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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

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

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

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

Second and fourth Thursdays (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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.
Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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 Saturday (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 at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited. For more information, go to

Third Saturday: 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, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

March 4: Native Plants for ABQ Area Gardens. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Presented by George Miller from the NM Native Plant Society, as part of the Gardening with the Masters lecture series sponsored by the Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Free to the public. No registration required.Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho.

March 5: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Manuel Lopez, an independent historical interpreter, will relate “Wondrous Tales of Los Ciboleros, the Spanish Buffalo Hunters of the 1700s and Early 1800s.” Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. Meets at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For more information, see or contact Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

March 6: Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting). 1:30-3:30 p.m. Vermicomposting is one of the ways to compost kitchen scraps by using worms in addition to micro-organisms to turn organic waste into black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus. Learn how to reduce the waste you send to the landfill and use it to enrich the soil. Open to those who are, or wish to become, members of the Meadowlark Senior Center. Membership is free to people age 55 and over. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho NM. Sign up at the Center bulletin board or email

March 6: “Everything You Always Wanted to Say in Spanish but Were Afraid to Pronounce.” 1-5 p.m. Join Spanish teacher Elaine Alarid for a fun afternoon of Spanish basics. Learn to pronounce letters of the alphabet, words, phrasing, accents, and more in this four-hour interactive Spanish session. Held at the Placitas Library. The class is limited to 25 people. To sign up, call 867-6545 or email to

March 7: Monthly meeting and stargaze of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society. 7 p.m. Held at the Rainbow Park Observatory, 301 Southern Boulevard, SE, Rio Rancho. Parking is available in a parking lot in front of Rainbow Pool. The observatory is located behind Rainbow Pool. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m., and a public stargaze will follow, weather permitting. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Jupiter as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. It is advised to dress warmly as the weather may be cold. For more information, visit our website at or call 220-5492.

March 8: “Talking Seeds” at the Placitas Library. 10 a.m. Jade Leyva, Noel Chilton, and Isaura Andaluz will talk about seed preservation, organic gardening, and health. Followed by a community mural project and a seed exchange.

March 8: “Growing and Managing Grapes” – Series of 4 presentations and hands-on with instructor Rex Franklin, Sandoval County Master Gardener. 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014. Sandoval County Extension, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. Free to public. Info: NMSU Sandoval County Extension (505) 867-2582; Toll free (800) 678-1802.

March 9: Sandoval County Historical Society will present Tom "Lucky" Ball who will explore the history of Bland, New Mexico, the gold and silver mining town of the 1890s. 2:00 p.m. Bland is located about 20 miles south of Santa Fe, in the Jemez Mountains, near where the Dixon apple orchards used to be. Unfortunately, the whole town was destroyed by the Cerro Grande fire. Bland was called the "new Cripple Creek" and no doubt brought a great rush of miners into the state. Tom will give some of the highlights of this interesting historic settlement, now a bona fide ghost town. Admission: $5. Free for members. Directions: Exit 242 from I-25. Go west on Hwy 550 to the new I-Hop restaurant and the west entrance to the Phillips gas station, then north on the gravel road to the DeLavy House at 151 Edmond Road.

March 10: Placitas Federated Republican Women Meeting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The agenda for the meet & mingle membership meeting is buffet and review of the BY-LAWS at Local, State, & National. 40 Anasazi Trails Loop Placitas, NM.

March 16: Geologist Dirk Van Hart presents “New Mexico’s Most Accessible Geologic Wonders.” 2 p.m. Held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), located on Edmund Rd. and Hwy 550, Bernalillo (turn between I-Hop and Warrior Fuel Station, follow the gravel road). Van Hart’s career has taken him from “gypsy” petroleum geologist to mapping the geology of Kirtland Air Force Base. He presents his programs in terms that are easily understood by a general audience, but also appreciated by those with scientific backgrounds. Van Hart is one of the Friends of Coronado’s most popular speakers. Admission is $5 dollars for adults; 16 and under and members of the Friends of Coronado are free. Reservations are not needed, but seating is limited, so come early. For more information, go to

March 20: Home Composting Basics. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Desert garden soils often lack sufficient organic matter to hold water and improve structure. Learn the science, materials and methods of drought-proofing your garden soil in order to grow vegetables, fruits and berries. $7.00. Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 771 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo NM. To register: 505-867-25821. 

March 22: Speaker: Michael O’Keefe, author of Custer, the Seventh Cavalry and the Little Big Horn; A Bibliography. 2:00 p.m. Free. Open to public. Placitas Community Library.

March 23: Duende Poetry Series celebrates tenth year. 3 p.m. Georgia Santa Maria and Zachary Kluckman will read at Anasazi Fields Winery. For all Duende Poetry Series readings wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available. The event is free, although donations are encouraged. 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 stop signs, turn left into the winery parking lot. From outside Placitas, take I-25 to Exit 242, drive six miles to Placitas Village. Turn left opposite the Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome.

March 27: “Soil Health” with  instructor Rudy Garcia, State Agronomist, NRCS. 1-3 p.m. Free to public. Sandoval County Extension, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM. Info: NMSU Sandoval County Extension (505) 867-2582; Toll free (800) 678-1802.

March 30: Placitas Artists Series presents concert and artists reception. Reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Willy Sucre and Friends, featuring pianist Sandra Rivers, violinists Krzysztof Zimowski and Julanie Collier Lee, cellist Joanna de Keyser, and violist Willy Sucre, will play piano quintets by Shostakovich and Brahms. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance ($20/$15). Artists of the month are Barb Belknap (stained glass), Claudia Fluegge (fiber), Joanne Fredrikson (art quilts), and Lynn Peckinpaugh (watercolor). Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). For more information call 867-8080 or visit

April 5: Firewise Placitas fair and celebration. 10-noon. Held at the Placitas Community Library.
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