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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

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

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. For more information, call 867-1396.

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

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

Second and fourth Thursdays (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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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 Saturday (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 at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited. For more information, go to

Third Saturday: 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, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

February 4: Gardening with the Masters lecture series: Tomatoes for Everyone presented by Therese Barts. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. Free to the public. No registration required. For more information, call 867-2582.

February 5: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. William Dunmire, author and naturalist, will speak about his numerous natural history publications. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent, charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. Info: or Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

February 6: “Seasonally Appropriate Landscaping” with West Brittenham, owner of Plants of the Southwest. 1-3 p.m. Held at Sandoval County Extension, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. Free to public. Reservations Required—call 867-2582.

February 6, 7, 8: Placitas Federated Republican Women will attend the NMFRW Board of Directors Meeting in Santa Fe at the Inn at Loretto on February 6,7,8. On Thursday, February 6, all Republican candidates are invited to a meet and greet with NMFRW members. Elected officials are also invited. February 7 will include a walk to the Round House in session and a trip to the Governor's Mansion. February 8 is devoted to Board of Directors meetings. Info: Vickie Kneemeyer at 505-771-0173 or Save the date: PFRW meeting: March 10, 11-1 p.m.

February 7: Monthly meeting of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society and stargaze. 7 p.m. Held at the Rainbow Park Observatory (301 Southern Boulevard, SE, Rio Rancho).  Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Jupiter as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. It is advised to dress warmly as the weather may be cold. For more information, visit our website at or call 220-5492.

February 8: The taste of Rio Rancho—sample a variety of signature dishes from the city’s restaurants at this annual event. Held at Santa Ana Star Center. For more information, call 891-7258 or go to

February 8: “Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.” 2 p.m. Held at the Old Church, across from Casa San Ysidro, on Old Church Road in Corrales. This is a free, illustrated lecture by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art for the Albuquerque Museum.

February 10: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at:  Joe's Pasta House. 11:00 a.m. There will be Municipal Candidates as speakers. Info: Carolyn at 681-6328 or

February 12: “What’s in Your Pantry?”—tips and strategies for shopping, prepping, cooking, serving, and storing essential foods, spices, and products. 10 to noon. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Professional Chef, Diane Herrera Shepard, will help you select, store, and produce healthy and fresh meals by teaching how to effectively organize and use your home pantry.

February 13: Home Composting Basics. Desert garden soils often lack sufficient organic matter to hold water and improve structure. Learn the science, materials and methods of drought-proofing your garden soil in order to grow vegetables, fruits and berries. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Land SE, Rio Rancho. Instructor: John Zarola. Open and free to members or those who wish to become members of the Meadowlark Senior Center. Email to

February 14: Artist reception for Gary Priester and his collection of hidden image 3D stereograms. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. The exhibit features a dozen Valentine’s Day themed stereogram images.

February 15: “Movies Made in New Mexico/Placitas from the 1900s to the present.” 2 p.m. Film historian Jeff Berg will share clips from productions shot in New Mexico and offer his humorous take on them. Held at the Placitas Library.

February 16: Placitas Artists Series presents concert and artists reception. Artist reception for February visiting artists Jim Carnevale (photography), Rod Daniel (art quilts), Adrienne Kleiman (acrylic painting), and Geri Verble (jewelry) at 2 p.m. and concert by Duo Noire, the groundbreaking American classical guitar duo of Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallet at 3 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance ($20/$15). Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). For more information, call 867-8080 or visit

February 16: Joe Maes, a writer/journalist, historian, wildlife photographer, and curator of Historical Interpretation at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, will talk about the Brothers of the Pious Fraternity of Our Father of Jesus of Nazareth and the Penitente Tradition. 2:00 p.m. At Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Highway 550 and Edmond Rd, Bernalillo (turn between I-Hop & Warrior Fuel, 1.75 miles west of I-25, exit 242). $5; Friends of CSM free Info: George at 505-771-9493.

February 18: Gardening with the Masters lecture series: Improving Desert Garden Soil, presented by John Zarola. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. Free to the public. No registration required. For more information, call 867-2582.

February 22: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women Lincoln Day Dinner at the Prairie Star Restaurant. 6:00 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner. Auction to follow. $60 person; Corporate tables $600 (seat 10). RSVP. Contact Carolyn Bent (505) 681-6328 or

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