The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988


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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, Thursdays, 10-1, Saturdays 10-4

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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;

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 Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

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.

January 27: Wendy Day will present an all-Chopin piano recital at Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and seniors.

January 27: Placitas Artists Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends playing Clarinet Quintets. 3 p.m. Pre-concert artists’ reception with Carmine DeVivi, Karl and Mary Hofmann, Carol Carpenter, and Nancy Kriebel at 1:30 p.m. For information, call 867-8080 or visit

February 3: Corrales Winter Growers’ Market: Greenhouse greens, local honey, fresh eggs, herbs, baked goods, ristras, goats’ milk and yogurt, cider, and natural soaps. Music by singer/songwriter Marty York. 500 Jones Road, Corrales (next to the Corrales Post Office), weather permitting. This is a free event. For more information, call 898-7927.

February 3: Albuquerque Concert Band presents a free concert. 3 p.m. A seventy-piece symphonic band, conducted by John Sanks, will perform a selection of marches, classics, Broadway hits, and popular tunes, including a special piece featuring tuba soloist Richard White. Los Lunas High School Theater. (From I-25, take the Main Street exit. Heading east, take the first left, which is Emilio Lopez Road; the high school is on the right.) For more information, visit

February 3: Albuquerque Baroque Players present “Twin Fiddling, Baroque Style,” with guest artist Marilyn McDonald, Baroque violin. 3 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 for seniors, and $5 for full-time students. Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. For information and reservations, call 255-7089 or visit

Februrary 6: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet at 6:30 p.m, with a social time beginning at 6:00. The club will host a forum at 7 p.m. featuring the candidates for Congressional District 3. Questions from the audience will be answered after all the candidates have spoken. Light refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend. Guests are welcome. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation Church, 1650 Abrazo, Rio Rancho.

February 9: The West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women will host a joint meeting with the Albuquerque Branch at 11:30 a.m. Bernie Zak of Sandia National Laboratories will speak on “Climate Change and What We Need to Do about It.” Mimi’s Café, I-25 and Jefferson. The cost of the luncheon is $16, with a choice of pot roast, turkey breast, or chicken. For reservations or information, call Joan, 867-2859. (Please select your lunch choice.) The deadline for reservations is February 5. Guests are welcome.

February 9: General membership meeting of Compassion and Choices. Roland Halpern, Director of Community Relations for Compassion and Choices will talk about developments and programs in end-of-life choices. Free and open to the public. Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard Drive SE in Albuquerque (southeast corner of Harvard and Silver). Parking is available on the street or in the lot adjacent to building. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; program runs from 10 a.m. - noon.

February 9: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia at 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. Contact Vincent at (505) 898-5784 or

February 9: 10 a.m., Friends of Coronado State Monument present a jewelry workshop. Each participant will make his or her own “treasure” of a single-strand necklace and a pair of French wire earrings. Cost is $25 per person and includes all materials. Call Linda Vogel at 821-8432 to make your reservation. The workshop will be held at the DeLavy House, located on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. (From Highway 550 west of Coronado State Monument, turn onto Edmond Road, and follow the road to its end. Signs will be posted). Refreshments will be served.

February 10: 2 p.m., Sandoval County Historical Society presents Sunny Dooley, who will speak on the popular Navajo tales called “Diné Blessing Way Stories” at the DeLavy House Museum. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and open to the public. (The DeLavy House Museum is located on Edmond Road, off Highway 550, west of Bernalillo between Coronado State Monument and The Star Casino).

February 21-22: The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and Intel are presenting the 13th Water Conservation/Xeriscape Conference at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE. Cost: $175. Registration is required. To register, visit, email, or call (505) 468-1021.

February 23-24: The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and Intel are sponsoring a Xeriscape Expo featuring over two hundred business exhibits and offering free seminars on design, plant selection, irrigation, soil preparation, and maintenance. There will be door prizes, information, and entertainment for all ages. New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Free and open to the public. For information, visit, email, or call (505) 468-1021.

February 24: Placitas Artists Series presents David Burgess, one of today’s most outstanding and award-winning guitarists at 3 p.m. Art reception and sale precedes the concert at 1:30 p.m. Featured artists are Claudia Fluegge, Sarah Hartshorne, Jeremy Stein, and Donald A. Tubesing. Tickets are $18/$15. For information, call 867-8080 or visit [See story, this Signpost.]

February 24: Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a lecture by Pat Hester, BLM paleontologist, on “Seismosaurus: The Longest Dinosaur Ever Discovered.” 2:00 p.m. Sandoval County History Society’s DeLavy House, Edmond Road, Bernalillo. Admission is $5 per person; free to members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument. For information, call Gordon Forbes at (505) 771-3464 or email

March 1: “Hand to Mouth.” Food-related art and more. Corrales Bosque Gallery’s yearly benefit show. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Forty percent of all proceeds made opening day will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Free gourmet food donated by local chefs. The show runs through June 3 as a regular exhibition. For information, call or visit the Corrales Bosque Gallery, Mercado de Maya, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. 898-7203. You may also visit their website at

March 4: Docent Training at Casa San Ysidro, 1 – 3 p.m., 973 Old Church Road, Corrales. Every Tuesday through May 27, 2008. For more information, call (505) 898-3915.





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