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. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 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.

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

Tuesdays: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

First Tuesday: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesday: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting at Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

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.

First Wednesday: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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.

Second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

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


First Thursdays: Placitas Talks on a variety of subjects at the Placitas Library. See for information.


Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 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!

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Sundays: Placitas Library. Coffee, conversation, and the Times (Los Angeles and New York) 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m.

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

April 1-29: MasterWorks of New Mexico 2005 Spring Art Show. Sponsored by the Pastel Society of New Mexico, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Rio Grande Art Association, Miniature Arts Bardean. Show runs all month. Expo New Mexico (New Mexico Fairgrounds), Hispanic Arts Building, Albuquerque. 260-9977.

April 2-3. LodeStar's planetarium is equipped with a million-dollar projection system and, at 55 feet in diameter, the biggest screen in New Mexico.

April 26: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 p.m., County Health Commons.

April 26: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

April 26: Jayne Aubele, Larry Crumpler, and Spencer Lucas discuss how and when the Sandias were formed, and what rocks, mineral resources, and fossils they contain. 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

April 26: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association meets at 6 p.m. at Zomeworks (South of I-40 on 12th St., left on Bellamah). After the brief meeting, Steve Baer will present "Solar Water Heating." The meeting is open to the public and free of charge. 505-246-0400,

April 29: Learn the status quo on drug legislation in New Mexico at the April West Side Unit meeting of the League of Women Voters. Esther Bone Library, 950 Pinetree Road, Rio Rancho. 1 p.m. Speakers from the local league's Drug Policy Committee will focus on "Legislative Happenings and Next Steps." Call the League of Women Voters office during morning hours Mondays through Fridays at 884-8441 for more information.

April 30: Dia del Niño party with storytelling, book readings, presentations by local authors, piñata breaking, book walk, performances by local youth, goody bags. 1 to 5 p.m. Outside the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque. Ages three to twelve. 246-2261.

April 30: 2005 Bark in the Park celebration at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex in High Resort. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign-up deadline is April 15. Vendors, demonstrators, sponsors sought. Information and forms are available from Crystal McClernon, 306-0801, or online at

April 30: Placitas Community Library Birthday Party. Please join us on Placitas Appreciation Day as we say thanks for our first full year of operation. Plans are still in the works. Placitas Brass Band? Placitas Mountain Band? Other possibilities include Pepi's Pet Parade, book sale, plant sale, raffle, new and interesting things at the library. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 30: Placitas Appreciation Day. Booths, food, music, karaoke. Sponsored by the Placitas Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 30: Jubilee Community Garden organizational meeting. The garden at the church will grow good food and flowers organically and ecologically. 10 a.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For information, call Michael Crofoot, 867-4558.

April 30 through May 8 (weekends only): The Sleeping Beauty. Ballet Theatre of New Mexico. 7 p.m. on April 30 and May 6 and 7; 2 p.m. on May 1 and 8. Tickets ($15 to $20) on sale at the KiMo Theatre Box office at 768-3544,, 883-7800 (Ticketmaster), and all Ticketmaster outlets. TTY users, call 1-800-639-1779. All seats reserved.

April 30 through June 4: Cathy Wysocki, “Counting and Recounting,” at Katrina Lasko Gallery. Reception April 30, 4 to 7 p.m. 336 North Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo., 867-2523, 570-2523.

May 1: Deadline for submissions to SouthWest Writers contest. Cash prizes, written critiques. (505) 265-9485,

May 1: "Democracy and Ethics: What it Means to Have a Life." John Riker, inaugural speaker, Jack and Joanna Grevey Visiting Scholar Program for Democracy. 3 p.m. Reception at 4:30 p.m. Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Information: Peg Conn,, (505) 858-8858.

May 1: Albuquerque Concert Band plays a free concert with soloists trumpeter Jon Dante of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; saxophonist Eric Lau of the UNM Music Department; clarinetist Andrew March, student winner of the Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship.3 p.m. Eldorado High School Theatre, near Juan Tabo and Montgomery NE.

May 2: Sandoval County Master Gardeners lecture series topic is: drip irrigation, with Ruben Archuleta and Hal Scnke from the Division of Water Conservation in Rio Rancho. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road (next to the post office), in Rio Rancho. For more information, call Sandoval County Extension Office, 867-2582.

May 3: Field Guide to the Sandias book contributors discuss the high diversity of plants and animals living in the Sandias. Helen Haskell: mosses, fungi, grasses, and lichen; Mary Stuever: trees and shrubs; Pearl Burns: wildflowers; David Lightfoot: arthropods; Rich Anderson: reptiles; Paul Polechla: mammals. 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

May 4: DWI Planning Council and Law Enforcement Taskforce, 3 p.m., County Health Commons.

May 5: Opening reception for “While I Am in This Life,” a retrospective show of Isabelle LaBelle’s photographic works on Ms. LaBelle’s 80th Birthday. Show runs May 5 to May 31, 2005. Entrance hall of the Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE. Open to the public. 332-0565.

May 5: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 5: Public hearing on proposed upgrade of 8.5 miles of I-25 from Tramway interchange to north Bernalillo exit to US 550 and NM 165. Options for improving and expanding the road, strategies for reducing projected traffic volumes; discussion of pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian issues. 6:30 p.m., El Zócalo, 263 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo.

May 7: Los Radiators acoustic folk and blues group plays at McCole's Pub. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-8833.

May 7: Birding hike on Placitas Open Space with specialist Hart Schwartz. Wear sturdy hiking shoes; bring water and snack. Meet at Open Space east access, 8:15 a.m. Las Placitas Association,

May 7 and 8: Herbfest, with a speaker program, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, one-of-a-kind clothing and jewelry, children’s crafts, live raptors from Wildlife Rescue, tours of the Nature Center’s gardens, bird and nature walks, and hard-to-find garden plants from Santa Ana, Nature’s Way, and other local nurseries. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW. 344-7240.

May 7 and 8: Seventh annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour. Forty-four tour stops showing sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and mixed media. Artists demonstrations. Free self-guided tour maps can be picked up at any Corrales business or restaurant, or by visiting

May 7 and 8: Eighth annual Placitas Studio Tour. Thirty-nine tour stops showing sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and mixed media. Artists demonstrations. Free self-guided tour maps and preview binder at the Homestead Village portal. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (See center section of this Signpost.)

May 9: Albuquerque Little Theatre’s resident costumer Erin Moots leads a discussion on crafting theatrical costumes. $20 includes refreshments and a tour of the theatre. $6 p.m. Call the box office to register. 242-4750.

May 10: Lodgers Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Visitors Center.

May 11: Public hearing on Environment Department permit changes for Bernalillo landfill and composting expansion. 1:30 p.m. Sandoval County courthouse, Bernalillo.

May 13: Animal Protection Voters second annual end-of-session party and fundraising event, the Political Animal Affair. Keynote speaker: AG Patricia Madrid. live and silent auction, refreshments. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo. $30. Make reservations at

May 13: The Corrales Bosque Gallery presents “Face to Face,” its 8th annual guest-artists show. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. More than 40 artists will show their work in a variety of media. Refreshments, food. Runs through August 9. 4685 Corrales Road, 898-7203,

May 14: Placitas Flea Market, sponsored by Placitas Elementary School. Fund-raiser for the "Art in the School" program. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 booth rental fee.

May 14: Flint knapping class. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All ages. For reservations, contact Katherine at 867-6115. $30. Coronado State Monument, west of the Rio Grande on Highway 550 in Bernalillo. See article in this Signpost.

May 14: The New Mexico Democratic Club meets. Speaker: Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. 7 p.m. All democrats welcome. Best Western Inn, Highway 528, Rio Rancho.

May 14: Placitas Flea Market. Benefits Art in the School for Placitas Elementary. Merc parking lot. $10 for 12’X16’ space. Vendors encouraged. No sandwiches or hot food. Fees collected starting 7 a.m. 867-0027.

May 14: Las Placitas Association presents a hands-on workshop to learn rapid appraisal techniques for grasslands and riparian areas. 9:00 a.m. See article in Eco-Beat, this Signpost. Free. 459-3186.

May 17: Field Guide to the Sandias book contributors discuss the implications of the human presence on the Sandias. Bob Julyan and John Hayden cover the diverse human presence throughout history in the Sandias. 7 p.m. New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

May 19: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Corrales Senior Center.

May 19: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 20: The Barbershop Harmony Society, Duke City Chorus, New Mexico's Premier Men's A Cappella Chorus, presents its annual show, “A Sentimental Journey.”Award-winning chorus and quartets will thrill you with the pleasing sounds of justly-tuned four-part harmony. 7:00 p.m. Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Theater. Tickets available at the door, or in advance: (505) 892-8048. $15/$12.

May 21: Pianist wendy Day plays all-Chopin. 3 p.m. Keller Hall, UNM. Adults $15, seniors and children $5. 277-2131.

May 22: The Placitas Artists Series ends its season with Willy and Friends playing string quartets. Viola, violins, and cello. 3 p.m. Artists’ reception at 1:30 p.m. for Mabel Culpepper, Mary Beth Goforth, Bianca Härle, and Charl Agiza. (See article in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.) 867-8080,

May 24: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 2:30 p.m., County Health Commons.

May 24: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 24: The Albuquerque Chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) meets. Program: "Passive Solar Home Design," by Kent Beierle from Environmental Design, Inc. 6 p.m. REI, 1550 Mercantile, NW of I-25 and Montaño. Open to the public, free. 505-246-0400,

May 24: Curves in Bernalillo celebrates first anniversary. Free equipment try-outs. Food. 140 E. Highway 550, Suite C. 771-9339.

May 28: Architectural tour of UNM campus with retired UNM planner Joe McKinney. Meet at 10 a.m. at Hodgin Hall, northeast corner of University and Central. $5. Friends of Coronado State Monument admitted free.

May 28: Placitas’s Downhill Phil entertains with harmonica, guitar, and vocals at Winning’s Coffee Co. Original live music. 1 p.m., 111 Harvard Dr. SE, 266-0000.

June 2: Book discussion. A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernst Gaines. 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Placitas Library., 867-3355, 867-5340






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