The Sandoval Signpost

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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.

Sandoval commission meetings: For the next three months, the Sandoval County Commission will return to alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. During June, 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.

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, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-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.

Wednesdays and Fridays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-8 pm., starting June 3. 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.

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 at the 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.

May 28: Architectural tour of UNM campus with retired UNM planner Joe McKinney. Meet at 10 a.m. at Hodgin Hall, northeast corner of University and Central. $5. Friends of Coronado State Monument admitted free.

May 28: Placitas’s Downhill Phil entertains with harmonica, guitar, and vocals at Winning’s Coffee Co. Original live music. 1 p.m., 111 Harvard Dr. SE, 266-0000.

May 28: Cibola National Forest-Sandia Ranger District and Friends of Tijeras Pueblo host an open house-Junior Archaeologist Day at Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Children can earn a junior-archaeologist badge. Story hour for younger children at 10 am. Guided tours at 11 am and 1 pm. Activities all day. Sandia Ranger Station, 281-3304.


June 1: Effective Work Search Skills. Monthly class offered by NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program. Topics: Identify Skills and Interests, Effective Résumé Writing, How to Tap into the Hidden Job Market, Preparing for Today's Interviewing Process. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Meet at the Status of Women Community Board Room, 4001 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque. Seating limited; registration required. 841-8920.

June 2: Sandoval County Commission, 3 pm, Commission Chambers.

June 2: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration. 6-8 pm. Bernalillo Recreational Center. Bring child's birth certificate (new players), passport-sized photo, and payment of $80 without uniform or $102 with uniform. Call 771-2045 for more information.

June 2: Discussion of A Lesson Before Dying. Enjoy lunch at the Piñon Café afterwards at 10 percent off. 10:30 am and 7 pm. Placitas Library.

June 2: Book discussion. A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernst Gaines. 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Placitas Library., 867-3355, 867-5340

June 4: Book signing and exhibit opening for Ghost Towns Alive, by photographer Pamela Porter and author Linda G. Harris. 10 am. Coronado Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, off Highway 550 in Bernalillo, just west of the Rio Grande. 867-5351.

June 4 and 5: Great Southwest Kite Festival. Traditions! Festival Marketplace. Workshops, kite building for kids, radio-controlled aircraft demos, music, food. 10 am to 4 pm. Traditions! is on 1-25, halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, at Budaghers, Exit 257. (505) 867-8600.

June 4 and 5: Carnival of the Arts, a New Mexico multi-media show and sale. 50 artists and crafters from the surrounding area. Jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, woodwork, acrylics, fiber art, stained glass, other arts and crafts. 10 am to 5 pm. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. Free admission.

June 9: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration. 6-8 pm. Bernalillo Recreational Center. (See June 2 listing for details.)

June 11: San Antonio Catholic MIssion procession of the congregation in honor of their patron, Saint Anthony, with santos, Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, Mariachi de Bemalillo, refreshments at the mission social center. Visitors welcome. 6:30 pm. Mission is on Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.

June 11: Archaeology Talk and Walk. Brief talk by a local expert on the history of the area and a visit to a couple of important Placitas archaeological sites.Wear sturdy shoes; bring water. 8:30 am, Placitas Community Center. The event is free and should be completed by noon.

June 11 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. Public reception June 11, 4-7 pm. Gallery hours 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. Katrina Lasko Gallery, 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. (505) 867-2523, (505) 570-2523,

June 11: Poetry at Anasazi Fields Winery, in the village of Placitas, presents Maisha Baton and Joe Somoza, with special guest Gary Brower. Wines available for tasting and purchasing. Poetry books for sale. Free snacks. Free admission. 3 pm. Donations accepted to pay the poets.

June 16: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration. 6-8 p.m. Enchanted Hills DPS Building. (See June 2 listing for details.)

June 16: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 pm, Bernalillo Senior Center.

June 16: Sandoval County Commission, 6 pm, Commission Chambers.

June 17: “Smokefree Tea,” Sandoval County Clean Indoor Air Coalition, 2 pm, Rio Rancho City Hall, South Conference Room.

June 23: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration, 6-8 p.m. Enchanted Hills DPS Building. (See June 2 listing for details.)

June 24, 25, and 26: New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair with 220 NM-only exhibitors.Ceramics, jewelry, painting, fiber art, musicians, demos, concessions, youth exhibit. All exhibitors on hand throughout the fair. Prizes for best work. First Pick Breakfast on Friday 8-10 am. Tickets for the preview hours, $20. Regular admission, $5 for Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds, corner of San Pedro and Central, Albuquerque., (505) 884-9043.

June 25: Sandoval Soccer Club Registration. 3-5 pm Enchanted Hills DPS Building. (See June 2 listing for details.)

June 28: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association. 6 pm. REI (1550 Mercantile, NW, near I-25 and Montaño). After the brief meeting, the program will be "PV in Developing Countries." Marlene Brown from Sandia National Labs will be a presenter. Open to the public and free of charge. 505-246-0400,

June 28: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 pm, County Health Commons.

June 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm, Commission Chambers.

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


July 7: “Summer Astronomy without a Telescope,” with Charlie Christmann [author of the Signpost’s Night Sky articles]. 7 pm. Placitas Library.






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