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: Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

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: 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: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

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.

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 the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

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;

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.

Third Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

Third Wednesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

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. Contact: Lin Robinson, 771-1535.

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,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email Heather Kerr at

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.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

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.

First Thursday: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

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 through May: 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.

Every Friday: Bernalillo Growers’ Market. Fresh homegrown vegetables, fruit, music, and more. 4-7 p.m. South of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Main Street), Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-2485 or 867-9054.

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 892-3330, for more information.

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.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Their function is to increase the awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors.Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

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.

Through October 23: The Sandoval County Master Gardener Hotline is now open at 867-2582 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Veteran Master Gardeners will answer general gardening questions, from what grows in New Mexico, when to grow it, what insects and diseases may be a problem, and more.

September 1: The New Mexico Book Co-op is having a book fair/store to celebrate the New Mexico Wine Festival and the opening of the Flying Star Café in Bernalillo on Labor Day weekend, August 30, 31, and September 1. The book fair will be next to the new Flying Star Café, located directly across the street from the Wine Festival. There will be about twenty book-signing events at the grand opening.

September 2: The regular monthly meeting of the Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico will be held at 7:30 p.m. Please call Martin Bradshaw, 867-5942 or Ruth Davis, 867-4510 for the meeting location.

September 5: The Corrales Bosque Gallery will open its 14th Anniversary Show with a reception from 5-9 p.m. The show, “Surfaces,“ will feature all new artwork of its members, including work from the five new members joining the gallery. At the reception, there will be one wall of silent auction items by members that will focus on various surfaces. The main show will run until November 4th and promises a wonderfully aesthetic experience for all. The Corrales Bosque Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located in the Mercado de Mayo at 4685 Corrales Road in Corrales. For more information, call 898-7203 or visit

September 8-October 6: Learn to be a “birder” with emphasis on local species. Two-hour classes will be taught by Doyle and Diane Wise from 1-3 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center. Please bring paper, pencil, and a field guide if you have one. If you are interested, please call Janica or Marylou at 867-1396 or stop by 41 Camino de las Huertas and pre-register prior to the class. Classes are free of charge.

September 10: Gentle Yoga with Susan Gordon at the Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium (755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho). Admission is free, but registration at the adult information desk is required. Minimum age is thirteen. Call 891-5013, ext. 3039 for more information.

September 12-14: The Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico is pleased to invite everyone to its first ever Dog Show at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex on High Resort Boulevard in Rio Rancho. There will be shows Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call Martin Bradshaw, 867-5942 or Ruth Davis, 867-4510 several days before the show.

September 14: Democratic Women of Sandoval County Annual Picnic, noon–3 p.m. at the Coronado Campground Pavilion, 106 Monument Road in Bernalillo. This is a free public event. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Hotdogs, burgers, sides, desserts, and beverages will be served. For information, call Janice Saxton at 867-1139 or email

September 14: Sandoval County Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. at the DeLavy House Museum (located off Highway 550 west of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino). Erving Roth will speak on the early history of Rio Rancho. The Rio Rancho Art Association will have an art exhibit featuring the work of several artists. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Martha Liebert at 867-2755.

September 17: Placitas area planning meeting on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. at El Zócalo in Bernalillo. 867-7500.

September 17: Juan Melendez, exonerated death row inmate, will speak on repealing the death penalty at the League of Women Voters Central New Mexico (LWVCNM) Sandoval County Unit Meeting at the Corrales Community Center, 4234 Corrales Road, at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call the LWVCNM office at 884-8441 from 9:30 a.m.-noon on weekdays.

September 20: The Flute Player Image in Rock Art: Kokopelli or Not? This lecture will be presented by Barron “Bear“ Haley at the Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium (755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho). This event is free; no tickets or registration are required. Call 891-5013, ext. 3030 for more information.

September 20: A celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, when day and night are about equal in length, will be held at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC) at 6 p.m. Following a ceremony to honor our changing seasons and the harvest in the Church’s Jubilee Garden (a community garden directly across the street from LPPC), participants will enjoy a potluck dinner in the church courtyard, featuring fresh vegetables from the garden and other fine autumn fare.

September 23: Jeff Scroggins and the Fresh Horses Bluegrass Band will be performing at the Esther Bone Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. This is a free concert; however, tickets are required and are available at the library’s adult information desk.

September 23: There will be an informative workshop about reverse mortgages at the Esther Bone Memorial Library at 10 a.m. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho.

September 27 and 28: Casa San Ysidro will be open from 10- 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free, and festivities will include vendors, puppet shows, animals, music, and food.

September 27 and 28: Corrales Harvest Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Celebrate Corrales’s farming roots and unique atmosphere. Visit for more information.

September 28: Join the “Healthy Placitas” 4th Sunday monthly “meet-up“ at the community building from 1-3 p.m. Voice your opinion on how to make Placitas a living example of community health and wellness. There will be a potluck lunch. For information, call June at 867-6842.

October 5-30: Visit the “You Are Here“ exhibit of the Greater Albuquerque Roller and Print Society. View original etchings, monotypes, serigraphs, lithographs, woodcuts, and more. The opening reception will be held on October 5 from 2-5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE in Albuquerque (between Spain and Academy). Call 332-0565 for hours and gallery information.





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