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.

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

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 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.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

First Tuesday: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

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

Third Tuesday: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

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.

First Wednesday: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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.

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

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, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1.

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!

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Through February 28: “Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space” astrophotography-contest exhibition. Thirty celestial images taken in New Mexico. LodeStar Astronomy Center, at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town Albuquerque. 9-5 daily. Admission included with LodeStar or museum admission. (505) 841-5955,,

February 27: “So Far From the Eyes of Prying Neighbors... : Rio Grande Spanish Colonial Settlements prior to 1680,” a talk and slides by David H. Snow, archaeologist and ethnohistorian. Brief history of the Spanish Colonial settlements in the central Rio Grande; success of the Pueblo Revolt. 2 p.m. Coronado State Monument, off I-25, Exit 242, west of Bernalillo. $5; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument. Reservations required; call Katherine at 867-6115.

February 27: Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to noon. For appointments to donate blood, call Sharon Masterson, 867-6349, or Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 867-5718.

February 27: Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra presents concert three of their 2004-05 season, “The Romantic Soul,” featuring “Roman Carnival Overture,” by Berlioz, Piano Concerto in A-minor, by Schumann, Adagietto, from Mahler’s Symphony #5, and Les Preludes, by Liszt. Piano soloist Arlette Felberg. South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, 265-1023. Repeat performance on March 5. Legacy Church, 7201 Central Avenue (off Coors and Central).

March 1: Deadline to register for March 12 fire-protection seminar. See March 12 listing.

March 2: DWI Planning Council and Task Force, 2 p.m. Commission Chambers.

March 2: The Placitas Community Library Board of Directors holds its monthly meeting early this month. Open to the public. Placitas Public LIbrary, Tierra Madre #1. 6:30 p.m.

March 5: Reading of Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, in support of the freedom to read, following the banning of this book in Colorado. Placitas Community Library. 12 noon. Bring your copy and join in the reading. 867-3355.

March 3: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 6: “Three Tribes,” a program presented by the Sandoval County Historical Society. “Storytelling,” by Emmett Garcia, Santa Ana Pueblo; “Storyteller Dolls,” by Mary Lucero, Jemez Pueblo; performance by Sandia Pueblo children. Free. Refreshments. 3 p.m. DeLavy House Museum, Bernalillo, just west of Coronado Monument and Texaco gas station, last house on Edmond Lane.

March 7: Sandoval County Master Gardeners lecture “Grape Varieties of the Middle Rio Grande,” by speaker Rex Franklin, a Corrales grape grower and award-winning home winemaker. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pine Tree Road, Rio Rancho. Free. Information: 867-2582.

March 9: Spring Winds nature hike, grades 1-5. 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Learn about wind through different breezy activities. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW. Advance registration required; call 344-7240.

March 9: Family-law workshop. 5 p.m. Volunteer attorney Thomas Mucci explains laws of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation. Q and A. State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque. Free. Sponsored by State Bar of New Mexico Lawyers Care program and New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission. 1-800-876-6227 or (505) 797-6048 for details.

March 11, 12 and 13: Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, at Expo New Mexico, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque. Juried arts and crafts show features the work of 200+ fine artists and crafters from all over the nation. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $5; three-day pass $7; under 12 free. 292-7457,

March 12: Fire-wise seminar. East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association provides information on wildfire protection for homes, property, community, business. Free. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch provided. Register by March 1 at (505) 281-3304 or with Karen P. Takai, Fire Information and Public Affairs, Sandia Ranger District.

March 12: Salt of the Earth Rejubilation, a seasonal gathering to promote holistic-personal and social evolution in harmony with higher spiritual and ecological consciousness. Live local musicians, Tai Chi specialists, massage therapists, Yoga, psychics, audio-video and visual artists, classes from bio-diesel to spell casting, deejays, natural foods, drummers, dancers. Noon to midnight. Tickets ($26.50/$5) at Abitha’s Herbery, BIrdland, Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th Street NW, Albuquerque.

March 16: Placitas Survey Review. Public meeting to present and discuss results of 2004 Placitas survey. 7 to 9 p.m., El Zócalo, Bernalillo.

March 17: Sandoval County Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

March 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 19: "Twins–Recent Work," show by J. L. Johnson, opens at Arte Loca Gallery. Large paintings depicting intertwined twins, an installation, small pieces in various media. Public reception from 4 to 7p.m New gallery location is 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

March 19: "Inside the Everyday," recent paintings by Ali Cavanaugh, opens at Katrina Lasko Gallery. Public reception from 4 to 7 p.m. 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2523.

March 19: Poetry reading by Stefan Hyner (Ten Thousand Journeys), Jim Koller (Snows Gone By New & Uncollected Poems, 1964-2002), Larry Goodell (Here on Earth). No cover. Wine, soda, potluck snacks for sale. 5 p.m. Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas. Information at La Alameda Press, (505) 897-0285.

March 20: Placitas Artists Series concert with Willy Sucre and friends violinist Lisa Chong, cellist David Schepps, oboist Melissa Peña. Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F Major (K. 370), Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7, Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, Op.2. Preconcert artists' reception with Vangie Dunmire, Sylvia Eisenhart, Karl and Mary Hoffmann, Wilda MacLauchlan. Tickets ($15-12) at the door one hour before the performance, in advance at Placitas La Bonne Vie Salon & Day Spa or 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (exit 242). 867-8080.

March 20: Poetry reading by Stefan Hyner (Ten Thousand Journeys), Jim Koller (Snows Gone By New & Uncollected Poems, 1964-2002). Free. Snacks, books for sale. 3 to 5 p.m. El Rito Library. Information at La Alameda Press, (505) 897-0285.

March 20: “Pueblo Ethnobotany: Sustainable Living in a Marginal Environment,” talk and slides by authority Jean Brody on pre-European wild-plant use in the Southwest. 2 p.m. $5; free for Friends of Coronado State Monument. Call Katherine, 867-6115, to reserve a space. Coronado State Monument, off I-25, Exit 242, west of the town of Bernalillo.

March 22: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 22: League of Women Voters West Side Unit Meeting. Rio Rancho Councilor Marilyn Salzman speaks on Rio Rancho growth. 1 p.m. Rio Rancho Public Library, 950 Pinetree Road NE. Call League of Women Voters office, 884-8441, mornings Mondays through Fridays, for more information.

March 22: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association, followed by program "Save Money on Utility Bills" with home audit information. Electricity, heating, cooling discussed, as desired by the attendees. Open to the public and free of charge.6 p.m. REI, 1550 Mercantile, northwest of I-25 and Montaño. 246-0400,

April 6: 10:30--12:00 AND 7:00-8:30: Placitas Community Library's first book discussion. The Da Vinci Code. Several copies available. 10:30 to noon; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 867-3355.

April 9: Community Dialogue, to bring together families and communities, specifically in Placitas. All welcome. 9:00 a.m. to noon. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For information and to participate, contact Donna Robbins, 771-1120 or

April 10: Chamber Music Albuquerque presents the Fry Street Quartet: Jessica Guideri, violin; Rebecca McFaul, violin; Russell Fallstad, viola; and Anne Francis, cello. Haydn's Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4; Britten’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25; and Dvorák's Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105. 3 p.m. Simms Center, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets at CMA office Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Symphony Center, 4407 Menaul Boulevard NE; 505-268-1990;; or at the door. $17-$35, students half price.






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