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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

First Monday: Intentional Living Motivation: Learn how to create and manifest a successful, healthy and happy life. Explore, create and understand how to succeed using universal, physical and spiritual laws as tools. 5:30 p.m. Free. Placitas Community Center. Info: 620-3312.

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women meets for lunch at 11 a.m. Turtle Mountain Brewing Co, 905 36th St. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email: There will be no luncheon meetings in July or August.

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) 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. 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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

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.

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 Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 Wednesday: 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 Thursdays (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 (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: 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. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

Saturdays and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (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 Saturday: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Don Newton Community Ctr. Public is invited.

July 4: Annual Placitas Fourth of July Parade. Parade participants line up in front of Placitas Heights at 10 a.m. Parade starts at 11 a.m. This year, those involved in the parade—spectators and participants alike—are asked to put away the water pistols, water guns, hoses, and water balloons in an effort to help preserve the scarce amount of water in Placitas during this drought.

July 4: Bernalillo Fourth of July celebration. 2-6 p.m. Held at Rotary Park. Hot dogs, soft drinks, water slides, water guns, fun, and games will exist.

July 4: Fireworks and fun at Red, White, and Balloons. All day. Held at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Tickets include VIP parking, access to the beautiful Balloon Museum, along with games, entertainment and live music throughout the day. Tickets for the event are available online at Red, White, and Balloons Tickets. Tickets are $20 dollars for adults and $10 dollars for children ages three through 13. Children under the age of three will receive free admission.

July 5: Bernalillo Farmers Market opens. Fridays from 4-7 p.m. All local and regional growers, vendors and patrons of freshly grown, chemical free produce, foods, herbs, natural food products, and crafts are invited to attend and sell their goods. Those who would like to participate should contact Tammy Pino at 867-3304 ext. 220.

July 6: Bryan Bowen presents on his housing project in Zamani Township, South Africa. 4 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Drawing from his experience as an architect specializing in cohousing, Bryan designed a model community of compounds.

July 11: Bernalillo Pool opens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.

July 11: Xeriscape garden program. 6:30 p.m. The program is being presented by Sue Trevor and the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. The lecture and slide demonstration will begin in the library’s program room. A tour of the adjacent garden will follow. This program is free, and no prior sign-ups are required. The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, call the library at 891-5012, and select option 3.

July 14: Meet characters from New Mexico’s frontier past. 1-4 p.m. Corrales’ own traditional blacksmith, Gary Williams, will demonstrate this ancient craft that is so important to New Mexico’s history. Held at Casa San Ysidro: Gutiérrez/Minge House. This family event is free to the public. Visitors may also enjoy a self-guided tour of the house and grounds. For more information, go to, or call 897-8828.

July 20: Placitas Cohousing Exploratory Group meets to discuss potential sites and talk with Placitas residents who might be interested. 4-6 p.m., Placitas Community Library. 404-8553.

July 23: Placitas accordionist Stan Strickman and the Spanish Choir from Our Lady of Sorrow Parish will perform at the Placitas Community Center for the annual Summer Serenade. 10:00-11:15 am.  The public is welcome. The Jardineros de Placitas club ( sponsors the Summer Serenade concert as a community service to the area’s seniors and residents.

July 27: Firewise emergency preparedness and evacuation workshop. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Placitas Community Center—41 Camino de las Huertas. A panel from the Placitas Fire Department, US Forest Service, NM State Forestry, Sandoval County Emergency Management, Back Country Horsemen of NM, and Red Cross will enlighten us about their area of expertise for the first hour followed by Q&A for the second hour. Contact or Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 for more info.

July 27: Jim Fish reads from his fourth book of poetry, Songs Of The Landscape. 2 p.m. Placitas Community Library,

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