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May 2007 Signpost Community Calendar

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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.

First Tuesdays: 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;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

Second Tuesdays: 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, national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 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.

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.

First Wednesdays: 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. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: 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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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 through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

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.

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.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

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

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.

Saturdays: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

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.

Through June 2: Photographers Sandra Layne and Tim Nadeau show photography artwork at O’Hare’s. Sandra has won numerous awards with her photography, which hangs in many offices in Albuquerque, across the United States, and in several foreign countries. Placitas resident Tim applies the skills learned from fieldwork as a television photographer and photojournalist to the artistic side of life. O’Hare’s Grille and Pub is located at 4100 Southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho, and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

April 28: Las Placitas Association (LPA) is sponsoring a bird hike featuring migratory and nesting birds of the Placitas Open Space. The hike will begin at 8:15 am. and last four to five hours, however, people are free to leave earlier if they wish. Bring water, snacks, hats, sun block, and good hiking shoes. Meet at the open space east access. For directions, visit the LPA website at

April 28: Shop for Mother’s Day from fifty women-owned local businesses and participate in a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Barrett House (a local women’s shelter). Mother’s Day gifts include spa packages, hair and nail services, health and beauty products and services, and many other unique gift ideas. Vendors will also collect gently-used women’s business suits to donate to women’s shelters to support women transitioning to work. The event will be held at Our Lady of Fatima gym, located at 4020 Lomas Boulevard NE in Albuquerque. For information, call (505) 980-7483.

April 28 and 29: Rio Rancho Artists’ Association (RRAA) Studio Tour. Thirty-five artists working in media ranging from colored pencil and pastels, oil and acrylic paints, photography, sculpture, and fabric art open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event is sponsored by the City of Rio Rancho Cultural Enrichment Department, The Observer newspaper, and the RRAA. The starting point for the tour will be Haynes Park, at the corner of Route 528 and 21st in Rio Rancho by the BBQ pavilion, where directions and details will be provided. For tour information, call (505) 296-8631. For RRAA information, call (505) 771-0748, or visit

April 29: Opening Day of the Corrales Growers’ Market. 9 a.m – noon. Official season for Corrales Growers’ Market begins with a Plant and Garden Show. Come enjoy breakfast burritos and the music of The Squash Blossom Boys. Buy plants for your garden and visit lots more vendors with New Mexico-grown products. The Market is held on Corrales Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call (505) 898-7927.

May 2: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-7500.

May 3: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers. 867-7500.

May 5: Art Gallery 66 presents the opening of “Bride of Honkyfest,” an exhibit of humorous animal art. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 31 at 373 North Camino del Pueblo (North 313) in Bernalillo.

May 6: Wendy Day performs an all-Chopin piano recital. 3 p.m. Free. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas. 867-5718. [See story, Sandoval Arts, this Signpost]

May 5 and 6: Westside Community Chorale’s Spring Concert, under the direction of John Clark, retired head of music at UNM. This year’s music represents “Americana” and includes traditional patriotic pieces such as “Salute to George M. Cohan,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Also, a folk song medley, a spiritual, the moving “Prayer for the Children,” “Festive Canticle,” by local composer Scott Wilkinson, and a number of other selections. The May 5 concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, 1004 SE 24th Street off of Southern Boulevard, about one mile west of 528. The May 6 concert will be at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2903 19th Street, at the intersection of Golf Course Road. Tickets at the door: $5 children and seniors; $10 adults or for $4 and $8, in advance at Frame-n-Art on Corrales Road, Grandma’s Music and Sound on Coors, the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce on Southern Boulevard, or from any WCC member.

May 6: Corrales Growers’ Market featuring spring greens, plants for your garden, yummy baked goods, natural soaps, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, jams, and salsas made from the bounty of New Mexico farms and gardens. 9 a.m. – noon. Music of Rock Bottom Blues, Burritoville breakfast burritos made with red or green chile and farm fresh eggs. Held at 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

May 6: Sandoval County Historical Society meets, 2 p.m. Speaker: Stephanie Beninato of the New Mexico Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau on “Facts and Fantasy of the Leadership of the Pueblo Revolt in 1680.” Also, the Santa Ana Women’s Co-op of Tamaya will display their art. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Meeting will be held at the Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550, west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and Star Casino. For information, call Martha Liebert at 867-2755.

May 8: The Sandoval County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Speakers: Matt Brix, who will provide a synopsis of the ethics issues addressed during the recently-finished legislative session, as well as the possible path forward for those still remaining. Kathy Duffy, president of the Democratic Women of New Mexico, will discuss current issues affecting New Mexico women. For information, call Crystal at 771-9441. Meeting will be held at the Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway 528 and Sara Road.

May 8: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-7500.

May 12: Corrales, along with the Corrales Historical Society, celebrates Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro, the Historic Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free to the public. Entertainment, including the Puppet Playhouse, vendors, animals, a food concession, and information about the history of Corrales and the Spanish Colonial and Territorial periods. The event will be held at the Old San Ysidro Church off of Corrales Road.

May 12: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. at Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. For information, call (505) 896-3347 or email

May 12: Corrales Growers’ Market will set up a table at Historic San Ysidro Church to join in the Heritage Day Celebration at the Old Church and Casa San Ysidro. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The day promises to be festive with music, food and demonstrations of days-of-old New Mexico. Corrales Growers’ Market Shop will have beautiful woven baskets, great new Corrales t-shirts, postcards, and caps. Old Church Road, Corrales. 898-7927.

May 12 and 13: 10th Annual Placitas Studio Tour. Fifty-nine Placitas artists and artisans welcome you to their studios and workshops in the scenic rolling hills of the northern foothills of the Sandias. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Browse through artists’ work at Homestead Village Shopping portal. [See map in center, this Signpost.]

May 12 and 13: Big book sale at the Placitas Library. Saturday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Featuring lots of great bargains on a variety of books, videos, CD’s and other materials—something for everyone. Clean out your bookshelves and bring your book and audio/visual donations to the Library.

May 13: Corrales Growers’ Market Mothers’ Day Event: Treat Mom to a beautiful bouquet and a delicious breakfast burrito. 9 a.m. – noon. Let her pick out some special items from Enchanted Lavender, or soothing lotions from Naturally Mary. Spring greens, garlic, radishes, farm-fresh eggs, and plants for the garden are just some of the New Mexico-grown products to choose from. Music will be provided by the female Barbershop quartet, The Four Tune Cookies. Held at 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

May 15: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. at Capo’s Bottega. Come any time after 6 p.m. for social time. Dinner is optional (several $5.99 specials are being offered). Guest speaker: Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring friends. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email Capo’s Bottega Ristorante Italiano, 1016 US 550 in Bernalillo (west side of river, north side of highway).

May 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Jemez Senior Center. 867-7500.

May 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers. 867-7500.

May 19: Placitas Community Library First Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser. Santa Ana Star Casino—Bosque Ballroom, 6 p.m. Over one hundred auction items. Tickets $60/person (fifty percent is tax-deductible). For tickets, call Pam Buethe at (505) 771-8941 or Tina Thomas at (505) 771-1299, or visit

May 19: Rio Grande Art Association monthly meeting. 10 a.m. to noon. Oil, acrylic, and mixed-media. David Schwindt will give a demonstration entitled, “Strategies for Painting the Landscape Indoors,” discussing the use of photographs and plein-air color sketches in the studio. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month. Guests are welcome. Cumberland Presbyterian (SE corner of Academy and Moon in NE Albuquerque). For information, call Barb at 823-1264 or Mary at 400-7732, or visit

May 19 and 20: Green Built Tour, showcasing buildings and homes that incorporate “green” design and construction. This year’s tour will feature ten homes in Santa Fe, ten homes in Albuquerque, and several others in the Los Alamos and Taos areas. Admission to the tour is $10. For more information, visit or call 246-0400. [See article, this Signpost.]

May 20: Corrales Growers’ Market can be one of your first stops for Sundays in the Village. 9 a.m. – noon. Breakfast burritos, music of Lucas Critchfield and Marimba Dulce, and lots of plants for the garden. Take home some carrot cake muffins and zucchini bread from Deb Skilling and some fresh-cut flowers from the Findley’s Stand. All that grows in the springtime in New Mexico is available, along with farm-fresh eggs, organic raspberry jams, ristras, natural soaps, and homemade dog biscuits. Held at 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

May 20: Corrales Society of Artists “Art in the Park” events return. Art in the Park, a series of fine arts and crafts shows sponsored by the Corrales Society of Artists and the Kiwanis Club of Corrales will be held the third Sunday of every month, beginning in May and continuing through October. Featuring local painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, and metalworkers, as well as some of New Mexico’s finest crafts artisans. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Entrada Park (northwest corner of Corrales and La Entrada Roads). Parking and admission are free. Live music, food, art demonstrations, and free youth art workshops. For information, visit

May 20: Willy Sucre and Friends perform a program of string quartets at the last concert of the Placitas Artists Series season. 3 p.m. An artists’ reception begins at 1:30. Tickets are available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas; at Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE in Albuquerque; or online at Prices: $18 for general admission/$15 for seniors and students. Event will be held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). 867-8080. [See story, Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.]

May 22: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 27: Corrales Growers’ Market features the music of singer/songwriter Shelley Morningsong, a special addition to a terrific market morning. 9 a.m. – noon. As always, expect fresh produce, plants and products from New Mexico, including breakfast burritos from Burritoville, made with red or green chile and farm-fresh eggs, plenty of baked goods, as well as jams, salsas, fresh flowers, picture-perfect greens, local honey, potted fig trees, and fresh sprouts in abundance. Held at 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

June 1 through 24: “Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain,” by Mark Dunn, will play at the Adobe Theater with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12; seniors and students $10. For information or reservations, call 898-9222. The Adobe Theater is located at 9813 Fourth Street NW.






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