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June 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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 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: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Info: Jessica, 867-0498.

• Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m. to 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 to 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: 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 to 8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rte. 528 and 19th Ave. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

First Tuesday: 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;

Second Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: 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;

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.

Second Tuesday: The 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, and national offices.

Placitas Library hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 2 p.m.

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

Wednesdays: Corrales Growers' Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. [See main listing under Sundays.]

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 Wednesday: 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. 867-9777.

First Wednesday: 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,

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. Inquiries and phone calls about these meetings or the library should call 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

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, in Albuquerque. Information is also available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Children's summer reading story time (June 8–August 10). Families may drop in or attend them all. Free and open to public. 867-3355.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Sundays: Join Don at the Placitas Library for coffee, conversation, and the Times. Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1.

Sundays: Corrales Growers' Market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Live music on Sundays. The market offers fresh vegetables, greens, herbs, fruits, flowers and bedding plants, as well as jams, salsas, baked goods, goat cheese, milk and yogurt, and other natural agricultural products, such as soaps, hand cream, a wide variety of New Mexico grown items, and the Market Shop.

May 28: Corrales Growers' Market holds its first Basket Raffle of the season, a beautiful African Basket full of vendors offerings, and music by Paul Salazar, folk-rock guitarist and vocalist. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

May 29: Nonemergency Sandoval County offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May 31: Corrales Growers' Market holds its first Wednesday market of the season. Bring home something fresh for dinner. 4-7 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

June 1: Free class, Effective Work Search Skills. Topics: Identify Skills and Interests, Write an Effective Résumé, Tap into the Hidden Job Market, Prepare for Today's Interviewing Process. 9:30-3:30. NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program, 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101. Contact Lorraine Bantista for additional information and registration (required), 222-6600.

June 1: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

June 2 through 25: Time Enough (have you ever wondered what would happen if you looked up that person you dated long ago?), by Robert F. Benjamin. Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 p.m.; Sundays 2:00 p.m. Adobe Theater, 9813 Fourth Street NW. Champagne reception June 2. Matinees followed by discussions with the cast, director, playwright. Tickets $12, seniors and students $10, group rates available. 898-9222.

June 3: Placitas pianist Wendy Day plays Chopin. Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque. $10 adults, $5 seniors and children. Refreshments available. 268-0044.

June 3: Placitas Community Birthday Bash, with pet parade, Howling Dog Dixieland Band, magician Kangaroo Katie, book sale, plant sale, raffle, pet adoptions, refreshments. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 1 Tierra Madre (across from the Merc. 867-3355.

June 3: Las Placitas Association presents Robert Tórrez, former New Mexico State Historian, speaking on Acequias and Land Grants in New Mexico History, with a concentration on our area. 9:00 a.m. to noon, Placitas Community Center. 771-1171.

June 3: Placitas Library Birthday Bash, with a fabulous book sale. Great books at low prices. Live music.

June 3: Placitas Appreciation Day. Information booths representing community businesses and organizations. Food, activities, pet adoptions, live music, family fun. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free. Homestead Village, Placitas.

June 3 and 4: Carnival of the Arts, a New Mexico multimedia show and sale. Fifty exhibitors, with jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, woodwork, acrylics, fiber art, stained glass, other arts and crafts. Admission, parking free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, one mile north of the Corrales Post Office on Corrales Road, then three-tenths of a mile west on Old Church Road. More information at

June 4: Corrales Growers’ Market. Music of Lucas Critchfield and Marimba Dulce. [See main listing under Sundays.]

June 4: Outdoor concert with Otilio Ruiz and Chuey Martinez, harp and guitar, and art by Geraldine Brussels. Refreshments. No charge for admission. 7:00 p.m. Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550 west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino. Sandoval County Historical Society. 867-2755.

June 6: Statewide Primary Elections. Polls open county-wide 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Sandoval County Bureau of Elections, 867-7577, for voting locations and more information.

July 7: Bernalillo Growers Market opens. 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Camino del Pueblo, between Our Lady of Sorrows Church and the Dollar Store. Ample parking.

June 9: SanBern Federated Republican Women Luncheon.
Hear from local ROTC students about their activities. 11:30 a.m. $15 for lunch. 922-6252,

June 10: Historical Tour of the Middle Rio Puerco Valley, led by geologist Dirk Van Hart. Pack a lunch and bring drinking water. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Coronado State Monument, on U.S. 550, about one mile west of I-25. Reservations: call Gordon, 771-3464, or e-mail $5 per person, free for members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

June 10: Feast of St. Anthony. Procession led by Father Furfaro, with the mission’s santo of Saint Anthony of Padua, and mayordomos and santos of the Bernalillo Our Lady of Sorrows Church, the Algodones San Jose Mission, and the Bernalillo Sanctuario de San Lorenzo. Choirs of San Antonio Mission, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Alameda Guitar Ensemble; and trumpeter Bruce Canale. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments follow at mission social center.

June 10: Seventh Annual Tamaya Artisan Market at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Spa, on Santa Ana Pueblo. Traditional and contemporary jewelry, traditional pottery, traditional inlaid straw crosses, and much more. Native American performers will fill the artisan market with their own brand of art through song, dance, and music. Fresh baked Pueblo oven bread available. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00.

June 11: Duende Poetry Series presents “Larry Goodell and Friends” Poetry Reading, featuring Larry Goodell, Betty Skinner, and other friendly poets. 7 p.m. Snacks and wine tasting available. Free admission. Poetry books and wine for sale. Anasazi Fields Winery, in Placitas. 867-3062, 897-0285.

June 11: Corrales Growers’ Market. Music of David Palsce guitar and vocals (folk-country-rock). [See main listing under Sundays.]

June 12: Governor’s Conference on the Link Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence. Focus: Year of the Child. Dr. Ken Shapiro, codirector of the Animals and Society Institute, will speak on the AniCare Child model, an assessment-and-treatment approach for childhood animal abuse. Those who work with children and animals are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. UNM Continuing Education Center, 1634 University NE, Albuquerque. To register: 505-660-5609, (request a conference flyer and registration form).

June 13: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

June 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10:00 a.m., Jemez Senior Center.

June 17: Albuquerque Folk Festival. Local bands The LadyFingers and the Placitas Mountain Band plus many more, songwriters, workshop tents, dance areas with instruction, dance parties, jams.10 a.m. to 11 p.m. State fairgrounds. $10 in advance adults only; $15 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children under eighteen at the gate. Information:,, 505-255-6307, 505-261-7648. or Gary Libman, 505-867-8154. See article in this Signpost for full details.

June 17: Depression and bipolar panel discussion. 11 a.m. to noon: medical professional speaks on depression and bipolar disorder. 12:30–2 p.m.: stories from consumers as well as a question-and-answer session. All are welcome. Free. 505-889-3632,

June 17 Stargazing, with large telescopes provided by Albuquerque Astronomical Society. All ages. No charge. Observing begins at sunset. No pets or alcoholic beverages. Oak Flat Picnic Area. Take NM Highway 337 nine miles south of the Tijeras exit on I-40 and follow the signs to Oak Flat and Juniper Loop. For information and a map, visit or call 254-TAAS.

June 17: Las Placitas Association hosts a conservation-easement workshop with state experts on the process and local property owners who have donated easements. Free admission. Refreshments. 9 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de as Huertas. For more information, visit, or call LPA board members Lolly Jones (771-8020), Reid Bandeen (867-5477).

June 18: Corrales Growers’ Market. Father’s Day Celebration with a tractor show and the music of the Bleecker St. Boys. [See main listing under Sundays.]

June 20: Democratic Women of Sandoval County general meeting. Santiago Juarez, executive director of Revisioning New Mexico and New Mexico PACE, will discuss economic justice and a living wage. 6:30 p.m. social time; 7:00 p.m. business meeting. Capo’s Bottega Ristorante Italiano, 1016 US Highway 550, Bernalillo. Dinner or appetizers are available from the menu, if desired. Water will be provided. Call the restaurant, 771-0388, for directions. Information: 867-1139,

June 23: County Health Alliance Executive Committee, 8:30 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

June 25: Corrales Growers’ Market. Basket raffle. A beautiful African basket filled with vendors; offerings will be raffled off; music by Paul Salazar. [See main listing under Sundays.]

June 25. Dr. Carla Van West, director of preservation research at SRI Foundation, speaks on “Droughts, Floods, Freezes: The Role of Climate in the Human History of the Southwest.” 2:00 p.m. Coronado State Monument, on U.S. 550, about one mile west of I-25. Make reservations at 771-3464, or e-mail reservation to Admission $5; free for members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

June 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

July 28: Deadline to submit Placitas Holiday Sale applications for annual juried show on November 18 and 19. Details available at, or call 867-5740.





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