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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne—892-2456.

Mondays: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the northwest room of the Old Convent Gallery in Bernalillo. 867-5718.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $12 per session. 867-5718.

Every First and Third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

Every Third Tuesday: Spanish conversation group, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to newcomers. Contact Linda at 867-3630 or Barbara at 867-9613.

Wednesdays: Narcotics Anonymous meets every Wednesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Focused Recovery (same building as La Buena Vida), across the street and north of the Range Café, Bernalillo. 24-hour Help Line: 260-9889.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets on Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

Every Second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171

Thursdays: Problems with Alcohol? Crossroads meets at 7:30 p.m., 1292 Las Casitas (Camino del Pueblo and Calle del Bosque). 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Thursday Evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Every third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association meets at the Placitas Community Center. 6:45 p.m.

Through May 30: Primary Election Absentee/Early Voting by mail. Call 867-7577 for application and more information.

Through June 1: Primary Election Absentee/Early Voting in person. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 2: Sandoval County Board of Finance. 2:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 2: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 2: “Pueblos of the Rio Grande: A Visitor's Guide.”Author Daniel Gibson presents an authoritative and colorful traveler's guide to the nineteen venerable pueblos of New Mexico. This book celebrates the cultural diversity and enduring values of Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambé, Picuris, Pojoaque, Taos, Tesuque, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Sandia, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Zia, and Zuni. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE. 883-8200

May 4: Open Space Hike featuring nesting and migrating birds hosted by Hart Schwartz. Leave from east entrance to the open space. 8:30 a.m. Las Placitas Association, 771-1171.

May 4 and 5: Fourth Annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour. About thirty Corrales artists open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free tour includes varied media. The tour headquarters is at Corrales Bosque Gallery. Sites are well marked.

May 5: Edible Landscaping Permaculture Fair at Plants of the Southwest, 6680 4th Street NW. Free. Learn how to create an edible and lovely landscape in your backyard. Noon to 2 p.m. 344-8830.

May 5: Sandoval County Historical Society Speaker Bob Ove, author of Geronimo’s Kids, at the new addition to the DeLavy House on Edmunds Road, west of the Coronado Monument. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. In the future, the DeLavy House will be open for visitors and tours on Sundays, 2-5 p.m.. Information: Martha Liebert, 867-2755.

May 8: Corrales Historical Society presents “History and Ecology of the Bosque,” a lecture by Dr. Cliff Crawford, retired UNM professor of biology. 7 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Free, open to the public. Refreshments served. Mary Harrington, 897-9109.

May 11: Placitas Flea Market, 7 a. m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Placitas Art In The Schools program. A PES volunteer will be at the flea market to collect vendor booth fees of $10 per vendor from 7 a. m. until about 10 a.m. At Homestead Village, Placitas. Next month’s flea market is June 8. 771-0977.

May 11: Bicycle Safety Rodeo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., emphasizing bike safety, bike tune-ups, and riding skills. Two essay contest winners will be awarded bicycles by the Optimist Club de Sandoval. Volunteers needed to help out, contribute bikes (or parts), or fix the bicycles: 771-4931. Homestead Village Shopping Center.

May 11: Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, artist demonstrations, blacksmithing, tortilla and bread making, animals and arts & crafts for kids. Stop by the Museum Store shop. Food and drink available. Heritage Day activities are also taking place at the Historic Church just across the street. Free admission.

May 11 and 12: The Sixth Annual Placitas Studio Tour. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 40 fine artists and craftspeople open their studios in and around the scenic and historic village of Placitas. Visit fascinating art studios, meet the creative individuals who work in them. Demonstrations, refreshments. Free tour maps available at Homestead Village Shopping Center gazebo and throughout the area. Road signs point to tour locations.

May 14: Commission Chairman Johnson’s office hours: 4 to 5 p.m., 2nd floor conference room.

May 14: Sandoval County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m., Sandoval County Visitor Center, 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 867-8687.

May 14: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 16: Sandoval County Commission on Senior Affairs. 12:30 p.m., Bernalillo Senior Center.

May 18: Guided tour of the old village of San Antonio de las Huertas hosted by Stan Hordes, Spanish historian from UNM. Leave from the Merc. at 9:00 a.m. Las Placitas Association, 771-1171.

May 18 and 19: GreenBuilt—A self-directed tour of sustainable architecture produced by Green Alliance, a nonprofit corporation in New Mexico. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $5.00 per person: Guidebook serves as entry ticket, children are free. Guidebooks are available at local First State Bank branches, La Montañita Coop, and participating Mail Boxes Etc. starting May 1. 764-0037, extension 226.

May 19: Placitas Artists Series presents three quartets written by 3 New Mexican composers. “A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on the Rock,” by Michael Mauldin; String Quartet in G minor, Opus 19, by Dr. Carl E. Baum, and String Quartet in E minor, by John T. Bullock. Performed by violist Willy Sucre, violinist Krzysztof Zimowski, violinist Joan Wang, and cellist Joan Zucker. See Sandoval Arts section for details. 867-8080,

May 21: Growing and Using Lavender, 6 to 7 p.m. Local growers will discuss types of lavender to grow, propagating, harvesting, and various uses of lavender and products that can be made at home. Part of the Lavender in the Valley offerings. Los Ranchos Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW. Free and open to the public. 890-3968.

May 25: Open Space hike featuring plants and their environment. Hosted by Bill Dunmire. Leave from east entrance to the Open Space at 8:30 a.m. Las Placitas Association, 771-1171.

May 27: Nonemergency Sandoval County offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May 28: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.