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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.

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.

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.

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 Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life 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. 10 a.m. (Exception: January 2013 coffee will be on January 8.) Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. 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 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.

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

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.

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. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

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: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rio Rancho (2903 Cabezon Blvd SE). RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association and you need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Guest speaker, a demo, art critique, forum, etc. The public is welcome to attend. Meetings are free of charge. Info: or, 505 301-2009.

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 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

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

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 for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

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

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

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.

First Saturdays (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, 867-1139.

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

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.

Third Saturdays: 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, visit our website at

January 11: Opening reception for Placitas Community Library artist of the month—Dana Roth. 5-7 p.m. Her work is the result of two ideas coming together—dances in Nature, dancing to their muses of the wind and the light, and grasses in Studio, paused, to exhibit the subtle beauty of their structure and detail. Held in the Placitas Community Library.

January 20: Friends of Coronado Lecture Series continues with “New Mexico Geology: Valley to Valley.” 2 p.m. Dirk Van Hart, popular geologist, will give a talk about the geology along old Rte. 44 (Hwy 550) from Bernalillo to Bloomfield, NM. Come early since seating is limited and no admittance will be permitted after seating capacity is reached per the Fire Marshal. $5 for Adults; Students and members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument are free. The event will be held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), 1.7 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. Take the road North between the I-HOP restaurant and Warrior Fuel station. For more information, contact Gary Williams, program chairman at 792-4851 or visit

January 21: Seventeenth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative breakfast. 8 a.m. Breakfast tickets are now available. Donations are $30 for adults and $20 for youth 12 years of age and younger. Organizations and/or individuals may reserve a table for ten for $300. If you prefer a fruit plate instead of the usual breakfast fare, specify it when you purchase your tickets. For tickets, contact Galvin Brown at 550-3749 or email your request to

January 27: Opening reception for Placitas Artists Series artists Sylvia Domney, Pastels; Sarah Hartshorne, Oil on Canvas; Bill Tondreau, Photography; and Mary and Karl Hofmann, Pottery. 2 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, which is located on NM 165, six miles east of I-25 (exit 242).

January 27: Willy Sucre & Friends play string quartets. 3 p.m. The musicians will include Krzysztof Zimowski and Justin Pollak, violinists; Willy Sucre, violist; and James Holland, cellist. The program should feature Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 in D Major andFelix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 44 No. 1 in D Major. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. At-the-door prices are General Admission: $20 and Students: $15.

January 27: Drum Circle at Placitas Community Center to celebrate the first full moon of 2013. 6-8 p.m. Come join us, bring your drum or rattle (no experience necessary), a snack to share and a friend. This is an alcohol-free event. 867-1396.

January 27: Rio Grande Valley Golden Retriever Club. Come join other Golden Retriever enthusiasts at our annual meeting. We would love to meet you.1:30 p.m., 4 Spur Road, Placitas. Call Patricia Williams 404-8082 for details and directions.

February 5: Gardening with the Masters series—growing tomatoes. 7-8:30 p.m. With instructors Therese Barts and Sam Thompson. Free to the public, no registration required. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho, NM. For more information, contact John Zarola at 867-2582.

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