The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988


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Sandoval Commission Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County commission meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Placitas Community Library Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-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 through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-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. 5:30-7:30 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: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Wild Oats, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or visit the Chapter website at

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. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

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.-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: 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, 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;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

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.-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, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

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,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

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 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. 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. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

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, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

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.

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Thursdays: St. Vincent de Paul Senior Wellness Clinic. Weight monitoring, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring for senior citizens. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer nurses, massage therapists, reflexologists welcome to call. Our Lady of Sorrows Church Social Center, Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For information, call Nancy Hawks at 771-4931.

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.

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

Saturdays: Children’s reading program. 10 a.m.-noon. Placitas Community Library, Tierra Madre #1, Placitas. 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: “Your Health Matters” radio show, 2–3 p.m., on 1050 KTBL, anchored by Dr. Bob Dubin, of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, with guests. Taking phone calls and discussing the world of health and the health of the world.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

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

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.

September 1, 2 and 3: New Mexico Wine Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. Labor Day Weekend. New Mexico wineries, juried art show, kids’ zone, food, New Mexico agricultural products, live entertainment. $10 adults (includes free wine glass), $5 13-20, 12 and under are free. Info:, 867-3311.

September 3: Non-essential Sandoval County offices will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

September 4: Bernalillo Town Hall closed in observation of Labor Day.

September 5: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet. Capo’s Bottega Ristorante Italiano, 1016 US 550, Bernalillo (west side of river, north side of highway) 7 p.m. Come any time after 6 p.m. for social time. Dinner is optional (several $5.99 specials are being offered). Guest speakers: Representatives from Storehouse West, the Sandoval County food pantry and Haven House, the Sandoval County domestic abuse shelter. Members and guests are welcome. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

September 6: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce, 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

September 6: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 8—Placitas Community Flea Market. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists, crafters, growers welcome! $10 vendor fee for 16’ x 20’ space collected the morning of the event. Fees support Placitas Elementary School’s Art Program. West field of Homestead Village, three miles east of I-25 on Highway 165. For information, call 867-0027.

September 8: Compassion and Choices meets. A group promoting free choice for end-of-life wishes. 10 a.m. Speaker: Patricia Stelzner, attorney with the Senior Citizens’ Law Office, will speak concerning the activities of that office and efforts to help ensure choices at the end of life. Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard SE (SE corner of Harvard and Silver). Parking is available and the public is welcome.

September 8: Monthly meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of Germans from Russia. 1 p.m. Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Drive, Albuquerque. For information, call 898-5784 or email

September 8: Saturday with the Bernalillo Mayor, 867-3311.

September 8: Membership Fair for the West Mesa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at 10:30 a.m. Seeking women and men with an associate or higher degree interested in making new friends, exploring new interests, and challenging their minds. Current and prospective members are invited to the annual Membership Fair to learn about monthly meetings and a wide variety of daytime and evening social and study groups. At the home of Corrine Howard, 210 Camino Sin Nombre, Corrales. For information, call Membership Chairman Jo Rose at 897-3196. For directions, call Corrine at 897-0148.

September 8: Tin-punching workshop will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, one mile west of I-25 on Highway 550/44 in Bernalillo. Jason Younis y Delgado of Santa Fe is the workshop instructor. A fee of $75 includes all materials and personal instruction for making three tin pieces. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Contact Scott at the Coronado State Monument (867-5351) or email to reserve your space.

September 9: The monthly Sandoval County Historical Society meeting will feature an afternoon of music with guitarist “Chuey” Martinez and his band. 2:00 p.m. This will be the Society’s only regular meeting until their Christmas party in December because of all the activity of the visiting Smithsonian “Key Ingredients: America By Food” exhibition. Info: 867-2755.

September 10: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

September 11: Bernalillo Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

September 11: ESCAFCA Board Meeting, Council Chambers.

September 11: After observing a moment of silence in memory of our tragic loss on 9/11/01, the New Mexico Democratic Club will feature a presentation by District Attorney Lemuel Martinez: “The Criminal Justice System—Does ‘Law and Order’ mirror real life?” and an overview of how crimes are handled—from criminal data gathering to grand jury to arraignment to the trial. 7 p.m. Best Western Inn, Highway 528, Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For information, call Crystal Hyer at 771- 9441.

September 13: Monthly meeting of the Italian Culturale Club. Speaker June Trezza will talk about “Health Freedoms At Risk.” “Washington DC has reclassified virtually al vitamins, supplements, herbs, and even vegetable juices, as related drugs,” she will explain. You don’t have to be Italian to attend the Italian Club. All are welcome. 7 p.m. Meets every second Thursday. Lt. William Sibrava Substation, 10401 Holly NE, off Paseo del Norte and Eubank area. Info: Angela Profera, 821-5634 or Rose Maniaci, 891-8456.

September 15: Friends of Coronado State Monument will hold a Southwestern candle-making workshop from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Coronado State Monument, 485 Kuaua Road, one mile west of I-25 on Highway 550/44 in Bernalillo. Following a short informational talk, participants will decorate two candles to keep. The fee for the workshop is $30 per person, which includes instruction and all materials, supplies, and decorations. Refreshments will be served. Contact Linda Vogel at 821-8432 or email

September 15-16: The New Mexico Solar Energy Association is hosting their annual Renewable Energy and Environmental Educational Fair in Albuquerque at Highland High School. The event will include exhibits and workshops focusing on practical uses of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and many other sustainable-living practices. For information, visit, call 1(888) 886-6765, or email

September 19: Bob Wessely to speak in Corrales on “Growth and Development: Water, People, and Planning in Placitas and Sandoval County.” Noon. Presented by The League of Women Voters, Sandoval County Unit. Corrales Community Center, 4324 Corrales Road (across from the Wells Fargo Bank).

September 20: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Jemez Senior Center.

September 20: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m. Commission Chambers.

September 20: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 22: The Sandia Ranger District Cibola National Forest presents a Flintknapping Workshop with Master Flintknapper, Luther Rivera, who has been practicing this technique for over twenty years and teaching it for over eight years. Fee for workshop, use of a tool kit, and all materials: $30. The flintknapping tool kit may also be purchased for an additional $20. Fees benefit the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. For individuals sixteen and older. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call 281-3304 to reserve your spot.

September 23: Placitas Artists Series presents its season opener: Willy Sucre and Friends perform a program of string quartets. 3 p.m. [See ad, page 2, and article, this Signpost.] Artists’ reception at 1:30 p.m. for Debby Brinkerhoff, David Cramer, Vera Russell, and Victor Vigil. Free childcare is available. For information, call 867-8080 or visit

September 23: Bosque Chamber Music Society will present "Musique de Chambre: French Music for Winds" featuring the Bosque Winds Quintet. 3:00 p.m. Performance includes works by Darius Milhaud, Jacques Ibert, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francis Poulenc, and Claude Debussy. Tickets at the door: $12/adults; $8/students & seniors. Performers are Cathy Hawthorne, flute; Loretta Krein, clarinet; Denise Turner, bassoon; Rebecca Ray, oboe; Erica Otero, horn; Astrid Groth, piano; and Martha D. Hanson, piano. At the Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano Rd., N.W. Iinfo: or 897-2565.

September 24: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

September 24: Gourd rattle/instrument-making workshop. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Instructor: Gina TwoFeathers Collins who teaches gourd workshops all over the Albuquerque Valley. Cost (which includes all supplies): $20 per person. Placitas Community Center. For information, call Cathryne Richards at 771-3638.

September 25: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 28, 29, 30 and October 6, 7: Tenth Annual Placitas Home Tour. Visit new custom homes showcasing area builders. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Self-guided tour. For directions, stop by La Puerta Real Estate Services, One Ridge Court, Placitas, 1/2 mile east from Exit 242. For information, call 867-3388 or visit

September 29: The Sandia Ranger District Cibola National Forest presents Children’s Archaeology Day. Includes activities at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site and a field trip to the Archaeology Museum in Cedar Crest. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ages nine to fourteen. Bring a sack lunch and water. Wear old clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen, and hiking shoes. Fee: $10.00 per child; space is limited. Sign up by calling 281-3304. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras.

September 29 through November 9: The Sandoval County Historical Society will host a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America By Food.” Open to the public in the DeLavy House, 161 Edmond Road, in Bernalillo. The show will run every day including weekends, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special programs will be featured on the weekends at 2:00 p.m. For further information, see ad announcement in this issue of the Signpost or call Martha Liebert at 867-2755.

September 29-30: The Village of Corrales and Casa San Ysidro are celebrating Harvest Festival. Casa San Ysidro will be open free to the public both days from 10-4. Vendors, animals, music, and the Puppet Playhouse will entertain the public.





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