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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;

Second Mondays: Rio Rancho Art Association monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA’s mission is to enrich cultural and educational opportunities in the community and surrounding areas by providing events for the public to collectively participate in fine art events and programs. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are free of charge. Held at Soul Rio in Rio Rancho.

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

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). (505) 867-9094.

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. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-5718.

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. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

First Tuesdays: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

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 call 505-404-8492.

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: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

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.

Fourth Tuesdays: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Wednesdays: Southwest Homeowner Gardening Classes. 10-10:30 a.m. Topics include: fruit trees, soil composting, small fruits and berries, principles of Xeriscape, vegetable gardening, vermicomposting, trees, shrubs, vines for the Southwest and herbs. Taught by veteran Master Gardeners. $15 per person/$5 per couple if pre-registered or $5 per class payable at the door. Call the Extension Office to register at 867-2582. Pre-Registration is required.

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. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

Third Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

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 for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday of each month (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday of each month: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

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.

First Saturdays (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Fourth Saturdays: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 9 a.m. Do you want to help provide emergency communications in Placitas? Are you interested in becoming a “ham” radio operator? We will help you to acquire your FCC license. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, on Hwy. 165, near the Library. for details.

Saturdays and Sundays:  Idalia Road Marketplace, Rio Rancho’s  open air market dedicated to local business, art, food and fun. Vendors (artists, craftspeople, organic/natural produce and more), live music, great breakfast burritos. Hours Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through October. 1320 Idalia Road just North of Northern Blvd.

Sundays through August: Haynes Park Summer Music and Art Series. 6:30-8 p.m. Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard. Featuring The Casuals, Gary Reynolds and The Southwest Band, Adobe Brothers, Bosque Blues, The Flyin A’s, Nahalot Shalom, Dennis and Song Writers, Rudy Boy Experiment, Twisted Mo-Jo, The Hit squad, Little Hawk, Inferno, and Rio Rancho Symphonic and Dance Bands. Free admission. All events are subject to weather. For information and schedule call 891-5004 or

September 6: Annual Job Fair sponsored by UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Fair allows all medical residents and HSC students looking for employment a chance to visit with New Mexico employers, to learn about their organizations and the communities they serve. The Fair’s overall goal is to recruit and retain Health Professionals in New Mexico communities. Held on the HSC Plaza (moving into the Domenici Center for Education at 1001 Stanford NE in the event of bad weather). For information contact Amy Clithero at

September 7: Opening reception for 4Play, an exhibition of four Placitas artists, Barry McCormick, Michael Prokos, Riha Rothberg, and Wayne Mikosz. 5-7 p.m. These artists will be bringing their work to the 5G gallery with an opening reception for “4Play.” Barry McCormick will present a gallery talk on September 16 at noon. The gallery is located at the Factory on Fifth Street (1719 Fifth Street in Albuquerque). The show will run from September 1-30.

September 8: Rio Rancho dance/swing band. 3-4 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes for some jitterbug, or just come, sit back, and tap your toes to the music of the Rio Rancho Dance/Swing Band, a 17-member group of saxophones; a trumpet and trombone section; electric keyboard; electric bass; and drums―like the old-style big bands in the 1940s and ‘50s. This free show will be held at the Loma Main Library Auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 891-5013, Ext. 3033.

September 8: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Lots of bargains for buyers. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

September 9: Free artists’ reception for an exhibit of photographs and paintings on the metaphorical theme of “Hands and Trees” by local and regional artists Tom Baker, Joan Fenicle, Lynne Pomeranz, Ron Paterson, Marie Maher, Joe Cabaza, Reid Bandeen, Bianca Harle, and Joseph Stephenson. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. May be viewed at Anasazi Fields Winery from September 5 through 30.

September 14-15: Our Lady of Sorrows Annual Fiesta Dance. The dance will be on Friday from 6-10 p.m. and will feature live music from Fuerza Chicano, Nathalie Garcia (Janet Jackson), and Chicano Groove. Five Dollars admission. The Fiesta will be on Saturday, starting with a OLOS Fiesta Mass at 10 a.m., followed by entertainment, games, food, a car show, and other arts and crafts for children. All events will take place at the Loretto Park in Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-5252.

September 14 through October 7: A production of “Pride and Prejudice” at the ADOBE Theater.  Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the famous novel, first published in 1813. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 898-9222 on weekdays, or order on line at

September 18: Reception for Shelter, Placitas Style. 2-4 p.m. A historic exhibit referencing the highly creative Placitas housing during the 1960s and 1970s period, as presented in the Iconic and ubiquitous 1973 book “Shelter.” Featuring historic and contemporary photography, this exhibit will be on display from September 1 to September 27. Held at the Placitas Community Library, in the Collin’s Meeting Room. For more information, contact Tony Hull (, 771-8566).

September 20: ¡GlobalQik! - the inaugural ¡Globalquerque! dance party - National Hispanic Cultural Center
September 21 & 22: ¡Globalquerque! - New Mexico's 8th Annual Celebration of World Music & Culture - National Hispanic Cultural Center

September 22: Placitas Flea Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Homestead Village (next to the Merc), Highway 165, Placitas. Lots of bargains for buyers. Seller fees start at $10; proceeds benefit the Placitas Community Library. Call PJ at 771-1143 for more information.

September 22: Home Composting Class—Learn the art and science of making compost from leaves, kitchen scraps, and yard trimmings, by Bernco. Master Composters ( 10 a.m.-Noon. Free to the public. Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de Las Huertas. Register for the class: 505-929-0414 or email:

September 23: One Last Day of Summer. Concert, food, wine tasting, community. 3 to 7 p.m. Open to the public. Advance tickets are available at Anasazi Fields in Placitas, or online via Anasazi Field’s website ( for $12. Tickets at the door are $15 each. Kids under 12 are free. Info:

September 23: Placitas Artists Series presents Willy Sucre & Friends’ La Catrina Quartet. An artist reception precedes the concert at 2 p.m., featuring the work of Margie Bassler, Damien M.Gonzales, Patricia Gould, and Renee Brainard Gentz. Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (exit 242). Info:

September 23: Friends of Coronado State Monument Fall Lecture Series: “Día de los Muertos Customs.” 2 p.m. Catalina Delgado-Trunk, well-known artist and teacher of Mexican culture and traditions, will present an interesting and colorful slide show along with her discussion of the Mexican cultural tradition known as “Dia de los Muertos.” She will also show some of her original sculptures and artifacts. Held at the DeLavy House (Sandoval Historical Society Museum), behind I-Hop and Warrior Gas, off Hwy 550, Bernalillo. General Admission is five dollars and Friends of Coronado get in Free. No reservations required. Contact Gary Williams at 792-4851 for more information.

September 29: Las Placitas Association’s Annual Fall Harvest Festival. 1-5 p.m. Baked good competitions, informative talks on bees and native birds, arts and craft tables, wine tasting and more. To be held at the Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, in the Village of Placitas. Contact Chris at for more information.

September 29: Bernalillo County Master Composters offer a basic composting class. 10 a.m.-noon. Held at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. The class is free but registration is required. Stop at the Esther Bone Library adult information desk, call 891-5012 and select option three, or register by email to  

September 29: Community Drum Circle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Full Moon. Held at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas. Bring your drum or rattle, a snack and drink to share and a friend. Hope to see you there. For more information contact

September 29 and 30: Corrales Harvest Festival, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pet parade and other family friendly activities. Further info: 349-3809,

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