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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 867-3355;

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 505-404-8492.

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: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

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

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Saturdays and Sundays:  Idalia Road Marketplace, Rio Rancho’s  open air market dedicated to local business, art, food and fun. Vendors (artists, craftspeople, organic/natural produce and more), live music, great breakfast burritos. Hours Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through October. 1320 Idalia Road just North of Northern Blvd.

Sundays through August: Haynes Park Summer Music and Art Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Featuring The Casuals, Gary Reynolds and The Southwest Band, Adobe Brothers, Bosque Blues, The Flyin A’s, Nahalot Shalom, Dennis and Song Writers, Rudy Boy Experiment, Twisted Mo-Jo, The Hit squad, Little Hawk, Inferno, and Rio Rancho Symphonic and Dance Bands. Free admission. All events are subject to weather. For information and schedule call 891-5004 or

September 29: Las Placitas Association will hold their annual Fall Harvest Festival. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Family fun, baked goods, garden produce, canned/preserved foods, and pumpkin or melon carving competitions for the kids. Entry is free, and everyone is encouraged to enter their best pie, cake, or bread, homemade mozzarella cheese, or canned pears; ribbons will be awarded. Judging begins at 2:00. Joe, "the Bee Guy," will give a talk about beekeeping, reps from Birds of the Placitas Open Space will talk about its bird nest box program and show you how to build your own. Show off or sell your arts and crafts at a free table: reserve one at: Wine tasting and puchase available. Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, in the Village of Placitas.

October 2: Gardening with the Masters—“Food Preservation.” 7-8:30 p.m. Held at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE Rio Rancho. The event is free to the public. No reservation required.

October 5: Madras/ Cerrillos Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During this tour, visitors can see the artists in their studios, visit the many shops of Madrid and Cerrillos, and listen to music while dining at a fine local restaurant. Families can take children horseback riding along with other family events. For more information, call Jane Cassidy at 505-470-1346.

October 7: PAS hosts opening reception to present the art of Gail Gering, Kathaman, Roger Preston and Roxanne Bebee Blatz, and Shirley Ann Sloop. 2 p.m. Held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Their works will be on display from September 29 through October 28.

October 7: PAS presents the Jim-Greer Duo, Flute and Piano. 3 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or may be purchased in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas; Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho; Under Charlie’s Covers Bookstore at 120 E. Highway 550 in Bernalillo; or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance. At the door prices for General Admission are twenty dollars and for students, 15 dollars.

October 5: opening reception for the Corrales Historical Society’s twenty-forth Old Church Fine Arts Show. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. The show will be on display from October 6 through October 13, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 13: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

October 13: Artist’s reception for Bob D’Alessandro and his exhibit Another Way of Living: Placitas, NM 1971 to 1975. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Free of charge. The exhibit will run from September 29 to October 24. For further information about this exhibit or future Placitas History Project topics, contact Tony Hull at 771 8566, or

October 13 & 14: The 9th Annual 26 Mile Trail Sale. A continuous yard sale along NM State Hwy 4 through the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway from San Ysidro to La Cueva. This two-day event is sponsored by local community members and is a yard sale shoppers' paradise. 575-834-0865 or

October 20: Placitas Star Party. Public, family-friendly astronomical viewing event at the Placitas Community Library 6:30-10 p.m. Hosted by Las Placitas Association, Placitas Community Library, and Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS). Hot cider, biscochitos. Bring red flashlights or cover your white-light flashlight with red cellophane for better star viewing. Parking volunteers will direct you to park west of the library. All amateur and professional astronomers are welcome to set up telescopes (arrive before 6 p.m. to set up).

October 20: Fiesta of Cultures. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This will be a celebration of local traditions, including Pueblo, Hispanic, and Anglo. The emphasis is on craft demonstrations, folk art, and pre-industrial lifeways. Held at Coronado State Monument. No charge. For further information, call 505-867-5351.

October 22: Fundraiser for the Placitas Recycling Association. Come enjoy a delicious meal at the Range Cafe, 925 Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, and twenty percent of your bill will be donated to support recycling services in the Placitas area. Tickets will be handed out all day in the Range Cafe lobby.

October 25: Basic composting class. 1-3 p.m. Held at Peña Blanca Community Center, 778 Hwy 22, Peña Blance, NM. To register, call 466-2652.

October 26: “Late night at the library.” 7-9:30 p.m. An evening of scary stories, games, and fun for children in grades three through five. Registration begins on October 9 at noon and is limited to forty children. Visit the Esther Bone Library at 950 Pinetree Road SE, Rio Rancho, or call the Youth Services Department at 891-5012 Ext. 4 to register.

October 27: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

October 28: Last 2012 Duende reading of 2012, featuring Mares and Goodell. 3 p.m. Held at the Anasazi Fields Winery in the old village. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at or 867-3062.

October 28: Albuquerque Academy's Admission Open House. Open to the public. Visit the school; talk with the teachers. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque 87109. 828-3208,

October 31: Placitas Halloween Howl. Gather family and friends outside and let out your best coyote howl. Listen for your neighbors howls. 8:00 to 8:15 p.m.

October 31: Placitas Recycling Association Quarterly Meeting. 7:00 p.m., La Puerta Realty Office. Public welcome.

November 17 and 18: 31st Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eighty artists at three sites in the village of Placitas: 1) Anasazi Fields Winery 2) Big Tent next to Presbyterian Church 3) Placitas Elementary School, Painters, printmakers, clay and glass artists, wood workers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists and more will bring their art to sell. Food, wine, art raffle. 867-2450,

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