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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. 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 (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Fire House Station 41, located at 463, Rt. 165 in 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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: 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. Info:

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.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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, go to or, or call 301-2009.

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: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

Third Thursday: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

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 Library Board of Directors. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Library Collin Meeting Room, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. Call 771-0253 for date and time information.

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 30: Rediscover Coronado Historic Site—celebrating 75 years: May 29, 1940 to May 30, 2015. Special reception: 1-5 p.m. Free, family-friendly celebration looks to the future and honors the site’s storied past. Reenactments, guided tours, music, refreshments, poetry reading by Carlos Contreras, a display of classic Model “A” Fords, special cake prepared by the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa’s award-winning pastry chef. View the re-opened Kuaua Mural Gallery as well as two new exhibitions, the Good Earth and The Development of Native American Easel Art in New Mexico: The Dorothy Dunn Collection on loan from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Located at 485 Kuaua Road, in Bernalillo. Call 867-5351 for more information.

June 2: Gardening with the Masters lecture “Container Gardening,” by Kristen Ikenberg. 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Free to the public. No registration required. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, in Rio Rancho. For more information, call 867.2582.

June 3: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Artistic and crafty members of Jardineros will showcase their talents and sell their creations. 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. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For more information, go or call Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

June 6: Placitas Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Day. Community fun, children’s activities, information booths, festivities. 11-5 p.m. in Homestead Village parking lot. Benefit for Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade includes bidding on a silent auction at Arte De Placitas up until 3 p.m. Local artists donate work for silent auction. Bidding starts at the gallery on June 1.

June 6: Albuquerque Folk Festival. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Held at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, located at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE. Free parking and free camping with jamming on Friday night, June 5, through Sunday, June 7. Detailed information is available from the website (, or by calling 301-2822.

June 7: Corrales Art In The Park. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Held in the shady La Entrada Park in the heart of Corrales. Art and fine crafts will be available, including paintings, photography, fiber art, fused and stained glass work, jewelry, ceramics, wood carving, printmaking, sculpture, silk painting, and woodwork. Live music: Red Light Ramblers rove from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and amplified bands perform in the bandshell later in the afternoon. Admission and parking is free. Food, drink, entertainment, and art activities for children. 369-1012,

June 12: “Painting Life When Life Is Art.” Opening reception for artist Elizabeth Bogard. 5-7 p.m. Abstract, figurative, and landscape work. All welcome. Collin Room, Placitas Community Library, Highway 165, Placitas.

June 14: Second 2015 Duende Poetry Series reading. 3 p.m. The readers for this event include two Albuquerque poets: Gayle Lauradunn and Stewart Warren, who will be accompanied by guitarist Paul Trujillo. For all Duende Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available. The event is free, although donations are encouraged to pay the poets. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at 867-3062 or email to To reach the winery, take I-25 to Placitas exit 242, drive six miles to the old 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.

June 14: Benefit fundraiser for Haitian Equality Through Education, Inc. 4:30-7:30 p.m. This is an organization working to foster improved educational resources in Haiti, founded by Jacob Decimus and Juli Ditto Decimus of Placitas. Music by Le Chat Lunatique, performance by Sparrow Dance Productions, H.E.T.E. presentation, silent auction, light hors douvres, and drinks. Held at Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery, Plaza Don Luis, 303 Romero St NW, in Albuquerque. For more information, call 244-9195, or email to

June 19: Opening reception for “20 x 20,” at Corrales Bosque Gallery. 5-8 p.m. To celebrate twenty years and twenty former members of the gallery. Show runs from June 19 to August 18. Held at 4685 Corrales Road, in Corrales. For more information, go to, or call 898-7203.

June 21: “Prehistoric Weaponry of the Southwest,” presented by Anthropologist/Archaeologist Ron Fields. 2 p.m. How were tools made, how were they used and more. $5/Free for Friends of CHS. Sandoval County Historical Society Museum, Edmond Road & Hwy. 550. 771-9493,

June 27: “An Afternoon With Hildegard of Bingen,” by Jane Ellen. 2-3.30 p.m. Free to the public. No registration required. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

June 27: Concert and tour at Jemez Historical Site. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring Marlon Magdalena (traditional flute) at 11:00 a.m., a noon tour, and then Red Thunder Bear and the Thunder Rebels (contemporary flute/drums) at 1:00 p.m. The site is rustic so audience members are encouraged to bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, and water. Picnics are encouraged and food will also be available for purchase. For more information the public may call 575-829-3530.

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