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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 505-404-8492.

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 or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. The cost is $15 per person or $5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 514-9482.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Thursdays: Award-Winning Beading Class of the Placitas Community Center. 1-4 p.m. The Beading Group at the Placitas Community Center includes beginners, advanced, and senior beaders. They enjoy working on their own personal creations as well as instructed techniques and styles. All beaders bring in their personal beads and supplies and work at their own pace. Ideas are shared amongst each other and all have a great time. Both men and women are involved in this activity. All are welcome to attend the class.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

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

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 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.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Through April 28: New Mexico Showcase, a juried exhibition of eighty established and emerging New Mexico artists, includes the work of three Placitas artists: A mixed-media piece, by Jennifer Vasher; a digital ink print, by Margi Weir; and a mixed-media mosaic, by Laura Robbins. Guest juror: Peter Frank. 516 Art Gallery, 516 Central Avenue, SW. Downtown Albuquerque.

March 3: Watermelon Mountain Ranch Family Block Party. Support the animals of Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Food, games, prizes, bounce houses, and more. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. At our new resale store "Going to the Dogs (and Cats),”136 Calle del Presidente, Bernalillo., 331-0908.

March 3: New Mexico Centennial Author, Don Bullis, will talk about New Mexico’s not-so-smooth path to statehood. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. To be held at the Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. The program is free and open to the public. For information call 891-5013, Ext. 3033.

March 6: Gardening with the Masters—“Vegetable Gardening,” offered by the NMSU Sandoval County Extension. Master Gardeners Speaker: Loren Meinz, Veteran Master Gardener. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane. 867-2951. If you need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the class, contact 867-2582 by March 2.

March 8: Community Drum Circle. Drum together and raise your own vibration on the full moon. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Celebrate the Earth Mother, Grandmother Moon and healing energies with our full-moon drumming. If you have your own drum, rattle, or other music maker, bring it along; extras available. Bring beverage or snack to share—alcohol-free event.

March 9: Artist’s Reception for artist of the month Lynda Burch. 4-6 p.m. Her mediums are watercolor, acrylic, and collage. To be held at the Placitas Community Library.

March 11: Speaker, Stephanie Zuni, will present: “The Effect of New Mexico Statehood on Isleta Pueblo.” 2 p.m. To be held at the Albuquerque Museum, Nineteenth and Mountain Road NW, in Old Town. The program is free and open to the public. Tell the desk attendant that you are attending the history program and you will not be charged the museum admission fee. Free parking is available in the lot to the south. Call 243-7255 for more information.

March 12: Home Economist, Nicole Lujan will present Smart Shopping. 1 p.m. Come learn how to be a smart shopper. Event to be held at the Placitas Community/Senior Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas (north of the Post Office). Please call our Center at 867-1396, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to RSVP. Outside of those hours, contact Cosmos at 217-9384 or

March 12: Placitas Federated Republican Women ( meet. Speaker: Dan Lewis, candidate for U.S.Congress ,1st Congressional District. 4-6 p.m. Open to the public. Placitas Fire Station, Hwy.165 adjacent to the library. RSVP: 771-0173 or

March 14: Placitas Tiger Cub pack will host a Blue and Gold Banquet for the new pack. 6 p.m. Optomist club de Sandoval starts Tiger Cub Pack for kids and their parents. To be held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For further information, contact Snow Watson, 867-2047.

March 15: Rose pruning presentation and demonstration. 1:15 p.m. With John Lucero, Rosarian, past President of the Albuquerque Rose Society. Event is free. To be held at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho, NM. For more information call (505) 867-2582.

March 17: Pauline Eisenstadt, a Corrales Democrat who used to represent the East Mountain area in the state Senate will give a short talk, answer questions and sell and sign copies of her new memoir. 2 p.m. Eisenstadt remains involved in politics and is knowledgeable about current events in New Mexico politics. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Elaine Sullivan at 771-1171.

March 17: Trail building in the Placitas Open Space. Join the crew of the Las Placitas Association and City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for a morning of trail construction and maintenance out on the Placitas Open Space. Meet at the Placitas Homesteads Mercantile (The Merc) parking lot at 8:30 a.m., carpool to the site, and work until about noon. LPA will provide drinks and snacks. Bring water, work gloves, sun hat; wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Pack some rain gear.

March 18: Popular Geology Lecture Rescheduled. 2-4 p.m. The Friends of Coronado State Monument’s January presentation by Dirk Van Hart will be repeated due to not only an overflow crowd eager to hear the lecture, but also to an unfortunate equipment power failure. Because of this, the “Geologic Quirks of the Sandias” lecture will be FREE to all attendees. To be held at the Viva Event Hall, 1420 A South Camino Del Pueblo (NM 313), Bernalillo. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and will close to entrants at 2 p.m. For more information: or call 505-864-4587.

March 18: First Duende series reading of 2012. 3 p.m. Deborah Coy, Carol Moscrip and Rich Boucher will read. For all Duende readings wine, free snacks, and nonalcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, though we encourage donations for the poets (donation jar as you enter). For more information about the event, contact Jim Fish at the winery at fish@anasazifields or (505) 867-3062. To reach the winery, turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos from Highway 165 in the old village of Placitas, across from the Presbyterian Church. Drive past two stop signs and turn left into the winery parking lot.

March 24: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) will be holding a planning meeting at 2 p.m. All ES-CA members are invited to attend, along with all other residents in the ES-CA area (Placitas, Algodones east of I-25, and the East Mountain portion of Sandoval County). Plan ES-CA priorities and activities. Learn what ES-CA is doing; sign up to be a member. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. 

March 25: Don Bullis talk and booksigning; pottery and kachinas made by Ralph and Pauline Sarracino. 1-4 p.m. For information about all Monument events visit

March 25: “A Walking Stick Workshop.” Using native yucca spears from locally harvested and prepared yucca plants, you’ll design and decorate your own stick. Create unique patterns with beads, leather, paint, feathers, plus any materials you bring from home. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. $20 per person; reservations required: 505-867-5351. Info:

March 25: the Placitas Artists Series will present the Second Annual David Cramer Photography Memorial Retrospective with a reception. 2 p.m. The works will be on display from March 3 to March 31. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales will go to the Placitas Artists Series Endowment, David Cramer Memorial Fund. To be held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

March 25: Willy Sucre and Friends play piano quartets. 3 p.m. To be held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho, or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. At-the-door prices are General Admission: $20 and Students: $15.

March 28: “Native People of North America:  What They Grew and Gathered,” A Chautauqua Program, by Bill Dunmire. 6:30-7:30 p.m. A slide-illustrated talk in which he will relate the connections between plants and native people of New Mexico, especially Pueblo and Navajo Indians, dealing with the earliest farming in America, but also emphasizing the importance common wild plants that were gathered to supplement diets; furnish medicine; make fabric dye and pottery paint; provide fiber for baskets, blankets and twine; and other uses. Free, no registration. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. 505-891-5013, Ext. 3033.

March 31: 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association. 3,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes, evenly distributed between four age groups. 10:30 a.m. Mountain View Park, 6441 Grayson Hills Dr (off US-550 and Santa Fe Hills Blvd NE) in Rio Rancho. All children through age 12 are welcome. Open to the public, free of charge. or

April 3: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. First Tuesday of each month. Learn of the Clubs' varied activities. Open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval Cty) for 5 years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Sign up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. Men's group. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

April 26: Sandoval County Historical Society, a special extra ordinary meeting. 2 p.m. To share the history of Santuario De San Lorenzo. To be held at Santuario De San Lorenzo, 301 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (next to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church).
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