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NOVEMBER 2006 Signpost Community Calendar

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6-7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Information: Jessica, 867-0498.

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

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30-7:30 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. 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. Topics include Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

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

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., 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: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

Wednesdays: Corrales Growers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927. [See main listing under Sundays.]

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

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

Fourth Wednesdays: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

Fridays through October: Bernalillo Growers’ Market, on the west side of Camino del Pueblo, south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo, every Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., through October 27. For information: Charles, 891-2230, or Emily, 550-0234.

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

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Saturdays through October 28: Free art workshops for South Valley Día de los Muertos celebration and Marigold Parade. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice Studio, 803 La Vega SW (corner of La Vega and Armijo): October 7: Marigolds, papel picado, celebration signs; October 21: Altars; October 28: Crosses. All ages welcome. 344-4028.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market is open 9 a.m.-12 noon. Live music on Sundays. The market offers fresh vegetables, greens, herbs, fruits, flowers and bedding plants, jams, salsas, baked goods, goat cheese, milk and yogurt, and other natural agricultural products, such as soaps, hand cream, a wide variety of New Mexico grown items, and the Market Shop.

Third Sundays through October: Art in the Park. Outdoor exhibition cosponsored by Corrales Society of Artists and Corrales Department of Parks and Recreation. Some of New Mexico's most accomplished artists present a variety of fine arts and crafts, along with live music in a cool and shady country setting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. La Entrada Park, northwest corner of Corrales and La Entrada Roads, adjacent to the Corrales Library. Admission and parking free.

Through January 2007: King Tut Exhibit. More than 100 handcrafted replicas of items collected from King Tutankhamun's tomb. Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water Street, on the north end of the Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. Tuesdays through Thursdays 1 to 7 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. $5 adults; $3 children. (505) 541-2158,

October 28: Join Las Placitas Association as they explore the old mining-community ghost town of Hagan, on Diamond Tail Ranch. Sturdy vehicles, hiking boots, bringing water, are recommended,and bring a snack if chuck-wagon chow isn't on your diet. 10 a.m. Meet at Park-and-Ride Bernalillo, then carpool to the site. No cost to attend; registration encouraged: to RSVP or call 867-6330 and leave a message.

October 29: Corrales Growers' Market features the music of singer-songwriter Paul Salazar, with Kenny Trezza on congas. Beautiful dried-flower arrangements for the upcoming holidays. Stock up on dried herbs, garlic, honey, chile, jams, salsas made with this season's local harvest. Natural soaps and lotions. Place orders for fresh-baked goods, cosmetics, dried herbs and other products. 9 a.m.–12 noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

November 2: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers. 867-7500.

November 2: NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers Office, offers Effective Work Search Skills, a free workshop. Topics: Identify Skills and Interests, Write an Effective Résumé, Tap into the Hidden Job Market, Prepare for Today's Interviewing Process. For women returning to work or in transition. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101. Registration required. 222-6600.

November 3: Deadline for submissions to Santa Fe Opera youth poster-design contest. See article in this Signpost for details. For additional information, contact Andrea Fellows Walters, director of education and outreach, 986-5928 or

November 3 and 4: Auditions for Santa Fe Opera summer lunchtime opera series and other community productions. Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opera Lounge, on the opera grounds., (505) 946 2402.

November 4: New Mexico Young Researchers Banquet honoring students engaged in science, math, engineering, and architectural innovation in New Mexico. Keynote speaker will be Antoine Predock, 2006 American Institute of Architect's Gold Medal Winner. Additional sponsors being sought. Tickets (students, $10; adults, $20) on-line at 6 to 9 p.m. Albuquerque Marriott Uptown. Inquiry Facilitators, 867-2007, (888) 527-2007),

November 4: Town of Bernalillo Salutes Community Veterans. Sponsored by Bernalillo Mayor Patricia A. Chávez, Bernalillo Town Council, Veterans Advisory Committee. Open to the public. 11 a.m. Bernalillo Recreation Center. 205-5845, 771-7129.

November 5: Albuquerque Concert Band. Free concert. “The Melody Shop,” by K. L. King; “Esprit de Corps,” by Robert Jager; “Chinese Folk Rhapsody,” by Richard E. Brown; “Oklahoma,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; “And the Heart Replies,” by Anne McGinty; “Le Carnaval de Venise,” by Jean-Baptiste Arban, featuring Byron Herrington on euphonium; “Festive Overture,” by Dmitri Shostakovich; and “Hands Across the Sea,” by John Phillip Sousa. 3p.m. Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center. 294-0192,

November 6: Placitas Community Library Book club discusses Sarah, by Orson Scott Card. 4 p.m. Placitas Community Library.

November 7: Sandoval Community Arts, a newly formed nonprofit, meeting. All artists and other people interested in a cultural center for Bernalillo are encouraged to attend. 7 p.m. Old Town Shoppes, 733 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 771-3567.

November 7: General Election Day. Polls open county-wide 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Call Sandoval County Bureau of Elections, 867-7577, for voting locations or look on the Internet at

November 8: American Indian Student Day. Information on higher education through interactive workshops, information on financial aid, scholarships, on-site admissions, and a campus tour. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Deputy Secretary of New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Teresa C. Gomez will speak in the Student Union ballroom at 11 a.m. (505) 277-6343 or (800) CALL UNM, Extension 3.

November 8: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m. Sandoval County Judicial Complex Sheriff's Office Training Room, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

November 9: Monthly meeting of League of Women Voters, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County. 11:45 a.m. Dr. Walter Forman and Dr. Melanie Dodd, of UNM School of Medicine, will speak on the challenges of providing the “best treatment” to patients in chronic pain. Reservations required before November 6. 884-8441, (M -Th, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), $14. Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Boulevard S.E (near the airport).

November 11: Singer-songwriter DownHill Phil performs his unique brand of original acoustic music. 11 a.m. Piñon Café. 771-1700. December 9 (Christmas at the Piñon) at 11.

November 11: Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia, author of Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon and Stars Began, a traditional tale of his native Santa Anal Pueblo, reads from his book. 10 a.m. UNM Bookstore’s annual children’s fair.

November 11: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. 896-3347,

November 12: Placitas Artists Series presents flute, harp, viola trios by Telemann, Ravel, Persichetti, Takemitsy, Krouse. Reception for visual artists David Kozikowski, Tricia H. Love, Pam Lujan-Hauer, Jean Nevin. (See article in this Signpost for details.) Concert at 3 p.m.; reception at 1:30 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.) 867-8080.

November 12: Albuquerque Baroque Players continue their 2006-07 season of “A Musical Banquet.” J. S. Bach, Telemann, Handel, C.P.E. Bach, and Couperin. 3 p.m. $12/$10/$5. 944-0217,

November 12: Democratic Women of Sandoval County Post Election Celebration Potluck. Bring a dish to share if you wish. There will be no speaker, just a relaxing good time after all the work campaigning. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring friends. For info call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email 12:30 p.m. UU Westside Congregation Social Hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca, near the intersection of Northern and Unser), Rio Rancho.

November 14: Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Monthly Lecture Series. “New Insights into the Archaeology of the Pajarito Plateau.” Dr. Bradley J. Vierra presents preliminary results of a multi-year excavation project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 7 p.m. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras. 281-3304.

November 14: Association of Fundraising Professionals twentieth anniversary National Philanthropy Day Luncheon honors Bound for Success volunteer K'Dawn Butler (Bernalillo), fourteen, for her seven years of service. Embassy Suites, Albuquerque. Corporate tables $1,000; individual tickets $35. Call 890-2256 to register.

November 14: Sandoval County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meeting, 4 p.m., 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

November 16: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers. 867-7500.

November 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

November 18: East Mountain Historical Society hosts author Mike Smith, signing Towns of the Sandia Mountains, containing over 200 images from public archives, historical societies, private collections. 2 p.m. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras, 346-3900.

November 18: Rio Rancho Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival. Special and extraordinary gifts for the holiday season. Visit Rio Rancho's Cultural Enrichment Department, 3900 Southern Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, to secure a spot. 8’ x 8’ spaces $30; tables $6. electricity $6. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 891-5015.

November 18: The Social Action Committee presents a talk on “Ethics and Campaign Reform in New Mexico,” by Matt Brix, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico. Q&A session. Free, open to the public. 1:30 p.m.UnitaRoad, Rio Rancho (about five blocks west of the Unser/Abrazo intersection).

November 18 and 19: 25th Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, at three locations: Anasazi Fields Winery, Big Tent, Placitas Elementary School. Look for signs and banners. Burritos, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, prints, paintings, batik, leather, photographs, glass, baskets, metalwork, clothing, Amour Chocolates, frozen chile, Just Coffee, handmade Christmas gift bags, gourd art, books, tours of the winery, free wine tasting, $1 raffle tickets for artwork. Maps, information about artists, their work, and locations at (More details in an article in this Signpost.)

November 18 and 19: Placitas Community Library Book Sale. Hardcovers $l and up: paperbacks start at $.50. CDs, children’s games, magazines, videos. Refreshments. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 to 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. 771-0253.

November 19: Chamber Arts Albuquerque presents the Shanghai String Quartet, performing String Quartet, Op.11, by Samuel Barber; Selections from China Song, arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang; String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, by Bela Bartok. 3 p.m. Simms Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE. Tickets ($19/$38 in advance, $21/$40 at the door, students half price) at Symphony Center (M-F 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 4407 Menaul Boulevard NE or 505-268-1990 or

November 25 to 30: Annual River of Lights Holiday Display at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. Hundreds of themed light sculptures; thousands of twinkle lights. 6–9 p.m. Adults $6; children $2. Closed December 24-25. 2601 Central Avenue NW. Information: (311) or (505) 768-2000,

November 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.





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