Sandoval Signpost
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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Mondays (first Monday of the month): Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience or media.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 505-404-8492.

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: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Mini Farmers’ Market at the Placitas Community Library. 1:30-5pm. Placitas grown, organic sugar snap and snow peas, green beans, squash, salad greens and more. Any gardeners with produce to share are encouraged to bring it to the Library then. All proceeds benefit Placitas Community Library.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Thursdays: Award-Winning Beading Class of the Placitas Community Center. 1-4 p.m. The Beading Group at the Placitas Community Center includes beginners, advanced, and senior beaders. They enjoy working on their own personal creations as well as instructed techniques and styles. All beaders bring in their personal beads and supplies and work at their own pace. Ideas are shared amongst each other and all have a great time. Both men and women are involved in this activity. All are welcome to attend the class.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or a meeting agenda.

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

Fourth Thursday of each month except for the months of November and December: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 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 as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

Second and fourth Saturday: Placitas Flea Market, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Homestead Village, 221 Highway 165, Placitas.

December 2: The Range Gallery hosts holiday art show. 5-8 p.m. To feature the mixed media work of Laura Telander and sculpture of Greg Reiche. Both artists will be in attendance at the public reception, and the show will continue through the end of the month.

December 2: Town of Bernalillo’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6 p.m. 867-3311

December 2: Old Town Holiday Stroll begins with Brass Quintet. 4 p.m. The sound of horns played by a Brass Quintet will fill the sanctuary of the historic San Felipe de Neri Church to celebrate the beginning of the very popular Old Town Holiday Stroll. This quintet is comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the area and conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, formerly music director for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. The “official” holiday stroll will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

December 3: Town of Bernalillo’s Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade and Bonfire. 6:30 p.m. Camino del Pueblo. 867-3311.

December 3: Madrid’s Christmas Open House. 4 p.m. Events open with a Christmas Parade, followed by the display of Christmas lights, the Mine Shaft Tavern will exhibit art by Ken Wolverton and bluegrass band. The Family Coal will provide live music from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Madrid’s community Christmas tree will be on display at Maggie’s Diner, the original Wild Hog movie set. For information go to, or

 December 3: Twinkle light parade and art market. Market starts at 3 p.m. on Civic Plaza; Parade at 5:15, traveling east on Central ave., then north on Third street to civic Plaza. There will be unique hand-made holiday gifts, live entertainment, children’s activities, pictures with Santa Claus, and more. These festivities will wrap up at 9 p.m. Those wishing to give back to your community this holiday season may donate new or gently used children’s coats. The City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services is soliciting donations and distributing them to families in need throughout the Albuquerque metro area. Donations may be dropped off at the information booth during the Holiday Art Festival on Civic Plaza from 3-9 p.m.

December 3: Placitas Fire Brigade Reunion. 2 p.m. A panel discussion with founding members of PVFB and photography exhibit. Placitas Community Library.

December 4: Texas Gypsies play holiday music program. 3 p.m. The Placitas Artists Series will present the Texas Gypsies as the fourth concert in the celebration of their twenty-fifth Anniversary Season. The Texas Gypsies are an award winning band with a unique and eclectic style and a sound all their own. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.) For more information call 867-8080 or visit

December 4: Placitas Artist Series continues with local artists. 2 p.m. Featuring the art of Barb Belknap (stained glass), Diana Martin (beaded jewelry), Susan Reid (acrylic painting), Laura Robbins (mosaics), and Judith Roderick (silk painting and silk quilts). Held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The works will be on display from December 1 until December 31.

December 4: Christmas at Kuaua. 5-8 p.m. The Friends of Coronado State Monument invite you to start the holidays with an evening of family fun. Glowing luminarias, native dancers, Santa and elves, hot cider, cocoa and cookies around a roaring bonfire. Shop at the Sunfather gift shop. The Fiesta is free to the public. Coronado State Monument is located 1.5 miles west of I-25 exit 242 on Highway 550. For more information, please call 505-792-4851 or visit

December 6: Gardening with the Masters—winter activities: what to do to prepare for the next growing season. 7-8:30 p.m. Instruction from Carol Horner. What can you do over the winter to prepare your garden for Spring? For Information contact Sandoval County Cooperative Extension (505) 867-2582, Toll Free (800) 678-1802. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho, NM.

December 9: Local Placitas jewelry designers Geri Verble and Sandy Johnson to be featured in the December exhibit at the Placitas library. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library Collin Room. Exhibit run December 4-30.

December 10: Community drum circle at Placitas Community Center. 6-9 p.m. “We celebrate the Earth Mother, Grandmother Moon, and Healing Energies with our full moon drumming. If you have your own drum, rattle, or other music maker, bring it along. There will be extra drums and rattles for those who have never participated in a drum circle. Also bring a snack to share during the evening.” This is an alcohol-free event. For more information, call The Richards at 771-3638.

December 10: Placitas Community Library’s Holiday Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Stories, crafts, piñata breaking 10-11:45 a.m.; Santa at the Library 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

December 13: A kiln-formed glass class taught at the Community Center. 2-4 p.m. Cathryne Richards will present a beginners class and open workshop on the second and fourth Tuesday. Call the Community Center at 867-1396 to reserve your space in the beginner’s class on December 13. You will learn how to cut glass, design, lay up the pieces, and, with a special kiln, fire them into jewelry pendants, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Held at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas.

December 21: Hispanic Music Festival and Holiday Social, 6-8 p.m. Town of Bernalillo Recreation Center. 867-3311.

December 25: Santa visit to Bernalillo Town Hall. 867-3311.





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