The Sandoval Signpost

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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.

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

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, 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.

Every Second Wednesday: Coffee Club at Piñon Café. Roundtable discussion about current events, the economy, and investing—with Edward Jones investment representative, Penelope Cisneros. 7:30 a.m. Free coffee. 867-9635.

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

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

Fridays: Open Mic Night (music and poetry). 8 to 10 p.m. at Bound To Be Read. 828-3500.

Saturdays: Story time at 10 a.m. and a different craft activity each week at 2 p.m. Live music 8 to 10 p.m. at Bound To Be Read. 828-3500.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 8:30 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

Sundays in April: Gerry Carthy (Irish Music), at the Range Café. 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. 925 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-1700.

Sundays: Exhibit of work by New Mexico photographer Marilyn Hunter, who specializes in scenic Southwestern photographs. Sanctuary Gallery, UU Westside Congregation, 1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho. Open to the public 12:30 to 2 p.m. and by appointment. On May 18 a reception will be held for the artist at 12:30 p.m. 892-3999.


May 1: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers

May 3: La Buena Sidewalk Sale fund-raiser for La Buena Vida, Inc., 872 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bargains on new and slightly used items. 867-2383.

May 3 and 4: Meet the artist Edward Gonzales at his Studio Open House. New paintings, print editions, posters. Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 282 Camino del Pueblo, El Zócalo Building, Bernalillo 891-3030, 264-1335.

May 3 and 4: Fifth annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour, studios open 10 to 5 each day. Maps available in galleries, businesses, and artists’ studios in Corrales.

May 4: Clarence Cruz, San Juan Pueblo potter, demonstrates of methods of pottery making. 2 to 4 p.m. Sandoval County Historical Society museum, on Edmund Road just west of the Coronado Monument. 867-2755.

May 4: Bernalillo Public School District and New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, BHS Choir, mariachi groups. 2 p.m., BHS Gym.

May 5: Citizens for Safe Pipelines will hold a community meeting to discuss the safety of the community in the event that the New Mexico Products Pipeline is approved by the BLM. 7:00 p.m. All welcome. Placitas Community Center.

May 6: Corrales Historical Society Lecture Series. “Wildflowers in our Part of New Mexico,” by Pearl Burns, at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. 7 p.m. Free, open to the public. Refreshments following the program. 897-9109.

May 9: Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque’s Concert V, “ to American Composers,” featuring James Pellerite, Native American flute. St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE. 7:30 p.m. Free preconcert chat by Conductor Oberg at 6:45 p.m. For information or tickets call 881-0844 or e-mail

May 10: The luncheon meeting of the West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 11:30 a.m. at the home of Corrine Howard in Corrales. Call 897-0148 for directions. Potluck lunch, surprise speaker. 897-7906.

May 10 and 11: Placitas Studio Tour. Sixth annual tour of over 40 artists’ studios. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See details and map in center section of this Signpost. To see web-portfolios of may participating artists visit

May 13: Friends of Placitas monthly meeting. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.

May 13: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax meeting. Sandoval County Visitor’s Center. 4-5 p.m.

May 14: Placitas Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. 3 p.m. Prospective members welcome. La Puerta Bldg., Placitas. 867-3011.

May 15: Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly Mix and Mingle. At La Hacienda Grande Bed & Breakfast, 21 Baros Lane, Bernalillo. Tour 250-year-old historic adobe rooms, garden, and patio. Food, beverages. $5 members/$7 non-members.

May 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Bernalillo Senior Center.

May 15: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 17: Bernalillo High School Class of 2002-2003 graduation, 10 a.m., BHS Gym. Senior Events-867-2388.

May 17: Las Placitas Association Education Series presents “Native Plants of the Placitas High Desert.” Plant expert and author Bill Dunmire will take you on a hike through the Open Space. 8:30 to noon. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring water, sunscreen. Meet at the east access to the Open Space at 8:15 a.m.

May 17: Reception for “Code Red and Code White on a Blue Planet.” Painting and sculpture by Gloria Emerson and Julie Brown. 4-7 p.m. Show runs through June 25. Katrina Lasko Gallery, Bernalillo, 867-2523.

May 17: Reception for award-winning folk-artist Anna Martinez. 4-7 p.m. Siete Nombres, 373 N. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 771-0205.

May 17: Placitas Appreciation Day. Mix and mingle with the Placitas community at the car show and other community booths set up that day. Pet adoptathon, food stands, flea market, live music, more. 867-3011.

May 18: Placitas Artists Series presents its season finale “Willy Sucre and Friends plays Piano Quartets.” Musicians are Willy Sucre (viola), Valerie Turner (violin), Silvia Wang (piano), Krzysztof Zimowski (violin), and Joan Zucker (cello). Artist reception begins at 1:30 p.m. and features artwork by Claudia Moraga, Mary Beth Goforth, Eleanor Modrick, and Bob and Emily Sharp. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165. $15/$12. Tickets at La Bonne Vie Salon, 867-8080 or

May 20: Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, 4:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 21: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 24: Las Placitas Association Education Series archaeology hike, offered as part of New Mexico’s Historic Preservation Month. 9 a.m. to noon. Jeanne Schutt of the Archeological and Historic Research Institute leads a hike thousands of years back into history. The trail is steep, good footwear essential. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, snack. Meet at the east access to the Open Space at 8:45 a.m.

May 24: Actor, poet, archetypal dramatist Bill Perlman presents his one-man show “Jung at Heart,” based on the life and work of C. G. Jung. 7 p.m. After the performance, there will be a discussion for those interested. Admission: $5. Julianna Kirwin Studio/Gallery, 1019 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-7619.

May 26: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May 27: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 30: Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque’s final concert of the season featuring pianist Sandra Rivers. Music of Dvorák, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE. 7:30 p.m Free preconcert chat by Conductor Oberg at 6:45 p.m. For information or tickets, call 881-0844 or e-mail

May 31: Lectures at Coronado State Monument. 9-10a.m.: Dr. Richard Flin–Coronado’s campsite and the search for a second campsite; 11-noon: John Gaw Meem, by Chris Wilson, professor of Architecture and Planning, UNM; 1-2 p.m.: Display of Francisco de Coronado’s expedition documents and artifacts.In Bernalillo. 867-5351.






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