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  Community Calendar

c. Greg Leichner

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

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

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.

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.

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 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 505-404-8492.

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.

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.

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: 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. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

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

Thursdays: Award-Winning Beading Class of the Placitas Community Center. 1-4 p.m. The Beading Group at the Placitas Community Center includes beginners, advanced, and senior beaders. They enjoy working on their own personal creations as well as instructed techniques and styles. All beaders bring in their personal beads and supplies and work at their own pace. Ideas are shared amongst each other and all have a great time. Both men and women are involved in this activity. All are welcome to attend the class.

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 a meeting agenda.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

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

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

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

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.

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.

January 3-February 2: Photography Gallery, “Perspectives—Then and Now.” An opportunity to see local photography-based artists, this show embraces excellence, originality, and innovation. Displayed at the Placitas Community library.

January 4-30: Yes, we can New Mexico art exhibit at Loma Library. (Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., when no other programs are taking place in the auditorium and there are no holiday closings). Yes, We Can New Mexico is anonprofit member organization of artists, artisans, craftspeople, counselors, consultants, therapists, accountants, educators, and other entrepreneurs with disabilities. Located at Loma Library.

January 6: Diptych: An Exhibition in Two Parts—Part One: “Encaustic and Silk”—an opening reception. 6-8 p.m. Albuquerque artists Evey Jones and Harriette Tsosie explore the media of encaustic (pigmented wax) and silk in two exhibitions in January and February 2012. This show runs through January 26. At the Harwood Art Center—a community outreach program of Escuela del Sol, an independent, nonprofit Montessori school founded in 1968. 1114 Seventh Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2051. Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January 8: Corrales Historical Society “Speaker Series 2012” continues. 2-4 p.m. Don Bullis and Tim Kimball, two extremely knowledgeable New Mexican historians, will tell fascinating tales of events that led up to New Mexico’s statehood. This event is free and open to the public. It is to be held at the Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro.

January 9: Placitas Federated Republican Women meeting. Placitas Fire Station, Hwy.165 adjacent to the library. 4-6pm. Speakers: Bill English, candidate for US Senate, and Monty Newman, Chair of the NM Republican Party. Public welcome. RSVP 771-0173 or

January 11: KiMo Theatre celebrating centennial with year-long program—Speaker series begins. General admission seating for all evening programs in the Speakers Series and Living History Series is free of charge. Reserved seat tickets in the front orchestra section of the theatre, with a pass to a post-show coffee and tea reception, are an option at a cost of just $5 per person. Book sales and signings will be a common feature of Speaker Series events. Reserved seat tickets will be available at the KiMo Ticket Office or on line ( beginning Wednesday, December 28.

January 13: Ready Placitas food preservation class. 1 p.m. Nicole Lujan, Home Economist from our Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service, will show how to dry foods using electric dehydrators. Suggested donation $2. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas (north of the Post Office). RSVP 867-1396, 217-9384,

January 13: Reception for “Perspectives—Then and Now.” 4-7 p.m. An opportunity to see the work of local photography-based artists, this show embraces excellence, originality, and innovation in all photo-based art. At the Placitas Community library.

January 15: Geologic Quirks of the Sandia Mountain. Geologist, Dirk Van Hart, will outline the geologic history of Sandia Mountain and some of its unusual features. 2pm. $5, free for students and Friends of CSM. DeLavy House, 161 Edmond Road, off Highway 550, 1.5 miles west of I-25, exit 242. 505-792-4851 or

January 16: Breakfast event commemorates the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 8 a.m. Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church will celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a commemorative breakfast open to the public. To be held at the Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Rd., NE, in the Journal Center area. For ticket information, contact Galvin Brown at 505-293-1300 or email your request to

January 22: Placitas Artists Series Artist Reception. 2 p.m. Artists Sonya Coppo, Patricia Gould, Sarah Hartshorne, and Dana Patterson Roth. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.). The works will be on display from December 31 to January 28.

January 22: Willy Sucre and Friends play string quartets. 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $20 at the door; $15 for students. 867-8080.

January 27: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society hosts stargaze. 7 p.m. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Venus and Jupiter as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events.  The weather is expected to be cold, so dress appropriately. To be held at Coronado State Monument.

January 28: The Placitas Community Library hosts annual Lunar New Year celebration. 2-4 p.m. There will be stories, games, prizes, and crafts for all ages. We’re also planning to do some cooking and tasting of some of Lunar New Year’s special foods. Once again community members will be making handprints to create an enormous dragon, which will hang in the Library. At the Placitas Community Library.

February 3: Diptych: An Exhibition in Two Parts—Part Two: “Paper and Wax”—an opening reception. 6-8 p.m. Albuquerque artists Evey Jones and Harriette Tsosie explore the media of encaustic (pigmented wax) and silk. This show runs through February. At the Harwood Art Center—a community outreach program of Escuela del Sol, an independent, nonprofit Montessori school founded in 1968. 1114 Seventh Street, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2051. Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

February 7: Gardening with the Masters—”Growing tomatoes,” with Sam Thompson, SC Master Gardener Coordinator. 7-8:30pm. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. Free to public. No reservations needed.



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