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 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: 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: Howling Dog Jazz Band plays at the Piñon Café at noon. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

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.

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, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.

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.

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.

Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171

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: Scottish country dance lessons. 7:30 pm. Friends Meeting House, 5th and Bellamah, Albuquerque. No partner necessary. Fun, friendly people. No payment required. Call Marcy at 237-9039 for more information.

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!

Sunday Evenings: Placitas Baptist Church at the Placitas Community Center. Everyone welcome. 6:30 p.m. 867-3347

Through July 31: Angus McDougall Gallery presents “New Landscapes,” by Peña Blanca artist Sally Hall. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 978 San Felipe, Bernalillo, 867-0556,

Every weekend through October 10: Family authentic "How To" workshops at Traditions! A Festival Marketplace on I-25 at exit 257. Noon to 3:00 p.m.. Register in advance—867-8600. $20 per workshop unless otherwise stated.

July 3: Native drummers will perform; learn to make ojos de Dios, Cochiti pottery turtles, retablos, tinwork.

July 4: Learn to make horno oven bread, Santo Domingo bead jewelry, ojos de Dios, Cochiti mini-storytellers, and how to Dress Southwest Style.

July 10: Learn from noted religious wood-carvers from Poland. Tinwork and Cochiti pottery owls.

July 11: Reverse glass painting, mini-moccasins, horno bread making, dress Southwest style.

July 17: Native drummers will perform; learn Cochiti coil pottery, retablos, contemporary bead jewelry.

July 18: Santo Domingo bead jewelry, dress Southwest style, straw appliqué, tinwork (birds), horno bread making.

July 24: Indian drummers will perform; learn ojos de Dios, retablos.

July 25: Tinwork, Santo Domingo bead jewelry, dress Southwest style.

July 31: Indian drummers will perform; Cochiti coil pottery, retablos, tinwork, colcha.

July 1: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 4: Placitas Fourth of July Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. in front of Placitas Heights and makes a loop through the village of Placitas. Park on the side of the street and watch the fun. Bring coolers, get to know your neighbors. Parade participants, meet at 10:00 a.m. at the front of Placitas Heights to claim your spot in line. No entrance fee, no rules.

July 5: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Independence Day.

July 7: Brazilian music. Singer Silvia Lazo and classical guitarist Paul Grove in concert. 18th and 19th-century modinhas and lundus, choro, bossa nova. Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW. 7 p.m. $15. (505) 243-7255,

July 10: Pottery class with Tijeras potter-teacher Ann Yeck. $15 includes materials. Bring lunch, water. Wear old clothes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Katherine at 867-6115 to reserve a space. Coronado State Monument.

July 10 and 11: Parelli Natural Horsemanship “Love–Language–Leadership” tour. Program teaches people how to train their own horses without using force, intimidation, or fear. Giveaways, Parelli merchandise. Attention 4-H, Pony Club, FFA: for free admission, send fax (on club letterhead, to 970-731-9763) with list of youth members and adult leaders. $20 for two days. In the Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico at 300 San Pedro NE. 1-800-642-3335, www.

July 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Cuba Senior Center.

July 15: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 16: Joe Hayes (The Day It Snowed Tortillas) tells stories under the portal at Coronado State Monument. Children, $1; adults, $3. Bring water, pillow. 10 a.m. Coronado Monument.

July 16: Artists’ Studio Tours.Four locations in Albuquerque. 3 to 9 p.m. (505) 345-7514.

July 17: Sandoval Soccer Club registration, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bernalillo Recreational Center off Calle Don Tomas. Summer Nights soccer program Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bernalillo Recreation Center field beginning June 8. 410-5143; 771-2045.

July 18: Indian flute and drum music by Cumunimbus, flint-knapping demo, stories by Luther Rivera. Sandoval Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Edmonds Road just west of the Coronado Monument. 7 p.m. No charge. 867-2755.

July 19: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 3 p.m., 3rd floor, County Courthouse.

July 20 and 21: Artists’ Studio Tours. Fourteen locations in Santa Fe. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (505) 982-2226, extension 102. Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

July 23: Las Voces Fuertes Conference, hosted by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. AG Patricia Madrid will speak on Hispanic women’s issues. Facilitated town hall. Free admission. $11 lunch. 1-800-432-9168. TTY/TDD users, use NM Relay at 1-800-659-8331.

July 23: Cops in the Park Day. Kids and cops get to know one another. On hand: Santa Ana SWAT team, NM State Police motorcycle unit, Lifeguard helicopter, members of the regional gang task force, police dogs Kasey and McGruff. Food, beverages, prizes. Bernalillo’s Rotary Park, 9-3.

July 23-25, and July 31-August 1: Solar electricity (PV) class. All-women. Three days in the classroom, including visiting instructors, tours of local PV systems, hands-on labs. The last two days will be spent installing a PV system. Space is limited., (505) 424-9797, extension 10. See article in this Signpost for more details.

July 24: Arte Loca Gallery will host an opening reception featuring paintings and sculptures by Bret Aaker and paintings and assemblages by Paul Jenks. 4 to 7 p.m., 282 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. July 24 to August 26. Gallery hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment, 771-8097

July 24 and 25: Fifty-third Traditional Spanish Market. Santa Fe. (505) 982-2226, extension 102. Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

July 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.





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