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Placitas Community Library: 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, Hours: Tuesday 10a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (505) 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.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Mondays: Happiness That Lasts. 6-7:30 p.m., Rio Rancho Main Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Learn easy ways to develop a special experience of mental peace; as this grows, our problems naturally decrease, and our feeling of happiness lasts longer and longer. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class―no pre-registration required. $8/per class. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. (505) 292-5293;

Mondays (first Monday of the month): Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by a special program including speakers, demonstrations, or other events of interest to artists and art lovers. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience and media. All are encouraged to join. Meet fellow artists, network, make friends, and develop your skills.

Mondays: Come Sing with Sweet Adelines Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the area who enjoy acappella singing and performing to “check us out.” Women of all ages are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 p.m. at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE., Albuquerque. For more information please visit or call 505-323-7960. 

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $15.00 per day. Please call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

Mondays: Placitas/Bernalillo Al-Anon Family Support Group Meeting. 7:30-8:30 pm behind the United Methodist Church in Bernalillo, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. For more information, call 262-2177.

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.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call (505) 867-9094.

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 Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events visit or Phone: 505-404-8492

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. 7-9 p.m. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers’ Club Welcome Coffee. 10 a.m. This is  an opportunity to learn of the Club’s many varied activities.  Membership is open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or residents who are having major changes in their lives. Luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings, opera, etc.  Info:  Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,
Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Bilingual story time for ages six to ten. 3 p.m., Placitas Community Library.

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.

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesdays (except during June, July, and August): Kids’ Book Club for ages six to ten. 3 p.m., Placitas Community Library

Third and fourth Tuesdays (except August): National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, Rio Rancho. 1909 Grande Blvd. Off of 19th Ave. and NM528. Jaqui Valdez— 977-9006.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more info, contact

Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10-11:30 a.m. St. Aquinas Catholic Church.

Wednesdays: Mid-day Rio Rancho Toastmasters. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills. Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard NE. Call (505) 792-9667 and ask for Debbi Ruel.

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.

Wednesdays: Mini Farmers’ Market at the Placitas Community Library. 1:30-5pm. Placitas grown, organic sugar snap and snow peas, green beans, squash, salad greens and much more. Other gardeners who have produce to share are encouraged to bring it to the Library then. All proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library.  

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.

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. Children are always welcome. For more information, email Heather Kerr at

First Wednesdays of each month except January: Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesdays: Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas.  A Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately 50 pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome.

Second Wednesdays: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally.  At the February 9 meeting DWSC will host a Forum for Candidates seeking to Chair the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Sandoval County Democrats. On March 9 DWSC will focus on Health Care Initiatives and on April 12 Environmental Issues: Clean Air and Water.  For information about the group, please contact Janice Saxton, President at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library. Meetings are open to public. For information, call 867-3355.

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.

Second and Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or a meeting agenda.

Thursdays: Depression and bi-polar 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 and third Thursday of the month: The Coronado Optimist Club meetings, 6:15 p.m. Coronado Grill (upstairs). Expanding the horizons of community youth, encouraging civic responsibility, and participating in community service. New members are welcome.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association, 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. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, 884-8441, 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C, Albuquerque,

Fourth Thursday of each month except for the months of November and December: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Thursdays (except during June, July, and August): Preschool story time for ages two to five. 10 a.m., Placitas Community Library

Fridays: The Bernalillo Farmers/Growers Market will be open for business beginning July 8 and continuing every Friday from  4:00 to 7:00 p.m. until October 28, 2011. The Market Ground is located just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Camino del Pueblo (Hwy 313) in Bernalillo. The location is about a block south of the intersection of 313 and U.S. 550.

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.

Fourth Fridays (except April): Casa Rosa Mobile Food Pantry distribution. 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  fellowship hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Roadrunner truck will bring 2,500 pounds of food, approximately fifty pounds of food per family. All eligible Placitas residents welcome. 

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

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.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho, monthly book sale. 10-1 p.m. Huge discounts & great bargains! Loma Colorado Main Library, auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Dr, Rio Rancho. 892-READ,

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

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. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

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

Sundays (starting August 7): Book study and meditation groups. 10 a.m. WOW–Women of Wonder. 4569 Corrales Rd., Corrales.

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.

July-August: Summer Food Service Program: free breakfast and lunch for children up to the age of 18. Santa Ana Child Care Center. Questions, call 867-3715.

September 9: Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr., 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Town of Bernalillo event. Loretto Park, Bernalillo, NM. 867-3311.

September 10: Placitas Flea Market and Arts & Crafts Fair. Spaces are available starting at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Homestead Village, 221 Highway 165, Placitas. Call Liz at 771-8375 or PJ at 771-1143 for information.

September 11: Duende poetry reading at Anasazi Fields Winery. 3 p.m. The featured poets will be two of New Mexico’s major writers, both well published and experienced: Alvaro Cardona-Hine of Truchas and Amalio Madueño of Embudo. Wine, free snacks, and nonalcoholic drinks are available to the audience. See article in this issue, or contact Jim Fish at the winery at 867-3062 or online at for more information.

September 12: Placitas Federated Republican Women’s Meeting. 4-6 p.m. Fire Station on Hwy.165 next to the Library. Janice Arnold Jones, who is running for U.S. Congress, is our guest speaker. Free; refreshments served, and the public is welcome to attend.

September 13: Kilnformed glass class, 2-4 p.m. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas. Cathryne Richards will present a beginner’s class and open workshop on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Reservations required at 867-1396.

September 17: Las Placitas Association hosts the second program in its 2011 Water Series. 9:30 a.m. Robin Irwin of Murray Drilling Company (Bernalillo) will talk about maintaining water wells. Placitas Community/Senior Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas (just north of Placitas Post Office). Suggested donation $5.

September 17: Bernalillo Fiesta—Nuestra Senora de los Dolores 1856-2011. 10 a.m. (Mass) to 6:30 p.m. Games, Entertainment, food, huge car show, arts & crafts, raffle and live auction, dunk tank. Free admission and parking. 867-5252.

September 18: Placitas Artists Series presents the art of Preston Photography, Namcy Dean Kreger, Dianna Shomaker and Geri Verble with a reception at 2 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. All artists work will hang from the last Saturday in August through the last Saturday in September. At 3 p.m. The PAS will present Willy Sucre & Friends—La Catrina Quartet. Sucre will be joined by Quartet members Daniel Vega-Albela and Blake Espy on violin, Jorge Martinez on viola and Cesar Bourguet on cello. La Catrina String quartet is one of the most sought after ensembles on tour today. Both events are held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (exit 242). Tickets are available at the door one hour before performance or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Plactias and Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at Prices are $20 in advance or at the door, general admission $20 and students $15.

September 18: Tour of Historic San Jose de Las Huertas Site. 12:45-02:45 p.m. Join The Archaeological Conservancy SW Director, James Walker, and sponsors from Las Placitas Association for tour of the site of San Jose de Las Huertas, a Spanish Colonial period walled village located just north of Placitas. San Jose de las Huertas was occupied from 1764-1823. As many as 21 families may have lived at the site, which is now a permanent archaeological preserve managed by the Archaeological Conservancy. Tour will be limited to 25. Email to reserve your spot. Meet in the Placitas Post Office parking lot at 12:45 and car pool to the site, as parking is limited. This is open country—wear suitable walking shoes and a hat. The tour will take approximately two hours.

September 18: Corrales Art in the Park. Corrales Society of Artists presents the last in their series of fine arts ad crafts held at La Entrada park (northwest corner of Corrales and La Entrada roads) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission is free. There will be live music, food and art demonstrations as well as a youth tent where selected artists will work to teach children the basics of various mediums or art ranging from painting and drawing to bead-making. For information visit their website at

September 18: Friends of Coronado State Monument present “The Artistry of Stone Age Tools and Weapons.” 2 p.m. Host Paul Fourhorns Tenoso, native flintknapper, who will demonstrate stone-age tools and weapons of the Southwest, and firemaking. Paul’s work includes pieces used for jewelry, knives, arrows, war clubs, and stone points for traditional healing. An entertaining, hands-on experience. Coronado State Monument, 1.5 miles west of I-25, exit 242 on Bernalillo Highway 550. Admission $5 and free to Friends of CSM., 792-4851.

September 20: GSCCC’s annual golf tournament. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Come be a part of this exciting day of networking and camaraderie to be played at Twin Warriors Golf Club, one of Sandoval County’s premier golf venues. This tournament benefits the GSCCC and local charities, especially P B & J. For more information, call Carole Henry at 506-2279 or Damian Esquibel at 280-0447.

September 22: Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts present “New Mexico Art & Culture: Santos, Balloons, Food, & History.” 7 p.m. Corrales Historical Society Speaker Series 2011. Free, open to the public.Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro

September 24: Placitas Flea Market and Arts & Crafts Fair. Spaces are available starting at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Homestead Village, 221 Highway 165. Call Liz at 771-8375 or PJ at 771-1143 for information.

September 24 and 25: The 26th Annual Corrales Harvest Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hayrides, live music, juried arts and crafts show, food, Wagner’s Farm corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, the Horse Extravaganza, a Pet Mayor of Corrales election, Mercada Antiguo, the Corrales Library “Big Book Sale,” a vintage vehicle cruise and more. $5 adults;$2 children ages 6-17. Children under six are free. Admission includes unlimited hay rides throughout the village. 505-349-3809,

September 24 and 25: Mercado Antiguo held at the Old Church during the Corrales Harvest Festival. Features artisans, most of whom show at the Spanish Market, demonstrating crafts found in this area a hundred years ago. Corrales Historical Society event. 505-890-5583.

September 25: Beginning reception: Dance through change: A Collaboration of Fluidity. 4-6 p.m. The works of Meg Leonard and Jim Fish will be on display at Anasazi Fields Winery in the Historic Village of Placitas from the 25 into October. The artists are donating ten percent of the sales of their art during the show to watershed restoration projects following the New Mexico wildfires during 2011. [See article, this Signpost.]

September 26: Corrales Bosque Gallery opens their annual anniversary show “Bosque Journey.” As summer nears it’s end, gallery members unveil their summertime collections of artwork, from two-dimensional oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings to ceramic sculpture and jewelry of every medium. Open daily, 10-5. 4685 Corrales Road, across the street from Corrales Elementary. 898-7203.

September 28: Deadline for submission by artists for public art for UNM West Campus in Rio Rancho. Project prospectus amd application for RFP#12-PA-003 is available now at The call is open to all professional artists or artist teams who are residents of New Mexico. The budget is $29,000 and is to include artwork, fabricatiom and installation expenses. Artwork will be chosen by a local selection committee. More information is available at the City of Rio Rancho IFB/RFP Postings and the Rio Rancho Arts Commissiom websites or comtact Jonathon Daniels, city of Rio Rancho Purchasing Manager at 896-8769 or

September 30: The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its monthly meeting and stargaze at Coronado State Monument, and a stargaze will follow the meeting, weather permitting. 8 p.m. Telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Saturn as well as various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. The public is invited to attend both events., 220-5492.





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