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July 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval Commission Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County commission meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Tuesdays: 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;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

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: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: 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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

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

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

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.

June 29: Fireworks Showcase, Bernalillo High School football field at dusk.

June 30: Learn about the traditional techniques for making and using Atlatls (spear-throwers). 1 p.m.–4 p.m. at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Ron Fields will discuss and demonstrate the various Atlatls throwing techniques at a shooting range set up behind the station. Everyone will get a chance to try throwing a spear with an atlatl. Info: 281-3304.

June 30: Dr. Wayne Meyerowitz, Director of the Albuquerque Mental Health Clinic, will present a free talk on Mental Health Awareness, followed by a book signing. 1–2:30 p.m. Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. No sign-up required. For more information, call (505) 891-5013, ext. 3039 or email

July 4: Placitas Fourth of July parade. Participants meet in front of Placitas Heights at 10 a.m. Decorate your bike, float, dog, boat, etc. No registration or fee necessary. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and winds east on Highway 165 and through the village of Placitas. Spectators welcome. Bring chairs and coolers. Meet your neighbors.

July 4: Rio Rancho Fourth of July parade and ceremony. Kick-off at 10 a.m. and head east from Country Club Dr. down Southern Blvd and end on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park. Classic cars, military organizations, and much more will make up this year's parade. Immediately following the parade, a ceremony marking the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence will take place at the Veterans Monument Park. The ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. and will consist of several guest speakers and a military flyover. Info: call the city's Cultural Enrichment Department at 505-891-5015.

July 4: The San Felipe Farmers’ Market will kick off its season Wednesday, July 4, in the west parking lot of the San Felipe Casino Hollywood. The market will be open from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday, and will feature produce, fruits, and other products from the fields of local pueblos and farmers between San Felipe and Peña Blanca. Produce sold at the market must be grown by the vendor, and vendors must be certified through the Farm Services Program. For more information on how to sell your product, call Felice Lucero at 771-9972.

July 4: Non-essential offices will be closed in both the Sandoval County offices and the Town of Bernalillo offices in observance of Independence Day.

July 5: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers—Cancelled.

July 9: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. Council chambers, 6:30 p.m.

July 10: Bernalillo planning and Zoning meeting, 6:30 p.m.

July 10: The Sandoval County Democratic Club will meet. 7 p.m. Esteemed speaker: The Honorable John Garcia, Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the state of New Mexico will speak on the state of care and a myriad of related issues confronting our state’s veterans. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway 528 and Sara Road. For information, call Crystal at 771-9441.

July 11: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

July 12: ESCAFCA Board meeting. Council chambers. Call 867-3311 for time.

July 14: Placitas Community Flea Market. Fees support Placitas Elementary School’s art program. 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artists, crafters, growers welcome. $10 vendor fee for 16’ x 20’ space, collected the morning of the event. West field of Homestead Village, three miles east of I-25, north on Highway 165. For information, call 867-0027.

July 17: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet at Capo’s Bottega Ristorante Italiano at 1016 US 550 in Bernalillo (west side of river, north side of highway) at 7 p.m. Come any time after 6 p.m. for social time. Dinner is optional (several $5.99 specials are being offered). Our guest speakers this month will be Ben Lujan, Chair of the Public Regulations Commission (PRC) and PRC District 3 Commissioner, and Jason Marks, PRC District 1 Commissioner. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Guests are welcome. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

July 19: Bluegrass music with the Squash Blossom Boys Bluegrass Band, from Corrales. Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. Contemporary and old-school bluegrass. 6:30 –7:45 p.m. Free, but tickets are required and available at the Adult Services Desk. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5013, ext. 3030 or email

July 19: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Cuba Senior Center.

July 19: The Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

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

July 21 and 22: Pottery-making workshop. Make your own pot. Michael Kanteena of Laguna Pueblo will be offering a hands-on workshop teaching the techniques for making Pueblo-style pottery. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sign up in advance, as space is limited. $50 fee for this two-day workshop. You must be able to attend both days. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras. For information, call 281-3304.

July 23: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. Council chambers, 6:30 p.m.

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

July 25: The Loma Colorado Main Library will present a free program on identity theft protection with Jack Corder from Liberty Mutual Insurance. Mr. Corder will cover how individuals may protect themselves from having their identities stolen, what steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft, how to protect yourself on the Internet, and more. 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5013, ext. 3030 or email Sign up in advance at the Adult Services Desk or call or email your registration.

July 26: Preview show for the 21st Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market. The public is welcome. Meet the artists and purchase fine arts and crafts. 5:30 p.m. El Museo Cultural, 1615-B Paseo de Peralta Street, on the Railyard in Santa Fe. Food and entertainment provided. For information, call (505) 992-0591.

July 28: Children’s Archaeology Day includes activities at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site and a field trip to Sandia Cave. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and water. Wear old clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen, and hiking shoes. Fee: $10 per child. Space is limited, so sign up in advance by calling 281-3304. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras.

July 28 and 29: 21st Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, presented by El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Over one hundred-thirty of New Mexico’s Hispanic artists will be exhibiting their sculpture, photography, painting, jewelry, graphics, monotype, and furniture. Held in conjunction with the Traditional Spanish Market. On Lincoln Avenue, next to the historic Santa Fe Plaza. For information, call (505) 992-0591.

June 29: In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, the town of Bernalillo’s “Fireworks Showcase” is scheduled to begin at dusk at Bernalillo High School football field. For information, call 867-3311.

August 11 and 12: Sandoval Community Arts is hosting, along with patron sponsors, a 2007 Art Market. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This art market is for the community and will be held in various locations in the town of Bernalillo. All artists interested in registering, call Sara Chadwick at 771-3567, Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.





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