October 1: Commissioner Jack Thomas’ Town Hall meeting, 6:30 p.m., Star Heights Community Center, Rio Rancho.
October 3: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Bernalillo Town Hall.
October 4: An evening talk with Venerable Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche on meditation for daily living. 7 p.m. at the Atmabodh Yoga Studio, 878 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Suggested donation $15. 867-8531
October 4: Opening reception for the fourteenth annual Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale hosted by the Corrales Visual Arts Council. 5 to 8 p.m. Runs through October 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales.
October 4, 5, 6: Second and final weekend of the Placitas Home Tour. See center section of this Signpost for map and details.
October 4, 5, 6: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
October 4, 5: Reception for Tamara Rymer’s one-woman art show “Americana.” Paintings capturing the essence of the west through lifelike watercolors of horses and cowboys. 5 to 8 p.m. Artists demonstrations on October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Runs through October 31. Frame-n-Art Gallery, 10200 Corrales Road NW, D-4 898-0660.
October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13: Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival presents “Under the Big Top.” Juried arts and crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, kid’s creation station, food. Partial benefit for Casa Angelica, a home for profoundly disabled children. $6 for a six-day pass, $4 general admission at gate, children under 12 are free. Fridays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 292-7457.
October 5: Wright’s 95th Indian Art benefit celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Courtyard, lower level, San Mateo at Lomas NE in Albuquerque. Native American drumming and flute music, art demonstrations, end of silent auction, closing blessing by Bear Heart. Sen. Pete Domenici will attend.
October 6: Sandoval County Historical Society presents a talk by Bertha Sisneros-Torres on her long friendship with the Hopi indians. 3:00 p.m. Free. Sandoval County Historical Society museum, Edmonds Rd., Bernalillo (west of the Coronado Monument road). 867-2755.
October 8: Friends of Placitas monthly meeting. 7:15 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 867-6310.
October 11, 12, 13: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
October 12: Luncheon meeting of the West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women. The speaker will be Josephine Porter, President of the League of Women Voters, Albuquerque, who will speak on the coming November elections. AAUW welcomes women and men who are college graduates. Pasta Café Italian Grill, 3201 Southern Boulevard SE, Rio Rancho.
897-7906 or 792-4916.
October 17: Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce monthly Mix and Mingle at First State Bank. Food and beverages. Bring a door prize and business cards to promote your business. $5 Chamber members/$7 non-members 388 Highway 44 (550)West, Bernalillo, 5:30 to 7:30 p. m. 867-8325
October 6: March of Dimes 2nd annual Bikers for Babies Motorcycle ride & Blues Festival. More that 1000 motorcycles expected to participate. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sandia Casino, I-25 and Tramway
October 5 & 6: Shangri-La West Galleries in the Jemez will be having an open house, art exhibit, demonstrations, and a book signing. Judy Asbury will demonstrate oil painting. Refreshments. Noon to 3 p.m. 10703 Highway 4, 6.5 miles south of Jemez Springs 505-829-3864
October 6: Luddy Lelong will show digital images of New Mexico featuring the Balloon Fiesta and images specifically for children. Reception at noon. UU Westside Congregational Gallery, 1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho. 896-8192.
October 6: The twelfth annual Hispanic Music Festival. Music and dancing provided by local musicians dedicated to preserving and fostering interest in the traditional music of New Mexico. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center, Bernalillo. 867-8080
October 11: Sandoval County Community Health Alliance Council, 1 p.m. PMS Building at High Resort, Rio Rancho
October 14: Non-emergency offices closed in observance of Columbus Day
October 16: Commissioner Daymon Ely’s Town Hall Meeting, 7 p.m., Corrales Community Center
October 17: Sandoval County Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho
October 17: County Commission Chairman Johnson’s office hours, 4 to 5 p.m. p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
October 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Bernalillo Town Hall
October 19: Angus McDougal Gallery opening reception. Work by contemporary New Mexican artists. Malcolm Brown’s glicée prints. Runs through November 2. Located behind and just to the south of the Range Café at 978 San Felipe, Bernalillo. 867-0556, www.angusmcdougall.com
October 19: Artist’s reception at Katrina Lasko Gallery for Ali Cavanaugh and Lisa Jacoby. “Real Places/Hidden Spaces,” painting and sculpture. 4 to 6 p.m. 336 N. Camino del Pueblo, 867-2523.
October 19: Barks and Boos fundraiser for Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Halloween costume party for dogs and their owners. Live music, food. $15 adults/$7.50 children. 1 to 5 p.m. Holiday Park at Juan Tabo & Tramway. Advance tickets: 771-0140, ext. 3
October 20: Placitas Artists Series presents the Watermelon Mountain Jug band. 3:00 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $15/$12. Artists’ reception begins at 1:30 p.m. featuring Lisa Chernoff, Linda Eichorst, Glenda Jensen, and Alexandria Teitler. 867-8080, www.PlacitasArts.org.
October 22: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Call 867-7651 for location
October 23: DWI Planning Council, Magistrate Court, 3 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room
October 23: Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, 4:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room
October 26 and 27: Bernalillo Arts Trail. Bernalillo artist’s galleries, studios, and shops open for studio tour. Art car parade at 1 p.m. on 10/26. Demonstrations, special sales, refreshments. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See map and details on page 2 of this Signpost.
October 27: Festival Otoño, a "Celebration of Autumn," to benefit the Town of Bernalillo Youth Recreation Program. Costume and carved pumpkin contests, horseshoe tournament, local stage talent, arts and craft, children's activities in a festive, family environment. 12:00 noon until dark with the burning of "La Jorupa." Bernalillo Rotary Park. 867-3311