Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988
  Community Calendar

To submit a nonprofit listing:
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. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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.

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 Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated w/ church). An opportunity to learn of the Clubs’ varied activities. Membership is 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. A great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Monthly luncheons, speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, singles’ and men’s groups etc. 321-6970,

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. 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 Town Hall by 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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

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 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.

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m.

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 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: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Friday: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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 www, 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: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

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

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

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.

May 28-30: 26th Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show. Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrate and honor the brave few who have died while serving in the United States Military. Native American artisans, representing over twenty different nations, will display their art to the public, which will be available for purchase. Authentic Native foods sold at roadside booths. Local dance groups and performers will entertain. The Jemez Arts and Crafts Association aims to help local Jemez artists, as well as artists from other Indigenous communities.

May 28-30: Fifteenth annual Albuquerque Wine Festival. Noon-6 daily. Held at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Tastings, music, artists, and more. To buy tickets online, go to

May 30: Rio Rancho Memorial Day Parade. Line-up at 9 a.m., kick off at 10 a.m. Travel east down Southern Boulevard, starting at Country Club Drive. The parade will end at the Veterans Monument Park located on Pinetree Road adjacent to the Esther Bone Memorial Library. Registration is required to be in the parade. 891-5015.

June 4: Albuquerque Folk Festival. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Performances, workshops, food, arts, camping, jamming, fun. An incredible family music resource and fun-fest for Albuquerque residents. On Balloon Museum Grounds, Albuquerque. Tickets:

June 4: Mosaic Artists Of New Mexico present their first group exhibition “Water.” Opening: 4-6 p.m. Local artists. Beautiful mosaic work. Public welcome. New Grounds Gallery, 5812 Central Avenue SE, Suite 100B, 87108. Show runs through June. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; other days by appointment.

June 4: Plant Clinic, sponsored by 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Home Depot Garden Center, Highway 550, Rio Rancho. Free.

June 4: The Rio Rancho DAV Chapter monthly meeting, 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1022 Veranda Rd., SE Rio Rancho, 87124.  All members are encouraged to attend and any new Disabled Veterans and visitors  are welcome. Info: Larry Johnson, Adjutant @ (505) 217-8531 or email

June 6: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) meets. 6:30 p.m. Discuss local issues. All welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Hwy. 165, Placitas. Info:

June 7: Gardening with the Masters lecture: “Residential Rain Water Harvesting. 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by the at Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho. Free and open to public.

June 8: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Featuring a presentation on Southwest postcard history and collecting. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 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., Kathy Bruch 404-8621.

June 11: The transforming story of figs. 2 p.m. Fig tree expert Lloyd Kreitzer, also known as the “Figman,” will explain how to grow fig trees locally and successfully in this playful program. Held at 973 Old Church Rd in the historic Village of Corrales., 897-8828.

June 12: Feast Day of San Antonio (St. Anthony) de Padua, the patron saint of the Village of Placitas. Starting with Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by a procession through the Village.

June 12: Corrales Bosque Gallery art opening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “The Bosque Beast.” Special attraction: fifteen 12x12x2 floral paintings priced at $146 each. 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales 87048. 898-7203.

June 13: Sandoval County Historical Society presents New Mexico Traditional Medicine. 2 p.m. Tonita Gonzales and Cecilia Martinez Howard in workshop about healing in New Mexico traditions. Remedies. $5 public; Members free. DeLavy House, Highway 550 and Edmond Road, Bernalillo.

June 15: Urban Horticulture Class: “Eco-friendly Garden Pest Management.” 1-4 p.m. At Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Open to public. Free. Registration and information at

July 16: Lavender Festival in Los Ranchos. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Held at 4920 Rio Grande Boulevard NW. Vendor registration is open and online at

June 16: An Evening of Art & Music featuring Peter Chase & Friends. 6-7 p.m. A concert of Americana Folk music to celebrate the opening of Amy Ditto’s fine art exhibit: Spirit of Route 66. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium Rio Rancho., (505) 891-5013.

June 17-October 28: Bernalillo Farmers Market. 4-7 p.m. Held at the Pavillon at Rotary Park, off Don Tomas in Bernalillo. Rotary Park is an accessible and family friendly place to buy fabulous food and visit with your neighbors. We will be accepting checks from WIC, SNAP, and other supplemental food programs. Info: Bonnie Hill at

June 18: Plant Clinic, sponsored by 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa Ana Garden Center, 960 Highway 550, Bernalillo. Free to public.

June 18 and 19: Straight to the Horse’s Mouth—garage sale and fundraiser. 9 a.m.-4p.m. 19 Camino Ojo de la Casa, Placitas (Highway 165, 1.5 mi. past Village of Placitas on left.) Help provide funds to care for a family of formerly free-roaming wild horses. Graze for great bargains to take home. Deductable donations accepted. 501(c)(3) nonprofit., 867-2399.

June 19: Marc Thompson, PhD, presents “Indians, Armor, and Allies: Who Came to the Pass?” 2 p.m. The story of Don Juan Oñate, offered by Friends of Coronado Historic Site. Adult admission $5; Friends of CHS are free. At Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Edmond Road and Highway 550. Glenn, 340-4680,

June 25: VFW Craft and Boutique Fair presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5890. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Support veterans, service members, and military families. At VFW Post 5890, 76 Unser Bouldevard, Rio Rancho. 999-1972,

June 25: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) presents its annual community meeting. 2-4 p.m. Guest speakers: Valerie Espinoza, District 3 Commissioner and Chairperson, NM Public Regulation Commission (PRC); and Danita Burns, Albuquerque District Manager, BLM. Community issues and concerns: briefing on county ordinances, mining, pipeline safety, hospital taxes and more. Public welcome. Bring your neighbors and questions. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery, Camino de los Pueblitos, in Placitas. ES-CA is a non-partisan, volunteer organization protecting our environment, quality of life, and property values.

Top of Page

Ad Rates  Back Issues  Contact Us  Front Page  Up Front  Animal News   Around Town  Sandoval Arts   Business Classifieds  Calendar   Community Bits  Community Center  Eco-Beat  Featured Artist  Gauntlet Health  Community Links  Night Sky  My Wife and Times  Public Safety  Real  People  Stereogram  Time Off  Youth