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Note: Example: “First Monday” means the first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: 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.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

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. Info:

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 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 Town Hall by 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. Info: or call 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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,  go to or, or call 301-2009.

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: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

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: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Friday: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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.

Every other Friday: Collage Like Picasso! Learning Studio. 2:00-4:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bogard teaches this experiential workshop that focuses on creating collage and mixed-media art works. Students use Washi and other papers and paints to create collage and mixed-media paintings. Previous art experience is not necessary. Occasional field trips. Cost: $25 for a materials kit and instructional orientation. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 214-542-2192.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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: 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

First Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or 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.

Through November 18: Corrales Bosque Gallery 2015 Anniversary Show. Artists Melba Bushmire, Steve Feher, and Edward Gonzales join the ranks. Their works and those of the current membership make up the new show. 4685 Corrales Road in the historic old village of Corrales. 898-7203.

January 8: “PLUPERFECT”—opening reception for new art works by Evey Jones, Janet Yogoda Shagam, and Harriette Tsosie. 6-8 p.m. Show runs January 8-28. At Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh Street NW.

January 9: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Public Forum and Discussion. 2-4 p.m.Discussion to include proposed oil and gas drilling in Sandoval County, pipelines, gravel mining, legislation and other issues of interest. All welcome. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Rt. 165. Info:

January 10: Sandoval County Historical Society presents Mujeres Valientes (Brave Women). Traditional songs performed live. 2 p.m. $5 to public; free to members. DeLavy House (Hwy. 550, turn north beside I-Hop in Bernalillo, continue to end).

January 13: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros will hold its annual meeting where members will discuss “Getting to Know Us: The Workings of Jardineros de Placitas.” 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., 404-8621.

January 16: Using plants to combat climate change in Placitas. 10-noon. “Climate change is real.” Speakers will talk on ways to capture carbon out of the air with planting plants on the damaged lands of Placitas. Ecological restoration, sowing native plant seeds, and radical lifestyle downsizing will all be discussed. Produced by Earth Care Fellowship of Las Placitas Community Church. Presented in the Collins Room at the Placitas Community Library.

January 16: Rock Zone plays The Range Café in Bernalillo. Classic rock, blues, and country music. 7-9:30 p.m. “Good food, good music, good people.”

January 17: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Presenting, “Einstein’s Favorite String Quartets,” featuring Willy Sucre and Friends. The event involves a unique collaboration: among Sucre’s “friends” for this performance is actor Thomas Schuch, appearing as Albert Einstein. Featured artists are Mary Rawcliffe Colton, tapestry; Diana Martin, beaded jewelry; Terry Mulcahy, photography; and Suzanne Visor, painted silk. Their works, which are for sale, are on display from December 26 to January 29. The concert and visual artist reception will take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store, now located at 160 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo; or on-line at Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 for students with ID. Music students through high school are admitted free with paying adults. 867-8080.

January 17: The Peaceable Kingdom concert to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. 3 p.m. Held at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque (314 Lead Avenue, SW). General admission tickets are $25 dollars (for regular seating) and $45 dollars (for premium seating) at and from Brown Paper Tickets, open 24 hours a day, at 800 838-3006. Student tickets are $15 dollars each. Discount of twenty percent for groups of 15 or more. There is free parking nearby.

January 19: The Republican Party of Sandoval County 2016 pre-primary convention. Held for the purpose of electing delegates to the State Pre Primary Convention. Any Republican registered to vote in Sandoval County is eligible to attend. A County Central Committee Meting will be on held prior to the Convention. Ward caucuses will be held in conjunction with the convention. Held at Sadie’s at the Star, 54 Jemez Dam Road, Bernallio. Central Committee at 6 p.m., Convention/Ward caucuses start at approximately 6:15 p.m. Entry fee is $25 dollars per attendee. Food will be available for purchase from the regular menu.

January 19: Creating your own small business plan. 6-8 p.m. Sandoval County Small Business Development Center. This seminar is designed to introduce the participants to the basics of planning a successful business by creating a Business Plan to defines the business, identify goals, and serve as a firm’s resume. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. It helps allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. Because it provides specific and organized information about the company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at At the Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE, 867-5066

January 20: Marketing for your small business. 6-8 p.m. Sandoval County Small Business Development Center. Join us to learn how to more effectively market your small business. You will get some great ideas on how to utilize your marketing budget in order to reach your target clients. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at At the Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE, 867-5066

January 21: The Placitas Chamber of Commerce meet and greet. 5-7 p.m. Featuring Wendy Salazar, Placitas’s own professional stand-up comic. At the Range Café in Bernalillo. The Placitas Chamber of Commerce strives to organize events that will benefit and improve the community. To attend the Meet and Greet, RSVP by January 19 to: Jennise Phillips 331-2288 or Mindy Prokos 400-6488.

January 23: The Town of Bernalillo Public Library’s Health Resource Fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open to the public. At the Bernalillo library in the Southwest Room (124 Calle Melinche, Bernalillo). 867-1440.

January 26: Financing your small business. 6-8 p.m. Sandoval County Small Business Development Center presents. Learn the methods of financing your small business by Bank loans, SBA loans, Micro-loans, Angel investors, venture capitalists and some of the newer methods such as crowdfunding. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at At the Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE, 867-5066.

January 27: Bookkeeping for your small business. 6-8 p.m. Sandoval County Small Business Development Center presents an overview of how to keep your books for your small business. This is a must class for anyone wanting to learn how to get organized and great tips are provided to stay on top of your business finances. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at At the Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE, 867-5066.

Through mid-January: Holiday show open house at Corrales Bosque Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover the creativity and excitement of the work of our sculptures, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters, and more. The gallery is located at 4685 Corrales Road in the heart of historic old Corrales. The show runs until mid-January. 898-7203.

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