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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 (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office, 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. Info: Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

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. Info:

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. Info: 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 Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual 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 797-6077.

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,  go to or, or call 301-2009.

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!  

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

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.

Third Thursday: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

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 Library Board of Directors. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Library Collin Meeting Room, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. Call 771-0253 for date and time information.

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.

Every other Friday: Collage Like Picasso! Learning Studio. 2:00-4:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bogard teaches this experiential workshop that focuses on creating collage and mixed-media art works. Students use Washi and other papers and paints to create collage and mixed-media paintings. Previous art experience is not necessary. Occasional field trips. Cost: $25 for a materials kit and instructional orientation. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 214-542-2192.

Saturdays: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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

First 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

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.

Through November 18: Corrales Bosque Gallery 2015 Anniversary Show. Artists Melba Bushmire, Steve Feher, and Edward Gonzales join the ranks. Their works and those of the current membership make up the new show. 4685 Corrales Road in the historic old village of Corrales. 898-7203.

October 2 and November 6: Receptions for Natural Phenomenon: Abstract Expressionism and Fractal Tendencies. Features oil paintings on canvas, cotton shirt, and panel by Placitan Daniel North. 5-8 p.m. The creations harken back to the small single-line marks of his “Desert Floor” series. Palette Contemporary Art & Craft, 7400 Montgomery, Suite 22. 855-7777,

October 2-11: Corrales Historical Society’s 27th Old Church Fine Arts Show. Opening reception on October 2 from 5-7 p.m.; daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 11. This event features many of New Mexico’s finest artists, set in the beauty of the newly restored 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 forty juried artists who will all showcase a wide array of art forms. Held at Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro.

October 3: Wood Chipper Day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring dead branch pile to be chipped into mulch. Donation $5. Placitas Community Library parking lot.

October 3-4: Kaktoberfest. Held at Kaktus Brewery in Bernalillo. The event includes rock, jazz, and cowboy bands, one from Germany. Special events continue with more music and belly dancers on October 4.

October 3 and 4: Christmas In October at Idalia Road Marketplace in Rio Rancho. The last event of the season. Free raffle: $800 in art, crafts, services, and goodies. Great food, farmers’ market, music, and fun. Go to: for more info. 897-6474.

October 4: Art in the Park. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Held at La Entrada Park, in the heart of Corrales. Admission and parking is free. Award-winning artists will show a wide range of art and fine crafts. Live music. Food. Info:

October 7: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Bob and Judy Gajkowski will discuss the origin and customs of Dia de Los Muertos: Day of the Dead, A Celebration of Life. 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. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church., Kathy Bruch 404-8621.

October 10: Noted Placitas historian Michael O’Keefe will bring a presentation about “Billy The Kid” to the Placitas Community Library. 2 p.m. Free. A part of the Placitas History Project series.

October 11: Last Duende Poetry Series reading of 2015. 3 p.m. Featuring poets Tony Hoagland and Levi Romero. Held at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. For all Duende Series poetry readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available. Donations to pay the poets are encouraged in the donation jar as you enter. 867-3062, To reach the winery, take I-25 to Exit 242 for Placitas and Bernalillo, go up the hill toward the mountains, drive about 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 11: Las Placitas Association presents its Fall Festival. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A free community event featuring a potluck lunch, exciting presentations, and table displays. NM Wilderness Alliance, SCty Master Gardeners, Sandia Mountain Bear Watch, New Energy Economy, and more. See ad in this Signpost. 867-1139.

October 11: Life in Santo Domingo Pueblo. 2 p.m. Chant and pound drums to express gratitude to Rose Cariz Rosetta from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Mrs. Rosetta’s lifelong history, her handwork and sacrifice, will be shared by her daughter Judy Rosetta. Presented by Sandoval County Historical Society. Held at the DeLavy House. Turn north beside the I-Hop off Highway 550 in Bernalillo.

October 16: Rock Zone plays Classic Rock, Blues and Country Music. 6-9 p.m. Dance and have fun with Placitas’s own Rock Zone. Held at the Placitas Café., 771-1700.

October 17: Wayne Sandoval and Rebecca Skartwood will present “History of the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant” at the Placitas Community Library. 2 p.m. A part of the Placitas History Project Series.

October 17: Annual Placitas Star Party. Sponsored by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS), Rio Rancho Astronomical Society (RRAS), Las Placitas Association, and the Placitas Community Library. Twenty, or more, telescopes of various types and sizes to guide you to the wonders of the night sky. Begins at dusk (sunset is at 6:29 p.m.) and continue into the night. Use red flashlights or headlamps. Placitas Community Library, 453 Highway 165. Info:

October 17: Coronado Historic Site presents its Tenth Annual Fiesta Of Cultures. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A grand celebration of Native, Anglo, and Hispanic cultures, featuring fine artists and crafters, old-world lifeway demonstrations, and live music by the Buckarettes. Children’s activities, tours of the kiva and museum. Held at 485 Kuaua Rd and Highway 550, in Bernalillo. 404-8039.

October 17 and 18: 12th Annual Jemez Mountain Trail Sale., formerly the 26-Mile Trail Sale, is a 26+-mile-long yard sale along NM State Hwy 4 through the beautiful Jemez Valley from San Ysidro to La Cueva. 575-829-9126,

October 19: Creating Your Own Small Business Plan—Learn the basics of a business plan for your small business and how it can help you achieve your business objectives. 6-8 p.m. Cost: $10.  Sign up and learn more at Held at the Rio Rancho SBDC, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. 867-5066.

October 20: Marketing Your Small Business—Learn how to more effectively market your small business. Cost: $10. 6-8 p.m. Sign up and learn more at Held at the Rio Rancho SBDC, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. 867-5066.

October 24: Hike Diablo Canyon, near Santa Fe with Las Placitas Association. Amazing landscape, easy hike along the canyon bottom. Meet at Merc at 8 a.m. to carpool. Ninety minutes each way with two hours in the canyon. 252-259-2357.

October 25: The Rotary Club of Albuquerque presents the 25th Annual ABQ Equestrian Cup. Exciting Hunter/Jumper event combined with food, brews, wines. All to raise funds for RCA’s Centennial Explora Project and Share Your Care adult day care services. At Expo NM’s Dairy Barn., 298 1700 ext. 25.

October 25: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring pianist Katie Mahan, and artists LuAnne F. Aragon, Barbara Clark, Diane Orchard, Erica Wendel-Oglesby. The concert and visual artists reception both take place at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. Tickets for the PAS 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, now located at 160 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo; or on-line at Tickets at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 dollars for students with ID. Music students through high school are admitted free with a paying adult. 867-8080.

October 27: Financing Your Small Business—Learn the methods of financing your small business by bank loans, SBA loans, Micro-loans, Angel investors, venture capitalists and crowdfunding. 6-8 p.m. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at Held at the Rio Rancho SBDC, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. 867-5066.

October 28: Bookkeeping for Your Small Business Plan—This workshop provides an overview of how to keep your books for your small business. 6-8 p.m. Learn how to get organized and stay on top of your business finances. Cost: $10. Sign up and learn more at Held at the Rio Rancho SBDC, 4001 Southern Blvd SE. 867-5066.

November 11 to 13: Quivira Conference—The Next Wave: Cultivating Abundance. Hear from ranchers, farmers, scientists, activists and others. Learn how to flourish amidst the emerging conditions and challenges of the twenty-first century. Speakers include Paul Hawken, Christine Jones, Scott Black, Breece Robertson and many more. Held at Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Pl, Albuquerque. Catherine Baca. 820-2544.

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