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Sandoval commission meetings For the next two months, the Sandoval County Commission will return to alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.

During July and August, the regular commission meetings on the first Thursday of each month will begin at 3:00 p.m. Regular meetings on the third Thursdays will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The schedule reverts to evening meetings in September. The commission meets in the Sandoval County Courthouse in Bernalillo.

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.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief support group. 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). 821-6056.

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: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

First Tuesday: 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: 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.

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

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

Third Tuesday: 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. 291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: 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,

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

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 Wednesday: 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.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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.

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

Alternate Wednesdays: Village Academy Governance Council work sessions. San Antonio Mission, Placitas. Open to the public.

Wednesdays and Fridays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-8 p.m. Please call Gary Hansen at 867-2829 for further information.

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

First Thursdays: Placitas Talks on a variety of subjects at the Placitas Library. See for information.

Fridays: Water-Wise Garden Maintenance. 9-11 am. Master gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions and provide assistance. Next to the Esther Bone Library, Rio Rancho.

Fridays from July 8 through late October: The Bernalillo Farmers’/Growers’ Market will be open every Friday, 4-7 pm; locally produced fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, plants and landscape items, assorted surprises. Main Street, Bernalillo, between OLOS Church and Dollar Store.

Fridays through August: Children’s Story Hour. A children’s reading and art program at the Placitas Community Library. Each week a story will be read, followed by a related art activity. The program is geared to ages four to seven, but all children are welcome. 9 to 10:30 a.m. 867-3355.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion, 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!

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home 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.

Sundays: Join Don and Bob for crullers and conversation at the Placitas Library. 1 Tierra Madre, Placitas.10 am to 1 pm.

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.

Sundays: Placitas Library. Coffee, conversation, and the Times (Los Angeles and New York) 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m.

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

Through July 8: Downtown Contemporary Art Center presents a solo exhibition of abstract paintings by Tobias. 105 4th Street SW, Albuquerque. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. (505) 242-1983.

Through July 16: "Social Commentary  Personal Voice,” recent work by Kelly Cozart and Katrina Lasko. Between the two, the mediums vary from oil painting to fresco, from clay to plaster, from paper to felt. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Katrina Lasko Gallery, 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. (505) 867-2523, (505) 570-2523,

June 30: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration. 6-8 pm. Bernalillo Recreational Center.

July 1 through August 28: Placitas digital artist Barry McCormick will be showing new images in the juried photography show "Heart and Bone, Anatomy and Soul," Sol Arts Gallery and Performance Space, 712 Central SE, Albuquerque, 244-004. ArtsCrawl opening receptions on July 1 and August 5; PhotoArts ABQ reception on July 15, at Sol Arts.

July 1 through August 30: Placitas digital artist Barry McCormick will be showing new images at the DA3NM v2.0 Show, South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, (505) 848-1323). Opening reception July 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

July 4: Placitas Mountain Band opens for Merle Haggard concert. OhKay Casino, Española. For further information: Gary, at (505) 867-8154 or

July 4: Annual Placitas Fourth of July Parade. Starts at 11 a.m. in front of Placitas Heights. Makes a loop through the village of Placitas. All welcome to watch or participate. Participants meet in front of Placitas Heights at 10 a.m.

July 4: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Independence Day.

July 6: DWI Planning Council & Law Enforcement Taskforce, 2 p.m., Rio Rancho DPS Substation #5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Dr., Rio Rancho.

July 7: NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program, is offering the popular class Effective Work Search Skills. Targeted to women returning to work or who need skills in looking for work. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. NM Commission on the Status of Women Community Board Room, 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Registration required. Contact Lorraine Bantista, 841-8920.

July 7: “Summer Astronomy without a Telescope,” with Charlie Christmann. Tips on observation; identifying moons, planets, bright stars, and satellites in the July night sky. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 867-3355.

July 7: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 8 through 24: The Guys, by Anne Nelson, drama. An elegy to 9/11 firefighters. Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $12/$10. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW, two blocks north of Alameda Boulevard For reservations, call 898-9222.

July 8, 9, and 10: Art Loop 2005, tour of artists’ studios in the vicinity of Ruidoso. Artist demonstrations, local entertainment, refreshments., for information, map, directions.

July 9: Las Placitas Association sponsors Septic Tank Workshop and Well Water Testing program, with Jerzy Kulis, NM Environment Department. Bring water samples from home tap or well for testing. 9 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Center.

July 8: Placitas Mountain Band is the opening act at a tricentennial concert, the Americana Showcase. KiMo Theatre. 7: p.m. Tickets available from individual members of the band and at Ticketmaster, 883-7800.,

July 9: Placitas Elementary School holds monthly Flea Market. Booth rental fee: $10. Rental proceeds benefit Placitas Elementary School’s Art In The School program. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas, 3 miles east of I-25 on Highway 165. 867-0027.

July 9: Downhill Phil entertains with harmonica, guitar, and vocals at McCole's Pub & Grill. Original live music. 7 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-8833.

July 12,13, and 14: Big Three Football Camp. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Albuquerque High School. $35. Coach Al—771-8334 or 573-1824.

July 13, 14, 15: Mobile spay/neuter clinic in Bernalillo and Placitas. By appointment only. $20. Call Placitas Animal Rescue at 681-1682 or 867-0004.

July 15: Total Wellness Fair. Healthy snacks, door prizes, entertainment, blood-pressure and sugar testing, massages, facials, information on quality of life. All ages welcome. Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center and OLOS gym, 313 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Sandoval County Senior Volunteer Program.

July 15: Opening receptions for PhotoArts ABQ, a citywide exhibition showcasing photography, at Downtown Contemporary Art Center, South Broadway Cultural Center, Harwood Art Center, The Factory, Trevor Lucero Gallery, Working Classroom, Donkey Gallery, SolArts Gallery & Performance Space, .5, Focus Albuquerque, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Peter Eller Gallery, Fisher Gallery, UNM Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, The Patio Gallery, The Albuquerque Photographer's Gallery, and the Cristin Wolf Gallery. PhotoArts Santa Fe Photography Resource Guide 2005 will be distributed at participating art galleries, or call Val Hollingsworth, 261-0075.

July 16 through mid-February, 2006: “I Can See By Your Outfit: Wearing Apparel and Native Heritage,” an exhibition featuring apparel and related accessories from three areas in North America—plains, desert southwest, northwest rain forest. Opening day: drum group and blessing by Arnold Herrera, honored Cochiti Pueblo drum maker. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. (505) 277-4405. See Events and Visitor Information at

July 16: The Ladyfingers play fiddle, flute, mandolin, guitar; with four guest singers. 7 p.m. McCole's Pub & Grill, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-8833.

July 16: A gathering of past and future pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago (Spain). A potluck discussion and information session. 2 p.m. Old Abiquiu B&B, just off Highwat 84, north of Española. Call Linda Spaulding, 867-6147, for directions and information. .

July 17: Sandoval County Historical Society meeting featuring “Music of the Americas,” by Jesus “Chuy” Martinez. At the DeLavy House in Bernalillo, 3 p.m. 867-2755.

July 17: Wendy Day, pianist, will perform an all-Chopin piano recital. Free. 2 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 867-0233.

July 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Cuba Senior Center.

July 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 23: Photography workshop focuses on photography in the natural environment, with Alex Sedillos, Coronado Monument employee and editorial and advertising photographer. $20. 9 a.m. until noon. Coronado State Monument. To enroll, contact Pat Harris, 822-8571.

July 23 through August 20: “Maniacs, Twists and Bullies,’ recent oil paintings and woodblock prints by Mick Sheldon. Opening reception July 23, 4-7 p.m. Katrina Lasko Gallery, 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2523, 570-2523,

July 26: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 p.m., County Health Commons.

July 26: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) meets on-site at a PNM facility. After the brief meeting, the program will be “Data Logging of Photovoltaic Electricity Production,” with presenter Pat Scharff of PNM. Open to the public; free of charge. 6 p.m. Call 505-246-0400 or check for further information and confirmation of time, place.

July 26: Program on coping with the issues of life. With Delores Griego, Sandoval County Frail and Elderly Program. 12:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Coffee, tea, dessert. 867-1396.

July 26: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 29: Deadline for entries in Líderes de Hoy national essay contest for Hispanic high school students. (See article in this Signpost.)

July 30 and 31: Contemporary Hispanic Market. Over 140 artists and craftspeople will exhibit paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, furniture. Lincoln Avenue, adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preview night July 28, 1615 B Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.






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