The Sandoval Signpost

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Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne—892-2456.

Mondays: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the northwest room of the Old Convent Gallery in Bernalillo. 867-5718.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $12 per session. 867-5718.

Every first and third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.

Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.

Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.

Every second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.

Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171

Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.

Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!

Weekends through October 19: Rio Grande Community Farms 6th annual Maize Maze. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., including Labor Day. “Crane In The Corn.” Moonlight Maze Walks October 10-11, 7-9 p.m. Admission on weekends $6; $3 for age 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. 345-4580 or

October 1 to 5: Judy Asbury's expressionistic oil paintings embellished with metallics. 12-6p.m. The Old Convent, El Zocalo Complex, 264 Camino del Pueblo Bernallilo. 834-7325.

October 2: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 4: Jemez State Monument presents Hispanic Cultural Day and the Hispanic Arts and Crafts Fair. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Hispanic arts and crafts. Spanish music by Los Jaraneros from Albuquerque. Spanish food booth. $3 adults; 16 and under free. Highway 4, north of Jemez Springs. 829-3530.

October 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12: 15th Annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival at the southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo Del Norte. The premier juried arts and crafts event in this area. Activities include Artists at Work, Entertainment, Just for Kids, and Food. A portion of the gate receipts, booth space, and artists’ sales is donated to Casa Angelica silent auction. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 for adults; six-day passes available; children under 12 admitted free.

October 4: Coronado State Monument celebrates Native American cultures, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Portal open for vendors to sell their arts and crafts. Blacksmithing and hunting techniques (rabbit stick and atlatl). Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required, with a limit of 25 per tour. Monument is off I-25 on Highway 550. Call 800-419-3738 or 867-5351 for information.

October 4: Coronado State Monument annual Native American and Spanish Arts and Craft Fair, a celebration of Native American and Spanish cultures. Handmade Southwestern items for sale by local artisans. Learn how the ancient people made hunting tools. Luther Rivera demonstrates flintknapping skills. Monument staff demonstrates atlatl throwing, native games, carding, and weaving activities. Children can participate in a history scavenger hunt and obtain a Certificate of Accomplishment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 admission. 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo. 867-5351.

October 4: “Society Defined” cultural exhibit opening. 10 a.m. to noon. “Society Defined” describes the life of Hispanic residents of northern New Mexico in 1790. Exhibit panels present text and images portraying blacksmiths, carpenters, farmers, ranchers/shepherds, day laborers. Activites include a churro sheep pelt and furniture that can be reconstructed. Coffee and treats with a Spanish flavor. Exhibit runs through November 30. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $3 adults, 16 and under free. Wednesdays through Mondays, closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Jemez State Monument, Highway 4, north of Jemez Springs.

October 4 and 5: Second weekend of the Placitas Home Tour. 12 custom homes by local builders are open for viewing by the public. Maps at La Puerta Real Estate Services. Sponsored by the Placitas Chamber of Commerce.

October 4 through 12: Fifteenth Annual Corrales Fine Arts Show presents the work of 36 artists in painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography. Free and open to the public 11 to 5 daily, with opening reception on October 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Historic Old San Ysidro Church on Old Church Road in Corrales.

October 5: Placitas Artists Series presents Latin music trio Sol y Canto (Sun and Song). Sumptuous Spanish guitar, beautiful ballads, churrning Latin rhythms. 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Placitas., 867-8080.

October 5: Sandoval County Historical Society presentation and exhibit focusing on Rio Puerco ghost towns. 3 p.m. at the DeLavy House, just west of the Coronado Monument off US 550. For more information, call 867-2755 or see article, this Signpost.

October 10: Sandoval County Community Health Alliance Council, 1:30 p.m., Presbyterian Health Services Conference Room, NM 528 and High Resort, Rio Rancho.

October 10, 11, and 12: Fifteenth Annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo Del Norte. The premier juried arts and crafts event in this area. Activities include Artists at Work, Entertainment, Just for Kids, and Food. A portion of gate receipts, booth space, and artists’ sales donated to Casa Angelica silent auction. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 for adults; children under 12 admitted free.

October 13: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Columbus Day.

October 16: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho.

October 16: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 19: Sandoval County Historical Society program on the ghost towns of Sandoval County. 3 p.m. at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. For more information call 867-2755 or see article, this Signpost.

October 19: 13th annual Sandoval County Hispanic Music Festival. Sponsors: Town of Bernalillo and Placitas Artists Series. Sunday, 1–4 p.m., $2 per person, $5 per family, $1 seniors and children. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Social Center.

October 21: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Magistrate Court, Magistrate Court, 681 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

October 26: Daylight savings time ends.

October 25: Art car parade kicks off the Bernalillo Arts Trail. Also in the parade: the Frida Kahlo lookalike contest. See details in Sandoval Arts, this Signpost. 771-0590.

October 25 and 26: Bernalillo Arts Trail—“My Home....My Art.” 19 artists open their studios and galleries, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Red banners indicate the artists' sites, blue banners indicate sponsors' sites. Maps available at each location.,, or 771-8626.

October 26: Fourth annual Festival Otoño. Sponsor: Town of Bernalillo Recreation Department. Sunday, 12 noon–6 p.m., Rotary Park, free admission, all ages welcome. Carnival games, live entertainment, costume and carved-pumpkin contests, burning of La Jorrupa at dusk. 250-1566.

October 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 31: Halloween.






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