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

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve - from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association Board Meeting. 6:30pm. Held at La Puerta Realty Office, 1 Ridge Court, Placitas. For more information, contact

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 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. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Last Monday: Eastern Sandoval County Citizens Association Political/Legal Committee Meeting. 6:30 pm. Held at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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 welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

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. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

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

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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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.

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 at 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, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

Third Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

May 31: A walk through Placitas history. 10-noon. The third-of-a-mile walk will proceed along the Paseo de San Antonio. Meet at the San Antonio Catholic Mission Social Center on Paseo de San Antonio in the Village. While the walk is only a short distance, it is one-way. You may want to arrive a little early at the Mission to arrange carpools to drop off a car or two at the Presbyterian Church in which to return to the Mission at the conclusion of the walk. Comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended.

May 31 and June 1: Corrales Historical Society 22nd Annual Old Church Artfest. Hosted and juried by the Visual Arts Council of the Corrales Historical Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Old Church Artfest is one of the most popular art events of the year. Free and open to the public. Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, in Corrrles, aacross from Casa San Ysidro. Bev Darrow 505-301-0042

June 2: Explore A Wildlife Habitat Garden—The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. 10-11 a.m. The garden uses an extensive variety of native, xeric plants to support indigenous wildlife as well as migratory birds. The docent will explain how creating and preserving wildlife habitats enriches our lives, as well as provide information on how to create your own wildlife habitat at home. The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque is nonprofit and maintains the wildlife habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center 10120 Lomas NE. People of all ages welcome. Free.

June 4: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Cory Franklin will present The Orphan Trains—Making it Personal, a history of her grandfather’s experience on the Orphan Train which moved orphaned children from the east coast to the west between 1853 and 1929. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent, and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For more information, see or contact Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

June 7: Sixteenth annual Albuquerque Folk Festival. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Held at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Parking and camping are free. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including a $2 service charge). You can also get tickets through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW) or by calling 886-1251.

June 7: Placitas Appreciation Day. Pet parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Events include live music 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Watermelon Mountain Ranch to provide animal vaccinations and pet washing, children’s activities such as the fire department fish tank and a bouncy bouncy, free green chile cheeseburgers at noon, and presentations from community associations. Fire and police represented. Sponsored by Held at Homesteads Village (221 Highway 165), 867-8661.

June 8: Duende Poetry Series. 3 p.m. With featured poets Levi Romero and Sherwin Bitsui. For all Duende Poetry Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, although donations are encouraged for the poets. To reach the winery, take I-25 to Placitas exit 242, drive six miles to the village of Placitas, then turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos, opposite the Presbyterian Church. After two stop signs, turn left into the winery parking lot. Open reading after featured readers as time permits.

June 8: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “Early Immigrant Families.” 2 p.m. Descendants of these families will talk of their family histories and their beginnings in the area. Free. Delavy House, Highway 550 in Bernalillo; turn north on gravel road beside the IHOP, travel to end of road.

June 12: NM Outdoors Coalition to discuss winter recreation activities in the Sandia Mountains. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Held at the Albuquerque Community Foundation (624 Tijeras Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102).

June 15:  A Photographic Tour of Pottery in the Maxwell Museum. Presented by Dr. David Phillips. 2 p.m. Delavy House, Highway 550 in Bernalillo; turn north on gravel road beside the IHOP, travel to end of road.

June 21: Wood chipper day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library (435 Highway 165). Contact Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 or for more information.

June 21: Summer Solstice sunset celebration. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Open Space entrance off of Calle Cienaga. A short walk over rocky ground to the sunset spot. Bring a chair and water.

June 28: Meeting to recruit and train SKYWARN volunteers. 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. This meeting is intended to teach interested people the basics of severe local storms, to include thunderstorms, flash flood, downburst winds, and more. Attendees will also learn how to report hazardous weather to the National Weather Service.

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