The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Through February 2004: "Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space" astrophotography contest exhibition. LodeStar Astronomy Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town, Albuquerque. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 505-841-5955,

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne—892-2456.

Mondays beginning February 2: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $12 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

Every second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

February 29: Blood drive at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please bring ID. You will be tested for qualification. 867-1221.

Through April 18: “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.” 120 Pulitzer-winning photos. Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW. Tuesdays through Sundays 9-5. (505) 243-7255 voice/relay,

March 2: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters unsure of their polling locations can call the Sandoval County Bureau of Elections, 867-7577.

March 4: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 2: Walking, Jogging, Biking and Equestrian Path Group meeting. 6 p.m. Piñon Café, Homestsead Village. All Placitas-area residents welcome. D. Brinkerhoff, 771-0130.

March 4: Master Gardener class. Flower Gardening, Judy Nickel. 10-11:30 a.m. at Bernalillo City Hall Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 7-8:30 p.m. at City of Rancho South Conference Room, 3900 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. $5. 867-2582 or fax 867-6918.

March 5, 6, and 7: Sixteenth annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival. Music, entertainment, food sampling, artists at work (jewelry, copper work, pastel, oil, watercolor, weaving, leather tooling), Kids’ Creation Station (make and learn about art, enjoy clowns, magicians, storytellers), door prizes. $5 adults; children under 12 free. Manual Lujan Exhibit Complex at New Mexico State Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 292-7457.

March 7: Free concert by 80-piece Albuquerque Concert Band, conducted by John Sanks. Guest soloist: Keith Lemmons. Irish, Scottish, Welch favorites, and more. 3 p.m. Cibola High School Theatre near Coor Bypass and Ellison NW.

March 9: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 9: Friends of Placitas meet at Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 7:00 p.m.

March 11: Master Gardener class. Lawns and Ground covers, Rudy Benavidez.10-11:30 a.m. at Bernalillo City Hall Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 7-8:30 p.m. at City of Rancho South Conference Room, 3900 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. $5. 867-2582 or fax 867-6918.

March 13: Fifth annual Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Women's History Month Awards Program, presented by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, honoring Pueblo governors Kaskall (Nambe) and Williams (Isleta). 10 a.m. to noon, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW. No admission. Refreshments. 843-7270 (TTY, 1-800-659-8331). Call two weeks ahead for auxiliary aid.

March 13: Stargazing at Coronado State Monument, 6 to 10 p.m. Includes children’s activities. By Lodestar Astronomy Center and the Museum of New Mexico Natural History Museum. 867-5351.

March 18: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

March 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 19 through April 11: Othello, at Adobe Theater. Coproduced by The American Shakespeare Company. Directed by David Nava. 9813 Fourth Street, Corrales. Contact David Nava at 720-8000 or

March 20: Peace rally and march. Roundhouse (Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe), at noon. Sponsor: Peace Action New Mexico. Say no to war, in solidarity with United For Peace and Justice and A.N.S.W.E.R marches in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. (505) 989-4812.

March 20: Well and septic-tank workshop. All about taking care of your well and septic tank. We'll learn about how to maximize the useful life of a well and septic system and prevent premature failure.We hope to offer free water testing for pH, conductivity, nitrate, sulfate, iron, fluoride in water from private wells. Placitas Community Center, 9 a.m. to noon. Las Placitas Association. See for complete workshop schedule. 867-0778.

March 20: Tour of xeric garden in Rio Rancho, Tina Forgrave. Meet at Rio Rancho library. 867-2582 or fax 867-6918.

March 20: Grand-opening reception. Arte Loca Gallery, El Zócalo Complex, 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Mixed-media works by Cristina Clarimon. 2 to 5:00 p.m.

March 20: The Kids Clothes Closet in Storehouse West is having a bag sale. 9 a.m.–2 p.m., all of the excess children’s clothing you can fit into a bag for $3. Bags will be provided. Proceeds will be used to purchase new shoes for the Storehouse West families’ children. 1030-E Veranda in Rio Rancho.

March 20 and 21: Ballet Theatre of New Mexico presents Beauty and The Beast. Choreographed by Alex Ossadnik; starring Devon Adams and Vener Mustafin. 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW. $12-18; $2 discount for children, seniors. KiMo Box Office, 768-3544;; 883-7800 (Ticketmaster); all Ticketmaster outlets. TTY users, call 1-800-659-8331.

March 22: Community Health Alliance, 3 p.m. County Manager's Office, 3rd floor, Sandoval County Courthouse.

March 23: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 28: Placitas Artists Series presents “Willy Sucre and Friends play Piano Quartets by Copland, Steinbach, and Brahms.” David Schepps (cello), Falko Steinbach (piano), Willy Sucre (viola), Bernard Zinck (violin). 3 p.m. Preconcert artists’ reception, 1:30 p.m. for Ilena Grayson, Rebecca Olesen, Elaine Slusher, and Lorna Smith. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. See Sandoval Arts section in this Signpost.

March 28: “Slave Trade in New Mexico and Colorado,” a talk by state historian Estevan Rael-Galvez. Exhibition of spirit drums by Joan Hellquist. Sandoval County Historical Society on DeLavy Road, next to the Coronado Monument, Bernalillo. Free. Public welcome. 867-2755.

April 25: Book sale and signing with Mark Simmons and illustrator Ron Kil. New series of juvenile books. Sandoval County Historical Society on DeLavy Road, next to the Coronado Monument, Bernalillo. Free. Public welcome. 867-2755.

April 30 through May 2: New Mexico Horse Fair. Kids’ Corral, trade show, barrel racing, AQHA Versatility Rand Horse clinic and competition, vaulting clinic, breed demonstrations, educational seminars, nationally known equine clinicians and trainers. $5 per day; ten and under free; Friday night free. Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds. Albuquerque. New Mexico Horse Council (505) 345-8959 or; Nancy Gage, president, (505) 565-3222.






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