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Free summer food service program offered to all children

~Annemarie L. García, Communications and Information Manager, City of Rio Rancho

Ending August 11, free summer meals will be provided to all children, aged one to 18, at meal service locations in Rio Rancho. Meals will be provided at the following locations, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of Tuesday, July 4:

  • Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard
  • Leon Grande Park, 4501 Leon Grande Boulevard
  • North Hills Park, 1901 Strawberry Drive
  • Rainbow Pool Facility, 301 Southern Boulevard
  • Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Avenue
  • Star Heights Recreation Center, 800 Polaris Boulevard

Meals are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and all meals must be consumed on-site.

Lunches that are served follow current U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, which include a daily serving of milk, vegetable or fruit juice, daily meat sandwich or meat alternate such as chicken nuggets, daily grains/breads or crackers, and a daily serving of either fruit or vegetables.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered at the state level by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The City of Rio Rancho, which applied to be a local sponsor of the program, receives funding from the SFSP to purchase lunches and distribute them to children. SFSP helps children in lower income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when school is not in session.

For additional information about SFSP, call the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department at 891-5015.

Free movies under the stars

The City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department invites citizens to join their neighbors, families, and friends to enjoy free family friendly movies outdoors on the following Friday nights: June 30—Cabezon Park; July 7—A Park Above; July 14—Cabezon Park; July 21—A Park Above; July 28—Cabezon Park; August 4—A Park Above. Movies will begin at dusk and all ages are welcome. Bringing blankets, folding chairs, and picnic baskets is encouraged. Restrooms will be available. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. If there is inclement weather, including wind and lightning, movies will be cancelled. Weather cancellations will be made one hour prior to the start of the movie. For additional information, call 891-5015. 

Free events at Rio Rancho libraries

Many fun free events take place at Loma Colorado Main Library and Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho—fairy tale readings, concerts, toy drives, card-making, adult coloring, open houses, reading groups, story time for kids, dancing, jamming, knitting, book clubs, think tanks, reading to dogs, meet and greets, and more.

Loma Colorado Main Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard NE in Rio Rancho (891-5013). The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE, in Rio Rancho (891-5012). For further information about both libraries, visit or go to

Applications Sought for Senior Services Advisory Board

~Annemarie L. García, Communications and Information Manager, City of Rio Rancho

The City of Rio Rancho is seeking applicants from City Council District 6 to fill a vacancy on its Senior Services Advisory Board. The term length is two years and expires on June 30, 2019.

The board acts in an advisory capacity to insure the efficient and economical management and operation of City Senior Service programs and facilities. Board meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:15 p.m., at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane.

Individuals interested in applying and serving as a volunteer on the board should submit an application form and resume to the Office of the City Clerk. Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. Applications can be obtained by visiting the Clerk’s office inside Rio Rancho City Hall. For additional information, contact the Clerk’s office at 891-5004.

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