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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. 867-5718.

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 more information.

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;

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;

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 Boulevard. 896-1250.

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,

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. 867-4510.

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. 867-9408.

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 Fe. 867-8600.

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, or

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. (505) 867-5351.

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 Road.

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 NW, 898-9222.

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: 841-8920.

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, [See story, this Signpost.]

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 or

December 17: Help Optimists de Sandoval wrap gifts for families on Blessings Day. 9-noon. Placitas Community Center. 867-3077.

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.





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