Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting. 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. At Joe’s Pasta House, 3201 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho. For more info/reservations, call Carolyn at 681-6328.

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

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

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. For more information, call 867-1396.

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas—a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization—meeting 9:30 a.m. Providing residents of Placitas an opportunity to join with others in supporting community activities such as assisting schools, and collecting and distributing food and clothing to various organizations. Monthly meetings serve as a forum for presentations of general interest to members and a chance to socialize. A variety of interest groups include gardening, crafts, birdwatching, and many others activities. See website for a complete listing:, or contact Rose Gardiner at 771.1166.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, go to or, or call 301-2009.

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held in the US Bank conference room in Bernalillo. For more information, call 898-6884.

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

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Thursdays (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 for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club., 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

First Saturday (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited. For more information, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

December 3: "Growing Fruit Trees," presented by certified arborist Elizabeth Gardner. 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. A "Gardening with the Masters" lecture sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Free to the public. No registration required. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. 505.867.2582.

December 6: Musical performances by youth groups. Dusk. Held at the Town Hall in Bernalillo (829 Camino Del Pueblo). Biscochitos and cider will be served.

December 6-8: Twenty-fifth Old Church Fine Crafts Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held at the Old San Ysidro Church (966 Old Church Road, Corrales, across from Casa San Ysidro). This is the original Corrales Holiday Arts and Crafts Show and a wonderful event that features 27 of New Mexico’s finest artists. Proceeds from the show go to preservation and maintenance of the Old Church that serves as the cultural and historical heart of the Village of Corrales. The show is free and open to the public. Free parking.

December 7: Opening reception for the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, featuring Placitas photographers. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Fine Arts Building at the Expo New Mexico Enjoy Refreshments and music by Talmage Burdine. The Fifth Annual New Mexico Photographic Art show will be open to the public at the Fine Arts building, on the New Mexico State Fair Grounds, December 8 to December 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays and December 25. 

December 8: Christmas at Kuaua. 5-8:30 p.m. Activities include Santa’s Workshop (Christmas tree ornament making for children), and a program of music, traditional Pueblo dancing, and Native American storytelling. Courtesy of the Friends of Coronado, enjoy biscochitos and hot apple cider around a large bonfire, weather permitting. For more information, call 867-5351. To get there: from I-25, take Exit 242, then take US Highway 550 1.7 miles west to Kuaua Road.

December 8: Pancakes with Santa. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Held at Cibola High School. A Greater Albuquerque Kiwanis Club sponsored event. Tickets are $9 dollars each, available at:

December 9: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will hold their annual Christmas party at Joe’s Pasta House. 11 a.m. There will be a gift exchange and a Giving Tree with the proceeds going to Storehouse West for families in need. For information, call Carolyn at 681 6328 or

December 14: Firewise workshop: wildfire possibilities and ways to protect your family and property. 9-11 a.m. Held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the Village.

December 15: Placitas Artists Series presents concert and artists reception. Reception at 2 p.m. and concert at 3 p.m. At the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, a reception will be held for December visiting artists Peter Boehringer, Lisa Chernoff, Dana Patterson Roth, and Adriana Scassellati. Their works will be on display from November 30 until December 29. The reception is free and open to the public. Then the Placitas Artists Series will present The Stu MacAskie Trio Meets the David Felberg Quartet for an encounter between jazz and classical music. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance ($20/$15). For further details see:, or call 867-8080. The concert is generously sponsored by Claudia Moraga, Rondi and Duane Thornton, and Susie Heide.

December 19: Holiday displays, refreshments, and live entertainment. 6-8 p.m. Held at the Town of Bernalillo Multipurpose Recreation Center Gym in Rotary Park. Santa Claus will make a special appearance to visit with children and give goodie bags. All ages are welcome and everything is free.

December 21: Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Luminous Night,” and ten poets will read a poem to the light of a single burning candle. Each poem is followed by a short interlude of silence to provide the listeners a moment of contemplation. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The event is free, donations welcomed. All are invited.

December 25: Santa! Noon. Santa and the Town of Bernalillo Fire Department will hand out Christmas treats at Town Hall.

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