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  Community Calendar

October 2018

To submit a listing: go to and click on Calendar. Submit your event here.
Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost to nonprofits, and for cultural events of interest to residents of Sandoval County. “First Monday” means first Monday of the month.

Daily: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

Monthly: Various community events at Rio Rancho Libraries. Rio Rancho libraries—Esther Bone and Loma Colorado—will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311,

Second and forth Saturdays: Placitas Community Flea Market. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Held at Homestead Village on Highway 165 in beautiful Placitas. Vendor spaces are $10 for each 10x15 space. Spaces are on a first come basis. We cannot sell food, beverages, or firearms. Vendor set up time is from 5:30 a.m. Bring your own table, chairs and tents, which must be weighted down in case the winds pick up. All vendor fees go to a selected charitable organizations. For additional information, contact Nancy Holley at 515-4323.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 18-months to 5 years old. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aftercare 3-5 p.m. available. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $19 dollars per day. 867-3371,,

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 1-4 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. 934-2649.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church (not affiliated with church)—10704 Paseo del Norte. This club gives you an opportunity to learn of the Clubs' many varied activities. Membership is 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. It's a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. Singles’ and men’s groups. 321-6970.

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

Third Tuesdays: Book Sale at the Martha Liebert-Town of Bernalillo Public Library. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Located at 124 Calle Malinche in Bernalillo. 867-1440,

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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. Info:

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

Fourth Tuesdays: Placitas Democrats and Friends. 6-7:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices., 259-5860.

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

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 6-7 p.m. Have a Desire to Stop Drinking? Celebrate Sobriety with us and learn how to stay sober. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas (Room 8), Just south of Highway 550 in Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500     Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. Sandoval County Ext. Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Attendees should bring all of their paperwork. Expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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., or 301-2009.

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

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays (except December): Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

Thursdays: El Club del Libro - Our monthly Spanish Book Club. 6-7 p.m. Recurring. Held at Loma Colorado Main Library Rio Rancho History Room. Join us in reading a book in Spanish, improving conversation skills, and meeting interesting friends who wouldn’t have the opportunity to cross paths without “El Club del Libro.” This month, in coordination with PBS’s The Great American Read program, we will discuss Bendiceme, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome!  Please note new day and time.

First Thursdays: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 1-4 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

First Thursdays: Art and Music at the Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, Rio Rancho. Info:, 505-891-5013.

First and third Thursdays: Sandoval County Commission meeting. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

Second Thursday: The New Mexico Parkinson’s Coalition (NMPC) meets. 1:30-3 p.m. Held at Grace Outreach at 2900 Southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho. The NMPC works to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s through education, awareness and support for those with the disease. For more information, call 219-5065 or visit the web site NMPARKINSON.ORG.

Third Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. At the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted at the library and Placitas Post Office.

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

Last Thursdays: Sandoval County veteran’s outreach and business counseling. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at 433 Meadowlark SE in Rio Rancho. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA benefits and state Veteran benefits. Come learn about your potential benefits. Bring your DD-214. 383-2414.

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. Geri: 620-8802.

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. 867-7226.

First Fridays: Monthly luncheon of the Democratic Party of Sandoval County. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Range Cafe in Bernalillo, 925 Camino del Pueblo. Sandoval Democrats gather once a month (most months) to welcome speakers, candidates, and government representatives. You pay for your lunch from the menu, or come for the meeting.

Second Fridays: Monthly meeting of the San-Bern Federated Republican Women. 11:30 a.m. The group offers meet-and-greet luncheons to discuss business and politics for both Sandoval and Bernalillo County Republican interests. They aim to promote an informed public through political education and activity. Republican women and men are invited to attend. Held at Pelicans West., or call Julie Wright at 720-4883.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. Sandia Ranger District: 281-3305.

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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Saturdays: Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Growers’ Market. Free. May-Aug.—7 a.m.-noon. Sep.-Nov. 8 a.m.-noon. Fresh vegetable, fruits, herbs flowers, jams, cheeses, arts and crafts. Live music. Voted “Best In City.” Accepts WIC/Senior. At Village of Los Ranchos tennis court parking lot.

Second and fourth Saturdays: Placitas Community Flea Market. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per vender site. 515-4323.

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

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

September 29: Inaugural Tails and Ales Event. 1 p.m. This event raises money for local rescues and brings together dogs, people, and local brewers. Tickets at

September 29 and 30: Land of Enchantment Blues Festival in Bernalillo. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Held at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. Enjoy two days of incredible music, fun, food, and drinks. Tickets at

September 29-30: Heart of Corrales Fiesta. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church—966 Old Church Road. Part of the greater Corrales Harvest Festival. Children’s Games, Toys, and Crafts, artifacts and implements, tastes of the harvest, pie walk, photography exhibit, etc.

September 29: A Cather Centennial in Placitas, with Sue Hallgarth. 2 p.m. Book signing and reading. At Placitas Community Library,

September 29: Business Workshop: “Another sip? Ask A Business Expert.” 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Held at the Loma Colorado Main Library. Business is good, but could it be better? The industry is evolving, how do I stay relevant? I'm thinking of a new product/ service line, who can I bounce ideas off? Find the answers to these questions, and any others. Stay after the program and co-work or network. Free, no registration needed.

September 29-30: Corrales Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Harvest festival with food, horse events, hootenanny dance, family-fun events. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Corrales Foundation. Net proceeds awarded to nonprofits supporting children’s programs and animal welfare organizations.

September 29-30: “Images of the Old Church,” photography show. At the Old Church, during Corrales Harvest Festival.

October 1-31: Pumpkin patch event. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Come pick your own pumpkin. Corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress up, duck races, petting zoo, and more. Held in the upper west parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle.

October 2: Educator Open House at Loma Colorado Main Library. 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for local educators to get to know how the public library can support them in the classroom. 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard NE. Free.

October 3: Albuquerque Concert Band and the UNM Symphonic Band free concert. 7:30 p.m. Held at Popejoy Hall, 203 Cornell Dr. NE in Albuquerque. Free admission and open to the public.

October 3: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. This month features members of the UNM Archeological Field Project speaking on Digging Up Placitas’ Past. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent, and 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. For more information see or contact Linda Suydam at 771-0295.

October 6: Kewa Pueblo artists visits Placitas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Placitas Community Library (PCL) welcomes Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo) artists to share a day of indigenous art with our neighbors. Over twenty artists will display and sell their beautiful beaded, silver, and turquoise jewelry, pottery, and other arts.

October 12: "Upcycle” runway style. 5-8 p.m. There will be a fashion show at the reception, starting at 6 p.m. The October Placitas Community Library Art Exhibit melds art and fashion, using the human form as part of an artistic fashion piece. All pieces are for sale. The show runs from September 29 to October 26.

October 13: Artist’s reception for “Bugs & Bunny.” 1-4 p.m. Fiber art enabled by honey bees, moths, and boring beetles, by featured artist: Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen. Show runs Octotber 2-November 4. Wild Hearts Gallery, 221 St. Hwy. 165, Suite B, Placitas 87043.

October 13: Pueblo Revolt of 1680 with Jon Ghahate. 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Library. Jon is a member of the Laguna and Zuni Pueblos and a resident of Placitas. He will share his unique insight into the people and events surrounding the history of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

October 13: The San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant cordially invites you to “La Vision de Nuestros Ante Pasados” (The Vision of our Ancestors). 4-9 p.m. Hands-on demos, traditional foods, storytelling, traditional music, honoring Veterans, silent auction. Held at las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas.

October 13: Xeric Garden Club presents: Backyard Gardeners Lead Recovery of the World’s Pollinators. 10-11:30 a.m. With loss of habitats and overuse of pesticides, beekeeper Kathy Grassel will speak about how our backyard gardens have recovery value reversing the disruptions to complex interactions between plants and pollinators. She will also speak about her choice of beehives and the challenging work of removing swarms that have taken up housekeeping in attics, vigas, walls, garages, and tree cavities on residential properties. Held at in the Patio room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free.

October 13: Placitas Community Flea Market. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. At Homestead Village in Placitas. Vendor spaces are $10.00 for each 10x15 space, on first come first served basis. Vendor fees will donated to the Placitas Artists Series. Info: Nancy, 515-4323.

October 13: Opening reception for Veteran and Military Personnel Show at Algodones Gallery. 2-6 p.m. Featured Artist is George Herman Salas and other veterans. Show runs through November 30. Located at 662 E. Frontage Road.

October 20: Book reading of Another Way Forward by former-senator Dede Feldman. 2 p.m. The first woman elected as a New Mexico Senator from near Albuquerque’s North Valley, Dede Feldman, has written a call to action to make New Mexico a better place to call home. 453 Highway 165 in Placitas.

October 20: Mariposa art show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Over twenty professional artists from Mariposa will display their work. Held in the Mariposa Community Center—2501 Mariposa Parkway NE in Rio Rancho.

October 20: Placitas Star Party. Starting at dusk (6:24 p.m.). The Placitas Star Party is free and open to all people between the ages of ages 1 day and 120 years. So bring your family, friends, and your curiosity. The enthusiastic members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) will be on hand to share their knowledge of the heavens as well as the different telescopes. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

October 20: Coronado Historic Site 14th Annual “Fiesta of Cultures.” Arts, crafts, historical Spanish re-enactors. Animals, kiva tours, demonstrations. Live music, New Mexico cuisine. Mariachi Buenaventura 11 a.m., Matachines Dancers 1 & 3 p.m. Raffle, activities. Free family event. 485 Kuaua Rd. & Hwy 550, Bernalillo., 867-5351.

October 21: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring Violinist Eunice Kim and visual artists Jeri Burzin, photography; Adrienne Kleiman, acrylics; Lynne Peckinpaugh, watercolor; and Gayle Elaine Scott, mosaics and mixed media. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display from September 29 to October 2. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible.

October 27: Dia de los Muertos. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children and adults are invited to the Collin Room at the Placitas Community Library—453 highway 165—to decorate small sugar skulls, make paper flowers and other decorations and learn a little more about this world-wide holiday and celebration. Bring a photo of your loved ones to add to the Library altar if you’d like. Open to everyone.

October 27: Placitas Community Flea Market. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. At Homestead Village in Placitas. Vendor spaces are $10.00 for each 10x15 space, on first come first served basis. Vendor fees will donated to Placitas Wild. Info: Nancy, 515-4323.

October 27: KUPR 99.9 FM, your local community FM radio station, fundraiser—”Enjoy a musical and rewarding afternoon in Bernalillo—live music and fabulous food, all for a good cause.” 2-6 p.m. $25 donation includes food and music. At Kaktus Brewing Co., 471 S. Hill Rd., Bernalillo. Tickets:, or at the Merc in Placitas.

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