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Sandoval commission meetings
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.

Placitas Library hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 2 p.m. 867-3355.

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 Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church, 136 Calle Don Andres, Bernalillo. 239-7370.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays: Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scouts always welcome. New scouts may join at any point during the year. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, SR 313 and Highway 550. Info: Jessica, 867-0498.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Mondays and Wednesdays: The Bernalillo Badminton Club plays at the Bernalillo Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Call Gary Hansen, at 867-2829, for further information.

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

Tuesdays (August 1 through 22): Divorce, Money and Power, the popular free program for women in transition due to divorce or other life change. Topics: The Emotional Stages of Divorce, Navigating the Legal Waters of Divorce, Money and Divorce 101, and Where Do You Go from Here? 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required (call Lorraine Bantista, 222-6600). Meet at the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, 300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Tuesdays: SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) support-group meeting, New Mexico Chapter. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of religious affiliation, if any. 7 to 9 p.m. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

First, second, and third Tuesdays through December: New-Business Tax Workshops covering New Mexico gross receipts tax, IRS filing requirements, brief summary of other new-business issues. 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Second Tuesdays: Friends of Placitas Meeting. Public welcome. 7 p.m. Placitas Community Center. 867-5346.

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: The Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, and national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. 274 Don Tomas, Bernalillo. All meetings open to the public. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. 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, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–—Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; POW—People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

Wednesdays: Corrales Growers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927. [See main listing under Sundays.]

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group. $3 per session. 10-11 a.m. United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. 771-8941.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30. Inquiries and phone calls about these meetings or the library should call 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Fourth Wednesdays: 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., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In August a 10:30 a.m. tour is added. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, in Albuquerque. Information is also available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m. Children's summer reading story time (June 8–August 10). Families may drop in or attend them all. Free and open to public. 867-3355.

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.
First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

First Fridays: September 8 through May 4: Story time for preschoolers. No registration required. Stop by with your preschooler and enjoy sharing the wonderful world of books. A great time to meet other moms, dads, caretakers! 9: 30 a.m. Placitas Community Library.

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

Fridays through October: Bernalillo Growers’ Market, on the west side of Camino del Pueblo, south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo, every Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., through October 27. For information: Charles, 891-2230, or Emily, 550-0234.

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m. to noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1. 867-3355.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturdays through October 28: Free art workshops for South Valley Día de los Muertos celebration and Marigold Parade. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice Studio, 803 La Vega SW (corner of La Vega and Armijo): September 2: Giant puppets; September 16: Silk-screen t-shirts; September 23: Silk-screen t-shirts, posters, cards; September 30: Make and paint calaveras, flowers, cardboard cut-outs; October 7: Marigolds, papel picado, celebration signs; October 21: Altars; October 28: Crosses. All ages welcome. 344-4028.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Casa San Ysidro, the Historic Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for touring at 2 p.m. only. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Sundays: Join Don at the Placitas Library for coffee, conversation, and the Times. Placitas Library Hours: Tuesdays 10-4, Wednesdays 10-5, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 10-1.

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Live music on Sundays. The market offers fresh vegetables, greens, herbs, fruits, flowers and bedding plants, as well as jams, salsas, baked goods, goat cheese, milk and yogurt, and other natural agricultural products, such as soaps, hand cream, a wide variety of New Mexico grown items, and the Market Shop.

Third Sundays through October: Art in the Park. Outdoor exhibition cosponsored by Corrales Society of Artists and Corrales Department of Parks and Recreation. Some of New Mexico's most accomplished artists present a variety of fine arts and crafts, along with live music in a cool and shady country setting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. La Entrada Park, northwest corner of Corrales and La Entrada Roads, adjacent to the Corrales Library. Admission and parking free.

September 2: Art Gallery 66 and Señor Murphy candy invite you to the Art & Chocolate Festival! Enjoy art, chocolate, wine, cool shade. Benefiting Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Handblown glass wine-bottle stops, one of a kind wine bags, other unique gifts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free parking, no admission fee. Art Gallery 66, 373 N. Camino del Pueblo, 867-8666.

September 2: Join Las Placitas Association and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for a day out on the Placitas Open Space removing an old fence. Meet in Placitas Mercantile parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Work will continue until 3 p.m., but rides back to the Merc after lunch available. Call Lolly, 771-8020, to reserve box lunch. Tools, drinks, snacks provided. Bring water, work gloves, sun hat, and wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Rain gear? Use the Contact Us link at to send an e-mail on how many will be in your group. Or leave message at 771-8020.

September 2: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. Bernalillo vs. Del Norte, 4:00 p.m. Bernalillo High School.

September 3: Corrales Growers' Market features music of Lucas Critchfield and Mike Anaya with Marimba Dulce; traditional Chiapas Marimba. Fresh fruit and vegetables from local growers, breakfast burritos, goat cheese, flowers, chile ristras, herbs, honey, natural cosmetics, more. 9 a.m.-12 noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

September 6: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce. 2:00 p.m. Rio Rancho DPS Substation 5, 5103 Santa Fe Hills Drive, Rio Rancho.

September 7: Sandoval County Commission. 6:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers.

September 8 through October 1: Gigi, the Tony Award-winning hit musical by Lerner and Loewe adapted from a short story by Colette, at the Adobe Theater. Friday and Saturdays 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m. Tickets $14, $12 (students and seniors). 898-9222.

September 9: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. WM South vs. Bernalillo. 4:00 p.m. Bernalillo High School.

September 9: Free public talk on “Advance Directives for End-of-Life Planning.” Make sure your wishes regarding health care toward the end of life will be honored. Harold Folley, a retired lawyer, will discuss how to prepare and file advance directives, for example, Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) forms. 10:00 am to noon. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE. 888-7375.

September 9: Membership Fair for the West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women. Seeking women and men with an associate or higher degree interested in making new friends, exploring new interests, challenging minds. Current and prospective members are invited, too. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. At the home of Corrine Howard, 210 Camino Sin Nombre, Corrales. Information: Holly Wilkenfeld, 821-7204, or Jo Rose, 897-3196. Directions: Corrine, 897-0148.

September 9: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia 1:00 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. 896-3347,

September 9: Join Las Placitas Association for post-Labor Day cleanup in Las Huertas Canyon. Wildflowers and meadows will be glorious. Meet at the Placitas Post Office at 8:30 a.m. to carpool.Tools, drinks, snacks provided. Bring water, work gloves, sun hat, and wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Rain gear? Use the Contact Us link at to send an e-mail on how many will be in your group. Or leave message at 771-8020.

September 9: Join members of the New Mexico Bead Society for the first NMBS Bead Crawl. Albuquerque-area bead shops are participating and offering special values. Visit your favorite bead store to pick up a list of participating stores, special offers, Bead Crawl Map. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

September 10: Albuquerque Baroque Players concert. Music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on period instruments. 3:00 p.m. Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students. Reservations: 255-7089,,

September 10: Music of the Bleecker St. Boys at the Corrales Growers' Market. Apples and berries, an abundance of fruit and vegetables, as well as baked goods and jams, salsas and sauces. Breakfast burritos, whole-wheat bread, pastries. 9 a.m.-12 noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

September 15 through 17: Grand opening of C. E. Frappier Portrait Studio and Gallery. Portrait demonstrations by Carol Frappier. Reception Friday 5 to 7 p.m., continuing Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 3 Homesteads Road Suite D, Placitas. 771-1896.

September 16: Music of the Squash Blossom Boys at the Corrales Growers’ Market. Baked goods, breakfast burritos, fruit, vegetables, honey, flowers, and natural soaps and cosmetics. Dried-flower arrangements. 9 a.m. to noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

September 16: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. Bernalillo vs. Cibola N. 4 p.m. Bernalillo High School.

September 17: Duende Poetry Series presents “Blood on the Porch—Tales and Songs of the Real West,” with Mark Weber and Todd Moore, music by Bayou Seco, musicians Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie. Anasazi Fields wines available for tasting and purchasing. Books by the poets and CDs by Bayou Seco will be for sale. Free admission. Any donations go to the musicians and poets. 7 p.m. Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas. Take I-25 to the Placitas exit 242, drive six miles east to the village, turn left at the sign just before the Presbyterian Church, follow Camino de los Pueblitos through two stop signs to the Winery entrance. Info: 867-3062, or 505-897-0285,

September 19: Democratic Women of Sandoval County general meeting. Social time: 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Care for All campaign, will present a program on “Progress on Health Care Reform” at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a friend. UU Westside Congregation social hall, 1650 Abrazo Road (corner of Inca, near the intersection of Northern and Unser), Rio Rancho. Info: Janice Saxton 867-1139,

September 21: Commission on Senior Affairs. 10 a.m. Placitas Senior Center, Placitas.

September 21: Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

September 22 and 23: “Purple—Orange—Green,” an exciting art show with color offerings of contemporary beauty featuring Sally Rutledge (Beautiful Spaces), Doreen Goodlin (White Spirit Dove Studio), Sylvia York, Shari Adkinsson (members of Magenta Art School. Paintings in watercolor and pastel, stoneware, basketry. Opening reception: Friday 5-9 p.m. Show continues Saturday noon-3 p.m. Runs through October 21. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 11-2 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. Beautiful Spaces, 416 Central Avenue SE. 883-4815.

September 23: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. Bernalillo vs. LC West 4 p.m. Bernalillo High School.

September 23: Judge Merri Rudd will discuss "Getting Your Legal Life in Order : Wills vs. Trusts"—the basics of will, trust, and probate laws. What happens if someone dies without a will or trust? What can you do to organize your estate-planning goals? Talk will include lecture, questions and answers, and handouts. 1:30 p.m. Free, all welcome. Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, 1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho (about five blocks west of the Unser/Abrazo traffic light).

September 23 and 24: ¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s second annual celebration of world music and culture. A weeklong schedule of events spanning the entire state, culminating in a three-stage, two-day music festival. Includes free family-oriented daytime programming with children’s activities, educational workshops, dance classes, foreign films, global village and more. Noon–4 p.m. and 6¬ p.m.–midnight. $25 day/$40 weekend passes. The evening ticketed event will feature sixteen acts from around the globe performing on three stages. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque., 724-4771.

September 24: Sunday Funday Free Family Social—an afternoon of family fun sponsored by the New Mexico Democratic Club. Free food, beverages, music, entertainment, candidates vs. public softball game, voter registration, nonprofit informational tables. Jump tent, snow cones, and games for the kids, and more. All state and local Democratic candidates have been invited. No speeches are planned; just meet the candidates. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and an appetite. Noon to 4:00 p.m. Bernalillo Wine Festival Grounds.

September 24: Placitas Artists Series concert, with members of the Helios Quartet. Former Helios members Krzysztof Zimowski and Jonathan Armerding, violin; Willy Sucre, viola; and special guest and Helios founder, cellist Adam Gonzalez, will perform quartets by Franz Joseph Haydn, Silvestre Revueltas, Maurice Ravel. Exhibiting visual artists: Carol Chamberland, Kathy Glidden, Mikki Roth, Dianna Shomaker. Concert tickets at the door one hour before the concert, or in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; at Gatherings, 9821 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque; on-line at $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. Exhibition at 1:30 p.m., concert at 3 p.m. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.

September 24: Corrales Growers’ Market. Music of Paul Salazar and Kenny Trezza. Breakfast burritos from Burritoville. Apples, peaches, squash, melons, herbs, dried-flower arrangements, baked goods. 9 a.m.- noon. 500 Jones Road, next to the Corrales Post Office. 898-7927.

September 26: County Planning and Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

September 30: Badminton clinics.with Cristina Raduca, athlete development/public relations specialist for USA Badminton. Warming up, drills, footwork, racket techniques, tactics. Experienced adults, 9 to noon; beginning adults, 1 to 3 p.m. $20 fee; limit twenty participants. Bernalillo Recreation Center. Contact Bernie Linnartz, 771-4355 or; Gary Hansen, 505 867-2829 or

September 30: All-Day Growers' Market at the Corrales Harvest Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music and prepared foods, arts, crafts add to the excitement of a bountiful harvest. Fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, chile, and harvest-based products. Corrales Road. 898-7927.

September 30: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. Valley vs. Bernalillo. 4 p.m. Bernalillo High School.

September 30–October 1: Corrales Harvest Festival. Twenty-first annual two-day festival honoring Corrales’s farming roots and preservation of its rural atmosphere. Food, activities, arts and crafts, farm tours, wine tasting, hayrides. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. All along Corrales Road. 792-8912.

October 1: Autism Awareness Walkathon. 10K/5.2 miles in Albuquerque. Route to be announced. Call Margaret Stribling, at 898-4546, Fax 344-7229;

October 7: Bernalillo Spartan Rookie Football. WM South vs. Bernalillo. 2 p.m. Bernalillo High School.





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