The Sandoval Signpost

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DEADLINE: December 20

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. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 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.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.

Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

First Tuesday of each month: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday of the month: 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. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesdays: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

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.

First Wednesdays: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

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.

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer's Market, 4-7 p.m. Locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, other NM agricultural products. Just south of the Wine Festival Grounds and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo.

Saturdays: Children’s Story Hour—10 a.m. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

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!

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Through February 28: “Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space” astrophotography-contest exhibition. Thirty celestial images taken in New Mexico. LodeStar Astronomy Center, at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town Albuquerque. 9-5 daily. Admission included with LodeStar or museum admission. (505) 841-5955,,

December 3, 10, and 17: Adult Volleyball Hour at Placitas Elementary from 4 to 5 p.m. in the gym. All levels of experience welcome.

November 29, December 6 and 13: Public hearing to receive input about project selection for a community-development block grant application. 7 p.m. Town Council Chambers, Bernalillo. Handicapped accessible. Maria G. Rinaldi, 867-3311, extension 133. (See article in this Signpost.)

Through December: “Contemporary Jemez Landscapes,” exhibit of oil paintings by Judy Asbury. Pueblo of Jemez Museum of History and Culture, across from Red Rocks, beside Walatowa Convenience Store, Pueblo of Jemez. Enter through Walatowa Visitors’ Center.

Through December 10: Native American Students’ Art Show from To’Hajiilee and Bernalillo Public Schools. Masley Gallery, University of New Mexico, 277-4112.

Through December 11: Albuquerque Rescue Mission needs donations of blankets for the homeless. Drop Off Box at La Puerta Real Estate Services, 01 Ridge Court, Placitas. East on exit 242 off I-25, on the right, 867-3311.

December 2: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

December 3: Deadline for public comment on Proposed new Rules and Regulations for Administration of Surface Water in the State of New Mexico. View and download at Office of the State Engineer’s Web site, Address comments to public or Office of the State Engineer, Attention: Paul Wells, P.O. Box 25102, Santa Fe, NM 87504. (Article in this Signpost.)

December 3: Christmas at Kuaua, Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 5:30 Visit from Santa Claus and Kids workshop; 6:30 Bernalillo High School Choir; 7:35 Jemez Sun Fire Dance Group. Located off I-25, Exit 242, 1 mile west on Highway 550/44 in Bernalillo. For information, call 867-5351.

December 3: Christmas tree lighting in front of Bernalillo Town Hall. Sing carols and enjoy refreshments. 6 p.m. 867-3311.

December 3 through 10: Poinsettias available from Storehouse West. $9.95 each. $5 delivery for 25 or more plants. Or pick up at Storehouse West, 1030F Veranda Drive SE, Rio Rancho, December 6, 8, 10. Order by fax 892-2191, e-mail, phone 892-2077, 934-8482.

December 3 through 30: “Let There Be Light 2004–The Many Faces of the Divine Feminine.” New Mexico working artists exhibit glass-art methods, including traditional stained glass, as well as fused, blown, cast, sandblasted, torch-worked, and mosaic glass techniques. Reception December 3, 5 to 8 p.m. South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, just south of Central. Gallery M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; accessible, (505) 848-1320. (See article in this Signpost.)

December 4: Jemez Mountains Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One-of-a-kind gifts by artists, crafters, quilters, potters, jewelers of the Jemez Mountain area. Food and beverages available; admission free. Jemez Valley Community Center, 8154 Highway 4, just north of Jemez Pueblo. 829-3707;

December 4: 14th annual Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by River's Edge One Neighborhood Association. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enchanted Hills Elementary School, 5400 Obregon Road, Rio Rancho (near Highway 528 and Corrales Road). Booths $25. Call Jenny at 891-9194.

December 4: 20th Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade. Theme: Luminaria Light Parade. 6 p.m. From Industrial Park to Rotary Park. Bonfire and refreshments at the end of the parade. 867-3311.

December 4 through 12: Sixteenth annual Fine Crafts Show at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Selected artists exhibiting crafts in a variety of media. Open to the public; no charge for admission or parking. Opening reception on December 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Old Church Road, 3/10 mile west off Corrales Road. A portion of every sale goes to the Corrales Historical Society for restoration, preservation of the Old San Ysidro Church. Visual Arts Council of the Corrales Historical Society.

December 6: Do You Know Your Way in Santa Fe? Lobbying seminar with panels, individual presentations, Q and A. Powerful Staffers and How to Access Them, Written and Unwritten Rules and Procedures, Ethical Standards and Permitted Activities, When and How to Hire a Professional Lobbyist. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. To register ($125/$150): Cyndi Smith at 764-3759 or (Article in this Signpost.)

December 5: Albuquerque Concert Band continues its 2004-2005 Fall/Winter concert season. The eighty-piece symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks, performs music of the holiday season. Free to the public, 3 p.m. Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center (near Montgomery and Juan Tabo NE). 280-0295.

December 6 and 13: Public hearing to receive input about project selection for a community-development block grant application. 7 p.m. Town Council Chambers, Bernalillo. Handicapped accessible. Maria G. Rinaldi, 867-3311, extension 133. (See article in this Signpost.)

December 11: Placitas Community Library first annual Winter Holiday Celebration and Meet An Author. Guest author is Richard Peck, former UNM president—Dead Pawn (New Mexico mystery), Strategy of Terror (thriller), A New Mexico Experience (popular history) Cookie decorating, story time, holiday goodies. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Article in this Signpost.)

December 11: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women monthly luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Featuring flutist Laurel Wyckoff in a program of holiday music. Luncheon $12. Open to guests. AAUW welcomes women and men college graduates who are interested in promoting education, advancing the status of women, and continuing their own intellectual growth. Essencia, 4908 Corrales Road. Reservation deadline: Tuesday, December 7. 890-1406.

December 11 through January 29: Arte Loca show with Susan Gutt (freestanding weavings), John Goodro (furniture and art objects), Evey Jones (monotypes). Fridays, Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. El Zócalo, Bernalillo. 771-8097. (See article on Susan Gutt in this Signpost.)

December 12: Placitas Artists Series presents de Profundis, an a cappella men’s ensemble from Albuquerque. A dozen voices will sing holiday season selections. 3 p.m. Artist reception at 1:30 p.m. with Marla Parks Keaton, Hazel H. Orr, Emmanuel Portillo, and Dianna Shomaker. $15/$12. 867-8080, (See story in this Signpost.)

December 13: Public hearing (last in a series of three) to receive input about project selection for a community-development block grant application. 7 p.m. Town Council Chambers, Bernalillo. Handicapped accessible. Maria G. Rinaldi, 867-3311, extension 133. (See article in this Signpost.)

December 14: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

December 16: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

December 21: Winter Solstice Poetry Reading. Work by local poets and old favorites. 7 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 6.5 miles east of I-25 on NM 165. Refreshments. Information: Charles Little, 867-1973.

December 24: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Christmas holiday.

December 31: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of New Year's Day holiday.






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