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Sandoval Commission Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County commission meetings
will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County
Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.
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.
Mondays: Alanon Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo
Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.
Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics
Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a
block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres,
Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always
welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6-7:15
p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550.
Information: Jessica, 867-0498.
Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9
a.m.-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.
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. 5:30-7:30
p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol
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. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue.
Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.
Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting.
Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in
back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.
First Tuesdays: 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.
First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business
Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS
filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues.
8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation
and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building),
10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.
Second Tuesdays: Friends of Placitas Meeting.
Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.
Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets.
7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn. www.nmdemclub.com.
Second Tuesdays: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets
at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the
road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for
local, state, national offices. www.sandovaldemocrats.org.
Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School
Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to
the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.
Third Tuesdays: 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.
Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops
for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory
and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state
agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch
break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE
(Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free
of charge. 505 841-6200.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups.
WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People
of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484
Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.
Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group. $3 per
session. 10-11 a.m. United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard.
Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m.
La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.
Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous
Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don
Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.
First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30
a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved
organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking,
stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature
speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.
First Wednesdays: 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 Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library
board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on
the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about
these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to
Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting.
7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas,
Fourth Wednesdays: 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.
Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro,
the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church
Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors
$3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.
Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings.
DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for
those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members
welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information
available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,
Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting.
Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in
back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.
Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
(open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation
Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.
First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed
obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.
Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women
meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in
Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252
for more information.
Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10
a.m.-noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1, Placitas.
Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist
Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo.
Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting.
6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or
even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don
Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889,
Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous.
7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas.
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 7: “Biennial Southwest,”
a wide range in contemporary art currently being produced in New
Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. 103 works, including Placitas artists
Fernando Delgado, Marilyn Dillard, and Margi Weir. Albuquerque Museum,
2000 Mountain Road NW, Tuesdays through Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission starts at $1. Free on Sundays before 1:00 p.m.
Through January: King Tut Exhibit. More than 100
handcrafted replicas of items collected from King Tutankhamun's
tomb. Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water Street, on the north
end of the Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tuesdays through Thursdays
1 to 7 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5p.m.;
Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. $5 adults; $3 children. (505)
November 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission,
6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
December 1: Placitas Library Story Hour. 9:30
December 1 through 3: Seventh Annual Rio Grande Arts and
Crafts Festival–Holiday Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 200 artists
and craftsmen, poster signing, holiday creation station for kids,
Cookie Walk, more. To benefit Community Health Charities of New
Mexico, Casa Angelica, and Art has Heart. Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex,
Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds. 292-7457, www.RioGrandeFestivals.com.
December 1 through December 23: Chapter Two, by Neil Simon.
For anyone who has loved and lost, and again found love. Fridays
and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Tickets $12 ($10 students and
seniors); group rates available. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street
NW. Ticket information and reservations, 898-9222.
December 1 through 30: Annual River of Lights Holiday Light
Show. Hundreds of themed light sculptures; thousands of
twinkle lights. Closed December 24-25. Adults $6; children $2. 6
to 9 p.m. 2601 Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Central Avenue NW, (311)
or (505) 768-2000, www.cabq.gov/biopark/garden.
December 2 through 10: Corrales Historical Society presents
its eighteenth annual Fine Crafts Show, a New Mexico crafts exhibition
and sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Historic Old San Ysidro Church,
Old Church Road, three tenths of a mile west off Corrales Road.
Corrales. A portion of each sale goes to the Corrales Historical
Society for restoration and preservation of the Historic Old San
Ysidro Church. Opening reception December 1, 5 to 8 p.m.
December 2: “Hometown Christmas,”
twenty-second annual Bernalillo Nighttime Christmas Parade. Refreshments
at a bonfire following the parade at Rotary Park, behind the Pavilion.
December 3: Bosque Chamber Music Society presents “A
Holiday Concert,” in conjunction with Las Cantantes
UNM Women's Chorus, directed by Bradley Ellingboe. Features beloved
Christmas carols. 3:00 p.m. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
4th and Alameda. Free; donations accepted at the door. www.bosquemusic.org,
December 3: Club Italiano annual Christmas Potluck Dinner.
3:00 p.m.Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, Bernalillo. Call 867-6842
or 822-1806 for information. The purpose of the Club Culturale Italiano
is to further the understanding of Italian culture.
December 3: First Sunday Library Reading Series
presents poets and editors Bobby Byrd and Michelle Holland. 3 p.m.
Presented by Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Branigan Library,
and Friends of the Library. Reception and book signing follow the
reading. Free. Dresp Room, Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Avenue,
Las Cruces. Info: Dick Thomas (505) 521-9314, firstname.lastname@example.org;
December 3: The Albuquerque Concert Band continues
the 2006-2007 concert season with a free concert. The eighty-piece
symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks will perform a concert featuring
music for the holidays. 3:00 p.m. Ballut Abyad Shrine Center, 6600
Zuni SE. www.abqband.org,
December 4: Placitas Library book club discusses
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella Bird. 4 p.m. 867-3355.
December 6: DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County
Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 867-7500.
December 6: State Bar of New Mexico holds a Consumer
Debt/Bankruptcy Workshop. Q&A period. Free consultations with
an attorney. 6 to 8 p.m. 5121 Masthead, Albuquerque. 1 (800) 876-6227
or (505) 797-6069.
December 7: State Bar of New Mexico holds a Landlord/Tenant
Workshop. Q&A period. Free consultations with an attorney. Housing
issues, such as repairs, security deposits, evictions, right of
entry, lockouts, information on the law governing residential rental
units. This workshop is presented to help educate landlords and
tenants and to provide information on the resources available to
meet their legal needs. 5:30 p.m. 5121 Masthead, Albuquerque. 1-800-876-6227,
December 7: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m.,
Commission Chambers, 867-7500.
December 7: League of Women Voters-Albuquerque
presents speaker Justice Edward L. Chavez, of the New Mexico Supreme
Court. Topic: "Judicial Independence: The Role of the Courts
in the Current Political Climate." 11:45 a.m. Tickets: $14.
Reservations required: 505-884-8441 before Monday 12/4/06. Wyndham
Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE (near the airport).
December 8: “small is more” show opening.
Small-works fund-raiser for the Harwood Art Center. Exhibition runs:
December 4–22. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Harwood Art Center 1114 Seventh
Street NW, Albuquerque. 242-6367.
December 8: Commissioners of the NM Commission on the Status
of Women quarterly board meeting. 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Commission
office, 300 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite 101. If you require any form
of auxiliary aid or service to attend, contact the Commission Office,
(505) 222-6600 or 1-800-432-9168 at least one week prior to the
meeting. TTY users, call NM Relay, 1-800-659-8331.
December 9: Placitas Library Holiday Open House. Bilingual
story time at 11:00 a.m., then a piñata celebration and refreshments
all afternoon. Perhaps Santa will attend. See flyers around town.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m 867-3355.
December 9: DownHill Phil singer-songwriter performs
his unique brand of original acoustic music with “Christmas
at The Piñon.” 11 a.m. Piñon Café. 771-1700.
December 9: Las Placitas Association Watershed Project—Placitas
Open Space Cleanup Day. Bring sun hat, heavy gloves, rain gear,
and join us to remove an antiquated barbed-wire fence that runs
through the middle of the Placitas Open Space, obstructing people
and wildlife. Meet at the Placitas Merc, 9 a.m., to carpool. Members
of the Albuquerque Open Space Division will help with the work and
advise on the ongoing implementation of the Placitas Open Space
Master Plan. Free; refreshments provided. www.lasplacitas.org,
December 9: Individual City Championship Poetry Slam.
Ten poets compete for one title in the hottest spoken-word show
of the year. Presented in partnership with ABQslams and New Mexico
Literary Arts. Cost $10/$5 for Outpost members. 7:30 p.m. Outpost
Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque. 268-0044.
December 9: Jemez Holiday Tour. Jemez State Monument
and 17th-century church open to the public for a special holiday
celebration and luminaria tour. Kiva with fire, Native American
dances, flute music, free wagon rides to and from Jemez Springs,
refreshments. 5-9 p.m. (505) 829-3530.
December 9: The West Mesa Branch of the American Association
of University Women (AAUW) holiday luncheon. Featuring
a mother/daughter/granddaughter style show, accompanied by harpist
Donese Mayfield. Lunch by individual orders from the restaurant’s
regular menu. AAUW welcomes women and men who hold an associate
or higher degree and who are interested in promoting education,
advancing the status of women, and continuing their own intellectual
growth. Marj, 897-1150, for more information or reservations. Reservation
deadline: December 5. 11:30 a.m., Capo’s Restaurant, east
of Santa Ana Star Casino, on 528, Bernalillo.
December 12: County Planning and Zoning Commission,
6 p.m., Commission Chambers, 867-7500.
December 13: County Health Alliance Council Meeting,
9 a.m. Call (505) 771-7941 for location.
December 16: Grand opening of Explora’s new exhibit,
“Shapes of Sound.” Also, live Explora Theater performances
1:15 and 3 p.m.: Marco Polo and his “Description of the World.”
Who was Marco Polo and why is there a game named after him? For
all ages. Free with general admission: $5.50 members/$6.50 nonmembers.
¡explora!, 1701 Mountain Road, NW, 224-8384.
December 17: Placitas Artists Series special holiday
concert, “Baroque Christmas in Merrie Olde England,”
with Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble playing the musical instruments
for which the works were originally composed. Seasonal and other
works enjoyed in “Merrie Olde England,” by Georg Frideric
Handel, William Lawes, Hentry Purcel, Johann Christian Bach, plus
popular English carols. 3 p.m. Artists’ reception (Lisa Chernoff,
Marilyn Dillard, Charles Dunbar, Lynn Hartenberger) at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets ($18, $15) at the door 2 p.m., in advance at La Bonne Vie
Salon and Day Spa, in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas,
or on-line at www.PlacitasArts.org.
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165
(Exit 242). 867-8080.
December 17: Kids First Film: An Inconvenient Truth, with
Al Gore. Explore the science of global warming. 2:30–4:10
p.m. Explora Theater. Also, Weekend Exploration: Musical Math for
adults and children—How do fractions and frequency determine
pitch? How does division translate to rhythm? 1:30 p.m. Ages 10
and up. $5.50 members/$6.50 non-members. ¡explora!, 1701 Mountain
Road, NW 224-8323.
December 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m.,
Commission Chambers, 867-7500.
December 22: Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading
in the sanctuary of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in
Placitas (6.5 miles east of I-25 on NM 165). 7–8 p.m. Theme:
"La Paz de la Noche” (The Peace of the Night.) Original
poems read by their authors by the light of a single candle. Poetry
selection panel: Charles Little, JB Bryan, and Renny Golden. Renny2213@aol.com.