The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

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: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

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

Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

First Tuesday of each month: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Fourth Wednesday of the month: 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. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesdays: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. 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, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting Group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

First Wednesdays: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

Every second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer's Market, 4-7 p.m. Locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, other NM agricultural products. Just south of the Wine Festival Grounds and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo.

Saturdays: Children’s Story Hour—10 a.m. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Through February 28: “Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space” astrophotography-contest exhibition. Thirty celestial images taken in New Mexico. LodeStar Astronomy Center, at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Old Town Albuquerque. 9-5 daily. Admission included with LodeStar or museum admission. (505) 841-5955,,

October 29 and 30: Moonlight Maze Walk at Rio Grande Community Farm, 7-9 p.m,.at the 7th annual Maize Maze at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. $6 for adults; $3, children 5 to 12; free for children under 5. The Maze is open weekends through Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 345-4580,

October 30: Apple Festival. Celebrate harvesttime and Halloween. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

October 31: Painting the Ancient World—Kiva Murals and Pottery Pictures,” a talk and slide show by Dr. J. J. Brody, 2:00 p.m., Hyatt Tamaya Resort. Dr. Brody will show that ancient pueblo wall paintings, such as those at Kuaua, the prehistoric Indian ruins at Coronado State Monument, belong to a much broader painting tradition that was pan-Southwestern, and pan-Pueblo and was expressed in several different media. Dr. Brody is an expert on native Southwest art, professor emeritus UNM, former director of Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, author of many books. Interested? Call Katherine at 867-6115. Friends of Coronado State Monument.

November 2: General Election. Polls open 7 to 7 throughout Sandoval County. Call 867-7574 for voting information.

November 3: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., RRDPS Station 5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Drive, Rio Rancho.

November 4: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 5, 6, and 7: 150th anniversary of Fort Craig, a BLM-administered territorial fort 32 miles south of Socorro. Three-day celebration with mule-drawn wagons, blacksmiths, fandango dance, Apache Crown Dance, drills by mounted Buffalo soldiers, living-history camp, New Mexico Territorial Brass Band, Civil War reenactments, Southwest and Native American cuisine, night lantern tours. Free and open to the public. For information, directions, call BLM Socorro Field Office, (505) 835-0412, or see

November 5 and 12, December 3, 10, and 17: Adult Volleyball Hour at Placitas Elementary from 4 to 5 p.m. in the gym. All levels of experience welcome.

November 6: “Star Party,” a free family event sponsored by the Albuquerque Astronomical Society and Las Placitas Association, promoting dark skies in Placitas. Begins at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting. Look through large telescopes and discuss celestial features with astronomy experts. Free. Homestead Village, 221 Highway 165, Placitas.

November 6: "After Hours" exhibit. Public reception 5-8 p.m. Sixteen artists from the Explora Science Center and the Children's Museum in Albuquerque will be exhibiting their artistic talents. Show runs through December 9. Arte Loca Gallery, 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 771-8097.

November 6: “Raku Masks,” by Sally Thielen. Public reception 4–7 p.m. Gallery exhibit and sale. Sara’s Southwest, 282 Camino del Pueblo, El Zócalo, Room #3, Bernalillo. 771-3567.

November 7: Lewis and Clark Expedition discussed at Sandoval County Historical Society meeting. Open to public. 3 p.m. DeLavy House and Museum, Edmund Lane, just off Highway 550 west of the Coronado Monument. 867-2755.

November 9: Sandoval County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Visitors Center, 243 South Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

November 9: Placitas Elementary parents and community members are invited to Family Literacy Night at Placitas Elementary. Topic: Home Connection to Literacy. Literacy demonstrations by kindergarten students.

November 10: Bookworks presents three poets reading from their new books: Joan Logghe from Tres Chicas Books, Rice; Miriam Sagan from La Alameda Press, Rag Trade; Anne Valley-Fox from La Alameda Press, Point of No Return. 7 p.m. Free. 4022 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque. If unable to attend, call 344-8139 to reserve signed copies.

November 11: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Veterans Day.

November 11: Illustrated lecture by Placitas resident and retired National Park Service naturalist William Dunmire, author of Gardens of New Spain, a history of New Mexico (and the rest of the Southwest) told through food. How the conquistadors brought food to the New World from Spain, the Middle East, Asia. 7p.m. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. See article in this Signpost.

November 11, 12, and 13: Romeo and Juliet, Sandia Prep Theater, Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Road NE, 7:00 p.m. $10 adults; $6 seniors, students. 338-3031.

November 13: Spay-neuter New Mexico. A program of Animal Rights Mobilization. Save homeless dogs and cats from being euthanized, get involved in a new local spay-neuter program. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, off Highway165, Placitas. Refreshments at 2 p.m., meeting at 2:30 p.m. 681-1682.

November 13: The West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women monthly luncheon meeting. 11:30 a.m. Your Place or Mine, 3301 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho (on the north side of the Raley’s shopping center). A speaker from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office will address the topic of consumer protection. Come prepared with questions on predatory lending schemes, automobile lemon laws, pyramid schemes, other related topics. $12. Open to guests. Information, reservations: Pat, 792-4916. Reservation deadline: November 9.

November 14: American Chamber Players concert at Simms Center. Mozart's Quartet in D, K. 285; the Prelude, Recitative, and Variations, op. 3, by Maurice Duruflé; Frank Bridge's Phantasie in F-sharp minor; the Sonata da Camera by Gabriel Pierné; and the Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, op. 45, by Gabriel Fauré. Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets: Chamber Music Albuquerque, 1209 Mountain Road Pl., Suite D; (505) 268-1990;; or at the door. $17-$35, students half price.

November 14: Albuquerque Baroque Players perform music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Guest artist Chase Morrison on Baroque cello. 3 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. Tickets: $12, $10 seniors, $5 students, 255-7089. Refreshments served at intermission.

November 16: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 18: “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers and So Are Riparian Areas.” Central New Mexico Audubon Society. Slide show of magnificent images photographed by Jess Alford, award-winning professional photographer. Refreshments. 7:15 p.m. St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, NW corner of Copper and Jefferson NE. Call CNMAS, 255-7622.

November 18: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho.

November 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 19, 20: Placitas Girl Scout Troop 7288 holds their annual food drive for the Haven House Domestic Violence Shelter. The Merc, Placitas. Canned goods and cash welcome.

November 19 through January 2: Traditions! Festival Marketplace, Budaghers. Christmas Under the Stars celebration includes the largest free family light festival in New Mexico. Santa's Workshop, wagon rides, live choirs and bands. 1-25, halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Take Budaghers Exit 257. Information: (505) 867-8600. (See full schedule in this Signpost.)

November 20 and 21: Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. Juried art show. Seventy artists, artisans. Three locations close together: Placitas Elementary School, Anasazi Fields Winery, Big Tent (east of Presbyterian Church). Wines, frozen chile, bake sale, $1 art raffle, chile stew, goat cheeses, roasted coffee and chocolates. Family fun. 10-5. Six miles east of I-25 on Highway 165 (take Exit 242).

November 20 and 21: Christmas at Clear Light: Juried arts and crafts show. Twelve artists, artisans. Refreshments, free admission and free parking. 10-5. At Clear Light, The Cedar Company. Seven miles east of I-25 on Highway 165 (take Exit 242). 867-2381.

November 21: “Spiderwoman’s Children: a Brief History of Navajo Weaving,” a talk and slide show by Marian Rodee, an expert on Navajo weaving. 2 p.m. Coronado State Monument. $4 (free for Friends of Coronado State Monument). Call Katherine at 867-6115 for reservations, as space is limited. Coronado State Monument, off I-25, Exit 242, west of Bernalillo.

November 21: Placitas Artists Series Concert. Willy Sucre, NMSO violist, with violinist Joanna Morska-Osinska, cellist Joanna de Keyser, pianist Marilyn Neeley. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor (K. 478), Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D Minor, op. 40, Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, op. 25. Featured artists Virginia Alexandra, Lisa Chernoff, Terry Lawson Dunn, and Carol Mullen. Tickets online, at the door one hour before the performance, or ahead of time at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa, Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas (867-3333). $15, $12. 867-8080.

November 21: Jacob Productions presents Jacob Michel Decimus, a CD-release concert for “Love Is A Mystery” (English, French and Creole lyrics). Invited artist: Skye Pratt from Swaziland, Africa. South Broadway Cultural Center, 2 p.m. Tickets: $10/$12 door; children 6–12, $5/$6 door. For advance tickets, call 848-1320, 867-2775, 350-9202.

November 23: The Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association. 6:30 p.m. Direct Power and Water (4000 Vassar Drive NE, Suite 8; from I-25 and Comanche, go north on the frontage road and take the first right). "Pros/Cons of PV Components: Panels, Inverters, Batteries." An opportunity for people who want an introduction to solar electricity or who are at the stage of selecting equipment, both on- and off-grid systems. Free and open to the public. (505) 246-0400,

November 25 and 26: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

November 26: Twilight hike on full-moon night. Hike led by volunteer naturalists and Rio Grande Nature Center staff. Begins at 4:30 p.m. with moonrise over the Sandias, ends with full astronomical twilight. Watch and listen for nighttime animals. Free. Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW. 344-7240,

November 29: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 3 p.m., 3rd Floor, County Courthouse.

December 3, 10, and 17: Adult Volleyball Hour at Placitas Elementary from 4 to 5 p.m. in the gym. All levels of experience welcome.






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