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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: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

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

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

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

Second Mondays: 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. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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). 867-9094.

Third Mondays: 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. 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. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Tuesdays: 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. 771-0130.

First Tuesdays: 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: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10:00 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). Membership is 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, etc. Single’s & men’s groups. Info:, 321-6970

First Tuesdays: 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. Call 404-8492 or visit

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, Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesdays: 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.

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

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. 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: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

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. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, 301-2009.

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

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

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursdays: Veteran’s outreach program. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA and state benefits. NMDVS is here to help. Don’t forget to bring your dd-214. For more information, call Joseph Dorn at 383-2414.

First and third Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission meeting. 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 Thursdays: 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 Thursdays: 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 Placitas Post Office.

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

Fridays: 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. Geri: 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.

First Friday: Veterans Outreach program. 1-5 p.m. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

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. 867-7226.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

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

Third Sundays: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysidro town office. Jessica: 459-6553.

April 28: Great American Cleanup. 8 a.m.-noon. Activities will include cleaning trash and debris from public lands, road right-of ways, and parks throughout the City. Following cleanup work, a thank you party for volunteers will take place at Haynes Park featuring refreshments and giveaways. For more information about Rio Rancho municipal government, visit

April 29: Free Shredding Event. 10 a.m-1 p.m. La Puerta Real Estate Services will host this service in their parking lot at One Ridge Court in Placitas. Bring anything you want to shred. It is not necessary to remove staples or paper clips.

April 29: Fundraiser Bowling Tournament. Sign in starts at 12:30 p.m. Held at Starlight Lanes in Santa Ana Casino. Teams of four are encouraged to register and participate ($50 per person will go towards reducing hunger in NM). Registration form and money must be received by April 14. For more information, go to Submit completed registration form to
 3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507
or contact Dolores Gonzales at 395-2678 or doloresg@ncnme.

April 29: Coffee with Cops at the Placitas Café. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Local police officers invite the community to come have coffee and talk about issues facing the town and how the police department can serve residents better. For more information, call Sgt. Ronny Hunt at 697-8357.

April 29: Rio Rancho’s Largest Yard Sale. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at Cabezon Park, 2307 Cabezon Boulevard. 891-5015.

April 29: Great American Cleanup event in Rio Rancho. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteer to keep Rio Rancho clean and beautiful. There will be a “Thank you” barbeque afterwards for volunteers at Haynes BBQ pavilion., 891-5015.

April 29 and 30: Wild Horse Photographic Exhibit to benefit the Wild Horse Preserve at San Felipe. Noon-4 p.m. Join John Boland to see his latest wild-horse photography and images for his upcoming book Wild Horses of New Mexico. Lynn Murdock of Image Maker Pix Photography will be showing his wild-horse photography. Children’s book Tilly's Tale, about a rescued four-day old mustang, authored and illustrated by Placitans, will also be available. Held at Algodones Gallery, 622 Frontage Road in Algodones, just north of Algodones exit, behind the huge horse gates. 249-9480.

April 30: Mudding Day in Corrales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. At Old San Ysidro Chruch, 966 Old Church Road. On this day, volunteers will be finishing the courtyard wall in front of the Old Church. This will include adding adobes, plastering, and cleaning up at the base of the wall. Lunch will be provided., 898-5017.

May 3: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Featuring Ellen Catone, speaking on “Get the buzz on bees and the life of bees.” 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., Kathy Bruch 404-8621.

May 4-5: Native American art market—“Generations: A Celebration of Family.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Held at El Zócalo in Bernalillo—264 South Camino del Pueblo.

May 5: AMISTAR Variety Band. 6-8 p.m. At The Placitas Cafe.

May 5. Artist reception for "Art in Bloom." 5-7 p.m. Highlighting Placitas’ Plein Air artists. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

May 13: Heritage Day in Corrales, celebrating Corrales mothers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. There will be craft tables, videos about Corrales families, photo exhibits, a genealogy table, music, food, live animals, and more.

May 13 and 14: Placitas Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 59 Placitas artists will open their studios to the public. Studio guests are encouraged to explore, where they can begin to get to know the artists’ philosophies and styles, download a brochure and map, and plan their routes.

May 19: Community hymn sing-along with Dr. Don Saliers. 6 p.m. Held at las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

May 20: “Telling Our Stories,” an Interactive Program about Jemez Valley History. 1-3 p.m. The program is an opportunity to contribute to, and learn more about, Jemez history through storytelling. In the Conference Room of Jemez Springs Library. 575-829-3382,

May 21: Placitas Garden Tour. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets for the Placitas Garden Tour can be purchased for $10. For more information, go to

May 21: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring Willie Sucre and Friends, and visual artists Rebecca Nolda, painting and drawing; Gary W. Priester, digital stereographic prints; and P.K. Williams, water media. 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. Ticket info: see page 2 of this Signpost. 867-8080,

May 21: Meeting of the Sandoval Historical Society. Honoring Andrew and Margaret Mora for contributions made in Sandoval County through music. Time changed this month only to 3 p.m. Held at the DeLavy House, in Bernalillo.

May 21: Friends of Coronado Historic Site host lecture—"Popé and Naranjo: Leadership in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680." 2 p.m. Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House), Highway 550 and Edmond Road, in Bernalillo. The cost to attend is $5 (Friends of CHS are free).

May 23: AMISTAR Variety Band. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Corrales Bistro Brewery.

May 27: “Reggae on the River.” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This free daylong event hosted by Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites will start with a nature walk, followed by traditional Native American storytelling and poetry outside the painted kiva at 11:15 a.m. The world famous reggae band, Native Roots, will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. Docent led tours of the historic site and archaeological excavations will occur throughout the day. Arts, crafts, and food will be available for purchase at the events. Donations are greatly appreciated Held at Coronado Historic Site—485 Kuaua Road in Bernalillo. 867-5351

May 27: The End of The Line: A True Story of People and Pipelines. 6-8 p.m. Held at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. Join Food and Water Watch for an inspirational documentary film about a diverse community that came together and defeated a large oil/gas pipeline backed by two major energy companies. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free.

May 28: “Jammin’ in Jemez.” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This free, daylong event hosted by Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites will include traditional flute music by Marlon Magdalena at 11:00 a.m. and a performance by Native-inspired funk and jazz act Delbert Anderson Trio at 1:15 p.m. Ranger led tours of the historic site will occur throughout the day. Donations are greatly appreciated. Jemez Historic Site is located at 18160 Highway 4 in Jemez Springs. 575-829-3530.

May 29: Rio Rancho Memorial Day Parade. Lineup at 9 a.m.; kickoff at 10 a.m. Parade will start at Country Club Drive and travel east down Southern Boulevard, ends at the Veterans Monument Park located on Pinetree Road. 891-5015.

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