asperger’s or autism. Topics to be addressed include research models based on strength and talents, parent support, access to services and professional resources, and accurate clinical information. Placitas Community Library. Contact: for additional information.

August 18: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Member Networking Event:
5:30-7 p.m. Lovelace Women’s Hospital, 4701 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Host: Doug Gullino, Carole Henry and Sheri Milone.

August 20: Las Placitas Association begins Water Series. 9-11a.m., Laura Crossey’s presents about the Springs and Streams of the North End of Sandia Mountain. Las Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas, north of the Post Office. Donation of $5 is suggested. For more details or to RSVP, contact Cosmos at 217-9384.

August 20: Teen Advisory Group meeting to discuss the books, movies, music and games the library is buying and make suggestions for new purchases and programs as well as eat snacks, play games, watch movies and generally have fun. 1:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library.

August 20: Under Charlie’s Covers fine used book store in Bernalillo will host Placitas author, Dr. Richard Peck, for a book signing. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Dr. Peck will be selling and signing his latest novel, Schmidt’s Mill—the story of a small Wisconsin town and the people who live there—as well as many of his other works. 240 S. Camino Del Pueblo next to the Flying Star Café, 505-404-2097,

August 27 and 28: Solar Fiesta. 10-5 p.m. Workshops, exhibits, sustainable living, activities for the kids and much more - the Solar Fiesta is New Mexico’s premier renewable energy and sustainability fair. Stop by the PNM exhibit for information about smart energy use and how you can use renewable energy. Albuquerque Academy-6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

August 28: The Corrales Bosque Gallery opens their anniversary show “Bosque Journey.” 4685 Corrales Road, across the street from Corrales Elementary. Open daily, 10-5. 898-7203.

September 9: Placitas Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11-1 p.m. With speaker, Lt. Governor, John Sanchez. Sandia Resort and Casino. $35 to attend. Email questions to

September 20: GSCCC’s annual golf tournament. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Come be a part of this exciting day of networking and camaraderie to be played at Twin Warriors Golf Club, one of Sandoval County’s premier golf venues. This tournament benefits the GSCCC and local charities, especially P B & J. For more information, call Carole Henry at 506.2279 or Damian Esquibel at 280.0447.





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