Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.
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: Alanon meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the northwest room of the Old Convent Gallery in Bernalillo. 867-5718.
Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $12 per session. 867-5718.
Every First and Third Monday: Optimist Club de Sandoval meets at 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-0567.
Wednesdays: Narcotics Anonymous meets every Wednesday evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Focused Recovery (same building as La Buena Vida), across the street and north of the Range Café, Bernalillo. 24-hour Help Line: 260-9889.
Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, now held at the Old Convent, 264 Camino del Pueblo, across from the Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Enter on south side. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.
Wednesdays: Project Sandoval County Domestic Violence Group meets on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Bernalillo City Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Support, resources, and counseling are available. 1-800-219-0958.
Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group meets, 10-11 a.m., United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. $3 per session. 896-1250.
Wednesdays: Parenting group meets at La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 8 p.m. 867-2383.
Every Second Wednesday: La Leche League of West Mesa meets at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s West Mesa Hospital. Support for breast-feeding mothers. 897-9718.
Third Wednesday: Las Placitas Association board meeting. 6:45 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 771-1171
Thursdays: Problems with Alcohol? Crossroads meets at 7:30 p.m., 1292 Las Casitas (Camino del Pueblo and Calle del Bosque). 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.
Thursday Evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.
Saturdays through August 31: Wildflower Walks, offered by the Sandia Ranger District. Meet a guide at 9 a.m. at the Sandia Ranger Station (I-25 to Exit 275-Tijeras, follow Highway 337 for half a mile south to the station), and then car-caravan to the viewing site. Site elevations vary each week so that a variety of wildflowers can be seen. Walks are free. Parking fees of $3 a day are charged at developed sites. Jim Gormally, 281-3304.
Weekends—August 31 through October 19: Rio Grande Community Farms’ Maize Maze 2002. Leaping Lizard Corn Maze contains over 3 miles of paths cut through corn and sorghum plants. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moonlight Maze Walks, September 20 and 21, October 18 and 19, 8 to 10:00 p.m., Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, entrance on Tierra Viva, north side of Montaño Road, one mile west of Fourth Street. Admission $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12, free for children under age 5. 345-4580 or www.communityfarm.org.
August 27: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
August 28: Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, 3 p.m. Commission Chambers
August 28: DWI Planning Council, Magistrate Court, 4 p.m., Commission Chambers.
August 30: Opening reception for Rudi Klimpert, “Las Puertas de Colores (colorful doors).” New oil paintings. 5 to 7 p.m. Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 403 Canyon Road, Santa Fe. To preview the show, you may contact the gallery (toll free) at 877-983-0433. Runs through September 9. (Rudi is the Signpost staff cartoonist.)
August 30 and 31: The Indolent Boys, by Dr. N. Scott Momaday, produced by the Southwest Repertory Theater Company in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. UNM, Rodey Theater. $12.50, $7.50.
August 31: Free pre-theater lecture and discussion with historian Dr. Ted Jojloa. 5:00 p.m. Special student and senior performances on August 28 and 30. Contact William R. Stafford, Director of Education and Outreach, 244-3633.
August 31: Tania and Jake Lovato are having a fund-raising garage sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 881 Camino Del Pueblo (Seferino Montoya’s parking lot).
August 31, September 1, 2: Labor Day Jazz and Wine Festival at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa and Santa Ana Star Casino. 771-6039.
August 31, September 1, 2: Flea Market in San Ysidro. Highway 550 Frontage, San Ysidro. 505-834-0555, 505-834-0149.
August 31, September 1, 2: 15th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. Selected NM wineries, juried art show, children’s activities, SW food booths, entertainment. $10 adults (includes free wine glass), $3 ages 13-20; 12 and under free. Special gate for advance-ticket holders. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-3311, extension 133.
September 2: Nonemergency county offices closed in observance of Labor Day.
September 5: Sandoval County Commission, 3:00 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 8: Communi-Culture Performing Arts Association presents “Cultural Diversity in Story, Song, Dance, and Music,” a storytelling-fest for the entire family at Rio Rancho High School. Storytellers from various cultures, including Native American (Allenroy Paquin), African-American (Ramona King), Asian (Grace Hsu), Hispanic (Rosemary Armijo), and Hawaiian (Cindi and Les Hefner) will participate in the event. 2:00 p.m. Admission is free to Rio Rancho High School students with official ID, $5 for adults, $3 for non-RRHS students and seniors. Information/reservations: 771-0143.
September 10: Friends of Placitas monthly meeting. 7:15 p.m., Placitas Community Center, 867-6310.
September 10: Mentor Training Information Session for anyone interested in finding out more about the program or signing up to be a mentor for BHS women students. 4 to 6 p.m., Bernalillo High School Library. Please confirm your attendance by calling Bernalillo High School at 867-2388, or just stop by. All are welcome.
September 11: To honor victims of the terrorist attacks, Sandoval County will join in a national commemoration of the events that occurred early in the morning of September 11. County residents are invited to participate in a brief service along with representatives of county government, our communities, and units from the fifteen fire departments and nine law enforcement agencies that serve Sandoval County. West entrance, County Courthouse in Bernalillo. At 8:05 a.m., a traditional fire bell will ring to mark the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, which was struck by a hijacked airliner only minutes before. Flags will be lowered to half-mast in honor of the many victims who perished in the attacks. The bell will again be sounded at 8:28 a.m. to mark the time that the Trade Center’s North Tower collapsed.
September 14: Our Lady of Sorrows Church Fiesta. Arts and crafts, music, food, games, and car show. 867-5252.
September 15: Placitas Artists Series presents “Willy Sucre and Friends Play String Quartets.” 3:00 p.m. Violist Will Sucre, violinists Bernard Zinck and David Felberg, and cellist Joan Zucker will perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor. $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at La Bonne Vie Salon in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas (867-3333), on-line at www.PlacitasArts.org, or by calling 867-8080.
September 19: Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce monthly Mix and Mingle at Coronado Monument. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food, beverages, and entertainment. Bring your walking shoes. We're going on a Scavenger hunt! $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Bring a door prize and business cards to promote your business. 485 Kuaui Road (just east of Jackalope), Bernalillo, 867-5351.
September 19: Sandoval County Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Peña Blanca Senior Center.
September 19: County Commission Chairman Johnson’s Office Hours, 4 to 5 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room.
September 19: Sandoval County Commission, 6:00 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 20: “Cozy Up with a Quilt & Cocktail.” Artscrawl reception for fiber artist Katy Widger (abstract quilt paintings), pastel artist Susan Roden (“showing her representation of cocktails in a funky sort of way”), and photographer David Villegas (balloons). 5 to 9 p.m. Patrician Design, 216 Gold Avenue. SW (next to Gold Street Café).
September 21: Workshop with Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Home gardeners throughout the Albuquerque area can learn about fall gardening, preparing for winter and caring for trees and shrubs at a daylong workshop. Experts from the Cooperative Extension Service will help teach a variety of courses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. Advance registration $12 a person, $20 a couple. Day-of-event tickets $15. Bring a sack lunch; beverages provided. 867-2582.
September 21: The Mayor’s Ball, a charitable black-tie event to benefit Storehouse West, Rio Rancho Firefighters, and Rio Rancho Boys and Girls Club. Silent auction, dancing to The Pink Flamingos. Chamisa Hills Country Club. Space is limited. Tickets: $75. 892-1533.
September 21: Bird hike. See and learn about birds in this area and explore the Placitas Open Space. Led by Hart Schwarz, a well-known naturalist and authority on birds. 8:00 a.m. to early afternoon. Meet at the Merc, then caravan to the west entrance of the open space. Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen. Sponsored by Las Placitas Association. 771-1171.
September 27: Wright’s 95th Indian Art benefit celebration, 5 to 9 p.m. The Courtyard, lower level, San Mateo at Lomas NE in Albuquerque. Silent auction, IAIA student art works, refreshments, blessing ceremony by Northern Cheyenne Medicine Man Clayton Small.
September 28: Wright’s 95th Indian Art benefit celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Courtyard, lower level, San Mateo at Lomas NE in Albuquerque. Ongoing silent auction, Azteca Dancers, art demonstrations, door prizes, refreshments.
September 28: Opening reception for Geraldine Brussel (paintings and woodcuts) and Katrina Lasko (mixed media) at the Katrina Lasko Gallery. 4 to 6 p.m. 336 N. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2523.
September 28: Placitas Star Party hosted by Las Placitas Association. See the stars in Placitas along with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society to promote maintaining our dark skies. Sundown to 10 p.m., weather permitting. Homestead Village Shopping Center. This is a free family event.
September 28 and 29: Corrales Harvest Festival. Annual community festival featuring arts and crafts, food and product booths, entertainment, children’s activities, hayrides, and more. Corrales Road.
September 28 and 29: Casa San Ysidro, the Albuquerque Museum's historic house, opens to the public for the Corrales Harvest Festival. Traditional arts demonstrations, horno-baked bread, performances, and much more. Free. 243-7255.
October 5: Wright’s 95th Indian Art benefit celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Courtyard, lower level, San Mateo at Lomas NE in Albuquerque. Native American drumming and flute music, art demonstrations, end of silent auction, closing blessing by Bear Heart. Sen. Pete Domenici will attend.