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June 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval Commission Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County commission meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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.

First Tuesdays: 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;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

Second Tuesdays: 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: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

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 Wednesdays: 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. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: 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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: 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 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Saturdays: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

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.

Through June 2: Photographers Sandra Layne and Tim Nadeau show photography artwork at O’Hare’s. Sandra has won numerous awards with her photography, which hangs in many offices in Albuquerque, across the United States, and in several foreign countries. Placitas resident Tim applies the skills learned from fieldwork as a television photographer and photojournalist to the artistic side of life. O’Hare’s Grille and Pub is located at 4100 Southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho, and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

June 1 through 24: “Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain,” by Mark Dunn, will play at the Adobe Theater with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12; seniors and students $10. For information or reservations, call 898-9222. The Adobe Theater is located at 9813 Fourth Street NW.

June 1: Juvenile Justice Board, Retreat/Workshop, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo.

June 2: Irish Cultural Program, presented by The Irish Step Dancers of New Mexico. A delightful ninety-minute program which will include Irish step dancing, Ceili dancing, storytelling, vocal performances, and fiddle playing. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Free, but must have a ticket for entry, available at Rio Rancho Library only. Performance at Rio Rancho Public Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho. (505) 891-5013, ext. 3039 or email Rob Nankin at

June 2: Saturday with Mayor Patricia A. Chávez, 10 a.m. - noon. Bernalillo Town Hall.

June 2: 6th Annual Placitas Appreciation Day. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join your Placitas neighbors for a day of food, fun, and entertainment. Featuring a car show, live music, food, displays, door prizes, and much more. Dog and cat grooming, pet adoptions. Art auction at Rockin’ R Gallery to benefit the wild horses. Pepi’s Pet Parade at 11 a.m.: Dress your furry friend in a fun costume and join the parade. Homestead Village Shopping Center parking lot. For information, call 867-3011 or visit

June 4: Opening day of the regular pool schedule for Bernalillo Public Pool. Open for recreational swimming: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed: Sunday and Monday.

June 4 through August 10: Santa Ana’s Summer Lunch Program. Noon - 1 p.m. Open to the public. Free lunch meals are available to anyone between the ages of 1-18 years. Meals will be served at the Santa Ana Childcare Center. No application or registration required. In accordance with federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy. For information, call 867-3715 or email

June 6: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. with social time beginning at 6:30. Guest speaker: Mike Eisenfeld representing the San Juan Citizens’ Alliance will show a video and speak on the Desert Rock power plant issue and other environmental concerns in the Four Corners region. Snacks, desserts, coffee, tea, and water available. Guests, friends, new members welcome. UU Westside Congregation social hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca, near the intersection of Northern and Unser), Rio Rancho. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

June 7: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

June 9: Placitas Flea Market will take place from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10/space. Partial proceeds go to benefits the Placitas Elementary “Art in the School” program. Event is near Homestead Village on Highway 165 in Placitas. For information, call 867-0027.

June 9: Jemez Geology Tour scheduled. Sponsored by the Friends of Jemez Springs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This trip focuses on development of the Valles Caldera, geothermal activity, and youngest volcanism in the Jemez Mountains. Most stops will be along Highway 4 and require minimal walking. Trip leader: Dr. Jamie Gardner, who has more than twenty-five years experience researching a broad variety of aspects of the geology of the Jemez Mountains. Fees: $30 per person/$50 per couple. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Space is limited to twelve people, so sign up early to reserve your seat. Call Judith Isaacs at (505) 829-9155 or (505) 829-3382, or email

June 10: Community Barbeque and Family Fun Event. Noon - 6 p.m. Starts with a traditional barbeque including hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque beef, pork, and chicken, along with salads and all the “fixins” served until 3 p.m. Live entertainment with bluegrass, rock, and pop music. Children’s activities include face painting, bouncers, and more. Silent auction and fun raffles throughout the afternoon. Rio Rancho at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Advance tickets are not required but are available at Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Rio Rancho Rotary Club to support local charities.

June 11: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

June 12: Bernalillo Planning and Zoning Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

June 13: County Health Alliance Council, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

June 16: Albuquerque Folk Festival at the New Mexico Expo (State Fairgrounds). Festivities begin at 10 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.), and the event runs all day until 11 p.m. The event includes music, dancing, workshops, and more. [See article this Signpost.] For information, visit, email, or call (505) 710-9641.

June 16: La Madera Fire Department’s Fire Awareness Day. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. New building dedication, fire safety demonstrations, arts and crafts show, bake sale, and used book sale. A free hot lunch will be available. La Madera firemen will answer questions and show off the station’s fire equipment. The rescue helicopter will also be on site. North on Highway 14 to Via Entrada, then drive four miles to the station. For information, call Peggy at 286-3958.

June 17: Father’s Day Blues Festival. Featuring Stan Hirsch, The Ryan McGarvey Band, and special guest artist Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers. Sponsored by the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, the Santa Fe Reporter, the College of Santa Fe Activities Department, and the Santa Fe Brewing Company. Tickets: $15/$12/$10/under 12 are free. Tickets available at the gate or in advance by calling 255-8787. Show held at the College of Santa Fe Quad Outdoor Amphitheater, on St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe. For more information, visit or call 255-9798.

June 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

June 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

June 25: Town Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

June 26: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

June 29: Fireworks Showcase, Bernalillo High School football field at dusk.

June 29 through July 1: Vairotsana Foundation NM sponsors a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat. Venerable Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok, renowned Tibetan Buddhist Lama and scholar, will lead a weekend retreat on “The Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Precepts.” The weekend includes lectures, meditation practice, Fire Puja, Karma Yoga, and a special ceremony for taking Bodhisattva vows, if one wishes. Event to be held at the beautiful Vairotsana Retreat Center in the Zuni Mountain south of Grants, New Mexico. Cost: $100. Fee includes meals and camping accommodations. For details, call (505) 783-4320, email, or visit

June 30: Learn about the traditional techniques for making and using Atlatls (spear-throwers). 1 p.m.–4 p.m. at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Ron Fields will discuss and demonstrate the various Atlatls throwing techniques at a shooting range set up behind the station. Everyone will get a chance to try throwing a spear with an atlatl. Info: 281-3304.

June 30: Dr. Wayne Meyerowitz, Director of the Albuquerque Mental Health Clinic, will present a free talk on Mental Health Awareness, followed by a book signing. 1–2:30 p.m. Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. No sign-up required. For more information, call (505) 891-5013, ext. 3039 or email





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