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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting. 11:00 a.m. At Turtle Mountain Brewing Co., 905 36th St., Rio Rancho. Info/reservations, call Carolyn: 681-6328.

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.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) 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: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

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 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: 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 Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

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

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.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. Information: or 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: 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 Wednesday: 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 Thursdays (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 (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

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

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. At Chamisa Hills Country Club., 500 Country Club Drive. Info/reservations: Joyce Elliott  891-8180,

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.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 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 and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (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.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

September 3: Public Hearing on the Local Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan for Bernalillo. 6 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall. 867-3311.

September 5: New Rio Rancho Optimists Club meets. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Identify the needs of Rio Rancho youth, discuss ways to try to meet those needs. Potluck dinner. Public welcome. At The Inn at Rio Rancho. Info: Alicia Gardner 504-4721, or Suzann Owings 867-0567.

September 6: Third Annual Bernalillo Benefit Dance with Al Hurricane. 6-10 p.m. Loretto Park, Bernalillo. 867-3311.

September 6 and 20: Receptions for From, To: the Ordinary, Transformed. 6-8 p.m. Artists Gail Gering, Wayne Mikosz, and Riha Rothberg will show an exhibition of everyday elements in altered states throughout the month of September.

September 7: Join the crew of the Las Placitas Association and City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for a morning of trail construction and maintenance on the Placitas Open Space. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free program. Meet at Homestead Village Shopping Center (The Merc) parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the site. Las Placitas Association will provide drinks and snacks. Bring drinking water, work gloves, and a sun hat. Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves.

September 7: Reception for Placitas History Project’s Placitas: On the Map. 2-4 p.m. The greater Placitas area will be showcased in a series of original and reproductions of maps ranging from the 1600s to the present. Held in the Collin Meeting Room of the Placitas Community Library. The “Placitas: On the Map” exhibit opens on September 3 and continues through the end of the month.

September 8: Sandoval County Historical Society presents. 2 p.m. Antonio Manzanares will present the history of sheep ranching in New Mexico with emphasis on Rio Arriba County. Admission is five dollars, but is free for members. To get to the DeLavy House, exit from I-25 on Exit 242. Go west on Hwy 550 to the new I-Hop restaurant and the west entrance to the Phillips gas station, then north on the gravel road to the DeLavy House at 151 Edmond Road.

September 9: Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden. 10-11 a.m. The garden uses native, xeric plants to support indigenous wildlife as well as migratory birds. The Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque is a nonprofit. Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE.

September 13 Bianca Harle and Vickie Peck will present “Connecting the Dots.” 5:30 p.m. This will be an insightful joint talk about their recent journey to the Ecuadorian rainforest and the spiritual connections that exist between New Mexico and the Amazon. Bring your own chair.

September 14: Placitas Flea Market. Skip that yard sale. Space fee is $10. Space fees benefit the Placitas Community Library. Library offers optional tents and tables for an additional $10 each. Public is welcome to “browse, schmooze, and buy.” Info: call PJ 771-1143,

September 15: Third Duende Poetry Series reading of 2013. Featured poets will Damien Flores and Jessica Helen Lopez. 3 p.m. Held at Anasazi Fields Winery. To get there from outside Placitas, take I-25 to Exit 242, drive six miles to Placitas, and follow Camino de los Pueblitos through two stop signs to the winery. The event is free, although we encourage donations for the poets (donation jar as you enter). For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at, or 867-3062.

September 18: Bernalillo Business Roundtable. 6 p.m. Bernalillo Town Hall Council Chambers, Bernalillo. 867-3311.

September 20: Reception for multi-media event “Home on the Range” by photographer Bobbi Bennett. 5-9 p.m. Held at Historic La Junta galleria located at 413 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Bennett’s band, out of Santa Fe, will also be performing.

September 21: Dinner and auction fundraiser for the Placitas Community Library. 5:30 p.m. Live and silent auctions will feature over 360 donated items, and wine and dinner will be provided at Sandia Resort and Casino. Tickets are $80 dollars each. For tickets and/or information, call 404-8335.

September 21: Wood Chipper Day in Placitas. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Bring branches and small trees—no more than six inches diameter, ends aligned, and facing the same way with no construction waste or barbed wire. A donation of $15 dollars/pickup load is suggested. Wood chips can be kept for landscaping. For more information, contact Vicki Gottlieb at 404-8022, or

September 22: Placitas Artists Series presents monthly concert and artists reception. Willie Sucre and Friends present String Quartets at 3 p.m. Artists Renee Brainard Gentz, Sarah Harshorne, Karl And Mary Hofmann, and Kathamann will host an artists’ reception for their work at 2:00 p.m. Ticket information available at

September 22: A cappella concert of lullabies, Brazilian ballads, and Mexican traditional folk songs. 11:45 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At 11:45, following Sunday Chatter, jazz vocalist Patty Stephens will offer an a cappella concert of lullabies, Brazilian ballads, and Mexican traditional folk songs in the chapel-like acoustics of the 5G North Gallery (at the factory on Fifth street, 1719 5th Street NW). At 7:00 Stephens will lead Soundscape, an interactive vocal/percussion improvisation. Bring a chair.

September 22: The Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest presents ChamberCHOPS. 2 p.m. To feature Beethoven’s Octet, Op. 103 for winds; Wolfe’s Quartet for flute, saxophone, bassoon and cello; Arnold’s Quintet for brass, Op. 73; and Poulenc’s Sonata for clarinet and bassoon. Free. Donations accepted. At Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE.

September 24: Gardening With The Masters.7:15-8:30 p.m. Topic: Fall and Winter vegetable gardening. Loren Meinz. Free. At Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho. No registration required. Sponsored by NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. Info: John Zarola 867-2582, toll free: 800-678-1802.

September 28: Placitas Flea Market. “Skip that yard sale.” Space fee is $10. Space fees benefit the Placitas Community Library. Library offers optional tents and tables for an additional $10 each. Public is welcome to “browse, schmooze, and buy.” Info: call PJ 771-1143,

September 29: Reception for Jemez Springs Public Library’s benefit art auction. 2-4 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will support the Jemez Springs Public Library programs and services. Many of the artists whose work is represented in the collection will attend. The library is located at 17 Jemez Plaza just off Highway 4. For more information, call Jemez Springs Public Library at (575) 829-9155, or go to

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