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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:
453 Hwy 165, Placitas, NM 87043
Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 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: Happiness That Lasts. Learn easy ways to develop a special experience of mental peace; as this grows our problems naturally decrease and our feelings of happiness last longer and longer. This series is based on the book Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class, no pre-registration required. 8/per class. Mondays, April 4 – May 23 (excluding April 25) from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Main Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center NM, 505-292-5293

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: Come Sing with Sweet Adelines Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the area who enjoy acappella singing and performing to “check us out.” Women of all ages are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 p.m. at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE., Albuquerque. For more information please visit or call 505-323-7960. 

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Please call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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.

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.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:00 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call (505) 867-9094.

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.

Tuesdays: Evening tai chi class meets at Albuquerque’s Harwood Art Center from 7-8 p.m. Tai chi’s slow, powerful movements increase core strength, posture, and balance. Classes are $30 per month. For more information, visit (click the “classes” tab) or call 792-4519.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m., Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, Albuquerque. This is an opportunity to learn of the club’s many varied activities. Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less or residents who are having major changes in their lives. It's a great way to make new friends and increase your social life, while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, opera, etc. (505) 321-6970,

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 (except during June, July, and August): Bilingual story time for ages six to ten. 3:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library

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: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda should contact Larry Blair at (505) 821-1386 or (505) 249-1035 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

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 Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Kid's Book Club for ages six to ten. 3:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library

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,

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: Mid-day Rio Rancho Toastmasters. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Our meeting room has been graciously provided by the Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard NE. Call (505) 792-9667 and ask for Debbi Ruel.

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: 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.

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, email Heather Kerr at

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. For information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally.  At the February 9 meeting DWSC will host a Forum for Candidates seeking to Chair the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Sandoval County Democrats. On March 9 DWSC will focus on Health Care Initiatives and on April 12 Environmental Issues: Clean Air and Water.  For information about the group, please contact Janice Saxton, President at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Library. Meetings are open to public. For information, call 867-3355.

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.

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. 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,

Second and fourth Thursdays (except during June, July, and August): Preschool story time for ages two to five. 10:00 a.m., Placitas Community Library

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.

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

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 Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 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 as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as 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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho monthly book sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr., Rio Rancho. Huge discounts and great bargains!

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meet
ing). 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

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: 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.

May 1: “Water of life” with Estevan Arellano. Farmer’s advocate, author and historian. 2 p.m. Sandoval County historical Society. Don’t miss this program. Acequias are not just ditches.

May 3: Gardening with the Masters—“Growing Tomatoes.” 7-8:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. Taught by Sam Thompson, veteran master gardener. Information: (505) 867-2582.

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

May 6: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society monthly meeting and stargaze. 8 p.m., Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. Stargaze will follow the meeting, weather permitting. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of the Saturn, as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events. For more information, log on to, or call (505) 220-5492.

May 7: Bowl-A-Thon to help fund Books for Babies and children's library programs provided by Rio Rancho's public libraries. Great family fun for a great cause. Hosted by Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho, the event will be at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho. Please visit or call 892-READ for details.

May 7 & 8: Placitas Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This free, self-guided tour is an excellent opportunity to visit 46 artists and artisans in their own unique workplaces.

May 9: Placitas Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pappadeaux, 5011 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque. Guest speaker is Heather Wilson, candidate for U.S. Senate. Cost is $25. Our July 11 meeting, from 4-6 p.m., is an ice cream social with New Mexico House Representative Jim Smith. He will present a wrap up of the legislative session and discuss ESCAFCA and voter I.D. The meeting location is 40 Anasazi Trails Loop, Placitas. The public is invited to all our events. Please RSVP by telephoning President Vickie Kneemeyer  at (505) 771-0173 or e-mailing Sheri Kizer at

May 10: Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board. 4:00 p.m., County Tourism Offices, 264 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

May 16: Commission on Senior Affairs. 1:30 p.m., Bernalillo.

May 14 and 28: Placitas Flea Market and Arts & Crafts Fair. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestead Village, across from the Merc. Benefiting the Placitas Community Library. Call Liz at (505) 771-8375 or PJ at (505) 771-1143 for more information.

May 14: The Westside Concert Chorale (formerly known as the Westside Community Chorale) spring concert—"Music for the Heart and Soul." 7:30 p.m., St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montaño Road, Albuquerque. Also on Sunday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m., at West Mesa Christian Church, 8821 Gold Course Road, Albuquerque. Questions: Please contact Bob Klenner at

May 18: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce. 3 p.m., 500 Quantum Rd. NE, Rio Rancho.

May 19: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board. 1:30p.m., Commission Chambers.

May 19: Tours of the Painted Kiva. Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. Tours of the museum and Mural Room will be available as well. Hostess: Sheryl Russell.

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

May 21: Miniature Bottle Gourd Workshop. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (two sessions), Coronado State Monument, Hwy. 550, Bernalillo. Adults only admission of $20 includes choice of kit to make one of the following items: a storyteller, a Nativity scene, a Southwestern doll, or create your own design, using the single-bottle gourd kit. Participants may bring their own decorative items to use. Light refreshments will be served. Call Pat Harris at (505) 822-8571 to reserve your spot.

May 22: Friends of Coronado State Monument lecture—“The Best of New Mexico’s Petroglyphs.” 2 p.m., DeLavy House, 161 Edmond Rd., off Hwy. 550, between IHOP & Phillips 66. Barron “Bear” Haley will discuss his photo collection of New Mexico rock art—some images going back 8,000 years! Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and speculative look into the “Facebook” of the past. Friends members free; $5 for nonmembers.

May 22: “Evening of Music and Puppets.” 6 p.m., under the portal at Coronado State Monument, Hwy. 550, Bernalillo. Live music of the American West (old and new) by Steve Cormier will be followed by an innovative show featuring the Puppet’s Revenge players, Demonio and Lady Blue, who tell a magical story of the 1528 wanderings of Estevanico and Cabeza de Vaca, a shipwrecked Spaniard off Florida’s coast whose tales influenced the Coronado Expedition! Reserved, limited seating. Please call (505) 867-5351 for information and reservations. 

May 22: 2 p.m. Meet-and-Greet for our Placitas Area state legislators at the Anasazi Winery in Placitas Village, at 26 Camino de los Pueblitos Road. This event will also introduce for discussion and support, the Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association. 

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

May 30: Nonessential offices will be closed in observance Memorial Day.





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