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 meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the northwest room of the Old Convent Gallery in Bernalillo. 867-5718.
Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $12 per session. 867-5718.
Every First and Third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.
Wednesdays: Narcotics Anonymous meets every Wednesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Focused Recovery (same building as La Buena Vida), across the street and north of the Range Café, Bernalillo. 24-hour Help Line: 260-9889.
Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.
Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.
Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.
Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.
Every Second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.
Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171
Thursdays: Problems with Alcohol? Crossroads meets at 7:30 p.m., 1292 Las Casitas (Camino del Pueblo and Calle del Bosque). 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.
Thursday Evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.
Through January 16: “The Terrific Art Group Exhibit” at Katrina Lasko Gallery. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment. 336 N. Camino del Pueblo. 867-2523, 570-2523.
December 4: Grand opening of the Pueblo of Jemez Career Center. Jemez Pueblo Civic Center Complex. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet all the service providers. Food, Indian dancers, door prizes.
December 5: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 6: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bernalillo Town Hall 6 p.m.
December 6: Seventh Annual Festival of Trees, 6–9 p.m. Community Youth Center Gymnasium, Bernalillo. Trolley available from Bernalillo Town Hall following the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Follow the luminaria trail from Rotary Park.
December 7: Yule Struttin’. Holiday party and silent auction to benefit the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Music, art, food, dance at the Albuquerque Museum. Music by Cathryn McGill and the Sidewinders, Son Como Son, Lewis Winn Trio. $25 per person. 255-9798 for reservations.
December 7: Eighteenth Annual Bernalillo Nighttime Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Bernalillo Mainstreet Association and the Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce.
December 7 through 15: Fourteenth annual Fine Crafts Show presented by the Visual Arts Council of the Corrales Historical Society. Features selected artists exhibiting crafts in a variety of media. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. An opening reception will be on December 6, 5 to 8 p.m. The reception, exhibition, and sale will be at the historic Old San Ysidro Church on Old Church Road in Corrales.
December 8: The Optimists Club de Sandoval holds a Blessing Day Open House. Music, food, nonalcoholic drinks will be provided. Bring nonperishable food, usable clean toys, new or gently used clothing for children to be distributed to families identified by Peanut Butter and Jelly, and St. Vincent DePaul. 1–4 p.m. San Antonio Mission Hall, Placitas. email@example.com 771-1171.
December 8: Christmas concert by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Free. 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center, 302 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by the Sandoval County Commission.
December 11: Hazard Mitigation Strategies for Sandoval County. Public meeting at Cañon Community Center. 7 p.m.
December 12: Hazard Mitigation Strategies for Sandoval County. Public meeting at Sandoval County Courthouse Commission Chambers, Bernalillo. 7 p.m.
December 13: Holiday sing-along with local musicians at the Piñon Café. 5 to 7 p.m. No cover. Homestead Village, Placitas.
December 13: Coronado State Monument in Bernalillo will present “Christmas at Kuaua,” 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 1,000 farolitos and Native American dancing around a bonfire from 5:30 to 6:30 pm., a special visit by Santa Claus from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and music by Amor Eterno (Musica Mexicana), from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. On Highway 550, just west of Jackalope. 800-419-3738 or 867-5351.
December 14: Jemez State Monument in Jemez Springs will present a “Farolito Tour,” from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. 1,500 farolitos on display throughout the ruins and Native American dances with live music by Cumulonimbus. Refreshments. Free. Located north of Jemez Springs on Highway 4. 800-426-7850 or 829-3530.
December 14: Holiday luncheon meeting of the West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women. The program will feature traditional and renaissance music performed by Quodlibet. AAUW welcomes women and men who are college graduates and who are interested in promoting education, advancing the status of women, and continuing their own intellectual growth. 11:30 a.m. Chamisa (Rio Rancho) Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive (the northward extension of Sara Road off Southern Boulevard). Call Mimi at 897-7906 for more information or to make a reservation.
December 14: Girl Scout Troop 7288 from Placitas Elementary School will be holding a Food Drive at the Merc. They welcome the community’s support. 771-3962.
December 15: Placitas Light Tour and Holiday Festival. A charity event with carolers, holiday munchies, Santa Claus, and more. Bring non-perishable food items such as dried beans, rice, pasta, flour, baby food, canned fruits, canned vegetables, sugar, gently used clothing, new socks and underwear for children, and gently used toys. Pick up a program book with an area map to visit the areas within Placitas that will be displaying holiday lights and luminarias. They invite all Placitas homeowners to decorate the outside of their homes with lights and luminarias. Sponsored by La Puerta Real Estate Services LLC and The Placitas Chamber of Commerce. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. La Puerta Real Estate Services Building, .25 mile east of I-25 on Highway 165. 867-3388.
December 17: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 18: Monthly meeting of the Placitas Chamber of Commerce. Prospective members welcome. 3 p.m. La Puerta Building, Placitas. 867-3011.
December 19: Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mix & Mingle. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Food, music, beverages. Re/Max Elite North, 842 Camino de Pueblo, Bernalillo. $5 members/$7 nonmembers. Bring a door prize to promote your business/organization.
December 22: Placitas Artists Series presents Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s “Merry New Mexico Christmas.” A wide variety of holiday music from around the world. 3 p.m. Artist reception begins at 1:30 p.m. featuring the glass, pottery, and paintings of Andi Callahan, Ellen Q. Faulkner, Katherine Howard, and Butch Phillps. $20/$15. Tickets at La Bonne Vie Salon, 867-8080, or www.PlacitasArts.org. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165.
December 25: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Christmas Day.
December 28: Representative Godbey will be holding a pre-legislative community meeting at the Placitas Community Center. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Placitas residents are encouraged to provide input concerning issues to be brought before the legislative session that begins January 21, 2003.