The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

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: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

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

Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

First Tuesday of each month: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday of the month: 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. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesdays: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. 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, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

First Wednesdays: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

Every second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.


 Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer's Market, 4-7 p.m. Locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, other NM agricultural products. Just south of the Wine Festival Grounds and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo.

 Saturdays: Children’s Story Hour—10 a.m. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Through February 28: “Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space” astrophotography-contest exhibition. Thirty celestial images taken in New Mexico. LodeStar Astronomy Center, at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town Albuquerque. 9-5 daily. Admission included with LodeStar or museum admission. (505) 841-5955,,

December 31: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of New Year's Day holiday.

January 1: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of New Year's Day.

January 5: DWI Task Force, 1:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 5: Sandoval County DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 5: Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program presents Effective Work Search Skills class for women returning to work or needing to improve job-search skills. 9:30 to 3:30. Albuquerque Police Department Westside Command Center Community Room, 6404 Los Volcanes NW. Offered by New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Registration required. Contact Lorraine Bantista, 841-8920.

January 5: Village Academy Charter School public meeting, 6 p.m., 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. All interested individuals and community members are cordially invited.

January 6: Deadline to apply for Master Gardener Volunteeer Training Program. See January 11 calendar entry.

January 6: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 7: Reception for Digital Artists of America Association’s “Four Distinguished Artists”—Bruce Shortz, George Bajszar, Jared Tarbell, Barry McCormick. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Kimo Theatre Gallery, 423 Central Avenue NW. Albuquerque. Show runs from January 4 through February 25.

January 8: The Placitas Mountain Band plays at the Piñon Café in Placitas. Old time, bluegrass, and traditional music. Listen or sing along. Noon to 2:00 p.m. No cover charge. Homestead Village. 771-1700.

January 8: West Mesa Branch of AAUW will be a joint meeting with the Albuquerque Branch. 11:00 a.m. Speaker: Kim Johnson of the Coalition for Excellence in Science Education will discuss the founding of CESE and present an overview of science education both internationally and in New Mexico. Sheraton Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd., NW. $20, open to guests. AAUW welcomes women and men who are college graduates and who are interested in promoting education, advancing the status of women and continuing their own intellectual growth. 897-1150, 890-1406. Reservation deadline: January 4.

January 11: Master Gardener Volunteeer Training Program begins. $60 for eleven-week program, 1-5 p.m., Outreach Center, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. Deadline is January 6. For more information and an application, contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service at 867-2582 or 1-800-678-1802.

January 12: Community Health Alliance, 8:30 a.m., Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo

January 15: Freedom From Smoking program begins at Health Commons complex at 1500-B Idalia Road, just west of NM 528 and Idalia Road, Bernalillo. 6 p.m. Seven-week, two-hour program runs through February 22. To register, call Laura Hellwig, Sandoval County's tobacco preventionist, 867-7653.

January 15: Las Placitas Association hosts a meeting and free workshop for anyone with an interest in the current and future health of the Las Huertas Creek Watershed as an ecological entity and community resource. 9:00-4:00 p.m. See article in EcoBeat, this Signpost. Lunch will be provided and child day care will be available. Registration required: 867-5477 or 855-7416.

January 16: Divas and Desserts benefit concert for church expansion project. Sopranos Jennifer Chavez and Susan Passell and pianist Katherine Alexander perform classical, gospel, jazz selections. $20. $3-5 suggested donation for uscious desserts, beverages. 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Information: Glenn or Wendy Ingram, 867-7924.

January 17: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

January 20: Sandoval County Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Corrales Senior Center.

January 20: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers

January 21: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents Canada’s Quartetto Gelato. An exciting mix of traditional masterworks, operatic arias, tangos, gypsy fiddling, and folk songs from around the world. 7:30 p.m. Simms Center for the Performing Arts on the Albuquerque Academy campus, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Tickets: $16-$35 at the CMA office, 1209 Mountain Road Place, Suite D, or by calling 505-268-1990;. or or at the door.

January 23: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents canada’s Quartetto Gelato. 3:00 p.m. See January 21 listing.

January 25: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 30: Placitas Artists Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends playing music for flute and strings. 3 p.m. Willy Sucre, violist, will be joined by flutist Valerie Potter, violinist Martha Caplin, and cellist Joanna de Keyser. See ad, page 2, and article in Sandoval Arts section.

February 5: Free lecture on end-of-life care. Judith A. Kitzes, MD, MPH, will speak on recent advances in Palliative care and decisions at the end of life. Kitzes is a profession at the UNM School of Medicine. 10 a.m., Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE. 888-7375.






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