The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988


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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, Thursdays, 10-1, Saturdays 10-4

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

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 Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

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: “Hand to Mouth.” Food-related art and more. Corrales Bosque Gallery’s yearly benefit show. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Forty percent of all proceeds made opening day will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Free gourmet food donated by local chefs. The show runs through June 3 as a regular exhibition. For information, call or visit the Corrales Bosque Gallery, Mercado de Maya, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. 898-7203. You may also visit their website at:
(no hyphen).

March 2: Corrales Winter Growers’ Market. Greenhouse greens, dried herbs, fresh eggs, raw local honey, natural soaps, baked goods, powdered and whole red chile, goat cheese and yogurt, with music by singer/songwriter Jimmy Abraham. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Free. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

March 4: Bernalillo Municipal election 7 a.m.–7 p.m. For information, call 867-3311.

March 4: Docent Training at Casa San Ysidro, 1¬–3 p.m., 973 Old Church Road, Corrales. Every Tuesday through May 27, 2008. For more information, call (505) 898-3915.

March 4: Monthly meeting of Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. For information, call 867-1396.

March 4: The annual partner meeting for Rebuild New Mexico will be connecting with U.S. NM Senator Jeff Bingaman’s Energy Committee, Washington, DC staff via teleconferencing at 8 a.m. The DC Energy staffers will respond to pre-questions ranging from the Federal Energy Policy, perceptions of importance regarding the scope of alternative energy policy, and other questions regarding the federal tax credit. Additional questions regarding energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings may be asked during the phone session. Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria Road NW in Albuquerque. Come early for coffee at 7:45 a.m. Free and open to the public. For information, call (505) 768-5346 or email

March 5: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet in the Town Council Chambers. Invited speaker: District Attorney Lemuel Martinez. Light refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend. Town of Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

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

March 8: Grand Opening—Rio Rancho Art Association presents the rotating artists series gallery. Noon to 6 p.m., Meet the artists of Rio Rancho. 373 North Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-8666 or

March 8: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women monthly luncheon meeting. 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be by individual order from the menu. For information and reservations, call 897-1150. Copeland’s Restaurant, 10051 Coors Blvd., NW.

March 9: Placitas Artists Series presents “Willy and Friends Play Piano Trios.” 3 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Preceding the concert at 1:30 p.m. there will be an open house for exhibiting artists Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen, Vangie Dunmire, Anna Goodridge, and Ted Hogsett. Tickets: $18/$15. For information, call 867-8080 or visit You may buy tickets at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa, 867-3333. [See article, this Signpost.]

March 9: Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a presentation by Scott Smith, Coronado State Monument Manager on the topic of “The Birds of Coronado State Monument.” 2 p.m. Mr. Smith will provide a bird list for reference in identifying the variety of bird species commonly seen at the Monument complex. The program will be held at the Sandoval County Historical Society’s DeLavy House, located on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. Open to the public. Admission is $5 per person; free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

March 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 10, 17: Kadampa Meditation Center presents ongoing Thursdays “Learning to Love” at the Placitas Community Center from 7–8:30 p.m. Why are we afraid to love and be loved? Because we don’t really understand what love is and is not. It is possible to love and not hurt. We can learn how loving others is the best way to love ourselves. Drop into any class, no pre-registration required. $8 per class. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. For information, call (505) 292-5293 or visit

March 16: The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas, which presents quarterly readings at the Anasazi Fields Winery, presents Acoma poet Simon Ortiz, one of the nation’s most acclaimed poets and most honored Native American writers, and his two daughters, Sara Marie Ortiz and Rainy Dawn Ortiz at 3:00 p.m. This will be the first time the “Ortiz trio” has ever read together. [See article, this Signpost.] Wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to audiences. Free, but donations encouraged to help the poets. For information, contact Jim Fish at 867-3062 or, or Cirrelda Snider-Bryan at 897-0285 or The winery’s website is:

March 17: Spring Equinox Concert and Celebration. 7 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The band Fonn Sona will perform Irish and Scottish instrumentals and songs with flute and fiddle. They play regularly at such venues as O’Neill’s Pub. Free, open to the public; donations are optional. For information, call 867-0240 or email:

March 20: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 20: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

March 27: Budget Hearing, 9 a.m., Commission Chambers.

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

March 28: Budget Hearing, 9 a.m., Commission Chamber.

March 29 and 30: Coronado Kennel Club Fundraiser—flea market/rummage sale. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Dog Club for Sandoval County. 724 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (parking lot of building just south of Allsup’s). For information, call Terry Smith at 771-8459.





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