Sandoval Signpost


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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Daily: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

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

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred. /public-class-registration.

First Mondays: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: call 867-3311.

Third Mondays: 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). 867-9094.

Third Mondays: 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. Amy Pilley at 575-642-7534 or               

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. Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

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. Play even if you have never played tennis. 934-2649.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). Learn about the Clubs' many varied activities. Membership is 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. Monthly luncheons and speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, single’s and men’s groups... or 321-6970.

First Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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. Call 404-8492 or visit

Second Tuesdays: 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.

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays: 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.

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

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. 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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 6-7 p.m. Have a Desire to Stop Drinking? Celebrate Sobriety with us and learn how to stay sober. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas (Room 8), Just south of Highway 550 in Bernalillo. 266-1990.

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

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. Attendees should bring all of their paperwork. Expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. Info:, 301-2009, or

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

Third Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. At the Range Cafe, Bernalillo. All welcome.

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursdays: Veteran’s outreach program. 1-4 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA and state benefits. NMDVS is here to help. Bring your dd-214. Info:  Joseph Dorn at 383-2414.

First and third Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission meeting. 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 Thursdays: 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 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 Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and Placitas Post Office.

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

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. Geri: 620-8802.

Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer’s Market. 4-7 p.m. Held at Pavilion at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, just west of the corner of Camino Don Tomas and Calle Don Francisco. Vendors welcome.

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. 867-7226.

First Fridays: Veterans Outreach program. 1-5 p.m. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheons. 11:30 a.m. Public is welcome.  Held at the Inn at Rio Ranco, located at 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd. Sandra Atwood,, 554-5054.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 281-3305.

Saturdays: Los Ranchos Growers’ Market. 7-noon. Held at 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos. 890-2799.

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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

Fourth Saturdays: Community Flea Market at Homestead Village in Placitas. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per space, $10 table rental, $15 pop-up tent rental. No food or drink sales or firearms permitted. Donations of items can also be dropped off at the library. Info: Ellen at 404-8657,

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

September 30: Brunch with cops. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Placitas residents are invited to stop by the Placitas Café to say hello to local law enforcement officers and voice their concerns.

September 30: Nature talk with Michael Crofoot. 4-6 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Crofoot will address erosion control, ecological restoration, and planting outside of your courtyard walls in Placitas.

September 30 and October 1: Heart of Corrales Fiesta. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Part of the Corrales Harvest Festival celebration, the Historic Old San Ysidro Church will host a fiesta with arts and crafts, a Pie Walk, food, drink, and much more. All proceeds go to the preservation of the Old Church. 966 Old Church Road—the last stop on the hayride.

September 30: Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival. 2-6 p.m. Held at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This free, family-friendly festival will feature fun interactive activities and demonstrations. Wildlife experts also will be on hand to answer visitor questions about elk and other Jemez Mountains wildlife. Hikes and talks focusing on history, geology, and biodiversity of the preserve. 575-829-4100, option #3,

October 6: Opening reception for the Corrales Historical Society 29th Old Church Fine Arts Show. 5-7 p.m. 966 Old Church Road. The show will run from October 7-14. 899-2772.

October 7: First annual Land of Enchantment Blues Festival. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Local and National musical acts will take the stage at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. Local food trucks, craft beer from Kaktus Brewery, artisan wines, and crafts will be available throughout the entertainment. 514-9984; 379-5072;;

October 7: Lecture about the Valle Caldera National Preserve, past and present. 2 p.m. Presented by US National Park Service Superintendent Jorge Silva-Banuelos at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Highway 165.

October 7 and 8: Second annual Jemez Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Held at Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks. Local farmers will be selling their harvest and multicultural arts and crafts vendors will be selling their artwork.,, 934-5601.

October 8: “The Baca Family and the Common Hispanic Mutation,” presented by Sandoval County Historical Society. 2:00 p.m. DeLavy House, Bernalillo. From Hwy 550, turn north on the gravel road beside I-Hop, continue to end.

October 14: Haven House Domestic Violence awareness barbeque. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull will be hosting a family-style public barbecue in Haynes Park to help raise additional awareness about domestic violence in Sandoval County.

October 14: Placitas Star Party. Begins at dusk (6:31 p.m.) There will be a variety of telescopes to guide you to the wonders of our dark skies. The Placitas Star Party is free and open to all ages. Arrive early, dress warmly, and only use red flashlights or headlamps in the observing area in order to preserve night vision.

October 14-15: Wagner Farms’ fourth-annual apple and pumpkin festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a perfect autumn day at Wagner Farm. Fresh apple cider, hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin harvesting, produce for purchase, green chile roasting, ristras, live entertainment, and more. Held at 5000 Corrales Road in Corrales.

October 21: “Fiesta of Cultures,” presented by Coronado Historic Site. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Celebration of Pueblo, Hispanic, and Anglo art and traditions. Re-enactors, demonstrations, arts and crafts, activities, tours, refreshments, Free admission and free parking. 867-5351,

October 22: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Classical guitarist Antigoni Goni will perform the works of Tárrega, Bogdanović, Domeniconi, Hadjidakis, Ourkouzounov, Theodorakis, and Merlin. Featuring artists Connie Falk, oil; Dana Patterson Roth, photography; Dianna Shomaker, oil, encaustic and mixed media; and Erica Wendel-Oglesby, mosaic and jewelry. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display September 30 through October 27. Held at las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). For ticket, or other information, see page 2 of this Signpost.

October 28: Placitas Community Library lecture “Our Right to Grieve.” 2 p.m. Joan M. Hellquist will speak about disenfranchised grief and how her own grief process led her to write and illustrate her first book, Beyond the Stars: The Other Side, Through a Child’s Eyes.

October 29: Community Blood Drive. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Walk-ins welcome or log into your UBS account and book an appointment. At Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 313 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Info: Jessica—459-6553.

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