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  Community Calendar

c. Rudi Klimpert

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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;

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

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

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). (505) 867-9094.

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. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

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 call 505-404-8492.

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: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

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 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.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the Southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. $15 per person/$5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

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. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) Sandoval County Commission. 6 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 for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

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

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.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Saturdays and Sundays:  Idalia Road Marketplace, Rio Rancho’s  open air market dedicated to local business, art, food and fun. Vendors (artists, craftspeople, organic/natural produce and more), live music, great breakfast burritos. Hours Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through October. 1320 Idalia Road just North of Northern Blvd.

Sundays through August: Haynes Park Summer Music and Art Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Featuring The Casuals, Gary Reynolds and The Southwest Band, Adobe Brothers, Bosque Blues, The Flyin A’s, Nahalot Shalom, Dennis and Song Writers, Rudy Boy Experiment, Twisted Mo-Jo, The Hit squad, Little Hawk, Inferno, and Rio Rancho Symphonic and Dance Bands. Free admission. All events are subject to weather. For information and schedule call 891-5004 or

August 1: Community Drum Circle. 6:30-8 p.m. At the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. Bring your drum or rattle, a snack and drink to share, and a friend. This is also the night of a full moon.  For more information contact

August 3: Hip hop in the Park. 8-10 p.m. To be held at the Rotary Park (under the Pavilion).

August 4: La historia de Los Matachines de San Lorenzo (The history of the Matachine dance drama in Bernalillo). 1-2 p.m. To be held at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library. With a lecture by Joseph Moreno and music by Charles Aguilar. There will also be a photo exhibit by the Sandoval County Historical Society.

August 5: August Art Exhibit at the Placitas Community Library. 1-4 p.m. This is the opening reception for an art exhibit that will be open for viewing through September first, featuring the artwork of members of the Placitas Senior Center’s art class: Gene Anderson, Cissy Casaus, Ana Claudia da Silva, Rosemary Harris, John McClendon, Adele Stuhlmann, and Valerie Tomberlin.

August 7: Gardening with the Masters—“Fall Vegetable Gardening.” 7-8:30 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. This event is free, offered by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension Master Gardeners. The instructor will be Loren Meinz, Sandoval County Veteran Master Gardener. For more information, contact John Zarola at or Sandoval County Extension, 867-2582

August 9-12: 28th Annual Santa Fe Mountain Man Trade Fair. The four-day event turns the Palace Courtyard into a Mountain Man-style rendezvous, where authentic re-enactors display and sell items necessary for survival as well as the jewelry, pottery, moccasins, and more that make mountain living a pleasure. Held at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

August 10-12: Quivira Workshop—restoring Grassy Creek. Interested parties are encouraged to join Quivira Staff and project restoration specialists Steve Carson and Craig Sponholtz for a summer weekend, learning new restoration techniques that help restore health to degraded watersheds. For questions, contact Mollie Walton at

August 11: Friends of Coronado host Centennial Lecture Event—New Mexico’s March to Statehood. 7 p.m. Jon Hunner, director of the Public History Program and chair of the Department of History at New Mexico State University will give a lively, entertaining presentation, outlining the many obstacles New Mexico faced as it “stumbled its way to Statehood.” Held at Coronado State Monument on the monument portal (485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, NM. 1.5 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550).   

August 11: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Lots of bargains for buyers. Seller fees start at $10. Proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

August 25: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Lots of bargains for buyers. Seller fees start at $10. Proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

August 25: Monthly meeting of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society. 8 p.m. The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its monthly meeting and stargaze at Coronado State Monument, and a stargaze will follow the meeting, weather permitting. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Mars and Saturn as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events. For more information, log on to or call 220-5492.

August 25 and 26: New Mexico Sunflower Festival. Highway 22 in Peña Blanca, New Mexico. A family-friendly event to continue the tradition of an outing in the country, since the Dixon Orchard was destroyed by fire last year. Tour fields of sunflowers. Enjoy arts and crafts, food, live music. Exit I-25 at Santo Domingo, travel west to Cochiti Lake, see signs to indicate community center location. Info: 505-917-8189.

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