Sandoval Signpost


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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, 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

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

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

Second Mondays: 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. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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). 867-9094.

Third Mondays: 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. 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. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays: 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. 771-0130.

First Tuesdays: 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, social activities, etc. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. 321-6970,

First Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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. Call 404-8492 or visit

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, Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

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

Third Tuesdays: 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 who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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.

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

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. 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., 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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by SandovalMasterGardeners. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred, information at Public Class Registration: At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 505-929-0414.

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. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, 301-2009.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m.

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

Fridays: 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. Geri: 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.

First Fridays: The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will begin to provide Veterans Outreach to Sandoval County. 1-5 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

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. 867-7226.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

Third Sundays: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. Jessica: 459-6553.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

November 30: Santa Fe Opera Winter Tour Concert in Placitas. 7 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on State Highway 165. Free. Refreshments will be served. Those attending are encouraged to bring a cash donation or non-perishable food items for the church’s Casa Rosa Food Pantry.

December 1: Comanchitos practice for Las Posadas. 6 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Info: Alicia at 903-3997 or Marylou at 480-6855.

December 2: Bernalillo Christmas Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. Carolers, biscochitos, hot cider. Bernalillo Town Hall. Free; open to public.

December 2-3: Hoot Gallery hosts Open House and Trunk Show. 2 to 5 p.m. Book signings, meet artists Catlin Valazquez-Fagley and Doreen Goodlin (December 2) and Kristen C. Wilson and Doreen Goodlin (December 3). Located at Homestead Village in Placitas.

December 3: Bernalillo’s Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. On Mainstreet (Camino del Pueblo). Followed by a bonfire at Rotary Park.

December 3: Cochiti Pueblo Hahn Center—Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Food, raffle, free admission. Vendors: call 465-3015 for $25 or $30 space fees. Held at 255 Cochiti Street in Cochiti Pueblo.

December 3: New Mexico School for the Arts Open House, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 275 East Alameda, Santa Fe NM 87501, 505-629-9245 Come and explore. Learn about the tuition-free arts-focused high school offering programs in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. NMSA is a public charter high school accepting applications from throughout the state. Visit for application and audition details.

December 3: “Words and Photographs Christmas Show,” by José Cabaza. 1-5 p.m. Words and Photographs print $30. Traditional fine art prints 25% off. At Placitas Community Center.

December 3: Composting in Tumbling Bins Class. 10-noon. Presented by the BernCo. Extension Master Composters. Held at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Boulevard, NW in ABQ. Free. Open to public. Register by calling 897-8831 or by going to

December 2-4: Corrales Historical Society Old Church Fine Crafts Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Held at the Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro, this event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the show go to preservation and maintenance of the Old Church.

December 3-4: Christmas Program of Theater and Music. The Chamber Chorus of Coro Lux, a new select chorus under the direction of Bradley Ellingboe, will perform a radio play of the classic Christmas story, It’s a Wonderful Life, with music and carols. December 3, at 7 p.m., at the Kimo Theater, 423 Central NW; and December 4, at 2 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Ave NE. Tickets:—$18 adults, $15 seniors, and $10 students.

December 3-4: Corrales Society of Artists Holiday Art Fest. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Held at the Cottonwood Montessori School on Corrales Road. There will be two food trucks, a coffee stand, and more than thirty participating artists. Artwork for sale includes metal sculpture, paintings, fiber art, fine jewelry, glass, pottery, and much more.

December 3-4: Village of Los Ranchos North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop. Drop in any participating business and pickup your map to plan your small business holiday shopping experience. Enjoy local specials, unique gifts, entertainment, and sweet treats. More than thirty businesses and restaurants on Fourth Street from Griegos to Alameda area.

December 4: PAS’ “Winter’s Eve” concert and artist reception. Artist reception 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring the Brass Roots Trio for a concert of eclectic holiday-themed music. Visual artists are: Amy Ditto, digital art and photography; Lynne Peckinpaugh, watercolor and gouache; Dana Roth, photography; and Sarah Sadler, hand-built ceramics. Their works, which are for sale, are on display November 6 through December 30. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. Ticket info: See page 2, this Signpost, or visit

December 4: “Lights of Kuaua: a winter celebration.” 5-8 p.m. Free. Featuring the Zia Pueblo Slam Dancers. There will be a bon fire, food vendors, a cookie table, holiday shopping, and more. Coronado Historic Site is located at Highway 550 and Kuaua Road in Bernalillo, 1.7 miles west of I-25. 867-5351,

December 4: Albuquerque Concert Band's Annual Holiday Concert at Kimo Theatre. 3-4 p.m. Bring your singing voices and sing along with the band as they play your holiday favorites. Free, fun, festive event. Kimo Theatre, 423 Central Avenue NW.

December 5: ES-CA general meeting. Meet and discuss local issues. 6:30-8 p.m. Open to the public. At the main Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165.

December 7: Santa Fe Opera Winter Tour Concert in Corrales. 7 p.m. Held at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road. This free concert features singers from the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program performing a mix of opera arias and holiday tunes. Kyle Gray at, 946-2407.

December 7: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros celebrate the holidays with a book-and-toy drive. 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 7: “Mrs. Roosevelt”—a thirty-minute one-woman show, written by Glenn Hopkins. 7:30 p.m. Performed by Elizabeth Elder, a descendant of E. G. Ross. $5 admission after 7 p.m. Benefits the First U Food Pantry. Held at First Unitarian Church Memorial Hall, 3701 Carlisle Boulevard NE. 310-478-7379.

December 9-10: Hoot Gallery hosts Open House and Trunk Show. 2 to 5 p.m. Book signings, meet artists Aquila Ranieri Stanley and Sandy Johnson (December 9) and Patricia Earle-Baron and Walter Corkey Baron (December 10). Hoot Gallery is located in Homestead Village in Placitas.

December 10: Native plant hike with Michael Crofoot in Placitas open space. Meet at 8:45 a.m. Go through the western most gate of the BLM off Cloud View Court in Sundance Mesa and drive as far as you can on the gravel road to meet Michael at the Open Space gate.

December 10-11: Placitas WILD fundraiser. Noon-5. Held at the Algodones Gallery. Placitas WILD will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the horses of the San Felipe Wild Horse Preserve. There will be an auction and donors can bid on art and gift baskets,

December 15: Second regional collaboration summit of the County Commission. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Held at the Rio Rancho Public Schools Training Facility—500 Laser Road in Rio Rancho. Topics of discussion include community health/mental health, public safety, infrastructure, and establishing priorities for the upcoming legislative session. 867-7538.

December 16-17: Hoot Gallery hosts Open House and Trunk Show. 2 to 5 p.m. Book signings, meet artists Geri Verble and Laura Balombini December 16) and Kristen C. Wilson (December 17). Hoot Gallery is located in Homestead Village in Placitas.

December 17: Rio Rancho Winterfest and parade. Events from noon-5; parade at 5:15-7 p.m. Free ice skating, an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a holiday arts and craft fair at the Santa Ana Star Center. Parade held at the City Center area. 891-5015.

December 18: Comanchitos practice for Las Posadas. 6 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Info: Alicia at 903-3997 or Marylou at 480-6855.

December 20: Holiday Social at the Bernalillo Recreation Center at Rotary Park. 6-8 p.m. Holiday displays, refreshments, live entertainment.

December 21: Winter Solstice poetry reading. 7 p.m. Held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. This unusual and powerful experience will give us all the courage and inspiration needed to face the long winter nights ahead. Refreshments will be served after the readings, giving time to meet and honor the poets.

December 23: AMISTAR (variety band) will gently rock you into Christmas. 6-8 p.m. Songs you love from every decade. At the Placitas Café.

December 24: Las Posadas de Placitas. Walk starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Village. Las Posadas is a walk through the village of Placitas representing the journey of Mary and Joseph, guided by farolitos, which represent little fires by which Mary and Joseph could stay warm. Walkers sing songs, mostly in Spanish, along the way.

December 25: Appearance by Santa. Noon. At Bernalillo Town Hall. Goodies for children via Bernalillo firefighters.

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