Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life 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. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

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 505-404-8492.

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.

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 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 the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

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

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. The cost is $15 per person or $5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Thursdays: Award-Winning Beading Class of the Placitas Community Center. 1-4 p.m. The Beading Group at the Placitas Community Center includes beginners, advanced, and senior beaders. They enjoy working on their own personal creations as well as instructed techniques and styles. All beaders bring in their personal beads and supplies and work at their own pace. Ideas are shared amongst each other and all have a great time. Both men and women are involved in this activity. All are welcome to attend the class.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (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. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or a meeting agenda.

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

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

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

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on 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.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

February 3: Opening reception for Rain, poetry/blockprint prints in response to the climate change issue by Diana Stetson. 4-6 p.m. To be held at the New Mexico State Land Office gallery, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe. Ten percent of any sales made as a result of this exhibition will be donated to Western Watersheds, a non-profit conservation group. The series of prints will be on display through February. For information call 505-890-8899.

February 3: Diptych: An Exhibition in Two Parts—Part Two: “Paper and Wax”—an opening reception. 6-8 p.m. Albuquerque artists Evey Jones and Harriette Tsosie explore the media of encaustic (pigmented wax) and silk. This show runs through February. At the Harwood Art Center—a community outreach program of Escuela del Sol, an independent, nonprofit Montessori school founded in 1968. 1114 Seventh Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2051. Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 7: Gardening with the Masters—“Growing Tomatoes.” 7-8:30 p.m. Free—offered by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension Master Gardeners. For more information, call Sandoval County Extension, 867-2582. To be held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho.

February 7: The Placitas Community Drum Circle meets on the Full Moon. Bring your drum or rattle, a snack to share and a friend to help celebrate the full moon with a joyful noise. 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. Info: Cathryne Richards,

February 10 and 11: “It’s all about Water,” films and conversation at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SW, in Albuquerque. Free. for more information.

February 11: Book signing for Ed Goodman’s newly published novel, Manzanita Seed taking place in a fictional Bernalillo. 2 p.m. At the Oasis Café, 4940 Corrales Road, Corrales.

February 11—Reception for Placitas History Project production “The Thunderbird.” Posters of music and poetry performed there. Photographs. 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The exhibit opens Saturday, February 4 and runs through February. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, 867-3355.

February 12: Placitas Artist Series artist reception and concert. 2 p.m. Presenting the art of Marjie Bassler, Ilena Grayson, Katherine Irish Henry, and Karl & Mary Hofmann, followed by a concert by Jason Vieaux, guitarist. To be held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

February 12: A public meeting to discuss issues concerning the new asphalt plant. Held by ES-CA. 2 p.m. All citizens of Bernalillo and Placitas are invited to attend. Placitas Community Library.

February 12: Corrales Historical Society “Speaker Series 2012”—New Mexico Statehood Personalities of 1912. 2-4 p.m. Sandoval County Historical Society members will present biographical sketches of influential people important to New Mexico statehood. Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required. The DeLavy House, home of the Sandoval County Historical Society, is located on 151 Edmond Road, Bernalillo. For more information contact Jannie Dusseau at 505-890-5583 or Debbie Clemente at 505-688-4117.

February 13: “Heart Healthy Cooking,” presented by Sandoval County Extension Services and Ready Placitas. 1:00 p.m. Open to the public. No fee. Placitas Community Center. 867-1396.

February 18: Historic Forts’ Day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover forts along the ancient Camino Real. Event will include living history re-enactments of soldier camp activities including bullet-making, black powder demonstration, treadle sewing, openfire cooking, and more.  El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro, NM. For more info, call 575-854-3600 or go to

February 18: Opening day reception of “Another Plate At The Table,” a benefit art exhibition at Corrales Bosque Gallery for RoadRunner Food Bank. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. 898-7203.

February 18: “Bone” making for national holocaust days of remembrance and genocide awareness. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At the Placitas Community Center. For more info, see article inside.

February 18-25: Kitchen Creations Diabetic Cooking Classes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A two-week free cooking school for people living with diabetes. The class is limited and you must pre-register by calling (505) 867-2582. If you are an individual with a disability and need an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Nicole Lujan, Home Economist at 867-2582 by February 10. Held at the Sandoval County Extension, new location, in the old county courthouse, first floor, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

February 19: Native American storytelling. 2 and 3 p.m. Storyteller Emmett Shkeme Garcia of Santa Ana and Jemez Pueblos will tell his tales. Admission is free for New Mexico residents with ID on Sundays, and always free for seventeen-year-olds and those younger. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is at 710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, in Santa Fe. For further information, visit their web site at:, or call 505-476-1250.

February 19: Annual Candidate Meet and Greet in Placitas. The Friends of Placitas Democrats invite you to a Sunday afternoon of food, music and the opportunity to meet candidates and learn how redistricting affects who you will be able to vote for in the June primary election. Talk with candidates, register to vote, or update your voter registration. Everyone is welcome, regardless of party preference. Noon to 3 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas. 867-1396.

February 19: Manuel Lopez presents: Spanish Buffalo Hunters (Los Ciboleros). 2 p.m. Manuel Lopez is an independent historical interpreter who has been associated with EL Rancho de Las Golondrinas for about twenty years. Lecture Admission is $5 for adults and students and Friends of CSM are free. For more Information call 505-792-4851 or visit:

February 23 and 24: The 17th Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference. “Collaborations for New Solutions” is the thread weaving together new ideas and practical strategies in the interrelated fields of landscape, architecture, agriculture and ecology for more sustainable and vital living and working spaces. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albuquerque.

February 25 and 26: Xeriscape Expo. For homeowners wanting to improve their gardens and use less water to do it. Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NM Expo/State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque. Exhibitors will showcase the latest in water conservation information and products, local food, plants and know-how. Eighteen speakers will offer practical strategies for better gardens using less water.  Free admission; on-site parking: $5.00. Complete speaker information at

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