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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

First Monday: Intentional Living Motivation: Learn how to create and manifest a successful, healthy and happy life. Explore, create and understand how to succeed using universal, physical and spiritual laws as tools. 5:30 p.m. Free. Placitas Community Center. Info: 620-3312.

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women meets for lunch at 11 a.m. Turtle Mountain Brewing Co, 905 36th St. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email: There will be no luncheon meetings in July or August.

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) 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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

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

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.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 Wednesday: 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 Thursdays (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 (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: 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.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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 and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (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.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

August 3: Benefit for Placitas Fire Brigade. 2:00 p.m. Held at Arte de Placitas and in the parking lot of in Homestead Village Shopping Center. Live music at 4pm, silent auction--final bids due at 3:30 p.m., activities. Public welcome.

August 4: Opening reception for Through the Tree. 3-6 p.m. Artist Dorothy Bunny Bowen will be hosting a reception for her series Through the Tree, a series of wax resist paintings on silk. The reception will be held at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas.

August 5: Explore A Wildlife Habitat Garden! 10-11 a.m. A Master Gardener of The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. The garden uses native, xeric plants to support indigenous wildlife as well as migratory birds. The docent will explain the importance of creating and preserving wildlife habitats.  As well as provide information on how to create your own wildlife habitat at home. The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque is a nonprofit and maintains the wildlife habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE. People of all ages welcome. Free.

August 6: Gardening with the Masters: Growing Figs. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Offered by Sandoval County Extension Program. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. Worried About the Drought?   Don't Know How to Protect Your Plants? Contact the Sandoval County Master Gardeners on their Hotline Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or leave a message: (505) 867-2582 or toll free (800) 678-1802 or email

August 6: Gene Grant live at Esther Bone Library. 6:30 p.m. Gene Grant, host and commentator from New Mexico in Focus, will give a talk entitled “The Governor’s Race: A Discussion on the Money, the Issues, and the Stakes for New Mexico.” The Esther Bone Library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. Call 891-5012 and select option 3 for more information or directions to the library.

August 9: Monthly meeting of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, and stargaze. 8 p.m. Held at Coronado State Monument. A stargaze will follow the meeting, weather permitting. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Saturn, various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events. For more information, go to or call 220-5492.

August 10: Opening reception for the Four women art show. 12-4 p.m. Held in the village of El Ancon, at the Pavilion gallery space located on the Romero compound. The show will be open on Sundays, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., through the month of August until September 8, or may be open other times by appointment. For more information, call 575-421-7057.

August 10: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Skip that yard sale. Space fee is $10. Space fees benefit the Placitas Community Library. Library offers optional tents and tables for an additional $10 each. Public is welcome to “browze, schmooze and buy.” Info: call PJ 771-1143,

August 12: Placitas Federated Republican Women Lunch Meeting. 11 a.m. Speaker: Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation. Mimi's Cafe, 4316 THE 25 WAY NE, Albuquerque. Public welcome.

August 11: Art reception for the Placitas Community Center Painters. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Works will be on display August 3-30.

August 11: Pueblo Independence Day. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Pueblo People of New Mexico will commemorate a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. This year’s commemoration will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza to Gisewa Pueblo plaza. Participating in this run is a way to pay tribute to the Ancestors and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made. Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life, their culture, their languages, and their right to one day reclaim their aboriginal lands. The run begins at 7:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. the Jemez Historic site will feature guest speakers, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be traditional native dances, Red Bear Drum Group, native food, and arts and crafts. Admission is free for all New Mexico residents. Call the Jemez site for further details at 575-829-3530.

August 17: Greywater harvesting workshop. 10 a.m. Marian Wrage, Utilities Environmental Program Manager for the City of Rio Rancho’s Department of Public Works and Lonnie Burke will present a workshop on greywater harvesting. Aside from the obvious benefit of water conservation, greywater recycling reclaims nutrients that would otherwise be lost and returns them to the soil. Learn how to reuse this valuable waste product to replenish your gardens at home. Registration is not required. Held at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 891-5012.

August 23: Desert Gardening in Drought conditions workshop. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension office, 711 Camino Del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Registration is required by emailing, or by calling 867-2582, toll free 800-678-1802. Presentations will be given by local veteran master gardeners and a representative specialist from NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, followed by questions and answers.

August 24: Postcards from the Rio Bravo border. 2 p.m. Daniel Arreola, a Placitas resident, will discuss and share photos from his new book. Held at the Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

August 24: Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrates fortieth anniversary. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Founding members will be recognized. Light refreshments will be served, and the general public is invited to attend. Station 42, the original fire station, built by the founding members, is located on Perdiz Canyon Road, which intersects Highway 165 at approximately Mile Marker 9. Parking is limited, and people are encouraged to carpool.

August 24: Potluck picnic dinner for potential cohousing residents of Placitas Sage. 6-8 p.m.  Held at the Placitas Library. All who are interested in exploring the possibilities of a senior cohousing alternative in Placitas are welcome. Come and join us, bringing a dish to share, your drink, and dinnerware. For more information, contact us at or Joyce at 404-8553.

August 24 and 25: Stinking Rose Garlic Fest at Idalia Road Marketplace. Peculiar Farms of Los Lunas will bring locally grown varieties. Both days, 11 a.m.: Loren Meinz, Master Gardener, will talk about growing garlic; and Dr. Carol Conn, Associate Professor of Nutrition at UNM, will speak on the nutritional benefits of garlic. The You Stink Raw Garlic Eating Competition: noon on Saturday; winner receives the “You Stink” trophy. Local veggies, bakery items and freshly baked Horno bread. Art and crafts and more. Geo's Mobile Bistro. Live music 12:30-2pm: Saturday, Mother Jones Band; Sunday, Kool Greg Mellinger. Open Saturday 9 – 2; Sunday 10 – 2. 1320 Idalia Road NE, Rio Rancho, 553-5591, No entry fee.

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