Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

First Monday: Intentional Living Motivation: Learn how to create and manifest a successful, healthy and happy life. Explore, create and understand how to succeed using universal, physical and spiritual laws as tools. 5:30 p.m. Free. Placitas Community Center. Info: 620-3312.

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Turtle Mountain Brewing Co, 905 36th St. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email:

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

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.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) 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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

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

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.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

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

Fourth Thursday: 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.

Second Friday: The San-Bern Federated Republican Women meet at Chamisa Hills Country Club,  Southern and Country Club Drive. Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome, lunch reservations and information to Joyce Elliott, 891-8180. Meetings feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

Saturdays and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (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.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

June 1: Albuquerque Folk Festival. Multi-stage musical performances, open jamming, music workshops, children’s activities, family entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, food vendors, free overnight camping on May 31 & June 1. Tickets: $20/$15. Children under 11 are free. Balloon Museum Park. Details:

June 1-2: 21st Annual Old Church Artfest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Held at Old San Ysidro Church—966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. More than forty artists will display their wares, including pottery, stained glass, jewelry, gourd art, silk painting, watercolor, clay figures and decorative object, homemade jams and jellies and more.

June 1: Savvy social security workshop. 12-1 p.m. Held at Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. The workshop is free and open to all who show up.

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

June 3: Master Gardener of The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden containing native,xeric plants that support indigenous wildlife and migratory birds. Learn the importance of creating and preserving wildlife habitats. 10-11 a.m. The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque is a nonprofit and maintains the wildlife habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. People of all ages welcome. Free.

June 4: Gardening with the Masters—“Pruning Basics.” 7:15-8:30 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. The event is free—offered by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension Master Gardeners. The instructor will be Barbara Russell, Certified Arborist.
For more information, contact John Zarola, Sandoval County Extension, at 867-2582, or

June 8: Opening reception for ABQ photography exhibit, showcasing Placitas photographer Mary Lee Dereske. 3-5 p.m. Mary Lee Dereske’s image Capture and other images will be available for sale. A portion of sale proceeds will go to the non-profit Open Space Alliance to help support special programs and events aimed at preserving and promoting local Open Space lands. The exhibit will be open to the public from June 1 to 30 at the Open Space Visitor Center—6500 Coors Rd. NW, Albuquerque.

June 8: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association meeting. 2-4 p.m. ES-CA is your community watchdog organization. Local topics discussed, including gravel mining in Placitas. Held at the Placitas Community Center on Camino de las Huertas. All are welcome.

June 8: Chipper Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring branches and small trees—no more than six inches diameter, ends aligned and facing the same way. No construction waste or barbed wire will be accepted. A donation of $15 per pickup load is suggested. For more information, contact Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022, or

June 9: Casa San Ysidro explores hunters and trappers. 1-4 p.m. Two characters from New Mexico’s past: a Cibolero, or Spanish buffalo hunter, and a 19th century mountain man “Old Bill” Williams will be storytelling at Casa San Ysidro: Gutiérrez/Minge House. For more information, go to, or call 897-8828.

June 10: Placitas Federated Republican Women luncheon/meeting. Speakers: New Mexico State Representative, Jason Harper, and Mayor of Bernalillo, Jack Torres. You may order lunch from the regular lunch menu. The public is welcome. Ancient Spirits Bar & Grill restaurant, 1016 Hwy 550,Bernalillo.

June 16: Duende Poetry Series. 3 p.m. This show will feature one of New Mexico’s most well-known poets John Macker of Santa Fe, and Andrea Serrano, one of the most dynamic poets in the Albuquerque area. Held at the Placitas Winery. This is a free event and all are welcome.

June 23-24: “Le Petit Lavender Fest”—Idalia Road Marketplace holds its second annual lavender festival. Numerous lavender vendors, artists and crafters, including Santa Fe Lavender. Great food, bakery goods. Free face painting for kids; 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 or

July 5: Bernalillo Farmers Market opens. Fridays from 4-7 p.m. All local and regional growers, vendors and patrons of freshly grown, chemical free produce, foods, herbs, natural food products, and crafts are invited to attend and sell their goods. Those who would like to participate should contact Tammy Pino at 867-3304 ext. 220.

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