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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:
Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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: 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, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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 Frank, 821-6056.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

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.

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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111.
892-1511,  249-4976, 260-0154,

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. 896-1250.

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.

Third Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

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. Contact: Lin  Robinson, 771-1535.

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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email Heather Kerr at

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 the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First and Third Thursdays: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10:30 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Tuesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters – Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Tuesday: The Kids’ Book Club 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

Third Thursday of each month. the Village Academy Charter School Board meets unless there is a school holiday, and then we meet the second Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is OLOS in the Motivation Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 867-9094.

Every Friday: Bernalillo Growers’ Market. Fresh homegrown vegetables, fruit, music, and more. 4-7 p.m. South of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Main Street), Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-2485 or 867-9054.

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 892-3330, for more information.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Pantry is open 10 a.m.- noon in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome!

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. 266-1900.

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, 505-260-7195.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

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.

December: The Corrales Bosque Gallery has opened its 15th annual holiday show in as innovate style as always. Not only are there new paintings, sculpture, and jewelry of all kinds, there are one-of-a-kind greeting cards suitable for framing, small decorative boxes, and of course, the wonderful handmade Christmas Ornaments the artists provide each year. It will run through February 3, 2009. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 4658 Corrales Road in the heart of the historic district of the village in Mercado de Maya. For more information, call (505) 898-7203 or visit

December 1: The Basics of Pruning, an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and all are invited to attend. The lecture will be at the Meadowlark Senior Center at 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE in Rio Rancho. Rudy Benavidez will give a presentation on the basics of pruning the home landscape. Don’t miss this educational opportunity to learn from local experts about gardening in New Mexico. For information, call the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Office at 867-2582.

December 3: Sandoval County Business Resource Fair 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Do you have questions about: Building or expanding your facility? Labor availability? State or local incentives for training? Telecommunication requirements? Financing? Workforce Training? Free Admission. For more information contact Louise Moore, Sandoval County Economic Development Foundation 505.891.4305

December 5-7: Come to Corrales for the Jolly Holidays in Corrales. Enjoy distinctive holiday shopping in the festively decorated historic Village of Corrales. Visit our specialty shops and galleries and relax at local restaurants amidst a lovely atmosphere with musicians and carolers on Saturday and Sunday. A free Children’s Art Workshop will be held on December 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the Fine Crafts Show featuring local artists in the Old San Ysidro church December 5 through 7. At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, marvel at the magical Starlight Parade. After the parade, step back in time at the free Holiday Open House at Casa San Ysidro and the Old Fashioned Christmas with St. Nicholas and a bonfire. The Winter Growers Market, featuring live music by Jose Salazar, is December 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jolly Holidays is sponsored by Corrales MainStreet. Visit or call 350-3955 for additional information.

December 6: The youth of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church are hosting an Intergenerational Christmas Matinee, Spaghetti Supper, and Silent Auction Fund Raiser to benefit the family of John Brown. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be shown at 3 p.m., with Spaghetti Supper and Auction from 5:30-7 p.m. Please join in supporting this mission project of our Placitas youth. The church is located on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25 at exit 242. Call 867-5718 for details.

December 6: On Saturday at the Coronado Monument, there will be a Christmas Gourd Ornament Workshop where participants can create ornaments from buffalo gourds with Native American or Hispanic designs and images, or their own designs. Individuals and families are welcome. There will be two workshops—one morning, one afternoon—in order to accommodate schedules and allow for as many participants as possible.

December 6: Democratic Women of Sandoval County Holiday Party, , 2 - 5 p.m., Anasazi Fields Winery. 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Free wine tasting. Desserts, snacks, beverages furnished. Cash bar for wine and coolers. Music by Placitas own Tim O’Rourke. The event will benefit the Democratic Women and Rebuilding Together Sandoval County. $10 donation requested. For info call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

December 10: Pete McAnally, Vibraphone Concert at Loma Colorado Main Library at 2:30 p.m. Free; no tickets or registration needed. For more information, call 891-5013, ext. 3030.

December 11: Beginning Yoga Workshop at Loma Colorado Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga with Susan Gordon. Free to the public, but registration at the Adult Information Desk is required. Minimum age is thirteen. For information, call 891-5013, ext. 3039.

December 11: The NMSU Extension Service of Sandoval County is offering an eleven-week master gardener training program that will begin on January 13, 2009. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 1-5 pm at San Ysidro Catholic Church, Hendren Hall, in Corrales. The cost is $100 and the deadline to apply is Thursday, December 11, 2008. The class fills up quickly, so early applications are advised. Please call 867-2582 for more information and an application.

December 12: On Friday evening at the Coronado Monument, the annual "Christmas at Kuaua" celebration will take place, featuring dancing, storytelling, flute music, crafts for children and, of course, Santa! The Monument walkways, buildings, and trails will be lit with luminarias, and the evening promises to be an enchanting experience, pulling everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

December 14: The Rio Rancho Symphonic Band invites you to join them to enjoy a concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Rio Rancho United Methodist Church. This concert will feature music from the Christmas season.

December 14: 10:30 am, Christmas Cantata, Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez, presented by the excellent choir of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, accompanied by piano, guitar, and percussion. Annual Tamale Dinner follows. Call 867-5718 for details.

December 20: 7:00 p.m. Eleventh Annual Winter Solstice Vespers at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the Earth Care Forum, this inspirational tribute to the returning light features twelve poets from the Southwest and beyond, reading poetry by the glow of a single candle. Each reading is followed by a short interlude of silence to provide everyone a moment of contemplation at the close of another year. Refreshments follow.

December 24: Traditional Christmas Eve candlelit service of lessons and carols, 8 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Everyone welcome.

December 28: Christmas Carol Hymn Sing, 9:15 a.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Keep the holiday spirit singing in your heart!

May 21-23: Call-to-Entry! Seventh Biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta at the Expo NM. Five-hundred-plus juried exhibits, classes, vendor mall. Entry deadline: March 1, 2009. Entry forms, prize information, and more Fiesta details at






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