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Placitas Community Library hours: 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 Mondays: The newly formed Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will hold their luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email:

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

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.

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.

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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 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.

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) 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.

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. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

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: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rio Rancho (2903 Cabezon Blvd SE). RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association and you need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Guest speaker, a demo, art critique, forum, etc. The public is welcome to attend. Meetings are free of charge. Info: or, 505 301-2009.

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 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

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

Second Thursday: 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, New Mexico.

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 for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

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

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

Second Friday: The San-Bern Federated Republican Women meet at Chamisa Hills Country Club,  Southern and Country Club Drive. Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome, lunch reservations and information to Joyce Elliott, 891-8180. Meetings feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

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.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Third Saturdays: The Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

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.

Third Saturdays: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

February 2: Reception for Roger Evans’ “Vestiges of a Lost Placitas Vision.” 2 p.m. The exhibit includes a model and renditions of his village concept. Evans will comment on his work and answer questions. Show runs through February. Placitas Community Library’s Colin Meeting Room. Info:

February 4: An informational program on Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) will be discussed by several members of an organization called Your Right To Know. 7-8:30 p.m. Hand-out information shared. Discussions include health concerns of people who have allergies and other symptoms that are thought to be brought about by GMOs. Free. Placitas Community Library.

February 5: Gardening with the Masters—“Growing Tomatoes.” 7-8:30 p.m. With instructors Therese Barts and Sam Thompson, Veteran Master Gardeners. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, NM. Free to the public. No RSVP Required. For more info, call John Zarola at 867-2582.

February 7: SW Homeowner Gardening “Fruit Trees.” 10-11:30 a.m. This is the first of a series of eight classes offered. Sandoval Extension (Old County Courthouse), 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. $5 per class. Reservations required, call 867-2582. 

February 9: Sandoval County Historical Society presents historian and author John J. Hunt. 2 p.m. John J. Hunt will give a presentation about Ernie Pyle, the popular war correspondent, who died in the South Pacific during World War II. Held at the DeLavy House in Bernalillo.

February 9: “Make Your Own Valentines Extravaganza.” 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring your creativity; they will supply the rest. Sip Café Bella drinks while you create cards. Free. Open to All Ages. Hosted by the Community Outreach Volunteers of the Rio Rancho Art Association. Cafe Bella Coffee, 2115 Golf Course Road SE #102, Rio Rancho.

February 9: Presentation and reading of new trilogy about lives of Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw. 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. The event is free; books will be available for sale.

February 9: Historical presentation about Ernie Pyle. 2 p.m. Historian and author John J. Hunt will give a presentation about Ernie Pyle, the popular war correspondent, who died in the South Pacific during World War II. Pyle was an acclaimed columnist who achieved fame through his writing about the GIs in Europe and North Africa before he went to the Pacific Theater. Pyle and his wife built a house in Albuquerque in 1940 and settled there. He wrote about New Mexico and loved the Southwest. Following his death, the house he built at 900 Girard SE was donated to the city. It is now the Ernie Pyle Memorial Library and is still in use. Admission is $5. Free for members.

February 12: “Nurtured in New Mexico; A Legacy and History of African Americans.” 10 a.m. Held at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library. This event is geared towards youth in grades one through four.

February 14: SW Homeowner Gardening “Vineyard Management.” 10-11:30 a.m. This is the first of a series of eight classes offered. Sandoval Extension (Old County Courthouse), 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. $5 per class. Reservations required, call 867-2582. 

February 16: Morning coffee with the cowboys. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Morning coffee with the cowboys will feature cowboy singers, storytellers, western authors, and authentic cowboy coffee, strong and hot. Held at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, located at 950 pinetree rd. SE in Rio Rancho. Call 891-5012, option 3 for more information or directions. Tickets are not required. You may also visit the library website at

February 17: Placitas Artist Series presents the artwork of Lynda Burch, mixed media; Judith Roderick, silk painting; Katherine Christie Wilson, oil painting; and Geri Verble, jewelry. 2 p.m. A reception will be held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which is located on NM 165, six miles east of I-25 (exit 242). Their works will be on display from February 2 through March 1. For more information call 867-8080 or visit

February 17: Placitas Artist Series presents “Paul Posnak, Classics and Classical Jazz Piano.” 3 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. At-the-door prices for general admission is $20 and for Students: $15.

February 21: SW Homeowner Gardening “Small Fruits and Berries.” 10-11:30 a.m. This is the first of a series of eight classes offered. Sandoval Extension (Old County Courthouse), 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. $5 per class. Reservations required, call 867-2582. 

March 16: Pathways presentation with some hands-on wildlife tracking. Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico. For details, call 867-5100 or visit:

March 17: The Friends of Coronado State Monument present another series of lectures—Winter of the Metal People. 2 p.m. Held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum). Admission is $5; Friends of Coronado Monument are free. Reservations are not necessary, but come early to ensure you get a seat, as capacity is limited. For details, call 792-4851 or visit:

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