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DEADLINE: December 20
Through February 2004: "Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space" astrophotography contest exhibition. LodeStar Astronomy Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town, Albuquerque. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 505-841-5955, www.lodestar.unm.edu.
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: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.
Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.
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.
Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.
Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171
Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.
Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!
November 29: Workshop to make Christmas gourd ornaments for yourself and the Festival of Trees. Coronado State Monument. 2 to 3 p.m. and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. $10. 867-5351.
December: Classes in Ornaments, Faux Stained Glass, Stained-Glass Mosaic, and Holiday Wreaths. Placitas Community Center. All ages. $15 per hour. 867-1396.
December 1: Master gardener lecture, “Being Kind to Your Feathered Friends,” by Lee Hopwood of the Wild Bird Center. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 867-2582
December 2: Open meeting to discuss New Mexico's Democratic Presidential Caucus. Learn more about how the caucus will run and about some of the candidates. Paul Ingles will inform residents about Dennis Kucinich’s campaign and invites supporters of any other Democratic campaigns to bring materials to share. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. 771-8295, www.dpnm.org.
December 3: Placitas Library meeting at Placitas Community Center. 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. Help plan the new library. Become a charter member. Donate one wrapped white-elephant book from home; borrow one book. Sue Strasia, 867-0026.
December 4: Sandoval County Commission Liquor license hearing, 2:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 4: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 5: Christmas in Bernalillo. Lighting of the Tree at Bernalillo Town Hall. Festival of Trees at St. Aquinas Church of Ladder Day Saints, then refreshments, 1,000-luminaria trail, storytelling, BHS Choir, Santa Claus at Coronado State Monument 5:30-8:30. 867-3311.
December 5 through 21: Radio Theater –1945. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Adobe Theater, Corrales. $10, $8. A trip down memory lane to the golden age of radio. 898-9222, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 9813 Fourth Street NW.
December 6: The Town of Bernalillo MainStreet Association with the Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce presents the Eighteenth Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. Parade ends at Rotary Park for complimentary cider and biscochitos. 867-3311.
December 6: Opening reception for paintings by Caroline Kennedy. Angus McDougall Gallery, 867-0556, 978 San Felipe, Bernalillo. 3 to 7 p.m.
December 6: Opening reception for “A Bunch of Artists, A Lot of Art, A Great Show.” Katrina Lasko Gallery, 867-2523, 336 Camino del Pueblo (in back through courtyard), Bernalillo. 4 to 7 p.m.
December 6: Opening reception for “Way Out West” exhibit of work by Bartley Johnson. Arte Loca Gallery, 771-8626, at 373 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 4 to 7 p.m. www.ArteLocaGallery.com
December 6: Opening reception for “The Toy Show.” Dolls by 11 local artists. Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery, 771-0590, 1019 Camino del Pueblo. 5 to 8 p.m. www.juliannakirwin.com
December 6: Meet Santa and Kasey, the dog who helps schoolchildren read. Gazebo in Homestead Village. Noon to 2 p.m.
December 6 and 7: Contemporary Hispanic Winter Market, Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615-B Paseo de Peralta (in the Railyard), Santa Fe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 140 artists. Painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, more. Volunteers needed. 992-0591, 983-2640.
December 6 through 14: Fine Crafts Show at Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Over forty artists. Opening reception December 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
December 7: Optimist toy run. Motorcycle enthusiasts meet at the Pit, Albuquerque, to donate toys, canned food.
December 7: Westside Community Chorale, directed by Ruth Ann Hanlin, performs a culturally diverse holiday concert at 4 pm. $10, $8, $5. Tickets available from Chorale members, Corrales Frame-N-Art, Albuquerque Bookworks, Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce; and at the door. Parish Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas (behind the main church), 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho. 505-896-1639.
December 7: Birders Breakfast and bosque bird walk, Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW. 7 a.m. 344-7240.
December 7: The Albuquerque 80-piece Concert Band conducted by Bruce Kroken and John Sanks, presents a free public concert of holiday music, 3 p.m. Eldorado High School Theatre near Montgomery and Juan Tabo NE.
December 10: Deadline for posting letters to Santa. Take letters to Placitas Post Office, Santa Box.
December 13: Optimist Blessings Day. Bring toys, gently used clothing, nonperishable food to Placitas Community Center. 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments.
December 13: Jemez State Monument luminaria tour (1,500 luminarias) Native American entertainment, refreshments, hay rides, Christmas music. 5 to 9 p.m. Open houses throughout the valley.
December 13: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women holiday luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Music by harpist Glenda Orchant. Essencia, 4908 Corrales Road, Corrales. 771-1535.
December 14: Second annual Placitas Holiday Festival and Charity Event sponsored by La Puerta Real Estate Services and the Placitas Chamber of Commerce. Bring charitable donations. Live music by the Placitas Mountain Band, refreshments. 5 to 7 p.m. 867-3388.
December 16: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 17: Christmas Luncheon Potluck, Placitas Community Center. Los Reyes De Albuquerque Mariachi Band, roast beef, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, tossed salad, pumpkin pie. Bring a favorite dish? Seniors over 60, $1.50, others $4.50. RSVP by December 15. 867-1396.
December 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 21: Santa Fe Pro Musica special holiday concert of music from the 1600s to the present using period instruments “A Baroque Christmas: Concerti of Baroque Masters and Traditional Carols.” 3 p.m. Art reception with Michaela Carson, Lisa Chernoff, Nancy Hawks, and Susan (Suki) Willoughby. 1:30 p.m. $15/$12. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. www.PlacitasArts.org. 867-8080, 867-3333.
December 22: “From the Darkness, Light.” Sixth annual winter-solstice reading at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Local poets read winter-solstice poetry written by themselves and others. 7 p.m.867-1973, email@example.com.
December 25: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Christmas Day.