The Sandoval Signpost

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

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30-7:30 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. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

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

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross-receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Second Tuesdays: Friends of Placitas Meeting. Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., 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.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

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

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

September 28, 29, 30 and October 6, 7: Tenth Annual Placitas Home Tour. Self-guided tour of new construction custom homes featuring talented builders. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call La Puerta Real Estate Services at 867-3388 or visit

September 29: The Sandia Ranger District Cibola National Forest presents Children’s Archaeology Day. Includes activities at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site and a field trip to the Archaeology Museum in Cedar Crest. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ages nine to fourteen. Bring a sack lunch and water. Wear old clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen, and hiking shoes. Fee: $10.00 per child; space is limited. Sign up by calling 281-3304. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras.

September 29 through November 9: The Sandoval County Historical Society will host a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America By Food.” Open to the public in the DeLavy House, 161 Edmond Road, in Bernalillo. The show will run every day including weekends, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special programs will be featured on the weekends at 2:00 p.m. For further information, see ad announcement in this issue of the Signpost or call Martha Liebert at 867-2755.

September 29-30: The Village of Corrales and Casa San Ysidro are celebrating Harvest Festival. Casa San Ysidro will be open free to the public both days from 10-4. Vendors, animals, music, and the Puppet Playhouse will entertain the public.

October 2: Corrales Historical Society docents are sponsoring a bus trip to Taos leaving the Old San Ysidro Church at 8:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. The tour will include the Martinez Hacienda, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Kit Carson Museum and the Fechin House and Museum. Cost is $48 per person and includes the bus fee, lunch, and entrance fees to the four houses/museums. The Old San Ysidro Church is located off Old Church Road in Corrales. Call Hope Grey at 867-3942 for information and reservations.

October 2, 3, 4: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) will be conducting three workshops to present the results of the Preliminary Needs Assessment and solicit input from the general public. They are: October 2: Algodones Elementary School Gymnasium, 1395 Calle SanJose, Algodones 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; October 3: Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; October 4: Bernalillo Town Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

October 3: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet at 7 p.m. at UU Westside Congregation Church, 1650 Abrazo (south of Northern and west of Unser) in Rio Rancho. Panel discussion featuring advocates for most of the presidential candidates: Nili Lange for Senator Hillary Clinton, Tony Isaacs for Representative Dennis Kucinich, Patricia Madrid for John Edwards, Michele Frost and Wendy Davis for Governor Bill Richardson, and a speaker to be announced for Senator Barack Obama. Questions will be taken at the end of the program. The public is invited to attend. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

October 3: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

October 4: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 6: The annual Placitas Star Party, hosted by Las Placitas Association and the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, will be held at sunset (approximately 6:45 p.m.) at the Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas. This is a free family event to promote dark skies in the community. All are welcome. For additional information, call Reid Bandeen at 867-5477.

October 6: Sun Mountain Gathering, a unique cultural celebration for all ages, returns to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is geared toward families and is free to the public. For more information, call (505) 476-1250 or visit

October 6, 7: Second weekend of the Tenth Annual Placitas Home Tour. Self-guided tour of new construction custom homes featuring talented builders. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call La Puerta Real Estate Services at 867-3388 or visit

October 7: Tour seven unique barns in Corrales during the first Corrales Barn Tour. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at The Village Mercantile, corner of Corrales Road and Meadowlark Lane in advance or on the day of the tour. Sponsored by Corrales MainStreet, Corrales Equestrian Advisory Commission, and CHAMP. For more information, call 898-1800.

October 7–31: Scarecrow Showcase in Corrales. Scarecrows prepared by Village businesses and organizations will be displayed along Corrales Road, Route 448, beginning one mile north of Alameda. Stroll under the cottonwoods, visit Corrales’ unique shops, restaurants and wineries, and enjoy the scarecrows for free family fun. Sponsored by Corrales MainStreet. For more information, call 898-1800.

October 8: Non-essential offices will be closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

October 10: County Health Alliance Council, 9:00 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia Road, Bernalillo.

October 11: Twilight Zone—Teen Scene at the Rio Rancho Public Library. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Watch and review the latest trailers and episodes of the newest shows before they hit the Anime network. Talk about manga. Keep up with J-pop. You must be a teen to participate—anime is rated TV14. For information, visit or call 891-5013, ext. 3031. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Road, NE.

October 13: Diamond Tail Ranch is hosting a backcountry guided hike in the remote Gonzales Canyon area of the Ranch. Cost of the event is $15 per person, or $25 for a party of two. Reservations are required, so please call Diamond Tail Ranch at 771-2000 by Wednesday, October 10 to RSVP and reserve your spot

October 13: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1:00 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. For more information, call (505) 898-5784 or email

October 13: Last Placitas Flea Market of the season. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per space. Proceeds support Placitas Elementary’s “Art in the School” Program. The event will take place at Homestead Village, west field, near the Merc supermarket on Highway 165. For information, call 867-0027.

October 14: Placitas Artists Series will present “All That Jazz,” a jazz concert to feature the Stu MacAskie Trio and guest vocalist Joanna Morska-Osinska. 3 p.m. Visual artists’ reception at 1:30 p.m. for Mary E. Carter, Leila Hall, Judith Roderick, and Elaine Slusher. [See ad (page 2) and article, this Signpost.]

October 18: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Placitas Senior Center.

October 18: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m. Commission Chambers.

October 18: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 19: Gallery Opening featuring JB Bryan’s “Dirt and Photosynthesis,” 5-8 p.m. Artspace 116, 116 Central Avenue SW, Suite 201 (2nd floor) in Albuquerque. Show runs October 19 to November 30. Free. For information, email

October 19: Open Mic Night at the Rio Rancho Public Library. 7-9 p.m. Share your original poetry, short stories, and songs. If you can’t come up with something original, there is always the Karaoke machine. Teen comedians interested in performing can contact the teen librarian. For more information, call 891-5013, ext. 3031. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Road NE.

October 23: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

October 27: Coronado Monument holds its “Fiesta of Cultures” from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is a yearly event highlighting a wide range of cultural activities from Indian, Spanish, and Anglo communities. This event is free and open to the public, and is hosted by the Sandoval County Historical Society. The Fiesta will be held at DeLavy House Museum. For more information, call 821-8432.

October 27: Strides For Change—Walk to save lives. 9 a.m. Kit Carson Park. Support MADD’s life-saving programs and services. Secure walk pledges from family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and businesses. Walk 5K around beautiful Tingley Beach. Food, prizes, music, games for the entire family. Sign up your team by visiting, calling 255-2955, or emailing You may make donations/pledges to MADD in memory of Placitan Danielle Romero, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2002, by sending checks payable to MADD Strides for Change to Tina Romero, PO Box 1076, Placitas, NM 87043.





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