Sandoval Signpost


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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

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

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

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

Second Mondays: 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. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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). 867-9094.

Third Mondays: 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. 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. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays: 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. 771-0130.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10:00 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). 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. This is a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons, speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, etc. Singles and men’s groups. Info:, 321-6970.

First Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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, speakers, dining out, travel, book/movie groups, games, walking, wine tasting, etc. Singles and men’s groups, too. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church (not affiliated with the church), 10704 Paseo del Norte. 321-6970,

First Tuesdays: 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. Call 404-8492 or visit

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, Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

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). 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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.

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

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. 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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Cub scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome.

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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by SandovalMasterGardeners. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred, information at Public Class Registration: At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 505-929-0414.

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. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, 301-2009.

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

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m.

First Thursdays: Veteran’s outreach program. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA and state benefits. NMDVS is here to help. Don’t forget to bring your dd-214. For more information, call Joseph Dorn at 383-2414.

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

Fridays: 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. Geri: 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.

First Friday: Veterans Outreach program. 1-5 p.m. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

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. 867-7226.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

Third Sundays: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. Jessica: 459-6553.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

March 1: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros will hold its monthly meeting featuring Kate Nelson of New Mexico Magazine speaking on “At Work (and Play) in the Land of Enchantment.” 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. For more information see or contact Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

March 3: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society regular monthly meeting and stargaze. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Special guests will be RRPS students demonstrating their award winning astronomy Expo projects. Telescopes provided by the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give views of the stars and planets after the meeting (weather permitting). For more information, please visit our website at or call 220-5355.

March 3: AMISTAR variety band plays "feel-good music" at the Placitas Café. 6-8 p.m., Placitas.

March 4: Disabled American Veterans monthly meeting. 10 a.m. Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1022 Veranda, SE, in Rio Rancho. Info: Larry M. Johnson 217-8531;

March 4: Cub scouts compete in the Pinewood Derby. Race starts at 9 a.m. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Montaño Road NW, in Albuquerque.

March 4: A Walk on the Wild art expositionin Madrid, NM. Reception from 4-7 p.m.; show to hang until June 31. Cowgirl Red presents “A Walk on the Wild,” paintings by Kathryn Nun and mixed media by Melinda Bon’ewell. Cowgirl Red is located at 2865 Turquoise Trail in Madrid, New Mexico. Always open. Call for appointment/hours at 474-0344.

March 5: The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra presents Art and Music Combined, with student artwork projected above the orchestra. 2 p.m. Conducted by Michael Bowen. Composers include Mozart, Bowen, Tchaikovsky, Dukas (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Gershwin (American in Paris). Held at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Concerts are free. Donations are greatly appreciated. For more info: (505)433-7445 or

March 5: Albuquerque Concert Band. Special concert shared with The Albuquerque Academy and Highland High School Steel Drum Ensemble. 3-4:30 p.m. Free admission. Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center.

March 8: Cacti & Succulents of the SW with Richard Reif. 1 p.m. Sandoval County Master Gardeners hosts a series of classes for the public to help gardeners get ready for the next growing season. The classes are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Held at the Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

March 8: Monthly meeting of the Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico. 6 p.m. Held at Village Pizza in Corrales. The Northwest Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining our heritage of pack and saddle stock use of public lands, as well as clearing and maintaining trails. For more information, email

March 10: Opening reception for “Nine Placitas Quilters" exhibit. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Exhibit runs from March 4-30.

March 10: Opening reception for Surreal World, a photography exhibit by Marie Maher. 6-8 p.m. Held at Gallery St. Michael on Montano Road in the North Valley. Exhibit will be on display from March 3-April 16.

March 11: Master gardeners offer pruning workshop. 1-5 p.m. Held at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center—4110 Sabana Grande Boulevard, in Rio Rancho. Judy Jacobs, Lifetime Sandoval County Master Gardener and Elizabeth Gardner, Sandoval County Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, will help the home gardener learn how and when to prune home garden plants and trees. $10. Payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door. Register online at

March 14: Concerned Citizens for the Common Good in Uncommon Times hosts a discussion group about national politics and policies. 6-10 p.m. Held in the Collin Room at the Placitas Community Library.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Red Light Ramblers play Irish music 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kaktus Brewery. S. Hill Road, Bernalillo.

March 18: Arborist Joseph Duncan will talk about selecting and maintaining a good tree. 2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

March 19: Intro presentation of “Balancing Acts:” a fall prevention class for seniors in Sandoval County. 9 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Pat Thorpe, a Licensed Physical Therapist, will be teaching a free weekly class to seniors looking to learn how to prevent bad falls. Classes start on April 3.

March 19: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. With musical guests La Catrina String Quartet. Composers: Manuel Ponce, Astor Piazzolla, Julián Plaza, and Mariano Mores. Violist Willy Sucre will join in halfway through the concert for the Mendelssohn quintet. Featured artists are Dorothy Bunny Bowen, wax resist and dye on silk; Jerri Frantzve, mixed media; Preston Photography; and Dianna Shomaker, oil, acrylic and encaustic. Their works, all of which are for sale, will be on display through March 31. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (completely accessible). Ticket info: See page 2, this Signpost or visit

March 19: Friends of Coronado Historic Site lecture titled, "Archaeology of the Gila Forks." 2 p.m. Chris Turnbow, Senior Environmental Scientist and Archaeologist with the New Mexico Gas Company, will discuss the Mimbres cultural change in the immediate Forks area, while showing many pictures of Mimbres ceramics. The Mimbres people were a subset of the larger Mogollon culture evident in the area known for their classic black and white pottery. This lecture is in anticipation of the Friends’ scheduled overnight field trip to Silver City and the Gila Cliffs on April 8-9, 2017. Visit our website for more information: Held at the Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House)—Highway 550 and Edmond Road in Bernalillo. Adult admission: $5 (Friends of CHS are free).

March 24: Placitas Elementary School Drama Club presents Alice in Wonderland. 6 p.m. Held in the Placitas Elementary School Gym, 5 Calle del Carbon. Join us for an evening of family-friendly entertainment to support your local public school students. Donations encouraged; refreshments and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

March 25: Spring Equinox star gazing night. 6:30-9 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. This event is to celebrate the spring equinox by gazing up at the heavens to see the sheer brilliance, majesty, and mystery of what surrounds us all. There will be telescopes. Bring blankets.

March 27: AMISTAR variety band plays "the songs you love from every decade." 7-9 p.m. At Corrales Bistro Brewery, Corrales.

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