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

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association Board Meeting. 6:30pm. Held at La Puerta Realty Office, 1 Ridge Court, Placitas. For more information, contact

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting 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. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 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. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Last Monday: Eastern Sandoval County Citizens Association Political/Legal Committee Meeting. 6:30 pm. Held at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to /

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Info: 867-1396.

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the 2nd District Courthouse at the southwest corner of Lomas and 4th NW. The clinic is designed for low-income individuals and families. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bi-lingual attorneys will be on hand. Bring paperwork with you. Eexpect about a thirty-minute free legal consultation. For additional information, call Felipe Quintana at 797-6082.

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. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

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

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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the 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. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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.

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 at 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, go to

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

Third Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

November 1: Asbury United Methodist Women host 32nd Annual Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 65 crafters, homemade baked goods, breakfast burritos. Free admission; parking shuttle. Held at Asbury United Methodist Church (10,000 Candelaria Road NE.).

November 1: American Association of University Women (AAUW). 1-3 p.m. The speaker Dr. Janet Page-Reeves will speak on “Women and Food Insecurity.” All members, prospective members, and guest are invited. Refreshments will be served. Held at Monte Vista Church (3501 Campus Blvd. NE.) For more info, call 271-2078, or email to

November 6-8: Wildland fire smoke workshop. The intent of the workshop is to bring citizens, fire managers, and science together in an interactive environment, to build understanding and to talk about the various facets of wildland fire smoke management. For more information or to register, visit the Southwest Fire Science Consortium website: or email questions to Barb Satink Wolfson at

November 4: Gardening with Masters lecture “Raised Bed Gardening and Shading,” presented by Sandoval County Master Gardener Loren Meinz. 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free to the public. No registration required. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center (4330 Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho). For more info, call 867-2582 or go to

November 5: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Author, journalist and lecturer Norma Libman will speak on The Secret Stories of Women: How Women Tell Their Stories in Societies That Try to Silence Them. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more info, call 771-1166 or go to

November 7: Opening reception for Hunting and Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection. 5-7 p.m. Many of the artworks entered the collection as gifts and this exhibition is an opportunity to express gratitude and to showcase the new arrivals for the public. The Museum is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, just off the downtown Plaza.

November 7: Holiday reception for Corrales Bosque Gallery. 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will be open everyday (excluding some holidays) through January 13, 2015. Located at 4685 Corrales Road. Info: call 898-7203 or go to

November 8: Art reception for the exhibit of Robert D’Alessandro’s photographs from The Fantasy Mountain Fair of 1972. 2-4 p.m. All are welcome. Collin Meeting Room, Placitas Community Library. The show runs from November 2 to November 26.

November 9: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “Agriculture in Sandoval County.” Horticulturist Jim Sais will talk about the influence the Indians and Spanish had on the agricultural practices of this region.2 p.m. All are welcome. $5 for non-members. At the Sandoval County Historic Society Museum in the Delavy House. Edmond Road & Highway 550, Bernalillo. 867-2755.

November 15: Bernalillo: an insider’s perspective. 2 p.m. María Castillo-Rinaldi will share her perspective of growing up in an extended family in a historic community and how this experience has informed her work in Bernalillo. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

November 16: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Willy Sucre and Friends will perform, featuring violists Krzysztof Zimowski and Carol Swift-Matton and cellist James Holland. The artist reception will feature the art of Joe Cabaza, Dennis Lee Gomez, Diane Orchard, and Birgit Seeger-Brooks. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display at the church from the beginning of November to November 28. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550, Bernalillo; or online at Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 for students with ID.

November 16: Friends of Coronado Historic Site present “Archaeological Remains of The Coronado Expedition,” by Archaeologist Brad Vierra. 2 p.m. All are welcome. $5 for non-members. At the Sandoval County Historic Society Museum in the Delavy House. Edmond Road & Highway 550, Bernalillo. 771-9493,

November 22 and 23: San Antonio Mission holiday fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Held at the San Antonio Mission on Avenida San Antonio in Placitas. It will be a great weekend for finding a perfect gift for yourself or others. Light refreshments will be available. Follow the red holiday stocking signs.

November 22-23: Placitas Holiday Sale Art Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Held in the Historical Village of Placitas. Follow the signs. Visit the website,, to become acquainted with the artists and see where they will be set up this year.

November 22-23: Christmas at Clear Light. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A juried art show with local artists and Clear Light products. Clear Light the Cedar Company is located seven miles east of Placitas Village on Highway 165. Look for our red signs. For more information, call 867-2381 or go to

December 2: Gardening with the Masters—The Seed2Need Volunteer Garden, Corrales. 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. With instructor Penny Davis. Free to public. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center (4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE.) For more info, call 867-2582.

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