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February 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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E-mail your calendar listing to The Sandoval Signpost. Or go to the Signpost Web site at and click on Calendar or fax your listing to: 867-3870. The deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service by the Signpost.

Sandoval commission meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

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: Alanon Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 6 p.m. Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. First Baptist Church, 800 Camino Del Pueblo, next to Fatwich Deli. Jessica, 867-0498.

• Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m. to 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: 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 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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 to 8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rte. 528 and 19th Ave. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

First Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: Friends of Placitas Meeting. Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.

Third Tuesday: 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;

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting. Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–—Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; POW—People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30 to 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.

First Wednesday: 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, 994-9687,

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesday: 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.

First Thursday: Placitas Talks, on a variety of subjects. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. Call for meeting times: 867-3355,

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

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting, “One Day At A Time.” Big Book discussion. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome! 9 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home are available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers, near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting, for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m. Rio West Community Church Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho. 867-9408.

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.

Through February 28: "Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space," astrophotography-contest exhibition. 29 celestial images taken throughout New Mexico by amateur photographers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. LodeStar Astronomy Center, in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town Albuquerque. Admission included with LodeStar or museum charge. (505) 841-5955, or

Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1. Join Don on Sundays for coffee, conversation, and the Times.

Second Tuesday: The 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, and national offices.

Second Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Interested folks are invited to attend. 867-3355.

February 1: Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Cafe. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas, 771-1700.

February 2: Placitas Talks presents Mary Stuever, a long-time Placitan, member of the PVFB, forester, and ecologist. She is the coauthor of The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. 7 p.m. (tentatively). 867-3355. Placitas Library.

February 5: Albuquerque Concert Band presents a free concert. The eighty-piece symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks, will perform works of Leonard Bernstein, John Barnes Chance, and Henry Fillmore, others. 2 p.m. Cibola High School Performing Arts Center.

February 5: Carlos Vasquez, archivist of the Hispanic Cultural Center, speaks on “We All Came on Different Ships, but We Are in the Same Boat” at the Sandoval County Historical Society meeting. Free, open to the public. 2 p.m. Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550, between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino.

February 6: Public meeting to discuss state engineer’s new proposed rules for domestic wells. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Santa Fe County Government Building, Chamber Room, 102 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe. A copy of the proposed rules and regulations can be obtained at the Office of the State Engineer Web site,, or by contacting Paul Wells, Water Rights Division, at (505) 827-6120.

February 7: NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program offers popular free class on Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. (The Emotional Stages of Divorce, Navigating the Legal Waters of Divorce, Money and Divorce 101, Where Do You Go from Here?) 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evenings through February. 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque. Registration required. Contact Lorraine Bantista, 222-6600, for additional information and registration.

February 8: Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz music at the Piñon Cafe. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas, 771-1700.

February 9: Sweetheart Benefit Dance for seniors, hosted by Esperanza de Joaquin. Homemade Valentine refreshments and hors d’oeuvres; live music by Sonrisas. Admission $5. Proceeds go to Rancho La Colorada, to benefit families in rural Mexico. 7 to 10 p.m. American Legion Hall, Barbara Loop Road, Rio Rancho. For tickets, call Benny Medina, 896-3774.

February 10: Downtown Contemporary Art Center opening reception for their second Valentine’s exhibit, featuring works by Santiago Perez, Gary Wellman, Joshua S. Franco, Steve Bromberg, Duvian Montoya, Rick Scibelli, David Baca, Young-Sook Park, Logan Demas, Derick Montez, Cay Garcia, Stacy Hawkinson, Elizabeth Joy, Kelvin Schenk, Phillip Orozco, Val Hollingsworth, Michele Basta, John Myers, Denise Kunz. Paintings, photography, mixed media, and more. 5 to 9 p.m. 105 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque. (505) 242-1983. Exhibit runs through April 22.

February 10 through March 5: Shakespeare’s romantic comedy All’s Well That Ends Well, presented by the American Shakespeare Project and the Adobe Theater. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $12 general admission, $10 seniors and students. Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, 2 blocks north of Alameda Boulevard. Information: Call 898-9222 for reservations.

February 11: Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz music at the Piñon Cafe. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas, 771-1700.

February 11: Opening reception for “Sensual or Erotic?” An exciting group show that includes works in all mediums by more than 25 artists. 4-7 p.m. Katrina Lasko Gallery, 36 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo; 867-2523 or (505) 570-2523. Show runs through March 11.

February 11: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women regular monthly luncheon meeting. Side program on public-art works in Bernalillo County presented by Sherri Olson, Bernalillo County Public Arts program administrator. Buffet lunch $12. 11:30 a.m. Your Place or Mine, 3301 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. Reservations and information: Marj, 897-1150. Reservation deadline: February 7.

February 11: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans From Russia. Join to learn more about Germans from Russia. Free. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. 896-3347,

February 12: Placitas Artists Series hosts the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, 3 p.m. Artists’ reception for Andi Callahan, Joyce Cantergiani, Gary Priester, Roberta Wellems precedes the concert, at 1:30 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). 867-8080. (See article in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.)

February 15: League of Women Voters of Sandoval County presents housing information from the Bernalillo EOC. 12-1:30 p.m., Westside Unitarian Church, 1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho, 994-1666.

February 18: Republican Party of Sandoval County Mass Precinct Meetings and County Pre-Primary Nominating Convention. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Current voter-registration card and convention-registration fee of $5 required—Republicans only. Purpose: to elect county preprimary convention delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Nominating Convention, which will be held March 18. Corrales Elementary School. Information: 890-6717 or 867-5764.

February 19: Albuquerque Baroque Players concert of music from the 17th and 18th centuries performed on period instruments. Tickets: $12, $10 for seniors, $5 for students. 3 p.m. Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. Reservations and information: 255-7089.

February 19: Friends of Coronado State Monument lecture and slide show, “The Re-examination of Early Archaeology at Sandia Cave,” with Bradley F. Bowman, founder and director of the Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. $5 per person; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument. 2 p.m., Coronado Monument, off I-25 Exit 242, west of the town of Bernalillo. Reservations required. Call Gordon: 771-3464 or e-mail

February 20: NMSU Spring Visitors' Day. For high school juniors and seniors interested in attending New Mexico State University. Free T-shirts and continental breakfast. Tours, financial-aid information. 8 a.m. Las Cruces campus. Preregistration encouraged, but not required. (505) 646-3121 or 1-800-662-NMSU.

February 21: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. Agnes Maldonado, executive director of NM Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, will present the program. Light refreshments served. 6:30 p.m. UU Westside Congregation Sanctuary, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca), Rio Rancho. Janice Saxton, 867-1139,

February 22: Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz music at the Piñon Cafe. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas, 771-1700.

February 23: Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce hosts candidate forum. Question-and-answer format, with moderator, for candidates running for mayor of the town of Bernalillo. Questions from the audience will be taken from 8 to 9 p.m. Mayoral candidates are Charles J. Aguilar (incumbent), Patricia A. Chavez, M. Helen Sandoval, and Cecilia “Kiki” Trujillo. Open to the public. 7 to 9 p.m. Bernalillo Community Center, Rotary Park, Bernalillo. 867-1185.

February 24: KUNM—Peace Talks: the monthly program on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict-resolution strategies. “Nonviolent Communication,” with Marshall Rosenberg. 8 a.m. To hear all the programs in the series, visit

February 28: Public meeting to discuss state engineer’s new proposed rules for domestic wells. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TVI, Smith/Brasher Hall, 717 University SE, Albuquerque. A copy of the proposed rules and regulations can be obtained from the Office of the State Engineer Web site,, or by contacting Paul Wells, Water Rights Division, at (505) 827-6120.





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