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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve - from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 867-9094.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. For more information, call 867-1396.

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

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

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

First Saturday (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

Third Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

May 1: San Felipe Pueblo—St. Phillip Feast Day. For more info, call 867-8687 or go to

May 2: Monthly meeting of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society and stargaze. 8 p.m. Held at the Rainbow Park Observatory (301 Southern Boulevard, SE, Rio Rancho). Parking is available in a parking lot in front of Rainbow Pool. The observatory is located behind Rainbow Pool. This will be the last meeting before our summer break in June and July. Meetings will start again in August. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of various planets and the Moon, as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. For more information, visit our website at, or call 220-5492.

May 3: Cochiti Pueblo—Santa Cruz Feast Day. For more info, call 867-8687 or go to

May 3: Public forum to present task force report on free-roaming horses of Placitas. 9-noon. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, in Placitas. Participation will be limited to the size of the church sanctuary, and community members will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event. The event is free.

May 3: Chatter at the rail yards. 5 p.m. A soaring classical music concert will be held at the Blacksmith Shop at the Albuquerque Rail Yards, First Street, at Hazeldine Ave SW. Performing will be the Chatter Ensemble, featuring David Felberg, Solo Violin; Ruxandra Marquardt, Solo Violin; and Conor Hanick, piano and harpsichord. Tickets are $15 dollars for adults, nine for students, and five for children. They are available online at or send a check with your name, address, and number of desired tickets to: PO Box 7464, Albuquerque, NM 87194.

May 3: Celebrate Placitas Community Library’s eleventh birthday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free entertainment, refreshments, and a little hands-on work, creating a labyrinth.

May 3: Idalia Road Marketplace opens in Rio Rancho, weekends through Oct 5. Community outdoor market, 9-2 Sat., 10-2 Sun. May: Paws Cause—a fundraiser, lectures, demos and a silent auction. June: Le Petit Lavender Fest. Breakfast burritos and eclectic lunch menu. Shiner’s Vidalia onion sales in May and some early crops. Local businesses, arts and crafts folks, live music. On Idalia Road, 1/2 mile north of Northern Blvd.

May 3-4: Corrales Art Studio Tour. Discover new works and meet the artists who created them in this pastoral village. For more info, call 771-8370 or go to

May 3 and 4: Ballet Repertory Theatre celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with their production of Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare. Tchaikovsky’s three fantasy overtures inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo & Juliet will be featured. Performances: 7 p.m. on May 3; 2 p.m. on May 4. Tickets on sale at, the KiMo Theatre Box Office, and For special assistance call 768-3522 or 311 locally. (Voice/Relay) NM 1-800-659-8331. Price range: $17-$27. Reserved seating only.

May 4: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “The Inquisition in New Mexico.” 2 p.m. The meeting will take place at the DeLavy House, in Bernalillo. Admission is five dollars, or free for members.

May 5: Board meeting of ES-CA. 6:30 p.m. Held at La Puerta Realty. All are welcome to attend.

May 7: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Joe and Althea Cajero, award-winning artists, will discuss Native Art: The Process of Creativity and Adapting to a Changing Market. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information, see or contact Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

May 9: Drought gardening workshop offered by Sandoval County Master Gardeners. 8:45 a.m.-noon. Held at the New Mexico State University, Sandoval County Extension office conference room, 711 Camino del Pueblo (old Sandoval Courthouse) in Bernalillo. Topics covered will include drought gardening strategies, rain-water collection methods, and home soil erosion management. Class size is limited. To register call 867-2582, or toll free at (800) 678-1802.

May 10: Placitas History Project hosts Kathy Flynn to speak about FDR’s New Deal program in New Mexico. 2-4 p.m. Placitas Community Library.

May 10-11: 17th Annual Placitas Studio Tour. Visit artists’ homes and studios in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 771-1006 or visit

May 12: Placitas Federated Republican Women luncheon meeting, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pappadeux Restaurant on Pan American Road. Speakers: Allen Weh, U.S. Senator candidate; Rick J. Lopez, NM State Treasurer, candidate. Info:, 505-771-0173.

May 12: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Joe’s Pasta House, 3201 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho. Speakers: Jason Harper, NM Representative Dist.57; Paul A. Pacheco, Representative, Dist. 23. Info/reservations: Carolyn, 681-6328;

May 15: Placitas History Project meets. 6:30-8 p.m. Also meets on August 21 and October 16. Held at the Placitas Community Library, (453 Hwy 165). Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

May 16-18: San Ysidro Catholic Church hosts Feast day and Fiesta event in Corrales. Raffle, Bingo, Spanish choir and the Bernalillo Matachines. Food, games, cake walk, arts and crafts, silent auction, live entertainment. No admission fee. Special dinner tickets: Info: (505) 898-1779.

May 17: Author Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman, to speak at the Placitas Library. 2 p.m. For more information, call 867-3355.

May 17: Firewise Placitas hosts Chipper Day at the Placitas Community Library (453 Hwy 165), sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A donation of $15 per pickup load is suggested. Info:  Vicki Gottlieb at placitasfirewise@gmail., 404-8022.

May 20: Workshop: creating your own small business plan. 6-8 p.m. Held at the Bernalillo SBDC office, located at 282 S. Camino del Pueblo. Learn the basics of a business plan for your small business and how it can help you achieve your business objectives. Cost is ten dollars. Sign-up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Call 867-5066 for more information.

May 21: Workshop: marketing your small business. 6-8 p.m. Class is held at the Bernalillo SBDC office, located at 282 S. Camino del Pueblo. Join us to learn how to more effectively market your small business.  You will get some great ideas on how to utilize your marketing budget in order to reach your target clients. Cost is ten dollars. Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Call 867-5066 for more information.

May 24-26: Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show. Watch Indian dances, enjoy Native food, and purchase authentic pottery, jewelry, dolls, sculpture, and blankets. Held at Red Rocks Park. For more information, call 575-834-7235 or visit,

May 25: Placitas Artists Series presents concert and artists reception. Reception at 2 p.m. and concert at 3 p.m. Held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance ($20/$15). For further details see: or call 867-8080.

May 27: Workshop: business legal structure. 6-8 p.m. Held at the Bernalillo SBDC office, located at 282 S. Camino del Pueblo. This class provides an overview of the different legal structures for your small business.  Risk, costs, and taxes are some of the major things to consider and the workshop will discuss these issues and more. Cost is ten dollars. Sign-up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Call 867-5066 for more information.

May 28: Workshop: bookkeeping for your small business plan. 6-8 p.m. Held at the Bernalillo SBDC office, located at 282 S. Camino del Pueblo. This workshop provides an overview of how to keep your books for your small business. This is a must class for anyone wanting to learn how to get organized and great tips are provided to stay on top of your business finances. Cost is ten dollars. Sign-up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Call 867-5066 for more information.

May 31: A walk through Placitas history. 10-noon. The third-of-a-mile walk will proceed along the Paseo de San Antonio. Meet at the San Antonio Catholic Mission Social Center on Paseo de San Antonio in the Village. While the walk is only a short distance, it is one-way. You may want to arrive a little early at the Mission to arrange carpools to drop off a car or two at the Presbyterian Church in which to return to the Mission at the conclusion of the walk. Comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen are recommended.

June 7: Sixteenth annual Albuquerque Folk Festival. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Held at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Parking and camping are free. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including a $2 service charge). You can also get tickets through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW) or by calling 886-1251.

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