The Sandoval Signpost

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May 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Info: Jessica, 867-0498.

• Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

• First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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

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

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Third Tuesday: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Second Tuesday: The Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–—Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; POW—People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

First Wednesday: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 867-9777.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center. Interested folks are invited to attend. 867-3355.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting, for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m. Rio West Community Church Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho. 867-9408.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Sundays: Join Don at the Placitas Library for coffee, conversation, and the Times. Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1.

Through May: “Roots of Albuquerque,” colorful range of artifacts and documents tracing the city's history since its 1706 founding. 7:30-noon Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library, UNM main campus. No charge for admission. For further information, contact Karen Wentworth, at 277-5627 or

Through May 5: HawkWatch observation. To get to the Sandia site, take Route 66 through Tijeras Canyon, go north at the small brown hiking sign through the Monticello subdivision, follow signs and park where the dirt road ends. The trail goes north for a short distance, then the HawkWatch path splits off to the right and climbs the ridge to the east. (The main trail straight ahead continues on to Three Gun Spring.) 255-7622.

April 28: County Health Alliance Executive Committee, 8:30 a.m., Sandoval County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

April 28: Yonder Mountain String Band. Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, 7 p.m. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 764-0249 or for more information.

April 29: Harry Willson, scientist, pastor, teacher, writer, publisher, humanist, and author of Myth and Mortality: A Humanist Tests the Stories, examines differing cultural attitudes about death. 10 a.m. to noon. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE, Albuquerque. 888-7375.

April 29: Friends of Tijeras Pueblo all-day training session for volunteers at Tijeras Pueblo archaeological site, with keynote speaker Beverly R. Singer, PhD, associate professor of anthropology and Native American studies at UNM. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Sandia Ranger District in advance, 281-3304, to reserve training packet.

April 29 through 30: Solar-electricity classes (women only).$450. Design and hand-on installation. For information, check or call Mary McArthur, 505-281-0471. Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association. See article in this Signpost for details.

April 30. Corrales Growers' Market. Plant-and-garden show, live music, Jim White's breakfast burritos,.local produce, market shop, agricultural products, natural soaps, salsas, baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. Next to the Corrales Post Office, on Corrales Road. 897-0502.

May 1 through 4: Rio Rancho planning-and-design charrette to create an area plan around Rio Rancho City Centre. Residents of Rio Rancho will join forces with the city’s Department of Development Services and their planning consultants HDR, Inc. Contact Shannon Eubanks, DDS, at 891-5005 or, or Maggie Adams from HDR, at 830-5462 or Full schedule and up-to-date charrette information at

May 1: Rudy Benavidez, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Agent, will present “Safe Use of Household Grey Water to Water Landscape Plants” and “How to Install a Grey Water System in your Home.” 7-8:30 p.m. Rio Rancho City Hall, South Conference Room, 3900 Southern Boulevard SE. Open to the public, free. 867-2582.

May 3: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Rio Rancho DPS Substation 5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Drive, Rio Rancho.

May 4: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 5 through 7: Ballet Theatre of New Mexico presents traditional and original dances inspired by the cultures of Mexico and Spain, concluding with the ballet Carmen. KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque. May 5, 7 p.m.; May 6, 2 and 7 p.m.; May 7, 2 p.m. Tickets ($15 to $20, $2 discount for seniors, students, and children) at KiMo Theatre Box Office, at 768-3544;, 883-7800 (Ticketmaster); and all Ticketmaster outlets. TTY users, call 1-800-659-1779.

May 5: Grupo de Danza Folklórica Makawi. Sixty-five-member folkloric dance group from Mexico commemorated Cinco de Mayo. 8 p.m., in the NHCC’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts, Albuquerque. Tickets (724-4471) $10, discount for students, seniors, NHCC members. Student concert at 1 p.m. with Makawi. $5 per student, teachers admitted free. To sign up for the student concert, call STEPS Dance Academy, at 766-5449.

May 5, 6, 8-12: Bernalillo Public Schools presents “Celebration of Arts,” a district-wide art show featuring the work of students grades K-12 and teachers, at Bernalillo High School Career Academy. Photographs by the late BPS school superintendent, Dr. Gary Dwyer, will be shown and for sale, with proceeds to benefit fine and performing arts projects and programs for BPS students and teachers. Friday, May 5: Art show opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Artwork will remain on display for public viewing on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and from May 8 through 12.

May 6: Navajo Taco Dinner. Take-out available. Proceeds benefit the church and community outreach. 5 -7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Highway 165, six miles east of I-25 off Exit 242. 771-8466.

May 6: Rudy Benavidez, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Agent, will be on hand to answer questions about ground preparation, suitable plants for your yard, etc. Bring samples of plants for expert identification of diseases, insect infestation, nutrient deficiencies. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Santa Ana Garden Center, 157 Jemez Dam Road, Bernalillo. 867-2582.

May 6 and 7: 8th Annual Corrales Art/Studio Tour. Corrales artists open their studios, galleries to the public. Original work includes paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, furniture, jewelry, sculpture, photography. Prizes, drawings, food, community fun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 343-8770.

May 6 and 7: “HONKYFEST!,” a tongue-in-cheek exhibit featuring the work of Marjie Bassler and Michelle Cook. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Art Gallery 66 in Bernalillo. The opening will be Saturday, May 6, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, May 7, from 12 to 5. Art Gallery 66, 373 N. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Exhibit runs through May 14. 292-3675,

May 7: Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery multiphonic singers perform “Sacred Music and Sacred Dance for World Healing,” with dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals, and gyaling horns, masked dances. 2 p.m. Popejoy Hall. Tickets ($32, $26, and $19) at (outlets, on-line, and at (800) 905-3315); UNM Bookstore and the UNM Arena; through UNM, at 925-5858 or May 4-7: Watch the construction, consecration, dismantling of sandpainting mandala. No charge. See article in this Signpost for schedule.

May 7: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “Three Cultures: Maybe Yes, Maybe No.” Speaker: Paul Carpenter. Free, open to the public, refreshments. Delavy House Museum, Bernalillo, off Highway 550, between Coronado State Monument and Star Casino. 867-2755.

May 7: Corrales Growers' Market features live music with the Bleecker St. Boys, Jim White's breakfast burritos, Spring greens, salsas, herbs, baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

May 7: Westside Community Chorale, conducted by John Clark, will feature the premiere of My Dearest Friend, a variety of music celebrating love, by Scott Wilkinson. 3:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets:$10 adults, $5 seniors, students—898-7895 or e-mail: Reduced-price tickets available at Placitas Mini-Mart.

May 9: Sandoval County Lodger's Tax Board, 4 p.m., 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

May 9: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

May 9: Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Monthly Lecture Series presents "Taking Charge in Chaco," by speaker Dr. Lynne Sebastian. The talk will summarize the "what, how, and when" of Chaco and then launch bravely into the question of "Why was Chaco the way it was?" 7 p.m. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras. 281-3304.

May 13: Albuquerque Astronomical Society presents a free lecture, "Making the Connection Down Under," by TAAS president Judy Stanley. Travel, accommodation, and contact information for those interested in experiencing astronomy down under. UNM's Regener Hall, UNM Main Campus, west of Popejoy Hall. 7 p.m. For information and a map, visit or call 254-TAAS.

May 13: The AAUW Albuquerque Branch presents a forum, "How Can We make No Child Left Behind Work for New Mexico Students." 3-4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist First Church Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle, NE. Open to the public.

May 13: Placitas Flea Market to benefit Art In the Schools program at Placitas Elementary School. Held the second Saturday of each month. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Booth rental fee: $10. Homestead Village, in Placitas. 867-0027.

May 13: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1:00 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. 896-3347,

May 13 and 14: Placitas Studio Tour. Over sixty artists and artisans welcome you to their Placitas studios. Fun, free community event. Food available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maps and information binder available at Homestead Village gazebo. [See center section, this Signpost.]

May 14: Corrales Growers' Market celebrates Mother’s Day with flowers, natural soaps, pies, honey, music by the Bosque Bassoonists. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

May 16: Democratic Women of Sandoval County general meeting. 6:30 p.m. Speaker: State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino will discuss The Left Hand of God, written by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Light refreshments will be served. UU Westside Congregation social hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca), Rio Rancho. 867-1139 or e-mail

May 18 through June 4: Paintings and photographs of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, by Lois Duitman, on exhibit at the Albuquerque Little Theatre during the showing of the play Smoke On the Mountain. Duitman’s work is shown in museums around the world and widely collected.

May 18: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Corrales Senior Center.

May 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 20: Rudy Benavidez, Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Agent, will be on hand to answer questions about ground preparation, suitable plants for your yard, etc. Bring samples of plants for expert identification of diseases, insect infestation, nutrient deficiencies. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Home Depot, by Cottonwood Mall. 867-2582.

May 20: Children's celebration at the Placitas Library. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments, story time, fun activities focusing on kids aged three to eight. 2 to 4 p.m.

May 21: Corrales Growers' Market offers fresh produce, delicious treats, music by David Palsce, acoustic guitarist and vocalist. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

May 21: Placitas Artist Series present its season finale, with Willy Sucre and Friends performing string quartets at 3:00 p.m. [See article, this Signpost.] Reception at 1:30 p.m. for visual artists Claudia Moraga, Eloise Rogers, Elaine Slusher, Lillian Gerity. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, in Placitas. Tickets: 867-8080, or see ad and article.

May 21: Outdoor exhibition of fine arts and crafts presented by the Corrales Society of Artists and the Village of Corrales. Enjoy a stroll in the shaded La Entrada park in the charming Village of Corrales while viewing displays of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, parking. 898-9898,

May 23: Planning and Zoning, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 26: Sandoval County Health Alliance, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

May 28: Corrales Growers' Market holds its first Basket Raffle of the season, a beautiful African Basket full of vendors offerings, and music by Paul Salazar, folk-rock guitarist and vocalist. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

May 29: Nonemergency Sandoval County offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May 31: Corrales Growers' Market holds its first Wednesday market of the season. Bring home something fresh for dinner. 4-7 p.m. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 550-3271.

June 3: Placitas Library Birthday Bash, with a fabulous book sale. Great books at low prices. Live music.





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