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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: Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

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 Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email Heather Kerr at

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.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays through May: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Their function is to increase the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors.Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free. For more information, call 898-7927.

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 3: “Hand to Mouth.” Food-related art and more. Corrales Bosque Gallery’s yearly benefit show. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Forty percent of all proceeds made opening day will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Free gourmet food donated by local chefs. For information, call or visit the Corrales Bosque Gallery, Mercado de Maya, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales. 898-7203. You may also visit their website at:

Through October 23: The Sandoval County Master Gardener Hotline is now open at 867-2582 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Veteran Master Gardeners will answer general gardening questions, from what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases may be a problem, and more.

May 1: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers

May 3: Migratory and Nesting Birds of the Placitas Open Space, a birding hike led by New Mexico ornithologist Hart Schwarz. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Open Space East Access. Wear sturdy hiking shoes; bring lots of water and a snack. No pets, please. 867-5477,

May 3: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society monthly meeting, Coronado State Monument, 8 p.m. Information: visit or call 220-5492.

May 3: Saturday Morning with Bernalillo Mayor Patricia A. Chávez, 10 a.m. to noon. 867-3311.

May 3 and 4: Tenth annual Corrales Studio Tour, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit private studios of Corrales artists on a self-guided tour. Maps available at participating stores along Corrales Road. For information, call Lori Barrett at 385-8056 or (866) 639-6392 or visit:

May 4: Ardantane School of Sacred Living near Jemez Springs is offering “Gaia Hypothesis in Daily Life.” Far more than a “Don’t hurt the planet; recycle your trash” lecture, it is an exploration into the spiritual dimensions of being part of something far greater than any one of us, yet dependent on each of us. Learn what it means to be an Earthling. There is a tuition fee; scholarships and work study are available. To register, email or visit

May 5: Gardening with the Masters Series, Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Learn the basics of drip irrigation installation and how to maintain, retrofit, and upkeep your system to save water. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho 7 - 8:30 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 867-2582.

May 6: Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas. For more information, call Martin Bradshaw at 867-5942.

May 6: Town of Bernalillo Planning and Zoning Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall. 867-3311.

May 6: “Home Safety—Making Your Home a Safe Haven” presentation. Esther Bone Library, 6:30 p.m. 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, call 891-5012, ext. 3128 or email

May 7: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet at Town Council Chambers, Town of Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo. Social time at 6 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., forum 7 - 9 p.m. features the Sandoval County Democratic candidates. Guests and public are welcome. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

May 8 through 11: Sandoval Community Arts will be working on a mural project at the new Flying Star in Bernalillo. Any artists interested in helping may call 307-2395 for details. This is a timeline of Sandoval County. Also, on June 22 there will be a Hispanic Music Festival in Bernalillo.

May 10: Tin punching workshop, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. For information, call 867-5351.

May 10 - 17: GreenBuilt Tour. For information, visit

May 10-11: Eleventh annual Placitas Studio Tour. Stop in to visit the private studios of many Placitas artists on a self-directed tour. Browse binders of their artwork at Homestead Village Shopping Center’s gazebo to preview. See [See feature and map in center section, this Signpost.]

May 12: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

May 13: SCAFCA Meeting. 3 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall, 867-3311.

May 13: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Tourism Offices, 264 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

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

May 15: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Jemez Senior Center.

May 15: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 17: Plants of the Placitas Open Space, a tour of local plant life, led by writer/photographer William Dunmire. Meet at the Open Space East Access at 8:45 a.m. 867-5477,

May 17: Gourd art workshop, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-5351.

May 17: Heritage Day in Corrales at Casa San Ysidro and the Old Church, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is a free event, featuring animals, a puppet playhouse, food, vendors, music, and docents to tell the history of the house.

May 18: At 2 p.m., Friends of Coronado State Monument, the Sandoval County Historical Society, and Coronado State Monument will sponsor a presentation featuring architect John Gaw Meem’s role in the construction of Coronado State Monument. Meem expert and architect Luis “G.I.” Castillo will lead the presentation. Also speaking will be author Richard Melzer. Artwork by Zia Pueblo artist Ma Pe Wi will be on display. The event will be held at the DeLavy House, on Edmond Road in Bernalillo, and is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person and is free to members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument and/or the Sandoval County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.

May 20: Folk music by The Ancient Bones. Esther Bone Library, 6:30 p.m. 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. Free tickets are required and available at the library’s adult information desk. Call 891-5012, ext. 3128 for more information.

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

May 22: Friends of Coronado State Monument will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Brad Vierra entitled “Archaeological Remains of the Coronado Expedition: A Sixteenth-century Campsite in the Tiguex.” 7 p.m. The event will be held at Coronado State Monument on the portal, located about one mile west of I-25 on Route 550. The presentation is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person and is free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

May 25: Placitas Artists Series presents a program of Eastern European string quartets. Violist Willy Sucre will be joined by violinists Krzystof Zimowski, Anthony Templeton, and cellist Dana Winograd. Preceding the concert at 1:30 p.m., a reception will be held for May exhibiting visual artists Gary W. Priester, Laura Robbins, Jan M. Bennett, and Renée Brainard Gentz. Tickets are $18/$15. For more information, visit or call 867-8080. [See article, this Signpost.]

May 26: Non-essential Sandoval County and Town of Bernalillo offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

May 27: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 867-3311.

May 31: Flint Knapping Workshop, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Coronado State Monument, off I-25, just west of Bernalillo. For information, call Pat Harris, 822-8571 or email

June 14: Placitas pianist Wendy Day will perform an all-Chopin piano program at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The concert will be held at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE in Albuquerque. For further information, call 268-0044.





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