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. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 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.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.

Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.

Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.

Fourth Wednesday of the month: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.

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

Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.

Third Tuesdays: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066,

Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400,

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

Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.

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.

First Wednesdays: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

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.

Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.

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

Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer's Market, 4-7 p.m. Locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, other NM agricultural products. Just south of the Wine Festival Grounds and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo.

Saturdays: Children’s Story Hour—10 a.m. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

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!

Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.

Every weekend through October 10: Family authentic "How To" workshops at Traditions! A Festival Marketplace on I-25 at exit 257. Noon to 3:00 p.m. Register in advance—867-8600. $20 per workshop unless otherwise stated.

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

September 28: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association, 6:30 p.m., AAA Solar (2021 Zearing NW, south and east of Rio Grande and I-40). Following the brief meeting, a solar hot-water program. Learn about heating your water with inexpensive solar energy.  Free. Call 505-246-0400,

September 30: Orwell Rolls in His Grave. Movie starts at 6:30, Placitas Community Center.

September 30 through October 3: Circus Chimera under the “World’s Tallest Big Top,” at Sundt Park, adjacent to the Rio Rancho Boys and Girls Club off Highway 528. Family entertainment without animal cruelty. Jugglers, Globe of Death, clowns, illusionary arts. Tickets ($10-16), 1-888-663-7464; $4 discount for purchasing reserved-seat tickets in advance.

October 1 through 10: Sixteenth annual Corrales Fine Arts Show, a New Mexico multi-media art exhibition with works of 39 artists in the fields of painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography, selected by jury from over two hundred entries. Open to the public 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, no charge for admission or parking. Opening reception: Friday, October 1, 5–8 p.m. The church is one mile north of the Corrales Post Office on Corrales Road, then three-tenths mile west on Old Church Road. A portion of each sale at the show goes to the Corrales Historical Society for restoration and preservation of the Old San Ysidro Church.

October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10: 16th annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. Premier juried arts and crafts event to run concurrently with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Live entertainment, demonstrations, children’s activities, food booths. I-25 and Paseo del Norte., 292-7457.

October 2: Piano recital by Placitan Wendy Day. 3:00 p.m. Keller Hall, UNM. $15 adults/$10 seniors/$5 children. 277-2131.

October 2: Manzano hawk-watch field trip. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW. Advance registration required, 344-7240.

October 2: Herp Day. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW. Advance registration required, 344-7240.

October 2: Coronado Monument Festival. Native American and Spanish arts and crafts, demos (flint knapping, turkey-feather blanket making, weaving, spinning, drum making), hands-on corn-husk doll making, stick figures, straw inlays, historic sites and museums from the Van of Enchantment. Food, kids’ atlatl contest, all-day live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults, $3; under 16 admitted free. 867-5351.

October 2 and 3: Seventh annual Placitas Home Tour. Self-guided tour of new custom homes in Placitas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps at La Puerta Real Estate Services.

October 2 and 3: Bernalillo Arts Trail,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19 artists open their studios and galleries. Art car parade: October 2, noon, Camino del Pueblo.

October 3: Optimists de Sandoval hosts a candidates’ forum. 2 to 3 p.m. Main Placitas Fire Station. Everyone welcome. (See Optimists news in this Signpost on page 9 for details.)

October 3: Albuquerque Concert Band performs varied program. 3 p.m. Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center near Montgomery and Juan Tabo NE. Free.

October 4: Deadline to register for Water Management Workshop on October 7. (See below.)

October 5: Fahrenheit 9/11. Movie starts at 6:30, Placitas Community Center.

October 5 through October 30: Absentee and in-person voting for the November 2 general election. Polls will be open in the County Courthouse from 8 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to6 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. For voting information, call 867-7574.

October 5: Optimists de Sandoval Club. Junior and parent groups meet. Noon. Piñon Café, Placitas.

October 6: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., RRDPS Station 5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Dr., Rio Rancho

October 6: Residents invited to meet at Placitas Community Center to discuss a new community health-care option and its recent community survey. 7:00 p.m. Refreshments. (See article and survey in this Signpost.)

October 7: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers

October 7: Water Management-Land Development Workshop.Presentations by Brian Wilson, formerly of the Office of the State Engineer and author of forty-year water planning and subdivision review guidance; Ken Hughes, department of finance and administration; Anita Miller, a land- and water-use attorney; and Tracy Svanda, board-training specialist. Angelina's Restaurant, 1226 N. Railroad in Española, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free, including lunch will be included. Please register by Monday, October 4, by calling Tracy Svanda at (800) 819-9893 or (505) 884-1031. New Mexico Rural Water Association, 3413 Carlisle Boulevard NE.

October 9: Reception for Michael Ceschiat (sculpture, ceramics), Gene McClain (retablos), and Toni Truesdale (paintings of feminine power). 4 to 7 p.m. Arte Loca Gallery, 282 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Show runs to November 4. 771-8097

October 9: Bosque Education Guide, second edition, review. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW. Advance registration required, 344-7240.

October 9: Las Placitas Association sponsors a hands-on stream-restoration workshop, which will focus on creating hand-built erosion control structures on a section of Las Huertas Creek. Volunteers meet at Placitas Mercantile parking lot. 9:00 a.m. Formal workshop until noon. Participants invited to bring lunch and continue work into the afternoon. Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, hat, water, sunscreen. 867-5477.

October 9: Reception for sculptor Michael Prokos and photographer Ford Robbins. 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Katrina Lasko Gallery, 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Show runs to November 4. (505) 867-2523, 505-570-2523,

October 9: Placitas Flea Market, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Buy or sell old stuff, new stuff, crafts, cookies. $10 vendor fee goes towards funding Placitas Elementary's Art in the School program. West end of the Merc parking lot. 867-0027.

October 9 and 23: Reflective property-identification numbers for your house (required by law) available free from Jardineros de Placitas volunteers at the Merc, Placitas. 10 to 4. Also available at zoning-board office in the Sandoval County Courthouse.

October 11: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Columbus Day Holiday

October 12: Placitas Library Get-Acquainted Social. Just west of The Merc on Tierra Madre #1. Event-planning committee to be chosen. Everyone welcome. 867-3353.

October 13: Community Health Alliance Council, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Healthcare Services, 2nd floor conference room, NM 528 and High Resort

October 13: Bush Family Fortunes. Movie starts at 6:30, Placitas Community Center.

October 16: Bike tour of Old Bosque Giants. 10:00 a.m. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelabra NW. Advance registration required, 344-7240.

October 16: La Fiesta para el Milagro BBQ Dinner. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 1 to 6 p.m. Music by band Cheap and Easy. $8 adults, $5 children (ages five through twelve), no charge for children younger than five. Proceeds will be applied to the cost of constructing an addition to the church.

October 16: Mandala Painting, with Barbara King. A workshop at Arte Loca Gallery, 2:00–4:00 p.m. 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 771-8097,

October 18: Optimists de Sandoval club junior and parent groups meet. 6:30 p.m. San Antonio Mission, Placitas.

October 18: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 3 p.m., 3rd Floor, County Courthouse

October 18: United Nations Day. Speech by john Washburn, convener of the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Discussion and refreshments following. 5:30-8:30 p.m. UNM Student Center Ballroom. Information: Roger or Mary Schense, New Mexico Alliance for the International Criminal Court at (505) 298-4544.

October 20, 21, and 22: Sixteenth annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Albuquerque Convention Center. For information on speakers, program details, registration: (505) 345-5553,

October 21: Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure tests, glucose screening for diabetics. A nutritionist will speak. 1:30 to 1:00, Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center, 301 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo. St. Vincent de Paul Society.

October 21: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Bernalillo Town Hall, 739 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

October 21: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

October 21: Christopher Rastays explains eBird observations. eBird is a joint project of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, the National Science Foundation, the American Birding Association, and Bird Studies Canada. 7:15 p.m. St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, northwest corner of Copper and Jefferson in Albuquerque, 898-8914.

October 21: "Apples, Coriander, and Watermelons: Spanish Plantways to New Mexico," by Placitan Bill Dunmire. 5 p.m. University of New Mexico Conference Center, 1634 University Boulevard NE. Refreshments at 4:30. Free parking. For more information, contact Professor Harjit S. Ahluwalia at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, 277-2941 or

October 23: Reflective property-identification numbers for your house (required by law) available free from Jardineros de Placitas volunteers at the Merc, Placitas. 10 to 4. Also available at zoning-board office in the Sandoval County Courthouse.

October 23: “Apples, Coriander and Watermelons: Spanish Plantways to New Mexico,” a talk by longtime Placitas resident William W. Dunmire (Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America) on how Spanish colonizers brought Old World plants and foods to America. 9:00 to 11:00 a.m, Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. Admission is free. Sponsored by Las Placitas Association.

October 23: Clarifying Meditative Work – A Fresh Look. A workshop for people from any meditation tradition or no tradition at all. Explore directly what meditative work is and how it sheds light on the concerns of your life. 2 to 5 p.m. The Wat Center, 145 Madison NE, corner of Madison and Copper, east of Washington. $5 donation. Reservations, information, Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat. 281-0684.

October 23: Photographing Your Artwork, with Barry McCormick. A workshop at Arte Loca Gallery, 2:00–5:00 p.m. 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 771-8097,

October 25: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bernalillo Town Hall, 739 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

October 26: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association, 6:30 p.m., AAA Solar (2021 Zearing NW, south and east of Rio Grande and I-40). Following the brief meeting, a solar hot-air program. Learn about heating your home or other building with inexpensive solar energy. Solar-air heating has the quickest payback of renewable-energy technologies. Open to the public and free of charge. (505) 246-0400,

October 26: Deadline to register for November 12-14 Bernalillo Badminton Tournament. Bernie Linnartz at 771-4355,, or John Chow at 771-8065,, for registration information.

October 27:.Twilight hike on full-moon night. 6 p.m Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW. Advance registration required, 344-7240.

October 29 and 30: Moonlight Maze Walk at Rio Grande Community Farm, 7-9 p.m,.at the 7th annual Maize Maze at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. $6 for adults; $3, children 5 to 12; free for children under 5. The Maze is open weekends through Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 345-4580,

October 30: Apple Festival. Celebrate harvesttime and Halloween. Placitas Library. 867-3353.

October 31: Painting the Ancient World—Kiva Murals and Pottery Pictures,” a talk and slide show by Dr. J. J. Brody, 2:00 p.m., Hyatt Tamaya Resort. Dr. Brody will show that ancient pueblo wall paintings, such as those at Kuaua, the prehistoric Indian ruins at Coronado State Monument, belong to a much broader painting tradition that was pan-Southwestern, and pan-Pueblo and was expressed in several different media. Dr. Brody is an expert on native Southwest art, professor emeritus UNM, former director of Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, author of many books. Interested? Call Katherine at 867-6115. Friends of Coronado State Monument.






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