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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting. 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. At Joe’s Pasta House, 3201 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho. Info/reservations, call Carolyn: 681-6328.

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accecpting 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. Info: Jessica 459-6553. Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo, NM 87004.

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership 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. Make new friends 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. 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 404-8492.

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 in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

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

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.

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. Information: or 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: 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. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 Wednesday: 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 Thursdays (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 (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

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

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. At Chamisa Hills Country Club., 500 Country Club Drive. Info/reservations: Joyce Elliott  891-8180,

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. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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.

Saturdays and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (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 Saturday: 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

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets, alternating between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office at 1:00 p.m. For more information call Jessica at 459-6553.

November 3: Last Duende Poetry Series reading of 2013. 3 p.m. Dorothy Alexander, one of Oklahoma’s most well-known poets, and Albuquerque’s own Mitch Rayes will be the featured readers. For all Duende Poetry Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, although donations for the poets are encouraged. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at or 867-3062.

November 5: Placitas Recycling Center fundraiser at the Range Cafe. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Range diners will be able to obtain a ticket from a PRA, and the Range will donate twenty percent of their bill to help support the PRA. The Range is located at 925 Camino Del Pueblo in downtown Bernalillo. The PRA is a self-supporting, all-volunteer organization, and the proceeds from the sale of recyclable materials, donations and fundraisers are used to maintain the yard and equipment at the Placitas Recycling Center on Hwy 165.

November 7: Bimonthly meeting of Firewise Placitas. 10 a.m.-noon. Firewise Placitas promotes education and awareness to minimize wildfire risk. Held in the upper room of the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Contact or Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 or 379-2846 for more info.

November 8: Reception for photographer David Cramer. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Exhibit will be on display all of November. One hundred percent of proceeds will be graciously donated to the PCL.

November 10: Sandoval County Historical Society presents Dr. Frances Koenig who will discuss the work of her late husband Karl Koenig, a painter and photographer, who is best known for his book, Fragments: Architecture Of The Holocaust—An Artist’s Journey Through The Camps. 2:00 p.m. $5./ members free. Delavy House, Exit 242 from I-25. Go west on Hwy 550 to the new I-Hop restaurant and the west entrance to the Phillips gas station, then north on the gravel road to the DeLavy House at 151 Edmond Road.

November 12: Placitas Federated Republican Women Lunch Meeting. 11a.m.-1p.m. Mimi's Cafe , 4316 THE 25 WAY NE, Albuquerque. Speaker Marita Noon, the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy. Public welcome.

November 13-15: 2013 Quivira Conference. 7:30 p.m. (November 13). Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Gary Snyder and Santa Fe’s own Jack Loeffler convene for an evening of discussion, exploration, and reflection on the challenges of a changing West. This event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the Quivira Coalition’s mission to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes. Held at Embassy Suites Hotel (1000 wordward place, NE, Albuquerque 87102). Tickets are thirty dollars each.

November 14: 2013 CHS Speaker Series. 7 p.m. Margaret Espinosa McDonald will present “Matanzas: The Traditional Hispanic Custom of Killing a Pig.” Held at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. Funding for this program is provided by the Historical Society of New Mexico. Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

November 16: Listening to family and professional caregivers in Placitas. 10 a.m.-noon. All are welcome: caregivers, care recipients, advocates of caregivers. Hosted by the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

November 17: Placitas Artist Series presents Willy Sucre & Friends, preceded by an artist reception for the PAS artists of the month (Amy Hautman, Oil Paintings; Pam Neas, Watercolor/Ink; Diana Martin, Beaded Jewelry; and Laura Robbins, Mosaic, Glass and Ceramics). 3 p.m. for the concert, artist reception at 2 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, or on-line at Prices are twenty dollars in advance. At the door prices for general admission are twenty dollars and $15 for students. For more information, call 867-8080 or visit

November 21: Bimonthly meeting of Firewise Placitas. 10 a.m.-noon. Firewise Placitas promotes education and awareness to minimize wildfire risk. Held in the upper room of the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Contact or Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022 or 379-2846 for more info.

November 23: Vermiculture and Vermicomposting Class. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Food scraps, junk mail and paper products make up about 30 percent of our garbage. Learn how to use red worms to turn this organic waste into high quality compost and in the process, reduce the volume of waste you send to the landfill. To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to Free. Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

November 23 and 24: Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. Three locations in Placitas. Artwork, food, community fun. All welcome. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See story, this Signpost.

December 8: Pancakes with Santa. Cibola High School. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A Greater Albuquerque Kiwanis Club sponsored event. Tickets: $9.00 each and available at:

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