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Note: Example: “First Monday” means the first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: 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.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

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. Info:

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 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 Town Hall by 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. Info: or call 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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 at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

Third Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Friday: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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 Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Every other Friday: Collage Like Picasso! Learning Studio. 2:00-4:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bogard teaches this experiential workshop that focuses on creating collage and mixed-media art works. Students use Washi and other papers and paints to create collage and mixed-media paintings. Previous art experience is not necessary. Occasional field trips. Cost: $25 for a materials kit and instructional orientation. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 214-542-2192.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, go to

First Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or 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.

Through November 18: Corrales Bosque Gallery 2015 Anniversary Show. Artists Melba Bushmire, Steve Feher, and Edward Gonzales join the ranks. Their works and those of the current membership make up the new show. 4685 Corrales Road in the historic old village of Corrales. 898-7203.

December 1: Gardening with the Masters lecture—Breaking Bad: The Fall of a Conventional Gardener. 7-8:30 p.m. Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho. Free to public. No registration. Presented by 867-2582.

December 2: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Jardineros will hold its annual Holiday Social and Toy Drive. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent, and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

December 4 and 5: Coro Lux, led by Bradley Ellingboe, performs at KiMo Theater. Dec. 4: 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5: 3 p.m. Program: Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Ray’s Gospel Magnificat, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Tickets $10, $8, and $5. 768-3544.

December 4: Town of Bernalillo Christmas Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. at Bernalillo Town Hall. Christmas carollers, biscochitos, hot apple cider.

December 4 to 6: 27th Annual Old Church Fine Crafts Show. Marvel at the artwork of some of New Mexico’s finest artists. Art for sale, offering unique gift items from traditional to contemporary. At the Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales.

December 5: Town of Bernalillo Christmas Parade. 6:30 p.m. Calle Escuela to Rotary Park. Followed by a bonfire at Rotary Park.

December 5: Sandoval County Sheriff’s Posse annual Toy Run Benefit. Following the Town of Bernalillo Christmas Parade, SCSP will host their Toy Run Benefit at 1043 Rodeo Lane, Bernalillo. Potluck dinner, dance, silent auction, raffle. All welcome. Admission: $10 or a new unwrapped child’s toy.

December 5: Starlight Parade and St. Nick Night in Corrales. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind small town parade celebrating St. Nick. Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. at the Corrales Rec center where you can eat green chile, watch a bonfire by the Corrales Fire Department, and snack on cookies and cider. Patrons will also have the chance to visit with St. Nick himself.

December 5: Pet food drive and adoption event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donation items being sought for animals include lightly used toys, crates, beds, food, blankets, litter, and old newspapers. All proceeds collected will be divided among rescue groups present at the event. Held at the Cabezon Community Center and Park—2307 Cabezon Boulevard. 891-5015.

December 5: Placitas Trunk Show. 2-4 p.m. Six Placitan artists will display and sell wearable artwork. The reception and trunk show will take place at Placitas Community Library—453 Highway 165, about four and a half miles east of I-25. The event is open to the public and free.

December 5 and 6: Village of Los Ranchos “North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop. Drop into any participating business and pick up your shopping map. Enjoy local specials/discounts, unique gifts, entertainment, and sweet treats. On Fourth Street north to Tramway and south to Griegos.

December 6: Lights of Kuaua: A Winter Celebration. 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site. The Ruins of Kuaua Pueblo will be aglow with luminarias. New MexiChords Barbershop Chorus performs holiday music, bonfire, and Zia Pueblo Slam Dancers at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, children’s craft activities. Fun for everyone. Free admission. At Coronado Historic Site, 1.5 miles west of I-25 Exit 242, 485 Kuaua Road and Hwy. 550. 867-5351.

December 7: Santa Fe Opera holiday concert. Free admission. 7 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Canned food and monetary donations welcome for Casa Rosa Food Pantry. See details, page 19, this Signpost.

December 11: Rock Zone plays Placitas Café. Classic rock, blues, and country music.
6-9 p.m. Good food, good music. Bring your friends. No cover. 221 Highway 165, Placitas. 771-1700.

December 12: Light Among the Ruins. 5-8:30 p.m. at Jemez Historic Site. Free, annual, family event is noted for the thousand-plus farolitos outlining the historic ruins of “Gisewa” Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church, for the traditional Jemez song and dance performed between two bonfires (luminarias), and for the delicious Pueblo food and art available for purchase during this event. Free wagon rides to and from Jemez Spring Park to the site.

December 12: Rio Rancho Winterfest 2015. Activities and events City Center area beginning at noon on December 12. Ice skating, a special appearance from Santa Claus, and a parade. The city of Rio Rancho is now accepting registrations for the parade, which is themed, “A Storybook Christmas.” Participants are encouraged to decorate floats that reflect this theme in addition to being well lit through the adornment of holiday lights. The fee to register for the parade is $15 dollars.

December 12: Open house and holiday craft sale. 10 a.m.-2p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center (41 Camino de las Huertas). Come by and talk with staff and seniors about what is offered at your local senior/community center. The Placitas Community Center is a wonderful place to meet new friends and hone in on old and new skills. Clients will be showing and selling items made during classes at the center.

December 13: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featured artists are Lisa Chernoff, fused glass; Amy Ditto, photography and digital art; Katherine Irish, pastel; and Elzbieta Kaleta, paper cutouts, mixed media, and photography. Also featuring the Presidio Saxophone Quartet from southern Arizona. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas. See details, this Signpost, page 2.

December 13: Anasazi Fields Winery’s Holiday Poetry Open Mic. 2 p.m.

December 18: Red Light Ramblers play Placitas Café. 6-8 p.m. Acoustic band. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, harmony vocals. Old time and mountain music. No cover. 221 Highway 165, Placitas. 771-1700.

December 18, 19, 20: Watermelon Mountain Ranch’s Home For The Holidays. Animal shelters and rescue groups from around NM will join WMR for an animal event and adoptathon. At the Big Tent in the PetSmart parking lot, 10248 Coors ByPass NW.

December 20: Winter Solstice celebration: 18th annual Candlelight Poetry Reading—La Llegada del Niño. 7 p.m. “We anticipate the arrival of El Niño with its welcome moisture as well as celebrate the traditional meaning.” Sponsored by the Earthcare Fellowship. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 867-5718.

December 22: Town of Bernalillo Holiday Social. 6-8 p.m. Recreation Center at Rotary Park.

December 24: Las Posadas de Placitas. Starts in the Village of Placitas at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited, anyone interested in participating by dancing with the Comachitos, children ages six to 12 years are welcome. Practice will take place on December 13 and 20 for the dancers and musicians at the Placitas Community Center at 6:00 p.m. 903-3997, 480-6855.

Through mid-January: Holiday show open house at Corrales Bosque Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover the creativity and excitement of the work of our sculptures, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters, and more. The gallery is located at 4685 Corrales Road in the heart of historic old Corrales. The show runs until mid-January. 898-7203.

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