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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life 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. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

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 505-404-8492.

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. 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.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the Southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. The cost is $15 per person or $5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

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, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (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. Call 867-7500 or visit / for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

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

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on 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 Saturdays (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, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Saturdays and Sundays:  Idalia Road Marketplace, Rio Rancho’s  open air market dedicated to local business, art, food and fun. Vendors (artists, craftspeople, organic/natural produce and more), live music, great breakfast burritos. Hours Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through October. 1320 Idalia Road just North of Northern Blvd.

Sundays through August: Haynes Park Summer Music and Art Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Featuring The Casuals, Gary Reynolds and The Southwest Band, Adobe Brothers, Bosque Blues, The Flyin A’s, Nahalot Shalom, Dennis and Song Writers, Rudy Boy Experiment, Twisted Mo-Jo, The Hit squad, Little Hawk, Inferno, and Rio Rancho Symphonic and Dance Bands. Free admission. All events are subject to weather. For information and schedule call 891-5004 or

June 2: Twenty-year celebration of Mother’s Day Out. 2-5 p.m. Past, present, and future MDO families are all invited to share food, fun, and community. Giggles the Clown will be performing at 2:15 p.m. and a ceremony to honor Miss Debbie will follow at 3:30 p.m.

June 2: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will hold a Meet and Greet mixer with a potluck lunch. Candidates are welcome to give short speeches. Noon. All Democrats are invited. Bring your favorite dish to share, if you wish. UU Westside Congregation, 1650 Abrazo Rd, Rio Rancho. Info: Janice Saxton, 867-1139, or

June 2-3: Young Artists & Entrepreneurs Weekend. Young people from 10 to 18 years of age will be on hand to sell and market their art, crafts, products, and services at Idalia Road Marketplace. Help cultivate early entrepreneurial awareness and appreciation in youth. Geo’s Mobile Bistro’s Best Dang Breakfast Burrito, fresh bakery goods from Miss Dorothy’s Kitchen. Last weekend for Shriner’s Vidalia Onions. Numerous vendors, free face painting for kids. Music on the Phil Mead Stage 11:30 to 1:00 each day: Saturday-Roy Crawford; Sunday-Glen Murata Trio. 1320 Idalia Road NE, Rio Rancho. 553-5591,

June 2-3: Corrales Historical Society twentieth annual Old Church Artfest. 10-5 p.m. Held at the Old San Ysidro Church located at 966 Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro.

June 3: Author Michael McGarrity unveils the historical research behind his newest book—Hard Country. 2 p.m. Held in the History Museum Auditorium in Santa Fe. The event is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.

June 4: Community Drum Circle meets. Bring your drum, rattle, a snack and drink to share on this evening of the full moon. Drum together for healing Mother Earth, our community and each one of us. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, 867-1396. This is an alcohol-free event.

June 5: Watch the transit of Venus with the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society. 2 p.m. Telescopes will be set up in the Coronado parking lot next to the entrance to the museum. The transit will start at 4:05 p.m. and continue until past sunset. Special eclipses glass will be available for sale to allow safe viewing. For more information, visit or call 220-5492.

June 8: Artist reception for Placitas Community Library’s featured artist of the month Diane Orchard. 5-8 p.m. Her original prints are a combination of techniques in a process of layering that includes monotype, etching, collagraph, or collage to create a multidimensional perspective.

June 9: Placitas Flea Market. Lots of bargains for buyers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Info: PJ at 771-1143.

June 10: Second Duende Poetry Series reading of 2012. 3 p.m. One of Los Angeles’ most well known poets, Michael C. Ford, who is on a reading tour of the Southwest, will be the featured poet, along with noted El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh. All Duende readings are free, and wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas.

June 10: Annual San Antonio feast day procession. 9:30 a.m. Starting with mass at the San Antonio de Padua Mission, a procession of santos will travel through the village of Placitas. All are welcome to attend.

June 10, July 15, August 12 and 26: Arts in the Park show and sale. 3-8 p.m. Artists and vendors wishing to sell their items at one or all four of the art shows must register with the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department by calling 891-5015. Artists must have a current city of Rio Rancho business license. To be held at Haynes Park, 2006 Grand Boulevard. For more information call the city clerk’s office at 891-5004 or visit

June 10: Corrales MainStreet Third Annual Corrales Garden Tour. Visitors tour seven gardens, six homes and a demonstration garden. Tickets are $10, available at Village Mercantile, Frontier Mart, and Oasis in the Village and seven local garden centers supporting the tour. For more information call MainStreet at 350-3955 or Pictures of local gardens and gardening tips are available at

June 12: Kiln-formed glass class at the community center. 1-3 p.m. Participants will learn how to cut glass, design, lay up the pieces, and, with a special kiln, fire them into glorious jewelry pendants, brooches, bracelets, and earrings. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Call the Community Center at 867-1396 to reserve your space in the class.

June 20: The Jardineros de Placitas to host their annual “Summer Serenade.” 9:30-11:30 p.m. This free and open-to-the-public event will feature the music of Flamenco guitarist Wayne Wesley Johnson, accordion player Stan Strickman, and the Short And Sweet Barbershop Quartet. The performances will take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 7 Paseo de San Antonio in Placitas.

June 23: Placitas Flea Market. Lots of bargains for buyers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Info: PJ at 771-1143.

June 23: ES-CA open public meeting.
2 p.m. This will be an opportunity to become informed on environmental issues facing Sandoval County, to express feelings about further open-pit mining in Placitas, and to become a member of ES-CA. To be held at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas.

June 23-24: Second annual Le Petit Lavender Fest at Idalia Road Marketplace. Numerous lavender vendors, artists and crafters, including Santa Fe Lavender. Great food: Geo’s Mobile Bistro’s Best Dang Breakfast Burrito, fresh bakery goods from Miss Dorothy’s Kitchen, and more. Free face painting for kids and prize drawings. Music on the Phil Mead Stage 11:30 to 1:00 each day: Saturday-Mother Jones Music; Sunday-Chris Livingston. 1320 Idalia Road NE, Rio Rancho. 553-5591,
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