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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 (first Monday of the month): Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by a special program including speakers, demonstrations, or other events of interest to artists and art lovers. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience and media. All are encouraged to join. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists, network, make friends, and develop your skills.

Mondays: Placitas/Bernalillo Al-Anon Family Support Group Meeting. 7:30 to 8:30 pm behind the United Methodist Church in Bernalillo, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. For more information, call 262-2177.

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.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Whole Foods, 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 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: Becoming Happy: Everyone wants to be happy, but how do we become happy when it seems the world around us is falling apart? In this series, we will receive special advice from some of Buddha’s most profound teachings that can help us to make significant changes in our lives right now. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class, no pre-registration required. $8 per class. Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center NM. For information, call (505) 292-5293 or visit online 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;

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.

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.

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

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.

Thursdays (first and third Thursday of the month): The Coronado Optimist Club meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. at Coronado Grill (upstairs). Please join us in expanding the horizons of community youth, encouraging civic responsibility, and participating in community service. We welcome your ideas and enthusiasm! New members are welcome.

First and Third Thursdays: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10:30 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Tuesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.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 Tuesday: The Kids’ Book Club 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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.

Third Thursday of each month. the Village Academy Charter School Board meets unless there is a school holiday, and then we meet the second Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is OLOS in the Motivation Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 867-9094.

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 at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church group meetings. Sundays are women's only meetings.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Pantry is open 10 a.m.- noon in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome!

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. 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. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For 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,

May: Rio Rancho Public Schools will present a display of art from all ten elementary schools during the month of May at the Loma Colorado Main Library. The display will feature student art work that has been generated in the school art classes. The show will be held In the Library Auditorium and Gallery at 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho. For information, call (505) 891-5013, ext. 3030.

May: Monday evening classes discussing “Peak oil, climate change, and economic hard-times: Compassion and community.” 7-8:30 p.m., May 4, 11, and 18 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

May 2: Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine & Fiber Art will host chamber musicians‘ performance, arranged and presented by Chase Morrison and Mary Springfels. Suggested donation is $10. The performance will be from 1-3 p.m., with an art reception from 3-5 p.m. Please call (505) 471-1054 for further information.

May 3: Sandoval County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at Delavy House Museum (located off Highway 550 west of Bernalillo between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino). Laura Robbins will speak on “The Corridors Project in Placitas.” She will also be the featured artist and will display her mosaic art. Refreshments will be served. The program is free to Sandoval County Historical Society members. A $5.00 fee will be charged to non-members. For further information contact Martha Liebert at 867-2755.

May 6: Poet Marianne Broyles will read her work from 3-4 p.m. in the Loma Colorado Main Library Conference Room. Ms. Broyles’ appearance is one of many nationwide library events that will be presented to coincide with the showing of PBS’s “We Shall Remain,“ an American Experience series. Admission is free. For information, call (505) 891-5013, ext. 3030.

May 7: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 8: Bernalillo’s PB&J 25th Anniversary Celebration from 4-6 p.m. at Laredo Park in Bernalillo. Call Dina for more information at 877-7060. This event is open to the public.

May 9: 8:30 a.m.-noon. Placitas Open Space Trail Building. New meeting place: We’ll be joined by a crew of trail specialists from the City of Albuquerque, and will continue work on constructing new trails and closing old roads in the Las Huertas Creek area. Las Placitas and City of Albuquerque will provide tools, drinks, and snacks for this event. Please wear sturdy work clothes, and bring work gloves, a sun hat, extra water, and rain gear. The Open Space is beautiful this time of year, and your participation helps to assure the viability of the Placitas Open Space. Meet at the Merc parking lot and carpool to the site.

May 9-10: The Twelfth Annual Placitas Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring the work of fifty artists and artisans at forty-two sites. For information, visit

May 9-10: The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park present Herbfest, a celebration of herbs, wildflowers, and native plants. Catch events in full bloom from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW in Albuquerque. Entrance is free for all and parking is free for members of the Friends; parking for non-members is $3. For information, email Herbfest chair Peter Kelling, or call the Friends at (505) 343-1373.

May 12: Open Range, a musical duo featuring Ric Steinke and Linda Hausler will be in concert at the Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

May 12: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Tourism Offices, 264 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

May 13: County Health Alliance Council, 10 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia, Bernalillo.

May 14: First meeting of Club 54 (a Republican women’s group). Help launch your very own club. Please come for coffee, dessert, and fun. It’s free for Republican women voters who may not be able to attend our Friday luncheons. No childcare provided. Chamisa Hills Country Club, Rio Rancho. 7-8:30 p.m. Must RSVP to Bessie at 898-9074.

May 16: Heritage Day in Corrales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro. It’s an extra special Heritage Day celebration in Corrales this year, with exciting new activities that will entertain and inform adults and kids alike.

May 16: 8:45 a.m.-noon. Plants of the Placitas Open Space: William Dunmire will lead us on a tour of the Placitas Open Space to identify shrubs, grasses, and flowering plants. The wildflowers should be spectacular this year! Bill is a retired National Park Service naturalist and writer/photographer on natural history topics. See the Placitas Open Space plant list at No pets, please. Meet at the Open Space East Access at 8:45 a.m. Directions at

May 18: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering a class entitled Entrepreneurial Finance (6–8 p.m.) Cost: $10. This session focuses on establishing a relationship with a banker that fits your style and needs. Learn what questions to ask, what areas of your business plan your banker will focus on and why, and how to do your presentation so the banker will be more receptive to you. Attendees will find out what not to say to the banker and why. Information at

May 19: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering the following class: Creating Your Own Business Plan (6–8 p.m.) Cost: $10. This seminar is designed to introduce participants to the basics of planning a successful business by creating a business plan. A business plan defines the business, identifies goals, and serves as a firm’s résumé. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. It helps allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. Because it provides specific and organized information about the company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application. Information at

May 20: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering the following class: Marketing Plan (6–8 p.m.) Cost: $10. The first hour of this discussion will focus on answering the fundamental questions related to successfully marketing a product or service. We will answer each question in the context of the business proposed or related to the class participants. In the second hour, we will develop specific marketing strategies and tactics suited to the success of the business under discussion. Information at

May 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Cuba Senior Center.

May 21: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Executive Committee, 1:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 23: Bernalillo High School Graduation will be at 11:00 a.m. at Bernalillo High School.

May 23: “End of Life Care for Senior Animals” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This workshop will be held at the Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary. Class size is limited. Fee is $35 per person, and must be prepaid. Please call 471-5366 to register. We are located at 3749-A Highway 14, Santa Fe, 1/2 mile south of the Lone Butte General Store.

May 25: Non-essential offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May 27: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering the following class: Business Legal Structure (6–8 p.m.) Cost: $10. The Business Legal Structure workshop is designed to assist entrepreneurs in choosing the specific type of business organization that fits their needs. We will discuss guidelines on how to develop a business plan, as well as various types of business organizations. Information at

May 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

May 28: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering the following class: Bookkeeping—Benefits from the numbers and how to get them. (6–8 p.m.) Cost: $10. Topics include: An introduction to bookkeeping—why it needs to be done proficiently and the operational benefits; financial statements; who can and should do your bookkeeping; chasing and collecting the paper; IRS and state compliance; New Mexico gross receipts tax; gross margins and break-even calculations. Information at

May 28: The Sandoval County Small Business Development Center is offering the following class: IRS Small Business Forum (9–11 a.m.) Cost: $10. Inn at Rio Rancho, 1465 Rio Rancho Drive. The Small Business Forums are brought to you by the Small Business Development Center and the Internal Revenue Service. Forums will provide your organization with the latest small business tax information from the IRS, such as the business impact of the new economic stimulus. Your organization is encouraged to provide topics and issues for discussion. This meeting is open to any small business association interested in attending. Information at

May 30: 9 a.m.-noon. Montezuma Crest Hike: We all see Montezuma Crest every day, and this is your opportunity to see the view from the top. We would classify this hike as “mildly strenuous,” since it does involve off-trail walking on somewhat steep ground at times, yet it isn’t very long. A walking stick might be very useful. Please wear sturdy shoes and a sun hat; bring snacks and extra water. Meet at the Placitas Post Office and we’ll carpool to the site.

May 30: Piano recital, Wendy Day pianist, 2:00 p.m., Keller Idall - University of NM, All Chopin Program, admission for adults is $15.00, children & seniors $5.00.






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