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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. at the Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.
Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out, 9-2:30. Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 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.
Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Rt. 528 and 19th Ave. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence; Safety Plans; Developing Healthy Relationships; and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Call Haven House, 896-4869, or 1-800-526-7157 for more information.
Tuesdays: Bernalillo/Placitas Relay For Life meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo Senior Citizens Center on Camino del Pueblo next to the Catholic Church. Planning for the August event is ongoing. See article in the April issue of the Signpost. New participants are warmly welcomed. 867-7410.
Tuesdays: The Howling Dog Jazz Band plays traditional jazz at the Piñon Café at noon, except possibly on August 17. 221 Hwy. 165, Homestead Village, Placitas. 771-1700.
Fourth Wednesday of the month: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30.p.m. The Office of the Medical Investigator on the UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485 or 272-3397.
Every second Tuesday of the month: Friends of Placitas meets. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Public welcome. 867-5346.
Second Tuesday of each month: New Mexico Democratic Club. 7p.m. Everyone is welcome. Rio Rancho Best Western Inn, Highway. 528 and Sara Road in Rio Rancho.
Third Tuesdays: Monthly meeting of RESOLVE, Central New Mexico. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, informal peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. (505)-291-5066, email@example.com.
Fourth Tuesday of every month: New Mexico Solar Energy Speakers Programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8; members-$4. REI, 1550 Mercantile (NW corner of Jefferson and I-25), Albuquerque. July: “Solar Heating and Cooling.” August: “Load Calculation” and “Designing an Off-grid Solar Electric System.” 246-0400, www.nmsea.org.
Wednesdays: Toddler Story time. 10 a.m., at Bound To Be read. 828-3500.
Wednesdays: Problems with Alcohol? Thinking Straight, Alcoholics Anonymous Step Study Meeting, 6:00 p.m., every Wednesday, at the Bernalillo Town Hall, Council Chambers, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For anyone who has a drinking problem. 24-hour AA Help Line: 266-1900.
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.
First Wednesdays: Effective Work Search Skills class offered by the Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.
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.
Every second Wednesday: Coronado Kennel Club, all-breed obedience kennel club, meets in Bernalillo Town Hall meeting room. 7:30 p.m. 867-4510.
Thursday evenings: Recovery group. Women with substance abuse problems. 6-7:30 p.m. La Buena Vida, 827 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 867-2383.
Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer's Market, 4-7 p.m. Locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, other NM agricultural products. Just south of the Wine Festival Grounds and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo.
Saturdays: New AA Meeting—“One Day At A Time,” 9:00 a.m. Big Book discussion at the United Methodist Church (in back), a block West of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. If you have a problem with drinking, you are welcome!
Sundays: Silent Meditation. We are doing shinay (calm abiding) meditation. Though the approach is Tibetan Buddhist, nonBuddhists are welcome. 11 a.m. to about noon, with breaks. Free. 218 Camino del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Susan, 867-6726 or Karuna, 323-4924.
Every weekend through October 10: Family authentic "How To" workshops at Traditions! A Festival Marketplace on I-25 at exit 257. Noon to 3:00 p.m. Register in advance—867-8600. $20 per workshop unless otherwise stated.
September 1: DWI Planning Council, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 2: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 3: "New Mexico Digital 2004." Opening reception for second annual juried exhibition of digital fine art by New Mexico artists. Show runs through October 22. Vote for People's Choice Award. 34 artists, including Barry McCormick, Placitas, and Brad Stoddard and David Thorson, Rio Rancho. 8 p.m., South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque. (505) 764-1743, dfasnm.org/nmdigital2004.htm.
September 4: Star Party, hosted by Albuquerque Astronomical Society and Sandia Ranger District. Starts at sunset. Picnic facilities for early birds; no alcohol, pets. Oak Flat Picnic Area: NM Highway 337 nine miles south of Tijeras, and follow the signs to Oak Flat and Juniper Loop. For information and map: www.taas.org, 254-TAAS.
September 4: Terma Tradition Teachings, the unbroken and continuing hidden treasure traditions. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Shower of Blessings, Padmasambhava Guru Yoga Ceremony and Teachings. 2-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
September 4 and 5:.Tibetan Buddhist Teachings by Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok Rinpoche. 218 Calle del Banco, Bernalillo (west of Don Tomas). Call Karuna, 505-323-4924 or Susan, 505-867-6726, for directions. No one turned away for lack of funds.
September 4, 5, and 6: New Mexico Wine Festival. Select NM wineries, juried art show, SW food booths, NM products booth, live entertainment, children's activities. Wine Festival Grounds, Bernalillo (next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo). 867-3311, extension 33. Advance tickets at Ticketmaster, 883-7800.
September 5: Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion Ceremony. Special instructions on kyerim and dzogrim (development and completion stage of practice). 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
September 6: Nonemergency offices closed in observance of Labor Day holiday.
September 7: Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. Class offered by NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program. 6-8 p.m., 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Information, registration: 841-8920. TTY/TDD users, 1-800-659-8331. Handicap assistance: (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting.See article in this Signpost.
September 10: A Celebration of Community Dance. Local dance studios will present many dance styles to raise money for UNM dance scholarships. 7:30 p.m.. Rodey Theatre, Albuquerque. Tickets $20 at 925-5858, tickets.com, www.unmtickets.com. Information, Donna Jewell, at 277-3660.
September 11: West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women holds annual Fall Fiesta and Membership Fair, 2-4 p.m., 210 Camino Sin Nombre, Corrales. AAUW seeks college-educated women and men interested in making new friends, exploring new interests, and challenging their minds. Kathy Oppenheimer, 771-2814, or Holly Wilkenfeld, 821-7204, for more information. Corrine Howard, 897-0148, for detailed directions.
September 11: Rehearsals start for Rio Grande Children’s Chorale, a community children’s choir for ages 5 to 13 from Bernalillo and Sandoval counties and the Native American communities. 9 -10:30 a.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Register at 9:00 a.m. on site. 867-0987
September 11: Homestead Village Flea Market. Homestead Village, Placitas. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 vendor space fee benefits Placitas Elementary Art in the School Program. Information: Linda, 867-0027.
September 11: Professor Robert Schwartz of the UNM School of Law speaks on “Making Decisions at the End of Life Across the U.S. and in New Mexico: A Legal Update.” 10 a.m., Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE. Sponsored by End of Life Choices—Albuquerque Chapter. CYahne@UNM.edu.
September 11 and 12: Growers’ Market, at Rio Grande Community Farm 7th annual Maize Maze, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street, in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Up to 25 vendors. Apples, pears, melons, green beans, cucumbers, honey, sweet corn, and possibly chile and dried garlic. 480-6943, www.riograndefarm.org.
September 11 and 12: Introduction to Pastels with Bianca Harle, a workshop at Arte Loca Gallery, 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 771-8097, www.artelocagallery.com.
September 14: Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. Class offered by NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program. 6-8 p.m., 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Information, registration: 841-8920. TTY/TDD users, 1-800-659-8331. Handicap assistance: (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting. See article in this Signpost.
September 14: Gallery talk by Joanne LeFrak (paper constructions) and Carol Chavez (steel-and-sand abstract pieces). 7 p.m., Katrina Lasko Gallery, 336 North Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Show runs through October 7. 867-2523, katrinalaskogallery.com.
September 16: Sight and Sounds of Autumn Birds of New Mexico, free visual and audio program by Laurel Ladwig featuring the birds expected to be seen on Audubon field trips this fall. Refreshments available. 7:15 p.m., St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, northwest corner of Copper and Jefferson NE. 255-7622.
September 16: Commission on Senior Affairs, 12:30 p.m., Placitas Senior Center.
September 16: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 17: Rio Grande Community Farm presents its first annual Corn Ball in the Flyway Dance, 7-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Farm and its programs, including the 7th Annual Maize Maze, open weekends from Saturday, September 4 to Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (including Labor Day) at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street, in Albuquerque’s North Valley. 907-9070, www.riograndefarm.org.
September 18: Opening reception for 10th anniversary show with Lisa Chernoff (new fused-glass pieces), Roger Evans (new sculpture). 2-6 p.m. Corrales Bosque Gallery, 4685 Corrales Road, Corrales.
September 19: Slow Foods Day, by Rio Grande Community Farm, 11 a.m., at the 7th annual Maize Maze, Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Navajo Churro Sheep Project presentations; workshops on wool products, weaving, dyeing. 5 p.m.: light appetizers, wine ($15), speakers Estevan Arrellano (history of New Mexico's agriculture and acequias), Tomas Lozano (16th-c. sheepherder music), Roy Kady (Navajo churro sheep). 7 p.m.: full dinner, musical presentations ($50). Menu: 17th-c.-contemporary meal of roasted churro lamb, dishes from local produce available in 16th and 17th centuries, local wine. Music: Spanish “Romances” of the 16th and 17th centuries. RSVP by September 13, Isaura Andaluz, 450-4890. www.slowfoodriogrande.org.
September 19: Making Scrapbook Albums, with Peggy McCormick, a workshop at Arte Loca Gallery, 282 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 2-5 p.m. 771-8097, www.artelocagallery.com.
September 20 to 24: Workshop on solar energy—three days of classroom study and two days installing a photovoltaic system—offered by New Mexico Solar Energy Association, along with Solar Energy International. www.solarenergy.org, 970-963-8855.
September 21: Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. Class offered by NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program. 6-8 p.m., 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Information, registration: 841-8920. TTY/TDD users, 1-800-659-8331. Handicap assistance: (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting. See article in this Signpost.
September 24, 25, and 26: Circus Chimera under the “World’s Tallest Big Top,” Coors and Central Shopping Center Grounds, Albuquerque. Family entertainment without animal cruelty. Jugglers, Globe of Death, clowns, illusionary arts. Tickets ($10-16), 1-888-663-7464; $4 discount for purchasing reserved-seat tickets in advance.
September 24, 25, 26 and October 2, 3: Seventh annual Placitas Home Tour. Self-guided tour of new custom homes in Placitas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps at La Puerta Real Estate Services. www.PlacitasHomeTour.com.
September 25: Finding Our Voices, Tricultural Literary Symposium and book signing. Speakers: Loida Maritza Perez (Geographies of Home), Paula Gunn Allen (Studies in American Indian Literature: Critical Essays and Course Designs), Judith Van Gieson (mysteries). 2-4 p.m.,Jemez Valley High School, Jemez Springs.
September 25: Moonlight Maze Walk at Rio Grande Community Farm, 7-9 p.m., at the 7th annual Maize Maze at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. $6 for adults, $3 children 5 to 12, free for children under 5.The Maze is open weekends from Saturday, September 4, to Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., including Labor Day. 345-4580, www.riograndefarm.org.
September 25: Willy Sucre (violist) and Friends (violinists Martha Caplin and Valerie Turner, cellist Joan Zucker) plays string quartets by Haydn, Grant Still, Dvorák at first concert of Placitas Artists Series 2004-2005 season. 3 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). Artists’ show (Melissa Moloney, Sheila Richmond, John Miller, and Elizabeth Huffman) precedes concert. Tickets ($15, $12) at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa, in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas (867-3333), and www.PlacitasArts.org. Information at 867-8080.
September 25 and 26: Solar Fiesta: a renewable-energy educational fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, corner of Menaul and 12th Street in Albuquerque. Workshops, exhibits for adults and children designed to encourage independent-living practices in rural and urban environments. Rally for Renewables, Super Solar Silent Auction, classes in growing and uses of bamboo, basic homesteading skills, solar cooking, alternative fuels, other sustainable-living techniques. Adults $3, seniors $2 . Kids, teachers free with school ID. Workshops $5 each, $20 all-day pass. Free parking across the street.
September 27: Community Health Alliance Executive Committee, 3 p.m., 3rd Floor, County Courthouse.
September 28: Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. Class offered by NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program. 6-8 p.m., 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Information, registration: 841-8920. TTY/TDD users, 1-800-659-8331. Handicap assistance: (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting. See article in this Signpost.
September 28: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.
September 28: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association, 6:30 p.m., AAA Solar (2021 Zearing NW, south and east of Rio Grande and I-40). Following the brief meeting, solar hot-water program. Learn about heating your water with inexpensive solar energy. Free. Call 505-246-0400, www.nmsea.org.
September 30 through October 3: Circus Chimera under the “World’s Tallest Big Top,” Rio Rancho at Jackie Road and Stephanie Road. Family entertainment without animal cruelty. Jugglers, Globe of Death, clowns, illusionary arts. Tickets ($10-16), 1-888-663-7464; $4 discount for purchasing reserved-seat tickets in advance.
October 2: Coronado Monument Festival. Native American and Spanish arts and crafts, demos (flint knapping, turkey-feather blanket making, weaving, spinning, drum making), hands-on corn-husk doll making, stick figures, straw-inlays, historic sites and museums from the Van of Enchantment. Food, kids’ atlatl contest, all-day live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults, $3; under 16 admitted free. 867-5351.
October 2 and 3: Seventh annual Placitas Home Tour. Self-guided tour of new custom homes in Placitas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps at La Puerta Real Estate Services. www.PlacitasHomeTour.com.
October 2 and 3: Bernalillo Arts Trail,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19 artists open their studios and galleries. Art car parade: October 2, noon, Camino del Pueblo. www.berngall.com/bat.html.
October 20, 21, and 22: Sixteenth annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Albuquerque Convention Center. For information on speakers, program details, registration: (505) 345-5553, www.tanm.org.
October 23: “Apples, Coriander and Watermelons: Spanish Plantways to New Mexico,” a talk by longtime Placitas resident William W. Dunmire on how Spanish colonizers brought Old World plants and foods to America. (Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America). 9:00 to 11:00 a.m, Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. Admission is free. Sponsored by Las Placitas Association.
October 26: Albuquerque Chapter meeting of New Mexico Solar Energy Association, 6:30 p.m., AAA Solar (2021 Zearing NW, south and east of Rio Grande and I-40). Following the brief meeting, a solar hot-air program. Learn about heating your home or other building with inexpensive solar energy. Solar-air heating has the quickest payback of renewable-energy technologies. Open to the public and free of charge. (505) 246-0400, www.nmsea.org.
October 29 and 30: Moonlight Maze Walk at Rio Grande Community Farm, 7-9 p.m,.at the 7th annual Maize Maze at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street in Albuquerque’s North Valley. $6 for adults, $3 children 5 to 12, free for children under 5. The Maze is open weekends through Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 345-4580, www.riograndefarm.org.
October 30: Hallowe’en Spectacle, Rio Grande Community Farm, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, at the 7th annual Maize Maze, Los Poblanos Fields Open Space on Montaño Road, one mile west of 4th Street,in Albuquerque’s North Valley. All-out bash complete with costumes, treats, bobbing for apples, and clear-skies stargazing courtesy of UNM’s LodeStar Astronomy Center. The Maze is open weekends from Saturday, September 4, though Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., including Labor Day. 345-4580, www.riograndefarm.org.