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FEBRUARY 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Tuesdays: 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;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

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.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 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.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: 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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

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

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

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.

February 1: DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m. Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

February 1: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

February 2: Children’s story time. 9:30 a.m. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1, Placitas. 867-3355.

February 4: Poet Joan Logghe and Poet Sheila Black read at the First Sunday Library Reading Series. Sponsored by Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders. Free. 3 p.m. Branigan Library, Las Cruces. Dick Thomas,, 505-521-9314.

February 4: Albuquerque Concert Band concert. The eighty-piece symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks, will play both classical and popular music. Free concert. 2 p.m. (One hour earlier than usual, to reduce conflicts for Super Bowl fans.) Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center. 294-0192,

February 4: Sandoval County Historical Society meeting. Mary Ellen Gonzales, from the New Mexico Humanities Council, will speak on “A Bridge Between Cultures.” Free program; refreshments served. 2 p.m. Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550, west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and Santa Ana Star Casino. Information: Martha Liebert, 867-2755.

February 5: Placitas Community Library Book Group discusses Five Quarters of the Orange, by Joanne Harris. 4 p.m. Call 867-3355 for location.

February 6 through 27: Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power, addressing short- and long-term issues for women in transition due to divorce or other life change. Four classes: The Emotional Stages of Divorce, Navigating the Legal Waters of Divorce, Money and Divorce 101, and Where Do You Go from Here? 6 to 8 p.m. New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers Office, 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque. Registration required. Call Lorraine Bantista, 222-6600.

February 8 through 11: Italian Film Festival benefiting UNM Children’s Hospital. Films showing at Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center and Kimo, Lobo, and Guild Cinema theaters, Albuquerque. La Strada, La Dolce Vita, Life Is Beautiful, Cinema Paradiso, Moonstruck, Nine Good Teeth, Two Women, Godfather I, Ciao Professore, l Postino, Big Night, Bread and Tulips. Tickets on-line or at Borders Books: $7, discounted meals at many Italian restaurants. $50 pass: unlimited viewing of all performances, preferred seating. Opening festivities February 8, 7 p.m., Kimo Theater. 867-6842, See article in this Signpost.

February 9 through 18: “Space in New Mexico,” oil paintings and mixed media by Judy Asbury. Artist reception: February 9, 5 to 7 p.m. InArt Gallery, 219 Delgado Street, Santa Fe. 505-983-6537.

February 10: Compassion and Choices sponsors a free public talk, "The Public Policy of Compassionate Dying—Where we are/Where we are going,” by Robert Raben, a nationally recognized authority on current issues in end-of-life choices, examines the changes on the national scene brought on by the Terri Shiavo case, the recent Supreme Court approval of the Oregon law on dying with dignity, and the recent political shift. Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard SE (one block east of Yale and south of Central at Silver.) Parking is available on-street and in the small parking lot. Recorded info: 888-7375.

February 10: Poet Art Goodtimes and Poet Judyth Hill read “A Valentine's Visitation.” Free. Music, pot luck, open mic. 2 p.m. At the residence of Poetry at Paul and Therese's, in Tesuque. Call or e-mail for direction: 505-988-1082,

February 10: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive. 896-3347,

February 10: The West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women holds its regular monthly luncheon. Speaker: Dr. Maisha Baton, a member of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs, will speak on Black History in New Mexico with an emphasis on the role of Black women. Presented by the Albuquerque Chapter of The Links Incorporated. Buffet luncheon $12 including tax and tip. Reservation deadline: February 6. 11:30 a.m. Your Place or Mine, 3301 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. Call Laura, 898-1237.

February 11: Opera Unlimited presents “A Valentine Musical Kiss,” selections from various operas and Broadway shows. Albuquerque vocalists and students from the Summer Opera Day Camp. Reception with exotic homemade delicacies. $25 tax-deductible donation. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW. Limited seating. For information and reservations: 828-1170.

February 13: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m. 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

February 14: County Health Alliance Council, 9 a.m. County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

February 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m. Placitas Senior Center.

February 15: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

February 16 through March 11: The Apple Tree, a musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Three one-act musical interpretations of short stories (by Mark Twain, Frank L. Stockton, Jules Feiffer) that examine the battle of the sexes in a humorous, moving, and enchanting manner. With JoAnne Binkley, Steven Johnston, Rachel Lanyi, Wendy Leverenz, Kenny Matthews, David McMullin, Claire Seelinger, Erick Seelinger, Meredith Stockwell, MacLean Zehler. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. $14/$12. Group rates available. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW. 898-9222.

February 16: Rio Grande Art Association. Oil, acrylic, and mixed-media. Free monthly meeting. Guests welcome. Lou Maestas will demonstrate rub-out techniques in oil painting. Meetings third Saturday each month 10 a.m. to noon. Cumberland Presbyterian (SE corner of Academy and Moon in NE Albuquerque). Mary, 400-7732, or Rod, 344-3156 .

February 17: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Celebration. Children’s story time, 10:30 to 11:30, with fables from China and Korea, activities celebrating the Year of the Pig. Fortune cookies available all day. Placitas Community Library. 867-3355.

February 18: Placitas Artists Series presents the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band playing jug band, ragtime, country, and bluegrass, and possibly rock ‘n’ roll, Spanish ranchera, even classical music. Pat Houlihan, guitar, jaw harp, and lead vocals; JoAnn Sartorius, jug, lead vocals, mandolin, kazoo, and spoons; Gary Oleson, washtub bass; Ben Perea, guitar and banjo; Barbara Piper, washboard, high-hat cymbals, percussion. Artists reception at 1:30 p.m. for Karl and Mary Hofmann (pottery), Robert LeBlanc (SW photography), Lorna E. Smith (abstract oils), and Roberta Wellems (watercolors). Tickets ($18, $15) at the door one hour before the concert, or in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa, Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque; on-line, at Concert at 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25, on NM 165 (Exit 242.) 867-8080.

February 18: Corrales Growers' Market Winter Market. Jams, salsas, dried-flower arrangements, dried herbs, natural soaps, baked goods. Tents enclosed in winter. Once a month in February and March, twice in April. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

February 20: Spanish-English story time. 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1, Placitas. 867-3355.

February 20: Democratic Women of Sandoval County’s annual meeting. No speaker. Bring a snack or dessert to share if you wish. Coffee, tea available. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring friends and new members. 6:30 p.m. UU Westside Congregation Social Hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca, near the intersection of Northern and Unser), Rio Rancho. Janice Saxton, 867-1139,

February 24: Placitas Open Space cleanup with Las Placitas Association and Albuquerque Open Space Division. Alex Kurota, UNM Office of Contract Archeology, will point out some evidence of ancient Anasazi people in the area. Tools, drinks, snacks provided. RSVP to reserve lunch: (Contact Us link), or call Lolly Jones, 771-8020. Meet at Merc, 9:30 a.m., to carpool. See article in this Signpost.

February 25: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents Imani Winds in concert. “Afro Blue,” by Coleman/Santamaria; “Josephine Baker’s Angels from the Rainbow,” by Fred Ho; “La Nouvelle Orleans,” by Lalo Schifrin; “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” by Maurice Ravel; “Danza de Mediodía,” by Arturo Marquez; “Aires Tropicales,” by Paquito D’Rivera. Free preconcert lecture at 2 p.m. Tickets at CMA office, Symphony Center, 4407 Menaul Boulevard NE, or at (505) 268-1990. Concert at 3 p.m. Simms Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. See article in this Signpost.

February 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

March 5: Placitas Community Library Book Group discusses The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. 4 p.m. Call 867-3355 for location.





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