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March 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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.

First Tuesdays: 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;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: 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, national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 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.

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.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: 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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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 through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

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.

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.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

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

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.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

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.

March 1: “Il Postino” (The Postman) from Italy, and a short six-minute film “Counting Water.” The International Film Series meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room theater at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Avenue, Los Alamos. Large screen, digital projection, Surround Sound films from Italy, Australia, China, Iran, India. Sample the flavor of life from around the world. Free and fun! Info: Carol Meine at (505) 662-8247,

March 1: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 2: Reception for “Overtures.” A group show (with Katrina Lasko), 5 - 8 p.m. Show runs March 2-31. Matrix Fine Art, 3812 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque. 268-8952.

March 3-April 12: “Bright Spectrum 2007” painting exhibition, by the Artists of the Purple Sage. A reception will be held on March 11 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

March 4: The Albuquerque Concert Band, an eighty-piece symphonic band, performs both classical and popular music. Clarinetist Donna Nossett will be the featured soloist for this concert. 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or see Cibola High School Performing Arts Center.

March 5: Placitas Community Library Book Group discusses The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. 4 p.m. Call 867-3355 for location.

March 6: Casa San Ysidro, a branch of the Albuquerque Museum in Corrales, is sponsoring a docent class. Anyone interested in learning about New Mexico history and then sharing it via school and public tours of the Casa is welcome. Call the Casa at 898-3915 for more information.

March 6: Friends of Sandia Mountains and the Sandia Ranger Station sponsor “The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains,” a lecture by author and historian Bill Baxter. Topics: How the Santa Fe Trail changed New Mexico and caused the West’s first gold rush. Hear about the forgotten towns of Dolores and San Pedro and the boom towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos. 7 p.m. at the Sandia Ranger Station, north conference room, Tijeras. (Take I-40 seven miles east of Albuquerque to Tijeras (Exit 175), then half a mile south on Highway 337 (Old South 14). Enter from the outside door on the north side of the building. 281-3304.

March 7: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

March 8: League of Women Voter's March Luncheon meeting. Speaker: Atty. Martin R. Esquivel. 11:45 a.m. He will speak on promoting the public's right to information and the importance of open government. A lively informal question-and-answer period to follow. In 2007, he was one of five New Mexicans honored by the New Mexican Foundation for Open Government. Last month, he was elected to the APS School Board, representing District 4. Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale SE, Albuquerque (near the airport). Reservations required: Telephone the League Office before March 5, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Cost: $15.00. (505) 818-7974 or

March 9-11: 200 fine artists and craftspeople featured at the 19th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. Manual Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds, Albuquerque. Recently ranked 58th among the “200 Best Shows” in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Festivities include continuous live entertainment, ongoing artist demonstrations, the Kid’s Creation Station, food sampling, door prizes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $6 for adults. The 3-day Festival Pass is $8. Children under twelve are free. Expo NM charges $3 for parking. 292-7457 or visit

March 9-28: “Wrapped, Tied, Glued.” Sculpture and mixed-media art show by Katrina Lasko. A reception will be held March 23 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at the Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th NW, Albuquerque.

March 10: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. 896-3347,

March 10: “Animals of the Early Pueblos,” presented by Friends of Tijeras Pueblo and Wildlife West Nature Park. Come see how animals played a major role in the daily life of the early pueblos and see many of them live at Wildlife West Nature Park. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restricted to children 10 years and older. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend. Activities will be suited to both children and adults and will include a take-home craft project. Bring a sack lunch. Water will be provided. Cost: $10, includes admission to the park. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 281-3304.

March 10: AAUW West Mesa’s March luncheon. Award-winning documentary film-maker and Corrales resident Mary Lance will show clips of three of her award-winning documentaries and talk about the filming of the projects, as well as a bit of history of her early experiences as a woman breaking into the documentary film industry. 11:30 a.m. Your Place or Mine, 3301 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho. Reservations due by March 6 to Marj, 897-1150 or Laura, 328-1767. Buffet lunch is $12. AAUW welcomes women and men who hold an associate or higher degree and who are interested in promoting education, advancing the status of women, and continuing their own intellectual growth.

March 11: Placitas Artists Series presents “Willy Sucre and Friends play trios.” 3 p.m. [See article, in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.] Artists’ reception 1:30 p.m. for Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Lynda Burch, Vangie Dunmire, and Sylvia Eisenhart. $18/$15. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 867-8080.

March 13: The New Mexico Democratic Club hosts joint discussion with Sandoval County Commissioners Donnie Leonard and Jack Thomas. Topic: "The State of The County." Best Western Inn, Highway 528, Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, call Crystal Hyer, 771-9441.

March 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Cuba Senior Center.

March 15: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 17: Rio Grande Art Association. Oil, acrylic, and mixed-media. Free monthly meeting. Guests welcome. Sharon Stillwater presents “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Painting” for her demonstration in oil, probably a figure, and will be telling about her Copper Canyon, Mexico inspirations for a one-person show. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Cumberland Presbyterian (SE corner of Academy and Moon in NE Albuquerque). Mary, 400-7732 or Rod, 344-3156.

March 18: The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children will be hosting a fundraising event. Noon until 3:00 p.m. Italian buffet, silent auction. Tickets: $20, from Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce or by calling 203-7179 or 220-2968. At Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill, at Central Avenue and Carlisle in Albuquerque.

March 18: Corrales Growers' Market holds another Winter Market with enclosed tents for comfort. Expect goats’ milk and cheese, baked goods, raspberry jams and vinagrettes, culinary herbs, lavender sachets and other lavender products, homemade natural soaps, chile ristras and dried flower arrangements. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Corrales Post Office, 500 Jones Road, Corrales. 898-7927.

March 20: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet at 7 p.m. Come for social time from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner is optional (several $5.99 specials are being offered). Guest speaker: State Representative Rick Miera, Chair of the House Education Committee. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring friends. Capo’s Bottega Ristorante Italiano at 1016 US Highway 550 in Bernalillo (west side of river, north side of highway). Janice Saxton: 867-1139, email

March 23: Adobe Theater presents Murder Among Friends, an old-fashioned murder mystery, by Bob Barry. Tickets: $12/$10. Reservations and information: 898-9222. Adobe Theater is at 9813 Fourth Street NW, two blocks north of Alameda. Show runs through April 15.

March 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.





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