The Sandoval Signpost

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March 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Info: Jessica, 867-0498.

• Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

• First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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

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

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

Third Tuesday: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Second Tuesday: The Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–—Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; POW—People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Interested folks are invited to attend. 867-3355.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Thursday: Placitas Talks, on a variety of subjects. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. Call for meeting times: 867-3355,

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home are available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers, near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting, for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m. Rio West Community Church Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho. 867-9408.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Sundays: Join Don at the Placitas Library for coffee, conversation, and the Times. Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1.

February 28: Public meeting to discuss state engineer’s new proposed rules for domestic wells. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TVI, Smith/Brasher Hall, 717 University SE, Albuquerque. A copy of the proposed rules and regulations can be obtained from the Office of the State Engineer Web site,, or by contacting Paul Wells, Water Rights Division, at (505) 827-6120.

March 1: DWI Planning Council and Law Enforcement Taskforce. 2 p.m. Sheriff's Office Training Room, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bernalillo.

March 1: Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce hosts a Q&A forum for Bernalillo council candidates Serafín Dominguez, Edward W. Torres III, Vern H. Kilfoy, Santiago P. Montoya, Steven James Baca, Robert L. Bryant. 7 p.m. Bernalillo Community Center gym, in Rotary Park. 867-1185.

March 2: Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

March 2: New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition offers free class, “Effective Work Search Skills.” 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque. Lorraine Bantista, 505-222-6600.

March 5: Placitas Artists Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends in a program of string quartets. Joining Sucre will be violinists Krzysztof Zimowski and Kerri Lay and cellist Joanna de Keyser. Exhibiting visual artists Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Sylvia Eisenhart, Renee Brainard Gentz, Anna Goodridge. Concert at 3 p.m., preconcert reception at 1:30 p.m. (See article in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.),, 867-8080.

March 6: Sandoval County Historical Society program with slide show and talk on “Old Town-New Town Pioneers,” by Dick Ruddy, photo archivist of the Museum of Albuquerque. Bultos by John Ray and Rosa DeAragon. Refreshments. Free. 2 p.m. Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550, just west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and Santa Ana Star Casino.

March 8: Count Basie Orchestra benefit performance for Rio Rancho High School Band program. Tickets $20, $25. 7 p.m. Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center, 301 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho. 268-0044, (See article in this Signpost.)

March 8: Governance-council information session on Village Academy Charter School for families interested in enrolling students. 7:30 to 9 p.m. San Antonio Church, Placitas.

March 9: Placitas Talks, “A Dialog with Charlie Christmann on Amateur Radio in the 21st Century.” 7:00 p.m. Placitas Community Library. Tierra Madre #1, Placitas. 867-3355.

March 11: The West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women regular monthly luncheon meeting, with panel discussion on the military recruitment aspect of the No Child Left Behind legislation. Featuring a veteran teacher, a representative from the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, a retired USMC corpsman, and a student. Lunch will be ordered individually from the restaurant’s menu. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, March 7. 11:30 a.m. Copeland’s Restaurant, 10051 Coors Blvd, NW. Marj: 897-1150.

March 11: Food drive to benefit Storehouse West. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Democratic Women of Sandoval County. Raley’s, at Enchanted Hills. Janice Saxton, 867-1139 or

March 11: America’s Drawing Cowboy, Darryl Willison, celebrates birthday and shows new art. Live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. The Range Café, Bernalillo. Art Gallery 66, 867-8666; or Range Café, 867-1700.

March 11: Monthly meeting of The New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. Learn more about the Germans from Russia. 1:00 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive. 896-3347,

March 15: West Side League of Women Voters presents Judge George P. Eichwald, speaking from his courtroom on “Openness in Government.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. County Judicial Complex, NM 528 and Idalia Road.

March 16: Commission on Senior Affairs. 10 a.m. Placitas Senior Center.

March 16: Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

March 16: BPS meeting for homeschooling parents interested in a family-school program. 4 p.m. Bernalillo Public Schools office, 224 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Anna Torres, 867-2317. (See article in this Signpost.)

March 16: “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Social Security But You Could Not Get A Real Person To Answer On Their 800 Number.” Complimentary seminar, hosted by Phil Messuri, MS, CFP, and Terry Pisel, CPA. Guest speaker: Eva Lujan, Social Security Administration. (See ad on page 14, this Signpost.) Hyatt Tamaya, 9:30-11 a.m. Limited seating, call 856-0350 for reservation.

March 17 through April 9: Adobe Theater presents New Mexico premiere of What About Luv?, based on the comedy smash LUV. Tickets $14 general admission, $12 seniors and students. Group rates available. 9813 Fourth Street NW, 898-9222.

March 17: Plein Air New Mexico Gallery opening reception. Cooperative gallery of 30 local plein-air artists. 5 to 7 p.m. 733 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

March 18: Las Placitas Association program Heal Your Land, with Joran Viers, Bernalillo County Extension Service horticulturalist. Learn to help heal the land with sensible plants. 9 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Center. 867-6330.

March 19: Duende Poetry Reading honors Ángel González. Readings by Gary Brower, Enrique Lamadrid. English translation of González by E. A. "Tony" Mares. 3 p.m. Anasazi Fields Winery, Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas. 867-3062,

March 21: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meeting. Guest speaker: David Thomson, litigation director for Attorney General Patricia Madrid. Light refreshments served. 6:30 p.m. UU Westside Congregation social hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca), Rio Rancho. Information: Janice Saxton, 867-1139 or

March 22: Governance-council information session on Village Academy Charter School for families interested in enrolling students. 7:30 to 9 p.m. San Antonio Church. Placitas.

March 24: County Health Alliance Executive Committee. 8:30 a.m. Sandoval County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Rd., Bernalillo.

March 27: The First Tee of Central New Mexico offers golfing and life skills for children. Spring session begins March 27. Santa Ana and Twin Warriors golf clubs. Early registration recommended. for registration form, information.

March 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

April 2: Albuquerque Road Runners 10K run and 2-mile walk in memory of Charlie Young. Cross-country loop course on U.S. Forest Service land. Benefit for Placitas Community Library. Registration forms available at the library. Preregistration deadline is March 26: $18 with shirt, $12 without, or $20 and $15 on race day. 8:00 a.m. Homestead Village, Highway 165. Placitas. 286-8595,





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