Sandoval Signpost


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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. 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

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

First Mondays: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

Second Mondays: 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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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 Mondays: 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. Info: Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

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.

Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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. Info:

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

Third Tuesdays: 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 who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

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

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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by SandovalMasterGardeners. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred, information at Public Class Registration: At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 505-929-0414.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. For additional information, call 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, or call 301-2009.

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 Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m.

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

Second Thursdays: 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.

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 Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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.

First Fridays: The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will begin to provide Veterans Outreach to Sandoval County. 1-5 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

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: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

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, go to

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

Third Sundays: 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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

October 31: Placitas Halloween Howl. 8-8:15 p.m. Gather family and friends outside and let our your best howl, then listen for your neighbors across the hills and arroyos of Placitas to respond with their own howls! No need for drums, horns, or yells—just simple howling good fun.

November 1: Gardening with the Masters Lecture Series (Ongoing: first Tuesdays)—“Creating Resilient Garden Systems.” 7-8:30 p.m. Free to public. Walk-ins welcome. Presented by Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho.

November 4: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its regular monthly meeting and stargaze. Guest speaker: Dr. Laurie Wells of CNM will deliver a presentation on exoplanets. Telescopes provided by the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give views of the stars and planets after the meeting (weather permitting). Meeting starts at 7 p.m. (Please note change in time.)., 220-5355.

November 5: Bernalillo Library Speaker Series—“The Early New Mexico Art Colonies and How They Thrived.” 11 a.m. Presented by Steve Goode at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.

November 5: 2016 BAG Art Flea Market. Santa Fe Book Arts Group/Palace Press annual multi-vendor Arts Flea Market featuring supplies (for mixed-media, assemblage, and collage), handmade books and journals, handmade and specialty papers, antique books and prints, ephemera, and gifts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Held in the Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe. 660-9942,
November 6: Free concert. Albuquerque Concert Band shares the concert with special guests: The Los Alamos Community Winds. 3-4 p.m. Directed by John Sanks for Albuquerque Concert Band and Ted Vives for Los Alamos Community Winds. At Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center.

November 6: Choral concert performed by The Oratorio Society of Coro Lux. 3 p.m. A new select chorus, under the direction of Bradley Ellingboe, will perform Morton Lauridsen’s stunning Lux Aeterna, accompanied by members of the New Mexico Philharmonic. The award-winning Rio Rancho High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Talbott, will also perform. On the observance of All Saints Day. At St Paul Lutheran Church, 110 Indian School Road, NE (at University Avenue). Tickets: $18 adults, $15 seniors and $10 students.

November 7: ES-CA monthly board meeting. 6:30-8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. At the Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

November 9: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Jardineros will feature a presentation by Rev. Drew Henry of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 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., Kathy Bruch 404-8621.

November 11: Annual Art Exhibit sponsored by New Mexico Veterans Art Association “Veterans honoring Veterans.” Opening ceremonies and silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Yearly event that showcases the many talented veterans who are members of the NMVA. Open to the public on November 11-13, November
18-20, November 25-26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held at the Fine Arts Gallery at Expo NM Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

November 12: Rio Rancho DAV Chapter 5 monthly meeting. 10 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend and any new disabled veterans or visitors are welcome. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1022 Veranda Rd., SE in Rio Rancho. 217-8531;

November 12: Composting and Soil Fertility Workshop. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Boulevard, NW, ABQ. Presented by BernCo. Extension Master Composters. Open to public. Pre-registration and $25 payment required. Information and registration at

November 13: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “Early Pioneer Teachers of Northern Sandoval County.” 2 p.m. Recognition and appreciation to the families of these educators. $5 to public; free to members. All are welcome. At the Delavy House, off Hwy. 550, north of I-Hop, in Bernalillo.

November 15: Gardening with the Masters Lecture Series—“Four-Seasons Gardening Series.” (Ongoing: third Tuesdays). 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by Sabana Grande Rec. Center (4110 Sabana Grande, SE, Rio Rancho). Free. Open to public. Walk-ins welcome. Upcoming events at:

November 16: Gardening with the Masters Lecture Series—“Urban Horticulture Class Series.” (Ongoing: third Wednesdays). 1-3 p.m. Presented by the Sandoval Co. Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. Free. Open to the public. Registration preferred. Upcoming events at:

November 19-20: San Antonio Mission holiday faire. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. This is the perfect venue to find a holiday gift for yourself or others. Our artisans will display jewelry, photography, pottery, fiber art, and other mediums. Light refreshments will be available. Held at the San Antonio Mission in Placitas, off of Avenida San Antonio in the Village.

November 19 and 20: Placitas Holiday Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Talented artists will fill the three central sites in the village of Placitas with a wide array of arts and crafts. Delicious food will be available at all of the sites. For more information, go to the website to become familiar with the artists and see where they will be set up this year.

November 20: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 5 p.m.; concert at 6 p.m. Featuring artists Peter Böhringer, photography; Vicki Bolen, mixed media and paper arts; Amy Hautman, oil; and Pam Neas, watercolor; musical guests: the Figueroa Duo, Willy Sucre, and James Holland. The concert and visual artist reception take place 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. Individual concert tickets are $25, $15 for students with ID. Music students through high school are admitted free with paying adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door one hour before the concert, subject to availability. Advance purchases can be made at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store, 160 S. Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo; or online at

November 20: Friends of Coronado Historic Site fall lecture Series, “That Sink of Vice and Extravagance.” 2 p.m. Presentation by Matt Barbour, noted anthropologist and scholar. Held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum). $5 for adults; members free. 771-9493,

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