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january 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

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

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. First Baptist Church, 800 Camino Del Pueblo, next to Fatwich Deli. Jessica, 867-0498.

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

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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 to 8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rte. 528 and 19th Ave. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas Meeting. Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.

Third Tuesday: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting. Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesday: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

First Thursday: Placitas Talks, on a variety of subjects. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. Call for meeting times: 867-3355,

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

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

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

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home are available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers, near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting, for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m. Rio West Community Church Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho. 867-9408.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Through February 28: “Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space,” astrophotography-contest exhibition. 29 celestial images taken throughout New Mexico by amateur photographers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. LodeStar Astronomy Center, in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town Albuquerque. Admission included with LodeStar or museum charge. (505) 841-5955, or

Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1. Join Don on Sundays for coffee, conversation, and the Times.

Second Tuesday: The 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, and national offices.

Second Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Interested folks are invited to attend. 867-3355.

January 2: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of New Year's Day.

January 4: DWI Planning Council and DWI Task Force, 2 p.m., Rio Rancho DPS Substation #5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Dr., Rio Rancho.

January 6 through 29: The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, regarded as Oscar Wilde’s best play. Performed by regulars and newcomers, including Barbara Bock, Phil Bock, Julie Gale, Thane Kenny, Steve Pinzone, Rose Provan, Brandon Sciarrotta, Emily Wiheller. Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets $12 general admission, $10 seniors and students. Reservations: 898-9222.

January 5: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 8: Village Academy charter school meeting, to provide an overview for parents and other volunteers, and generate work plans and committee assignments, 1-4:30 p.m., San Antonio Mission Church. Academy public governance council meetings now held on the second Wednesday, 7 p.m.

January 8: Sandoval County Historical Society meets and presents an exhibit “Antique Clothing of All Cultures.” 2:00 p.m. Free, open to public. Refreshments. 867-2755. Delavy House Museum, between Coronado State Monument and Star Casino.

January 10: Master gardening classes begin. Eleven-week program. Application deadline is January 6; space is limited to 25 students; cost is $70. 1-5 p.m. Grace Outreach Center (2900 Southern Boulevard, in Rio Rancho.) Call Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service, 867-2582, for further information.

January 11: Community Health Alliance, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

January 14: Monthly meeting of New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. Join us to learn more about the Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Free. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, 896-3347.

January 14: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Branch. With Turtle Haste, Albuquerque Branch member, Fulbright Scholar, teacher, and traveler. Program follows a buffet lunch, $21 per person. Guests welcome. 11:30 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott at Journal Center. Reservations: 897-1150. Call Kathy, 771-2814, for information about membership in AAUW.

January 15: The Placitas Artists Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends playing bassoon quartets. 3 p.m. An artists’ reception with visual artists Roger Evans, L. Heath, John Miller, and Eleanor Modrick precedes the concert, 1:30 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 867-8080, See story in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.

January 16: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

January 19: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m. Rio Rancho Meadowlark Senior Center.

January 19: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 21: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meets at 11:30 a.m., UU Westside Congregation sanctuary, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca), Rio Rancho. Potluck lunch—bring a dish to share. Planning and issues discussion meeting. Information: Janice Saxton, 867-1139 or

January 21: All-Chopin piano recital, Placitas pianist Wendy Day. 2 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, corner of Galisteo and Barcelona.

January 22: Duende & Friends poetry series fourth poetry reading, with Gary Brower, JB Bryan, Jim Fish, Larry Goodell, Cirrelda Snider, Lisa Gill, Gary Glazner, Bruce Holsapple, Marilyn Stablein. Wines available for tasting and purchasing; soup served after the reading, compliments of the winery. Books by the poets will be for sale.. 3 p.m. Anasazi Fields Winery. Take I-25 to Exit 242, drive six miles east to the village, turn left at the sign just before the Presbyterian Church, and follow Camino de los Pueblitos through two stop signs to the winery entrance. Information: Jim Fish, 867-3062, or Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, 897-0285 or

January 24: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

January 27: Outcomes, Inc. and Samaritan Counseling Center present two half-day education seminars: “Helping Clients Grow Through Conflict” and “The Passionate Marriage: Bringing Out the Best in Emotionally Committed Relationships,” with noted and innovative Colorado-based sex therapist Dr. David Schnarch. 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Building, 1624 University Boulevard, NE. For information or to register: 505-243-0446 or

January 27: Peace Talks: the monthly program on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution strategies. KUNM (89.9FM) 8:00 a.m, highlights from Poetry for Peace. from the 2005 National Poetry Slam Championships. To hear all the programs in the series, visit

January 27 through 29: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in concert. Each quartet member performs on a variety of guitars. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Simms Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets: CMA office, at Symphony Center, 4407 Menaul Boulevard NE, or (505) 268-1990, Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; online at; or at the door. $16-$35, students half price. Free family concert January 28, 10 a.m., National Hispanic Cultural Center.

February 2: Placitas Talks presents Mary Stuever, a long-time Placitan, member of the PVFB, forester, and ecologist. She is the coauthor of The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. 7 p.m. (tentatively). 867-3355. Placitas Library.





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