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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:
453 Hwy 165, Placitas, NM 87043
Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 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: Happiness that lasts. Learn easy ways to develop a special experience of mental peace; as this grows our problems naturally decrease and our feeling of happiness lasts longer and longer. This series is based on the book Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This advice is especially helpful for busy people because it is practical and easy to use in your daily life. Please join us for any class, no pre-registration required. $8/per class. Mondays, January 24 – March 21 (Excluding February 14) from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Main Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center NM, 505-292-5293,

Mondays (first Monday of the month):
Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by a special program including speakers, demonstrations, or other events of interest to artists and art lovers. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience and media. All are encouraged to join. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists, network, make friends, and develop your skills.

Mondays: Come Sing with Sweet Adelines Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the area who enjoy acappella singing and performing to “check us out.” Women of all ages are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 p.m. at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE., Albuquerque. For more information please visit or call 505-323-7960. 

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

Mondays: Placitas/Bernalillo Al-Anon Family Support Group Meeting. 7:30 to 8:30 pm behind the United Methodist Church in Bernalillo, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. For more information, call 262-2177.

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.

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.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:00 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call (505) 867-9094.

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.

Tuesdays: Evening tai chi class meets at Albuquerque’s Harwood Art Center from 7-8 p.m. Tai chi’s slow, powerful movements increase core strength, posture, and balance. Classes are $30 per month. For more information, visit (click the “classes” tab) or call 792-4519.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m., Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, Albuquerque. This is an opportunity to learn of the club’s many varied activities. Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less or residents who are having major changes in their lives. It’s a great way to make new friends and increase your social life, while signing up for monthly luncheons, dining experiences, fun days, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. (505) 321-6970,

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 (except during June, July, and August): Bilingual story time for ages six to ten. 3:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library

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.

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda should contact Larry Blair at (505) 821-1386 or (505) 249-1035 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

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 Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Kid's Book Club for ages six to ten. 3:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library

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,

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: Mid-day Rio Rancho Toastmasters. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Our meeting room has been graciously provided by the Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard NE. Call (505) 792-9667 and ask for Debbi Ruel.

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: 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,

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, email Heather Kerr at

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. For information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally.  At the February 9 meeting DWSC will host a Forum for Candidates seeking to Chair the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Sandoval County Democrats. On March 9 DWSC will focus on Health Care Initiatives and on April 12 Environmental Issues: Clean Air and Water.  For information about the group, please contact Janice Saxton, President at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Library. Meetings are open to public. For information, call 867-3355.

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.

Thursdays (first and third Thursday of the month): The Coronado Optimist Club meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. at Coronado Grill (upstairs). Please join us in expanding the horizons of community youth, encouraging civic responsibility, and participating in community service. We welcome your ideas and enthusiasm! New members are welcome.

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. 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,

Second and fourth Thursdays (except during June, July, and August): Preschool story time for ages two to five. 10:00 a.m., Placitas Community Library

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.

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

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 Bank is open 9 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 as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as 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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho monthly book sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr., Rio Rancho. Huge discounts and great bargains!

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

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:

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-April: New Mexico Silk Painters Guild Show. First Unitarian Church. The church welcomes the guild back again to grace sanctuary walls. The show continues until April 8. New Mexico Silk Painters Guild organized in 1995 as a group of artists primarily focusing on painting silk, as well as surface designers using other techniques on natural and manmade fibers. In addition to their show at First Unitarian, they also will participate in the Fiber Arts Fiesta in May, a silk art and fashion sale at Village Wools in June, and a summer exhibition at the Open Space Visitors Center—all in Albuquerque. Contact member Suzanne Visor at (505) 265-7288 or

March 1: Gardening with the Masters—“Vegetable Gardening.” 7-8:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. Free to the public. Learn how to have a fabulous vegetable garden. Taught by Southwest vegetable gardens expert and Sandoval County Master Gardener Loren Meinz. Information: (505) 867-2582.

March 1: Gardening with the Masters—“Early Seed Starting.” 7-8:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. Free to public. Taught by Judy Jacobs and Sam Thompson, veteran master gardeners.

March 2: County Health Alliance Council, 10:00 a.m., County Health Commons, Bernalillo, NM

March 3: Sandoval County Commission, 6:00 p.m., Commission Chambers

March 4: Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. 7:30 p.m., Sue Cleveland High School Concert Hall, 4800 Laban Rd. NE, Rio Rancho. Free concert conducted by David Felberg. Program includes Wagner’s Prelude to Parsifal, Bartok’s Viola Concerto, featuring Kim Fredenburgh on viola, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Student artwork from RRPS Colinas del Norte Elementary and Sue Cleveland High School will be on display, representing “Pictures at an Exhibition” based on the music the students heard. (505) 271-4592,

March 6: Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. 2 p.m., National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque. Free concert conducted by David Felberg. Program includes Wagner’s Prelude to Parsifal, Bartok’s Viola Concerto, featuring Kim Fredenburgh on viola, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Student artwork from RRPS Colinas del Norte Elementary and Sue Cleveland High School will be on display, representing “Pictures at an Exhibition” based on the music the students heard. Free tickets at box office. (505) 271-4592,

March 8: I-25/US 550 Interchange Project meeting. 6 to 8 p.m. Our Lady of Sarrows Church. 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM.

March 9: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce 3:00 p.m.

March 14: The Placitas Federated Republican Women’s (PFRW) next meeting is scheduled at the Placitas Fire Station located at 463 Hwy 165 (Mile Marker 4.6) next to the Placitas Community Library. Charles Christmann, Chairman of the Republican Party of Sandoval County, will speak on redistricting. The PFRW meets every other month , 4-6 p.m. at the Old Placitas Fire House. The public is invited to attend meetings or join by contacting Vickie Kneemeyer, President of PFRW @ 771-0173. Our website is

March 16: Rainbow Slide Show, Part I. 7:30 p.m., Golden Flower Chinese Herb Center, 2724 Vassar Place NE, Albuquerque. Recently unearthed from within the Tibetan Mountains, a master Dow crystal revealed a beautiful rainbow face. Join us for a breathtakingly beautiful rainbow slide show. Come face to face with our crystalline ancestors for an energetic activation to help us remember who we are and to connect us to our ancestral wisdom. Other dates/times and locations: 7:00 p.m., March 17 at the Placitas Senior Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas; and 7:00 p.m., March 18 at Sunrise Springs, 242 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe. Part II of the slide show (the rest of the story) will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on March 19 at Sunrise Springs, 242 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe. Followed by “The Crystalline Convergence of Remembrance.” A weekend of sound, light, and healing vibration awaits those who join the gathering. No fee required. RSVP at to reserve your spot and get a confirmation number. For questions about the event, call Jan (505) 771-2868, Cynthia (505) 867-8087, or Alana (505) 292-9899.

March 17: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 12:00 p.m., Commission Chambers

March 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6:00 p.m., Commission Chambers

March 20: “The Murals of Kuaua in their Historical Context.” 2 p.m., DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society, just north of new IHOP off 550). Dr. Helen Crotty, Southwest kiva mural scholar, will discuss the Painted Kiva murals of Kuaua in the context of those from Awat’tovi, Pottery Mound, and Gran Quivira. See 14 of the original murals at Coronado State Monument. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado State Monument. Friends members free; $5 for nonmembers.

March 21:  Commission on Senior Affairs, 10:00 a.m., Corrales

March 24:  County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6:00 p.m. Commission Chambers





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