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December 2005 Signpost Community Calendar
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County Commission meeting change
The Sandoval County Commission plans to meet only once during December.
That session will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8,
at the county courthouse in Bernalillo. The commission normally
meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Sandoval commission meetings
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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo
Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.
• Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting.
If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might
have a problem, you are welcome! 6 p.m. Bernalillo United Methodist
Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.
Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always
welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to
7:15 p.m. First Baptist Church, 800 Camino Del Pueblo, next to Fatwich
Deli. Jessica, 867-0498.
• Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out.
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session.
• First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval
Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas.
New members welcome. 867-4646.
Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting.
A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief
and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria).
Carol Frank, 821-6056.
Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club
plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen,
at 867-2829, for further information.
• 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
to 8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rte. 528
and 19th Ave. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for
• First Tuesday: SNAP (Survivors Network
of those Abused by Priests) support-group meeting, New Mexico Chapter.
Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless
of religious affiliation, if any. 7 to 9 p.m. Good Shepherd UCC,
7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369; www.snap-newmexico.org.
• Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas Meeting.
Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.
• Third Tuesday: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting.
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, peer-support gatherings,
guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066; email@example.com.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting. Noon. United
Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.
• Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group. $3
per session. 10-11 a.m. United Way Building, Southern and Unser
• Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7
p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.
First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South
General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support)
is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed
to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial
stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from
Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687, www.momsclub.org.
Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School
Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O.
Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.
• Fourth Wednesday: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical
School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.
First Thursday: Placitas Talks, on a variety of
subjects. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. Call for
meeting times: 867-3355,
• First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting.
All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place.
• Saturdays: Children’s reading program.
10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.
• Saturdays: New AA Meeting, “One
Day At A Time.” Big Book discussion. If you have a problem
with drinking, you are welcome! 9 a.m. United Methodist Church (in
back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle
Don Andres, Bernalillo.
Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers
to identify your home are available from Jardineros De Placitas
volunteers, near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers
are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.
Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help
support group meeting, for individuals with lupus and their families,
9:30 a.m. Rio West Community Church Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla
Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho.
Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have
a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem,
you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community
center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.
Through January 1: Bugg Lights on nightly from
5:30 to 9 p.m.; Santa at Santa's Village every Friday and Saturday,
6-9 p.m., and on December 21 through 23. Wagon rides every Friday
and Saturday until December 23, 6-9 p.m.. Free. At Traditions! Take
I-25 to Budaghers Exit 257, halfway between Albuquerque and Santa
Through February 28: "Astro-Images of New Mexico:
Portraits from the Foothills of Space," astrophotography-contest
exhibition. 29 celestial images taken throughout New Mexico by amateur
photographers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. LodeStar Astronomy Center,
in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town
Albuquerque. Admission included with LodeStar or museum charge.
(505) 841-5955, www.lodestar.unm.edu or www.taas.org.
December 1: Santa Fe Astrology Forum presents
"Democracy Wanted: Dead or Alive. An Evening of Inspiration
and Insights for the Year Ahead." The Santa Fe Astrology Forum
“will present cutting-edge techniques to inspire insightful
activism and restore hope in our personal and collective lives.”
$15 advance ticket sales at ARK Bookstore on Romero Street, $18
at door, $10 for under 30. 7 p.m. Temple Beth Shalom Social Hall,
205 E. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe. 505-955-0579.
December 2: Christmas at Kuaua. Hundreds of luminarias
will light your way through the Kuaua Pueblo ruins. Caroling, traditional
dances, elves’ workshop, visit from Santa. Free. Refreshments
will be served. 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua
Road, I-15, Exit 242, 1 mile west on Highway 550/44, in Bernalillo.
December 3 through 11: 17th annual New Mexico crafts exhibition
and sale. No admission or parking charge. 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily. Opening reception December 2, 5 to 8 p.m. Old San Ysidro
Church, Old Church Road, three-tenths of a mile west of Corrales
December 2: Town of Bernalillo Christmas Tree Lighting.
6:00 p.m., in front of town hall. 867-3311.
December 2 through 18: The Day They Shot John Lennon. Fridays
and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm, special performance
at 8:00 pm on December 8, the 25th anniversary of Lennon’s
death. $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students.
Group rates available. All seats $9 and drawings for door prizes
at the December 8 special performance. Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street
December 3: 21st Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade.
Along Main Street (Camino del Pueblo). 6 p.m. Bonfire and refreshments
follow parade’s end at Rotary Park. Sponsored by the Town
of Bernalillo, 867-3311.
December 3: Holiday Open House at Casa San Ysidro.
Musical performances, refreshments; tin ornament making and piñatas
for the kids. 5-8 p.m. 973 Old Church Road, Corrales. Historic rooms
will be open for viewing; also remember to visit the Fine Craft
Show at the Old San Ysidro Church. 898-3915.
December 6: Optimists de Sandoval Monthly Meeting. Prospective
members welcome. Noon. Piñon Café, Placitas. 867-3077.
December 6: 4th annual Messiah Sing-In. Chamber
orchestra and pipe organ accompaniment. Rent or purchase a score
or bring your own. No experience required. Listeners welcome. Reception
follows. Freewill offering to benefit food banks. 7 p.m. First Presbyterian
Church, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque (southwest corner of I-25 and
Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
December 7: Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy Workshop, with
volunteer attorney Albert Schimmel. Q&A, one-on-one consultations.
Sponsored by State Bar of New Mexico, the Bankruptcy Law Section,
and New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission. No admission charge.
6-8 p.m. State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque.
Call 1-800-876-6227 or (505) 797-6048 for details.
December 8: Free workshop on financial success
for “older” (55+) women, presented by the New Mexico
Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers Office,
in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque Barelas Senior Center.
Includes Smart Money Management, How to Survive on a Fixed Income,
Fraud Alert: Be One Step Ahead of Scams. 8 a.m-12:30 p.m. Highland
Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration required:
December 8: Sandoval County Commission meeting,
6 p.m. Commission Chambers. Open to the public.
December 11: Placitas Artists Series presents
a special holiday program, “The Great Songwriters ... The
Great Songs,” by the group Broadway. Performers include people
with Musical Theatre Southwest (formerly ACLOA) and Albuquerque
Little Theatre. 3:00 p.m. Visual artists reception at 1:30 p.m.
for Lisa Chernoff, Madeline Randle, Russell Sabin, and Dianna Shomaker.
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25, on NM
165 (Exit 242.) 867-8080, www.placitasarts.org. [See story, this
December 11: Lecture by master weavers Irvin and Lisa Trujillo
of Chimayó, New Mexico, in conjunction with the opening of
Maravillas de los tejedores/Wonders of the Weavers: Nineteenth Century
Río Grande Weavings. Free lecture sponsored by the New Mexico
Humanities Council, 1:00-2:00 p.m. The Albuquerque Museum, 2000
Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, 243-7255.
December 13: County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting,
6 p.m. Commission Chambers.
December 13: Democratic Women of Sandoval County Meeting.
Meet and greet before meeting at 6:45; bring a dessert
or snack to share. Program: Don Thompson, Veterans for Peace. 6:30
p.m., UU Westside Congregation Sanctuary, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner
of Inca), Rio Rancho. For information, contact Janice Saxton, 867-1139
December 17: Help Optimists de Sandoval wrap gifts
for families on Blessings Day. 9-noon. Placitas Community Center.
December 18: Lisa Bear Goldman signs her book
Amadito and Spider Woman, illustrated by Amado Peña. 4 p.m.
Cottonwood Mall, 10000 Coors Boulevard. 771-3309.
December 19: Help Optimists de Sandoval pack gifts
for families on Blessings Day. 9-noon. San Antonio Mission. 867-3077.
December 21: Eighth annual Candlelight Poetry Reading celebrates
the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. The theme: "To
Know the Dark." Readings from local and nationally known poets.
Joanna de Keyser, cello, and Judith Hendry, alto and flute, will
provide a prelude. 7:00 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 867-5718.
December 26: Nonemergency offices closed in observance
of Christmas Holiday.
January 10: Master gardening classes begin. Eleven-week
program. Application deadline is January 6; space is limited to
25 students; cost is $70. 1-5 p.m. Grace Outreach Center (2900 Southern
Boulevard, in Rio Rancho.) Call Sandoval County Cooperative Extension
Service, 867-2582, for further information.