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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life 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. 10 a.m. (Exception: January 2013 coffee will be on January 8.) Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. 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 505-404-8492.

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: 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) meets at 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 the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

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

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. To make an appointment, or for further information, visit or call 250-5419.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

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, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (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. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on 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 Saturdays (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, 867-1139.

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

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Third Saturdays: 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, visit our website at

October 30: Presentation/ demonstration of PNM’s Kill A Watt meter. 2 p.m. In addition to a demonstration of the Kill A Watt, PNM will hold drawings for energy efficiency goodie bags during the event. Held at the Placitas Community library.

October 31: Placitas Halloween Howl. Gather family and friends outside and let out your best coyote howl. Listen for your neighbors howls. 8:00 to 8:15 p.m.

October 31: Placitas Recycling Association Quarterly Meeting. 7:00 p.m., La Puerta Realty Office. Public welcome.

November 2: Artists create stories of the journey. 5-7 p.m. There will be an exhibition for four New Mexico artists of diverse ancestry and their multi-year project—Creation/Migration: Stories of the Journey. The Creation/Migration project is an ongoing inquiry, and each of its projected exhibitions will build on the artists’ exploration of identity issues. The four artists will present an afternoon panel discussion on November 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the gallery and will host a closing reception on December 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. FreeStyle Gallery is located at 1114 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM. The exhibition continues through December 14. For more information, call 243-9267.

November 9: David Cramer benefit exhibit. 5-7 p.m. A reception for the exhibit will be held in which a selection of images from the much-beloved nature photographer David Cramer—printed, matted, framed, and signed by David—will be on exhibit as well as for sale. The event will be held at the Placitas Community Library. The exhibit itself will be on display from November 3-29.

November 11: “Best of Santa Fe” Joe West, and the Santa Fe Revue to perform. 3-7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance on the website of Anasazi Fields Winery or at the door. ClayStone, Joe West, and the Santa Fe Revue, food of The Seasonal Palate, and local wines of Anasazi Fields can be enjoyed. Expect to hear favorites, great solos and innovative music for listening and dancing. For further information, contact

November 11: The Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico presents Corrie Remembers: the True Story of Corrie ten Boom. 2 p.m. Russell Maynor directs this version of the play, incorporating a projected narrative of historical images that represent the memories, both beautiful and horrible, of Corrie ten Boom. A dessert reception, catered by St. George Greek Orthodox Philoptochos, follows the presentation. Tickets are forty dollars at the door, or available online for 36 dollars through Brown Paper Tickets at

November 15: Bruce B. Huckwell presents recent discovery of ancient spear point in Placitas. 6:30 p.m. Bruce B. Huckell, Senior Coordinator, anthropologist and archaeologist at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, is scheduled to speak at the November meeting of the Placitas History Project (PHP). Mr. Huckell will discuss the recent find of a 10,200 to 10,800 year old spear point in Placitas. This is believed to be the first such Folsom Point found on the east side of the Rio Grande. The Placitas monthly meeting will be held at the Placitas Library, and everyone is welcome.

November 17 and 18: 31st Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eighty artists at three sites in the village of Placitas: 1) Anasazi Fields Winery 2) Big Tent next to Presbyterian Church 3) Placitas Elementary School. Painters, printmakers, clay and glass artists, wood workers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists and more will bring their art to sell. Food, wine, art raffle. For more information, call 867-2450, or visit

November 17: Community Workshop sponsored by LPA and ES-CA. Submitting Substantive Comments on the BLM Draft RMP (Resource Management Plan).  2 p.m.  Placitas Community Center. 867-1396.

November 18: Coronado Lecture Series continues. 2 p.m. Presenter Barror “Bear” Haley, retired community college instructor of Biology, Marine Biology, and Botany, and lifelong photographer and researcher of petroglyphs and Native American rock art images, comes to the the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), off Hwy 550, Bernalillo, 1.7 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. For more information, call 792-4851 or visit

November 18: Opening reception for Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May. 2 p.m. The New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe celebrates May’s life, legacy, and lasting impact. This small exhibition, which will run from November 18 to February 9, 2014 in the Mezzanine Gallery, includes first-edition and foreign-language versions of May’s books—on loan from the Karl May Museum in Silberbüchse. This opening reception will be held at The New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe). Admission is free to New Mexico residents on Sunday and to everyone on Friday evenings. For more information call 505-478-5200.

November 25: Reception for Placitas Artist Series’ four new artists. 2 p.m. The work of Jim Carnevale, Woody Duncan, Marcia Petty, and Diana Martin with be shown, with a reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The works will be on display from October 29 through November 30.

November 25: Placitas Artist Series presents Willy Sucre and Friends. 3 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are twenty dollars in advance; at-the-door prices for General Admission are twenty dollars, and for students: 15 dollars.

November 28: Placitas Community Drum Circle meets on the full moon. 6-8 p.m. Bring your drum or rattle, a snack to share, and something to drink. Join for the “Thanks”giving moon. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. 867-1396.

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