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  Community Calendar

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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 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. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. Info: Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Last Monday: Eastern Sandoval County Citizens Association Political/Legal Committee Meeting. 6:30 pm. Held at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

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

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. Info:

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information,  go to or, or call 301-2009.

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

Third Thursday: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

Third Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas Library Board of Directors. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Library Collin Meeting Room, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. Call 771-0253 for date and time information.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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.

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 at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited. For more information, go to

First Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

July 1: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Susan Harper, retired adjunct professor in the UNM Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences Department and a nationally recognized high-and-low-ropes course facilitator, will speak on At the End of Their Rope: Empowering Women. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information see or contact Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

July 3-5: Twelfth annual Pork and Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center. Featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will showcasing a petting zoo and pig races. General admission is $6, Senior Citizens 65+ are $4, children between the ages of 4 and 12 are $4, and children under 3 are free. Visit

July 4: Placitas Fourth of July Parade. Parade watchers can line Highway 165 from Placitas Heights through the Village of Placitas. Bring lawn chairs. Parade starts at 11 a.m. Participants line up in front of Placitas Heights at 10 a.m. No sign up or entry fee. All welcome.

July 4: Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Family Fun Day. Celebrate Independence Day with the best small village parade around in Corrales. A family favorite, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

July 4: Wet-and-wild water games, 2-6 p.m.  Water slides, water balloon fights, water guns, fire trucks, free hot dogs, and more. Sponsored by The Town of Bernalillo Recreation Department. At Rotary Park, Bernalillo. 771-2078.

July 4: The Loma Colorado Park, located on Loma Colorado Boulevard, in Rio Rancho, will serve as the best venue to enjoy one of New Mexico’s biggest fireworks’ shows at approximately 9:00 p.m. No admission fee to attend the show. Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Parking will be available at surrounding parking lots for a five dollar fee to benefit the Rio Rancho and Cleveland high school athletic booster clubs.

July 10: Cops In The Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Features law enforcement agencies from Bernalillo and surrounding communities, police cars, police helicopters, a dunk tank, water slides, fun games, giveaways, free hot dogs and hamburgers and more. Presented by the Town of Bernalillo Police Department. At Rotary Park, Bernalillo. 771-2078.

July 13: Creating Your Own Small Business Plan. Learn the basics of a business plan for your small business and how it can help you achieve your business objectives (Cost: $10.00). Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Class is from 6-8 p.m. at the Bernalillo SBDC office, 282 S. Camino del Pueblo Ste. 2A, 867-5066.

July 14: Marketing Your Small Business. Join us to learn how to more effectively market your small business. You will get some great ideas on how to utilize your marketing budget in order to reach your target clients. (Cost: $10.00). Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Class is from 6-8 p.m. at the Bernalillo SBDC office, 282 S. Camino del Pueblo Ste. 2A. Call at 505-867-5066 if you have any questions.

July 20: Financing Your Small Business. Learn the methods of financing your small business by Bank loans, SBA loans, Micro-loans, Angel investors, venture capitalists and some of the newer methods such as crowdfunding. (Cost: $10.00). Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Class is from 6-8 p.m. at the Bernalillo SBDC office, 282 S. Camino del Pueblo Ste. 2A, 867-5066.

July 21: Book keeping for Your Small Business Plan. This workshop provides an overview of how to keep your books for your small business. This is a must class for anyone wanting to learn how to get organized and great tips are provided to stay on top of your business finances. (Cost: $10.00). Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Class is from 6-8 p.m. at the Bernalillo SBDC office, 282 S. Camino del Pueblo Ste. 2A, 867-5066.

August 9: Twelfth annual Pueblo Independence Day run and celebration. Starting at 7 a.m. For more information, call Jemez Historic Site at 575-829-3530 or check the web site Free admission for all New Mexico residents with ID.

September 5-6: Mountain West Brew Fest. Held at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. Brew Fest attendees can expect over fifty breweries, more than a dozen food trucks, and specialty food vendors, as well as a mini farmers market offering seasonal harvests, including roasted green chile and Rio Grande valley peaches. Eight bands from around the region will perform over the two-day inaugural event. Information is added almost daily to the website—

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