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

First Mondays: Intentional Living Motivation: Learn how to create and manifest a successful, healthy and happy life. Explore, create and understand how to succeed using metaphysical, physical and spiritual laws as tools. 5:30 p.m. Free. Placitas Community Center. Info: 620-3312.

Second Mondays: The newly formed Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women will hold their luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Cazuela’s Mexican Grill. To learn of monthly speaker or information/reservations, call Carolyn 681-6328 or email:

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

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.

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.

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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 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.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

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.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

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: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rio Rancho (2903 Cabezon Blvd SE). RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association and you need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Guest speaker, a demo, art critique, forum, etc. The public is welcome to attend. Meetings are free of charge. Info: or, 505 301-2009.

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 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

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

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 for 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.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

Second Friday: The San-Bern Federated Republican Women meet at Chamisa Hills Country Club,  Southern and Country Club Drive. Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome, lunch reservations and information to Joyce Elliott, 891-8180. Meetings feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

Third Saturdays: The Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

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.

Third Saturdays: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

March 8: public reception for National Quilting Month. 5-7 p.m. Quilted work from Placitas artisans who are members of NMQA will be on display at the Placitas Community Library in the Colin Room.

March 9: Taste of Rio Rancho. Taste food from 27 eateries. 4 p.m. $5 advance/$10 door/kids 5 and under free. Santa Ana Star Casino. Info: 891-7258.

March 10: Duende Poetry Series continues. 3 p.m. This reading will feature the new Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown, and Albuquerque poet Cathy Arellano. The event is free, although we encourage donations for the poets (donation jar as you enter). For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at, or 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, turn left into the winery parking lot.

March 11: Placitas Federated Republican Women Lunch Meeting. 11 a.m. Mimi's Cafe, 4316 THE 25 WAY NE, Albuquerque. Speaker: Sylvia Boker. Public welcome. RSVP—771-2088.

March 12: The Enchanters to perform at Esther Bone Library. 6:30 p.m. This mixed choral group of 24 voices has been bringing joy to audiences for more than forty years with a repertoire that includes Broadway, jazz, inspirational, pop, patriotic, rock and roll, and timeless classics. Tickets are not required to attend this show however please arrive early for the best seats. The Library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. Call 891-5012 and select option 3 for more information.

March 15: Author Mary Johnson will discuss her memoir An Unquenchable Thirst. 10 a.m. An Unquenchable Thirst is the story of her life as a nun with Mother Teresa’a Missionaries of Charity at her book signing. Held at Placitas Community Library. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

March 16: Informative wildfire event. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Placitas residents are invited to learn more about the potential dangers of wildfire to the area and what can be done to reduce its impact at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the Village on Saturday morning. For more information, contact Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 or

March 16: Pathways presentation with some hands-on wildlife tracking. Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico. For details, call 867-5100 or visit:

March 17: Lecture by Dennis Herrick entitled Winter of the Metal People. 2 p.m. Dennis Herrick has had a life-long career in journalism. He will reveal the history of the little-known, but bloody Tiguex War, the first-named but least-known Indian war fought throughout this area by Coronado and his army against the Tiwa Puebloans. Admission is free for Friends of Coronado and $5 for non-members. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited. The DeLavy House and the Monument are located off I-25, exit 242, west of Bernalillo on highway 550, follow the road between the I-Hop Restaurant and Warrior Fuel station.

March 23: 15th 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: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. 10:30 a.m. promptly! 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

March 23: Join the crew of Las Placitas Association and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for a morning of trail construction and maintenance on the Placitas Open Space. 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Meet at the Homestead Village Shopping Center parking lot (The Merc), 8:30 a.m. and you’ll carpool to the site. Drinks and snacks provided. Bring water, work gloves, sun hat. Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Info: or

March 23: Friends of Coronado State Monument presents Fun with Yucca for their fourth annual Walking Stick Workshop. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. The workshop is open to the public at $20 per person, including sticks, all paints, and a small assortment of miscellaneous supplies. Payment is limited to cash or check only. Reservations are required; call 867-5351. The Monument is located off I-25, exit 242, west of Bernalillo on highway 550, follow the road between the I-Hop Restaurant and Warrior Fuel station.

March 24: Third Annual David Cramer Photography Memorial Retrospective. 2 p.m. The works will be on display from March 2 and continue through March 29. One hundred percent of the income from sales of these works will go to the Placitas Artists Series Endowment, David Cramer Memorial Fund. The church is located on NM 165, six miles east of I-25 (exit 242).

March 24: Willy Sucre and Friends of the Matisse Trio Play String Quartets. 3 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, located on NM 165, six miles east of I-25 (exit 242). 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, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. The at-the-door price for general admission is $20 and for students: $15.

March 30: Author Bill Dunmire presents “New Mexico’s Spanish Livestock Heritage.” 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

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