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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association Board Meeting. 6:30pm. Held at La Puerta Realty Office, 1 Ridge Court, Placitas. For more information, contact

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

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

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Last Monday: Eastern Sandoval County Citizens Association Political/Legal Committee Meeting. 6:30 pm. Held at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

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

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the 2nd District Courthouse at the southwest corner of Lomas and 4th NW. The clinic is designed for low-income individuals and families. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bi-lingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute free legal consultation. For additional information, call Felipe Quintana at 797-6082.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

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

Second and fourth Thursdays (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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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 Saturday (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 at 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

Third Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

October 1: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, will provide a humorous and educational approach to funeral planning. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information, go to or contact Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

October 3: Opening reception for the Corrales Historical Society’s 26th Old Church Fine Arts Show. 5-7 p.m. This event features many of New Mexico’s finest artists, all set in the beauty of the Old San Ysidro Church. Come meet the artists and get a jump on your holiday shopping with truly unique gift items. This year’s show features 36 juried artists who will showcase a wide array of art forms.

October 4: Placitas Sage cohousing meeting. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center, at 41 Camino de las Huertas. All are welcome.

October 7: Gardening with the Masters—selecting and growing xeric plants. Instructor: Margo Murdock. 7-8:45 p.m. Free to public. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call John Zarola at 867-2582.

October 10-12: Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild’s Quilt Fiesta. From 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Held at Santa Fe County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Admission is five dollars per person per day at the door.

October 10-18: Art from the Vine III. Renowned Placitas gourd artist, Robert Rivera, and other accomplished gourd artists will showcase their work at the Simms Building located at 400 Gold Ave. SW in Albuquerque. Join us for the reception on October 10th from 5-8 p.m. and the show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. For more information, go to or call 721-0520.

October 11: Opening reception for new exhibit, Still Here, Then and Now: Women Artists of Placitas, 1940s to 1970s,at Placitas Community Library. 2-4 p.m.

October 12: Sandoval County Historical Society presents “Lumber—the Backbone of Bernalillo in the early 1900s.” 2 p.m. President Ken will present his findings on the New Mexico Lumber Company that employed over five hundred people form Bernalillo’s work force. Held at the DeLavy House, 151 Edmund Rd. in Bernalillo. For more information, go to, or call 867-5872.

October 12: Last 2014 Duende Poetry series reading. 3 p.m. Featuring poets John Roche and Jules Nyquist. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery. For all Duende Poetry Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available. The event is free, although contributions to the donation jar are encouraged to pay the poets. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at 867-3062 or email To reach the winery, take I-25 to Placitas Exit 242, drive six miles to the old village of Placitas, then turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos, opposite the Presbyterian Church. After two stop signs, turn left into the winery parking lot.

October 14: Creating your own small business plan. 6-8 p.m. Learn the basics of a business plan for your small business and how it can help you achieve your business objectives. Cost: ten dollars. Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Held at Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. For more information, call 867-5066.

October 15: Marketing your small business. Join us to learn how to more effectively market your small business. You will get some great ideas on how to utilize your marketing budget in order to reach your target clients. Cost: $10.00. Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. 6-8 p.m. Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. 505-867-5066.

October 18: Placitas public star party. Dusk (6:29 p.m.). At the Placitas Community Library. Arrive before dark for parking and to witness the set-up of the scopes. Remember to dress warmly and only use red flashlights or headlamps in the observing area to preserve night vision. For more information, go to,, or call 867-3355.

October 18: Coronado Historic Site hosts “Fiesta of Cultures.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A fun-filled family celebration featuring fine artists and craftspeople, Native and Hispanic old-world lifeway demonstrations, including traditional pottery firings by Zia potter Ulysses Reid. Free event. Held at Coronado Historic Site, 485 Kuaua Road and Hwy. 550, in Bernalillo.

October 19: Artist reception for Meg Leonard and Jim Fish’s exhibit Size Matters.3-5 p.m. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery, located in the historic village of Placitas at 26 Camino De Los Pueblitos, just six miles west on Route 165, off I-25 Exit 242.

October 19: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m., concert at 3 p.m. Featuring the artwork of Preston Photography, photography; Shirley Ann Sloop, jewelry; and TapestryFive, tapestry weaving. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display at the church from September 27 to October 31. Music by ZOFO Duet: Piano-Four-Hands, with Eva-Marie Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550, Bernalillo; or on-line at Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 for students with ID. For more information call 867-8080 or visit

October 21: Financing Your Small Business. 6-8 p.m. Learn the methods of financing your small business through Bank loans, SBA loans, Micro-loans, Angel investors, venture capitalists and some of the newer methods such as crowdfunding. Cost is ten dollars. Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Held at Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. For more information, call 867-5066.

October 22: Bookkeeping for Your Small Business Plan. 6-8 p.m. This workshop provides an overview of how to keep your books for your small business. This is a must-take class for anyone wanting to learn how to get organized and great tips are provided to stay on top of your business finances. Cost is ten dollars. Sign up and learn more at www.nmsbdc.rog/sandoval. Held at Rio Rancho SBDC office, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. For more information, call 867-5066.

October 26: Las Placitas Association presents its Fall Harvest Festival. 1-5 p.m. Family fun. Ribbon competitions: pies, cakes, breads, savory, arts and crafts, canning, garden produce, best costume. Pumpkin carving and poster art for children; local bird/bee experts; display your art of home crafts. No entry fees. Email to reserve a display table. Held at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas. For more information, go to

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