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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:
Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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.

Tuesdays: Advice for Anxious Times: Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31; April 7 and 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. How can we cope with difficulty and uncertainty? Where do we go for relief? Buddha’s teachings give us practical advice, helping us transform our problems into opportunities for growth and spiritual development. Based on the book Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class, no pre-registration required. $8/per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center NM, (505) 292-5293; www.meditationinnewmexico.org.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Whole Foods, 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 the Chapter website at www.nm-alzheimers.org.

Tuesdays: Medicine for the Mind: The Healing Power of Meditation, January 20 and 27; February 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. Meditation protects us from problems and pain, and enables us to remain positive and peaceful regardless of life’s circumstances. It is universal medicine that heals our heart and brings stability to our lives. This class is perfect for beginners and experienced meditators. Please join us for any class, no preregistration required. $8 per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. For more information, call (505) 292-5293 or visit www.meditationinnewmexico.org.

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; www.snap-newmexico.org.

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

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. www.sandovaldemocrats.org.

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;
resolvecentralnm@yahoo.com.

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, www.nami.org.

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.

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

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, www.momsclub.org.

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, www.nami.org.

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit www.holisticmoms.org or email Heather Kerr at hck1@roadrunner.com.

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,  dbsa4albq@yahoo.com.

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 and Third Thursdays: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10:30 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Tuesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.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 www.ehha.us.

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, www.lwvabc.org.

Third Tuesday: The Kids’ Book Club 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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.

Third Thursday of each month. the Village Academy Charter School Board meets unless there is a school holiday, and then we meet the second Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is OLOS in the Motivation Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 867-9094.

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 at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church group meetings. Sundays are women's only meetings.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Pantry is open 10 a.m.- noon in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome!

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 www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/friendsofthelibrary.

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info: www.otapnm.org.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

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 6: “Planet of the Apes” will be the free movie shown at the Esther Bone Memorial Library’s After Hours at the Movies series at 7:00 p.m. Doors open for admission at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks are allowed. The remainder of the library is closed during the movie, although restrooms will be available. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5012, extension 3128.

March 7: At 10:00 a.m., the Esther Bone Memorial Library will hold a reception for featured artist Pat Berrett. Mr. Berrett will be available to discuss his techniques and his work with attendees. Refreshments will be served. The Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5012, ext. 3128.

March 7: At 3 p.m., the Loma Colorado Main Library of Rio Rancho will host an opening reception for Still Light, a photo critique group that has been working together since 2004. The exhibit will be shown in the library’s auditorium from March 2 through March 28. Refreshments will be served.

March 8: The Placitas Community Library (PCL) and Sandoval County are excited to announce the groundbreaking for our new library facility. Please join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade Main Station for a reception. We will then walk together to the building site just down the hill for the actual groundbreaking. Please bring a shovel to join in the festivities and make sure to wear your sturdy walking shoes!

March 12: Bosque Bassoon Band Concert at Loma Colorado Main Library in the Auditorium. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required; tickets are available at the Adult Services Desk. Call 891-5013, ext. 3030. Join us for a fun and memorable evening of music when the Bosque Bassoon Band performs. They will perform a variety of works of different genres and periods. In addition to some traditional Irish folk tunes for St. Patrick's Day, selections will include Gabrieli's Ricercar, Morley's Merry Month of Maying, Gershwin's Summertime, and Mancini's Pink Panther.

March 12: John Sandlin, lead guitarist and vocalist with the band Le Chat Lunatique, will perform a free solo concert at the Esther Bone Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets are required to attend this performance and are available at the Esther Bone Memorial Library. The Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5012, ext. 3128.

March 13: Discerning Fact from Fiction: A Brief View of Science. 3-4 p.m. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium. Admission is free. No tickets or registration required. Can you trust what you hear or read, even from authorities? We’d like to think so. Internation

al speaker Mary Ann Gorski, who enjoys an amateur’s love of science, will share a few thoughts on the subject, including a discussion of John Grant’s book, Corrupted Science.

March 14: Poet, playwright, author, and educator James Raciti, a Rio Rancho resident, will recite his poetry from a variety of anthologies he has authored, including Charles, Dabs of Myself, and Birdchart Boy, at 10:00 a.m. at the Esther Bone Memorial Library. For information, call 891-5012, ext. 3128.

March 15: Ancient Textile Arts of the Southwest. A lecture and demonstration at 2 p.m. by Dr. Blinman at Sandoval County History Society’s DeLavy House located on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. To reach DeLavy House, take Highway 550, slightly west of Coronado State Monument, turn north on the west edge of the Phillips 66 station onto a dirt road (Edmond Road). Follow the road to its end. Signs will be posted. Dr. Blinman offers a visual survey of textile arts of the Puebloan past, with an emphasis on yucca fiber textiles. Yucca was used for everything from climbing ropes to the most beautiful of woven sandals and aprons, and it remained the most important and ubiquitous fiber even after the introduction of cotton. He will provide a demonstration of yucca fiber extraction and thigh spinning after the slide presentation, along with a demonstration of turkey feather blanket production techniques. Admission is $5 per person, free for members of Friends of the Coronado State Monument. For more information, contact Gary Williams, Program Chairman, Friends of Coronado State Monument at (505) 792-4851 or gwilliams105@comcast.net.

March 15: "Duende Poetry Series Invitational: Mary McGinnis, Anne MacNaughton, and Peter Rabbit" 3 p.m.at Anasazi Fields Winery of Placitas. For directions and more information, visit anasazifieldswinery.com. Join us for poetry, fellowship, wine, and light refreshments.

March 21: The eleventh annual Spring Equinox Celebration at 6:00 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPCC). This event will feature song, dance, and fellowship to celebrate the equinox. For more information, please contact John Green at 867-0240, email jogreenalb@aol.com, or visit the LPPC website at lasplacitaschurch.org.

     

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