The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988


Signpost cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert

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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:
Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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.

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 the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

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.

Third Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin
Robinson, 771-1535.

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,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email Heather Kerr at

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

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 through May: 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.

Every Friday: Bernalillo Growers’ Market. Fresh homegrown vegetables, fruit, music, and more. 4-7 p.m. South of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Main Street), Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-2485 or 867-9054.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

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.

Through October 23: The Sandoval County Master Gardener Hotline is now open at 867-2582. Veteran Master Gardeners will answer general gardening questions, from what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases may be a problem, and more.

October 1-31: Scarecrows in Corrales. Throughout October, come see for yourself the newest village “residents” this year, perched in creative settings along Corrales Road and throughout the Village. For additional information, contact (505) 350-3955.

October 1: Public meeting for long-range development plan for Placitas area, 6 p.m., El Zócalo Complex in Bernalillo, 867-7656.

October 2-November 1: Exhibition of Joan White’s Quilt Work and Reception. Loma Colorado Main Library Auditorium. Open during library hours. For information, call (505) 891-5013, ext. 3030.

October 4: The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society (RRAS) will host its monthly meeting at the Coronado State Monument starting at 7 p.m. (Please note time change). For more information, visit or call

October 4-5: The Fourth Guadalupe Trail Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will fourteen impressive artists at six studios along the historical trail.

October 4-5: For the first time, Purple Sage Garden Centers will be holding its annual Apple Festival at two locations. The Albuquerque store at 6921 Pan American Freeway will be hosting the event on Saturday and Sunday, while the Rio Rancho location will hold its festival at 975 Western Hills on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. The festivals are open to the public, there is no charge for entry. For information call 342-9600.

October 5: Public meeting of One Placitas to discuss long-range development plan for Placitas area, 1-4 p.m. Placitas Elementary School. For information, visit

October 5: Sandoval County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at Delavy House Museum. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public

October 5: The Corrales Animal House Tour (formerly the Barn Tour) will occur from noon-4 pm. See how the “better half” (our horses, llamas, lambs, goats, etc.) live in Corrales. Tickets are available now and through the day of the tour at the Village Mercantile (3675 Corrales Road) and are $10 for everyone twelve and older. (Kids under twelve get in free.) Call (505) 898-6530 for additional information.

October 5-30: Visit the “You Are Here“ exhibit of the Greater Albuquerque Roller and Print Society. View original etchings, monotypes, serigraphs, lithographs, woodcuts, and more. The opening reception will be held on October 5 from 2-5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE in Albuquerque (between Spain and Academy). Call 332-0565 for hours and gallery information.

October 7: The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico's launching of the nonpartisan 2008 General Election Voters' Guide will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in the foyer of Albuquerque Academy's Simms Center, 6400 Wyoming Boulevard SE in Albuquerque. Everyone is welcome! Please call the League office for more information at
(505) 884-8441.

October 11: The Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo and Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) will be holding an informational program for the public in Placitas, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas. Conducted by the Placitas representatives of the ESCAFCA Board, the agency’s consulting engineer Wilson and Company, and outreach coordinators Griffin and Associates. The presentation will focus on ESCAFCA’s proposed drainage and flood control plans for the Placitas area.

October 11-12: The 4th Annual Celebration of Gourds at the Albuquerque Garden Center at 10120 Lomas. Visit for more information, tickets, and registration. It’s all about the gourd!

October 12: The Optimist Club de Sandoval is pleased to present its traditional Candidates' Forum for the people of southeastern Sandoval County, 1-3 p.m., at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165 in Placitas.

October 15: Public meeting for long-range development plan for Placitas area, 6 p.m., El Zócalo Complex in Bernalillo, 867-7656.

October 15: The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico's Sandoval County Unit will meet at the Corrales Community Center in the Corrales Village Office Complex at 4234 Corrales Road at noon. Everyone is welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch if desired. Please call the League office at (505) 884-8441 for more information.

October 18: Hike into the privately-owned Diamond Tail Ranch northeast of Placitas to an ancient petroglyph site, featuring abundant wildlife, pristine water courses, and challenging hiking terrain. Meet along the Diamondtail Road (directions below) at 8:30a.m. and hike approximately 2 miles to the site. Archaeological experts will be on hand to answer questions on the petroglyphs and the archaeo-history of the area. Chuckwagon-style lunch included on hike. Admission: $10 per person. Please call 771-2000 to RSVP by Friday, October 10 to reserve your spot on the hike.

October 18: Meet with members of the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico at a coffee hosted at a Corrales residence from 10 a.m.-noon. Everyone is welcome. Please call 298-2716 or 269-0490 for location and directions.

October 19: Stroll through the famous Corrales Growers' Market from 9 a.m.-noon on Corrales Road, Meet over forty-five local painters, jewelers, potters, and sculptors selling their creations at Art in the Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

October 31: Placitas Elementary School will be hosting its annual Fall Festival on Halloween. The ever-popular event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 5 Calle del Carbon in Placitas. Families are encouraged to attend in costume. There is no admission fee.

November 22-23: The Placitas Senior Advisory Board Committee is hosting an Arts and Crafts Holiday Sale at the Placitas Community Center. We will be renting out spaces for anyone interested. For more information, please call Vangie Sanchez at 867-2295.

May 21-23: Call-to-Entry! Seventh Biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta at the Expo NM. Five-hundred-plus juried exhibits, classes, vendor mall. Entry deadline: March 1, 2009. Entry forms, prize information, and more Fiesta details at





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