Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. 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

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: 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.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

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. Info:

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. 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 Town Hall by 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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

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,  go to or, or call 301-2009.

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: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

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: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Friday: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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.

Every other Friday: Collage Like Picasso! Learning Studio. 2:00-4:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bogard teaches this experiential workshop that focuses on creating collage and mixed-media art works. Students use Washi and other papers and paints to create collage and mixed-media paintings. Previous art experience is not necessary. Occasional field trips. Cost: $25 for materials kit and instructional orientation. Placitas Community Center. 214-542-2192.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

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.

April 29: “The Poetry of a Photograph: Words and Photographs,” by José Cabaza. 5-8 p.m. A Placitas Community Center art show. An evening of wonder; coffee and cookies, too.

April 30-May 1: Corrales Art and Studio Tour (CAST). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Free. Village artists will open their studios and homes, hosting artists from the surrounding areas. The tour provides an opportunity for the public to meet the artists, see their work, and learn about their creative process. Maps and catalogs will be available at tents on each end of the Village on Corrales Road, and at Loma Larga and Meadowlark. or

May 1: Candy Wiggins Lopez performs. 2 p.m. Self-taught Bernalillo musician and plays music on several different instruments. Sponsored by the Sandoval County Historical Society. Five dollars or free to members. At the DeLavy House in Bernalillo, turn off Highway 550, beside the new I-Hop.

May 2: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) meets. 6:30 p.m. Discuss local issues. All welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

May 2: Attracting Interesting Pollinators to Your Garden. 10-11 a.m. Docent Sally Vance will give a tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden; emphasis will be on how to attract various pollinators to your residential garden. She will note four interesting and valuable pollinators that develop a healthy habitat. At Albuquerque Garden Center Demonstration Garden, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. All ages welcome. Free.

May 2: Rio Rancho DAV Chapter 5 Monthly meeting. 10 a.m. At Knights of Columbus Hall, 1022 Veranda Rd., SE Rio Rancho, 87124. All members are encouraged to attend and any new Disabled Veterans and visitors are welcome. Info: Larry Johnson, Adjutant, (505) 217-8531,

May 3: Gardening with the Masters lecture “Container Gardening.” 7-8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by

May 4: Pre-Planning and Zoning Community Open House and Forum for Placitas Sage Cohousing. Learn about our recently submitted application to the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission. Open House 6-7 p.m.; Q & A Forum 7-7:45 p.m.; Open House and informal conversation 7:45-8 p.m. All are welcome. Meeting held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.

May 4: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Jardineros will hold its monthly meeting-featuring Ann Lerner with the ABQ Film Company speaking on the New Mexico film industry. 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 Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

May 7: Plant clinic sponsored by 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to the public. Home Depot Garden Center, US 550, Bernalillo

May 7: Donate clothing and recycle electronics in one stop. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the south parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Casino, west of the Rio Grande off U.S. Highway 550. St. Felix Pantry accepts lightly used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, which it provides for free statewide, along with food and services to families in times of crisis. Electronics taken for recycling include computers, monitors, cell phones, gaming equipment, and other items.

May 7: Largest yard sale in Rio Rancho. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is ideal for those looking to clean out their garage and attic. Treasures are sure to be found by those who visit the vendor booths that will be on hand. For more information, or to secure a vendor space, call 891-5015. Cabezon Park is located at 2307 Cabezon Boulevard, which can be accessed by either Golf Course Road or Unser Boulevard.

May 7-8: Placitas Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to look inside the creative process and see where the artists do their work.

May 14: Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 973 Old Church Road in the Village of Corrales.

May 14: Placitas Garden Tour. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The 2016 garden tour will feature six gardens, highlighting the diversity of Placitas landscapes. Placitas Garden Tour tickets are ten dollars, children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paid adult. Purchase tickets and pick up garden maps on May 14 starting at 8:30 a.m. at either the Homestead Village Shopping Center or the Placitas Community Library. Advanced sale ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Plants of the Southwest and the Alameda Green House in Albuquerque, the Santa Ana Garden Center in Bernalillo, the Placitas Community Library and the Merc Grocery in Placitas from April 1 to May 13.

May 15: Chautauqua actor Ed Wallace presents “Esteban the Black: A Journey into the Unknown.” 2 p.m. The adventures of Moorish Slave as the first European to set foot on and cross what is now the Southern US. Five dollars, Friends of CHS are free. At Sandoval County Historical Society Museum, Edmond Road and Highway 550. 340-4780,

May 15: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. The concert and visual artist reception take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 for students with ID. Music students through high school are admitted free with paying adults. 867-8080,

May 16: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. Held on the first Tuesday of each month (Not affiliated with the church). Gives you an opportunity to learn of the Clubs’ 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. It’s a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, and more. Singles and men’s groups. Meetings held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte., 321-6970.

May 18: Urban Horticulture Class “Climate Extremes and Ways to Buffer it,” by Judith Phillips. 1-4 p.m. Presented by Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Free to public. Registration required. Registration:

May 19: The History of Acoma Pueblo: Sky City, sponsored by Corrales Historical Society Speaker Series. 7 p.m. A talk by Carol Louis from Acoma Pueblo. Free; open to the public. Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales 87048. Contact:,

May 21: Hoot Art Gallery hosts its grand opening. 2-5 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy live music and refreshments. Public is welcome. 221 Highway 165, Placitas. 867-5383,

May 21: Las Placitas Association hosts “Strip Mine Hike.” Meet at the Placitas Realty parking lot (east of Homestead Village complex) at 8:00 a.m. Two routes planned—one easy and one moderate. Contact David 252-259-2357 for more information.

May 21: Plant clinic sponsored by 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to the public. Santa Ana Garden Center, US 550, Bernalillo.

May 28-30: Fifteenth annual Albuquerque Wine Festival. Noon-6 daily. Held at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Tastings, music, artists, and more. To buy tickets online, go to

May 30: Memorial Day parade. Line-up at 9 a.m., starts at 10 a.m. From Country Club Drive east down Pinetree Road to the Veterans Monument Park. Registration is required to be in the parade. 891-5015.

June 4: Albuquerque Folk Festival. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Performances, workshops, food, arts, camping, jamming, fun. An incredible family music resource and fun-fest for Albuquerque residents. On Balloon Museum Grounds, Albuquerque. Tickets:

June 4: Mosaic Artists Of New Mexico present their first group exhibition “Water.” Opening: 4-6 p.m. Local artists. Beautiful mosaic work. Public welcome. New Ground Gallery, 5812 Central Avenue SE, Suite 100B, 87108. Show runs through June. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; other days by appointment.

June 17-October 28: Bernalillo Farmers Market. 4-7 p.m. Held at the Pavillon at Rotary Park, off Don Tomas in Bernalillo. Rotary Park is an accessible and family friendly place to buy fabulous food and visit with your neighbors. We will be accepting checks from WIC, SNAP, and other supplemental food programs. For more information, contact Bonnie Hill at

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