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October 2005 Signpost Community Calendar

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Sandoval commission meetings
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: Alcoholics Anonymous. 6 p.m. If you have a problem with drinking, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! Bernalillo United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres (behind Abuelita's Restaurant), Bernalillo.

• 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.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief support group. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center 9-11 a.m. Please call Gary Hansen at 867-2829 for further information.

• 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: Placitas Library Volunteers Meeting. The volunteers meet for education and planning. 7 p.m. Please join us.

• First Tuesday: SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) New Mexico Chapter support-group meetings. 7 to 9 p.m. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of any (if any) religious affiliation. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

• Fourth Wednesday: 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, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

• Second Tuesday: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.

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

• Third Tuesday: 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. 291-5066,

• Fourth Tuesday: 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,

Tuesdays and Thursdays: AA Meeting at Noon. United Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 771-3701.

• 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 Wednesday: 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.

First Wednesday: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South general meeting. 10 a.m. Free. 994-9687, The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers. Not based on race, religion, or financial stability. At the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho across from Intel. Information: 994-9687.

• First and third Wednesdays. Village Academy Charter School meets. 6:00 p.m. Old Door Company, 45 Dusty Trail Road, Placitas. Info: VACS, P. O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

• 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.

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

Alternate Wednesdays: Village Academy Governance Council work sessions. San Antonio Mission, Placitas. Open to the public.

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

First Thursdays: Placitas Talks on a variety of subjects at the Placitas Library.

Fridays: Water-Wise Garden Maintenance. 9-11 am. Master gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions and provide assistance. Next to the Esther Bone Library, Rio Rancho.

Fridays through late October: The Bernalillo Farmers’/Growers’ Market will be open every Friday, 4-7 pm; locally produced fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, plants and landscape items, assorted surprises. Main Street, Bernalillo, between OLOS Church and Dollar Store.

• Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

• Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion, 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!

Second and fourth Saturdays: Reflective safety numbers to identify your home available from Jardineros De Placitas volunteers near the Merc, Placitas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These numbers are required by law to help emergency vehicles find you.

Fourth Saturday: Lupus Foundation of America self-help support group meeting for individuals with lupus and their families, 9:30 a.m., Rio West Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 6751 Pasilla Road NE (off 528 across from River’s Edge 2), Rio Rancho, 867-9408."

Through October: Sandoval County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Rio Rancho's Water Wise Garden Fridays from 9 to11 a.m. The Garden is at Pinetree Road next to Veterans Park between the library and the post office.

September 30 through October 2 and October 7 through October 9: Seventeenth annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival. Award-winning festival features the work of 280 artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States and showcases a wide variety of fine arts and crafts. Ranked among the top 200 art shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine. Southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo del Norte, in the Big Top Tent. $5 adult admission; $7 six-day pass; children under 12 admitted free. 292-7457.

October 1: Scholarship Golf Tournament, to benefit students of northern New Mexico. 9 a.m., Towa Golf Resort, Pojoaque. Teams, individuals, four-person shamble, student discounts for UNM-LA, LAPS, goodie bags, personalized accessories, door prizes., or contact Rick Goshorn, at, 505-663-3416, or 1-800-894-5919.

October 1 through November 12: Group show at Katrina Lasko Gallery. Works by sculptor Sara Lee D'Alessandro, painters Laura Wacha, Sharon Schwartzmann, and J. Mehaffey, adobe-and-cast-iron sculptor Kendra Brock, found-object artist Marilyn Dillard. Receptions October 1 and October 15, 1-5 p.m. 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2523, See story in this Signpost.

October 1 and 2: Placitas Home Tour. Area builders showcase homes they have built in Placitas. Open to the public. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 867-3388,

October 2: Sandoval County Historical Society presents a talk and demonstration of blacksmithing and making iron tools, by Gary Miller. Quilt show from Beverly Jackson’s collection. No charge. Refreshments. 3 p.m., Delavy House Museum (Highway 550, west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino).

October 2: Placitas Democrats and Friends host a community event open to the public without regard to party affiliation. Meet officeholders and candidates, mix and mingle, celebrate common interests and goals. No speeches, just a fun, family day with free hotdogs, finger foods, drinks, helium balloons. Music by the Placitas Mountain Band. Local organizations are invited to set up tables—867-1139. 1 to 4 p.m., Placitas Elementary School.

October 3: Designing a Garden When You Have No Idea What You're Doing, sponsored By The Sandoval County Master Gardeners. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pine Tree Road, Rio Rancho. 867-2582.

October 3 through 15: "Illuminated: recent oil paintings," an exhibition of landscape oil paintings of the Jemez Mountains by Judy Asbury. Reception October 7, 5-7 p.m., with Louisiana poet Ava Leavell Haymon reading from her latest book, The Strict Economy of Fire, at 6 p.m. Santuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe.

October 4: Dr. Eddie Dry, retired UNM tourism director, shares tips on independent travel “By The Seat Of Your Pants.” Learn how to leave the tours and reservations behind and venture out with your Lonely Planet Guide, using local transport, guides, small hotels. Find out how to connect with other travelers and locals to enrich your experience. 7:00 p.m., Hacienda de Placitas.

October 5: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Rio Rancho DPS Substation #5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Dr., Rio Rancho.

October 6: Sandoval County Board of Finance, 5:30 p.m., Commission Chambers.

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

October 6: Author Marilyn Stablein reads in Corrales. 7 p.m. Acequia Booksellers, 4436 Corrales Road, Corrales, 890-5365.

October 7: Art reception for “Illuminated: recent oil paintings,” by Judy Asbury. Landscape oil paintings of the Jemez Mountains exhibited on the wall of the Santuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe. Reading by Louisiana poet Ava Leavell Haymon. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 834-7325.

October 8: Wendy Day, piano recital, all-Chopin. 3:00 p.m., Keller Hall, University of New Mexico. $15/$5. 277-2131.

October 8: A celebration honoring the life of the late Dr. Gary Dwyer, Superintendent of Bernalillo Public Schools. Friends, students, associates share memories of Dr. Dwyer. Food provided. 9:00 a.m., Bernalillo High School football field. RSVP. by 9/30: 867-2317,, or

October 8: Rockin’R Gallery hosts potter Jorge Quintana and Native American artist Amato Peña. 4-8 p.m. Quintana will throw, glaze, and fire an original design between 2 and 8 p.m. 3 Homesteads Rd. Suite C, Placitas. 867-9595.

October 10: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Columbus Day.

October 12: Community Health Alliance, 9 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Rd., Bernalillo.

October 15: Reception at Katrina Lasko Gallery for group show. Works by sculptor Sara Lee D'Alessandro, painters Laura Wacha, Sharon Schwartzmann, and J. Mehaffey, adobe-and-cast-iron sculptor Kendra Brock, found-object artist Marilyn Dillard. 1-5 p.m., 336 North Camino del Pueblo. 867-2523,

October 15: Noncompetitive fund-raising walk in memory of Placitas resident Danielle Romero, killed by a drunk driver. Sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. 8:40 a.m., Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd., 255-2955,

October 15: Harvest Celebration Barbeque Dinner and Silent Auction. Dinner is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children. A wide variety of items and services have been donated for the auction. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. For dinner reservations, call 867-5718.

October 15: ReadWest Literacy Volunteers are holding a free Read Me A Story Day. Storytelling, face-painting, puppet shows, free book for each child. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Hastings Book Store, 1630 Rio Rancho Blvd. 892-1131, Susan Ryerson.

October 19: State Bar of NM is holding a free public workshop on nursing homes. Q&A. 6-8 p.m., 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque. (800) 876-6227, (505) 797-6047.

October 20: A free senior wellness clinic. Nurses monitor blood pressure and weight; glucose testing for diabetes. Cate Clark and Kelly Garry offer free chair massage and reflexology. All are welcome. Sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Society. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

October 20: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.

October 20: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 22: Bikathon Kickoff for Kate Nelson’s ride for blood-cancer patients. In conjunction with the annual Placitas Star Party. Cash bar and entertainment. 6 p.m., Piñon Café (in Homestead Village on Highway 165, in Placitas, 3 minutes east of I-25, Exit 242). Contact: Elaine Sullivan, 771-1171.

October 22: Photography workshop. Photography in the fall environment, with photographer Alex Sedillo. $20. Contact Linda, at 821-8432, to enroll and for further information. 9-noon, Coronado Monument, west of the town of Bernalillo, on Hwy 550.

October 22: Las Huertas Watershed Project hosts a water-harvesting workshop. Lecture, poster showing, tour of systems on Placitas homes. No charge. Refreshments. 9-noon, Placitas Community Center. Hands-on workshop at 1 p.m. continues through Sunday. Call Vickie Peck or Reid Bandeen, 867-1588, to register for the hands-on workshop.

October 22: Gourd Christmas ornament workshop. Reservations required. $10 fee for materials and paint. Class size is limited to twenty. Contact Linda, at 821-8432, to enroll and for further information. 2-4 p.m., Coronado Monument, west of the town of Bernalillo, on Hwy 550.

October 22: Placitas Star Party. Begins at sunset at Homestead Village in Placitas. Large telescopes. Community event. For details, see story this Signpost, page 19.

October 25: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 30: Concert saxophonist Ashu and pianist Winston Choi perform as part of the Placitas Artists Series concert season. 3:00 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Visual arts reception at 1:30 p.m.: Charl Agiza, Joy Eaton, Geraldine Mlynek, Betty Temple. See article in this Signpost.

October 30: “Behind the Palace Walls: Recent Archaeological Investigations at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe,” talk and slide show by Stephen Post, a project director for the Museum of New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies. $5; free to Friends of Coronado State Monument members. 2 p.m., Coronado Monument, west of the town of Bernalillo, on Hwy 550. 867-6115.

October 30: Halloween will be celebrated at the Placitas Community Library, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Young and old alike are invited (in costume) for ghost stories and other ghoulish fun, 867-3355.

November 3: Charlie Christmann returns for a look at our gorgeous night sky, as we approach the solstice 7:00 p.m., Placitas Community Library. 867-3355.

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