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November 2005 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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: Cub Scout meeting every Monday from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church (800 Camino Del Pueblo, next to Fatwich Deli). Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. Jessica, 867-0498.

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. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief support group. 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 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center 9-11 a.m. Please call Gary Hansen at 867-2829 for further information.

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: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

First Tuesday: 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;

Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

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

Third Tuesday: 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. 291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday: 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,
Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting at Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

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, 6-7 p.m. 867-2383.

First Wednesday: 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.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

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.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School meets at 7:00 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. Info: VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesday: 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, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

First Thursdays: Placitas Talks on a variety of subjects at the Placitas Library.

Fridays through late October: The Bernalillo Farmers’/Growers’ Market will be open every Friday, 4-7 pm; locally produced fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, plants and landscape items, assorted surprises. Main Street, Bernalillo, between OLOS Church and Dollar Store.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, 7:00 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion, 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!

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m., Rio West Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho, 867-9408."

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

Through November 12: Group show at Katrina Lasko Gallery. Works by sculptor Sara Lee D'Alessandro, painters Laura Wacha, Sharon Schwartzmann, and J. Mehaffey, adobe-and-cast-iron sculptor Kendra Brock, found-object artist Marilyn Dillard. Receptions October 1 and October 15, 1-5 p.m. 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2523, See story in this Signpost.

Through February 28: "Astro-Images of New Mexico: Portraits from the Foothills of Space," astrophotography-contest exhibition. Twenty-nine celestial images taken throughout New Mexico by amateur photographers. LodeStar Astronomy Center, in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Old Town Albuquerque. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission included with LodeStar or museum charge. (505) 841-5955, or

October 29: Drum maker Gabe Trujillo, of Cochiti Pueblo, demonstrates his art at Tijeras Ranger Station. 2-4 p.m. 281-3304.

October 29: “Toxic Sludge Is Good For You,” a 45-minute documentary on how the public-relations industry sells government positions and corporate products to us. A discussion will follow, led by Anne Viswanatha, President of the New Mexico chapter of the Action Coalition for Media Education. Free, open to the public. 2:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, 1650 Abrazo Rd., Rio Rancho (about five blocks west of the Unser-Abrazo intersection). Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, 892-1060.

October 30: Concert saxophonist Ashu and pianist Winston Choi perform as part of the Placitas Artists Series concert season. 3:00 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Visual arts reception at 1:30 p.m.: Charl Agiza, Joy Eaton, Geraldine Mlynek, Betty Temple. See article in this Signpost.

October 30: “Behind the Palace Walls: Recent Archaeological Investigations at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe,” talk and slide show by Stephen Post, a project director for the Museum of New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies. $5; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument members. 2 p.m., Coronado Monument, west of the town of Bernalillo, on Hwy 550. 867-6115.

October 30: Halloween will be celebrated at the Placitas Community Library, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Young and old alike are invited (in costume) for ghost stories and other ghoulish fun, 867-3355.

November 1: Day of the Dead Ceremonial Celebration and Performance. “Bardo Passages: Soul Journey to Tibet,” by writer, artist, performer Marilyn Stablein. Corrales Trading Post, 4409 Corrales Road. 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. By donation. 897-1456.

November 2: DWI Planning Council, 2 p.m., Sheriff's Department Training Room.

November 2: DWI Task Force, 3 p.m., Sheriff's Department Training Room.

November 3: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 3: Placitas Talks presents Charlie Christmann with “Our Winter Night Sky.” Charlie says bring your binoculars and bundle up. The night should be dark, clear, and cold: perfect for stargazing. We'll have goodies to warm you up. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Library.

November 5: Public historian Dr. Stefanie Beninato discusses the rebellions against Spanish authority, especially the story of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Tijeras Ranger Station. 2-4 p.m. 281-3304.

November 6: La Raza Unida and Cambio present Celebration and Marigold Parade, a South Valley Dia De Los Muertos 2005 event. 4 to 7 p.m. Calavera attire requested. Parade begins at Camino Familiar and Isleta Boulevard (the sheriff’s substation). A celebration with music, altars, food, arts, and crafts will be at the Westside Community Center following the parade. 244-0827.

November 7: “Roses on the Rio,” a talk by master gardener Kathy Ellis, about the types of roses that grow best in Placitas, Rio Rancho, the North Valley, Corrales, and nearby areas. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road (next to the post office), Rio Rancho. Information: Sandoval County Extension Office, 867-2582.

November 8: Lodgers Tax Advisory Board, 4 p.m., County Visitor's Center.

November 8: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m. Speaker: Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. All Democrats are welcome. Best Western Inn, Highway 528, Rio Rancho. 891-3329.

November 11: Nonemergency Sandoval County offices closed in observance of Veterans' Day.

November 12: Approaches to Health Care, Placitas Holistic Health, Placitas Community Center, 1:30 p.m., 7713933.

November 13: “El Camino Real: Albuquerque and Beyond the Horizon,” a PowerPoint presentation by Harry C. Myers showing the route of the historic El Camino Real through Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Presented by the Friends of Coronado State Monument. 2:00 p.m. Space limited, reservation required: 867-6115. $5 per person, free to members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument. Coronado State Monument is off I-25, Exit 242, west of the town of Bernalillo.

November 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Rio Rancho Senior Center.

November 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 18, 19, and 20: The New Mexico Bead Society will offer beading classes at the Bead Renaissance Show. Classes include beaded earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces. New Mexico State Fair Grounds, Albuquerque. 867-4839,

November 19 and 20: Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. Annual community event and juried art show and sale at three locations in Placitas. 10 a.m. to 5 pm. (See Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.)

November 19 and 20: Christmas at Clear Light. Annual community event with juried art show and sale at Clear Light, the Cedar Company, in Placitas. 10 a.m. to 5 pm. (See Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.)

November 20: Exclusive shopping at Cottonwood Mall, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ticket proceeds benefit Storehouse West Mall stores will offer discounts, freebies, door prizes, drawings, photos with Santa. Tickets: 892-2077, or at Storehouse West, 1030-F Veranda Drive SE, Rio Rancho (Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.).

November 20: “History of Crypto Jews in New Mexico,” by speaker Dr. Stan Hordes, from UNM. Hordes will also discuss his new book, To The Ends of the Earth. Exhibit and arts-and-crafts sale. Delavy House Museum, off Highway 550, between Coronado State Monument and Star Casino. Free, open to the public. Refreshments served. 867-2755.

November 20: Albuquerque Baroque Players in a concert of Baroque music performed on period instruments. Tickets $12, $10/$5. 3 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. Ticket information and reservations: 255-7089 or

November 20: Willy Sucre and Friends perform string quartets by Spanish and Brazilian composers, presented by the Placitas Artists Series. 3:00 p.m. Artists’ reception at 1:30 p.m. for Nina Adkins, Hazel H. Orr, Greg E. Reiche, Laura Telander. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.) 867-808, Concert sponsored by Lucy Noyes and La Puerta Real Estate Services. (See Sandoval Arts, this Signpost.)

November 22: An extra-long program on solar energy, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Tricentennial Celebration. A brief overview of solar electricity (photovoltaics) by Marlene Brown of Sandia National Laboratories; a look at solar thermal (hot water and hot air), by Odes Armijo-Caster of Sacred Power Corp.; how to prepare for buying solar, by Mary McArthur; Net-Metering and the Interconnection Process, by Pat Scharff of PNM; state and federal incentives for installing solar electricity and thermal, by Dr. Ben Luce, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m. At the Rotunda in Smith-Brasher Hall (SW corner of University and Coal). 246-0400,, for confirmation of time and place.

November 22: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 9 a.m., County Health Commons.

November 22: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

November 24 and 25: Nonemergency Sandoval County offices closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

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