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

Daily: Free hikes at Valles Caldera National Preserve—from Magma to Magpie. For a complete list of activities at the National Preserve, go to

First Monday: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association Board Meeting. 6:30pm. Held at La Puerta Realty Office, 1 Ridge Court, Placitas. For more information, contact

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accepting new members. The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. For more information, contact Jessica at 459-6553. Held at Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. For more information, call 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m. Held at 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). For more information, call 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. Held at Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho. For more information, contact Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

Last Monday: Eastern Sandoval County Citizens Association Political/Legal Committee Meeting. 6:30 pm. Held at the Placitas Library. For more information, contact

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16 dollars per day. For more information, call Debbie Stueber at 867-3371.

Every Tuesday: Pickleball at the Bernalillo Community Center. 6-8 p.m. Pickleball is a game played on a court with paddles and a whiffle ball. The court is smaller than a tennis court and allows people to play who no longer want to run and jump as they did in their younger years. Anyone can play even if they have never played tennis. For more information, call 771-0130.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. 10 a.m. 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 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. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. For more information, call 321-6970, or go to

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. All-breed kennel club. 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 welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Held at 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. For more information, go to

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

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA). 6 p.m. Held 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. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Held at the Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. For more information, go to

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Open to the public. For more information, go to

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. Held at Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. For more information, call 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. For more information, go to or call 250-5419.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the 2nd District Courthouse at the southwest corner of Lomas and 4th NW. The clinic is designed for low-income individuals and families. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bi-lingual attorneys will be on hand. Those who come to the clinic should bring all their paperwork with them. They can expect about a thirty-minute free legal consultation. For additional information, call Felipe Quintana at 797-6082.

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. Held in Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room, 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. For more information, or call 301-2009 or go to or

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County. 7 p.m. Held in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Old and new members and guests can converse informally. For more information, contact Janice Saxton at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. For more information, call 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. We had been meeting on the second Wednesday, but the poets are just too loud!  

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

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 Thursdays: Free business forum workshop. 10-noon. Held at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle. Advance registration is highly advised and can be done at, or by contacting Susan at 999-1835 or

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project. 6:30-8 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the 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. Held at Chamisa Hills Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive. For more information/reservations, contact Joyce Elliott at, or call 891-8180.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery—12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. For more information, call 867-7226.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank. Open 9-11 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.

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 at 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, go to

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place alternates between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office. For more information, call Jessica at 459-6553.

Third Sundays: Corrales Art in the Park. Local and visiting painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, metalworkers, and crafts artisans display and sell their work. Held at La Entrada Park. For more information, call 867-8687 or go to

August 30: Artist reception for tin artist Verne Lucero. 2-5 p.m. Held at the Artisans Gallery, located at 17375 Highway 4, Jemez Springs. For more information, call 575-829-3018.

August 30-September 1: New Mexico Wine Festival—The premier wine festival of the Southwest features dozens of wines from throughout the state as well as music, arts and crafts, and plenty of food. In Bernalillo on Camino del Pueblo, near Our Lady of Sorrows church. 505-867-3311;

September 2: ES-CA board meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at La Puerta Realty on Rt. 165. All are welcome to attend.

September 2: Gardening with the Masters—Raised Bed Gardening & Shading. Instructor: Loren Meinz. 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Free to public. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, SE, Rio Rancho. Info: John Zarola (505) 867-2582, Sandoval Co. Cooperative Extension.

September 3: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The program is Paws and Stripes: “Helping dogs, helping heroes.” Jim Stanek, founder, will discuss how Paws and Stripes helps veterans live full and rich lives. Jardineros de Placitas is a social, benevolent and charitable community-based organization for residents of Placitas. In addition to monthly meetings, members participate in a variety of community service projects and small interest groups. For more information, see or contact Rose Gardiner at 771-1166.

September 5: Opening reception for photographer Marie Maher. 5-9 p.m. Held at The Artistic Image (1101 Cardenas Dr. NE Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM 87110). The show will run through the month of September, with a closing reception on October 3, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 554-2706 or go to

September 8: District and Natural Resources Conservation Service host local work group meeting. 10 to noon. Held in the conference room of the Coronado SWCD office (1500 Idalia, Building C (Park and Ride facility), Bernalillo, NM 87004).

September 11: Corrales Historical Society Speaker Series 2014. 7 p.m. Clifford Pedroncelli, Nora Sherzinger, and other members of the Class of 1956 will share their memories during a panel discussion of Sandoval School and its students, teachers, and staff for our CHS Speaker Series September program. To be held at Old San Ysidro Church (966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro). Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

September 12 and 13: Our Lady of Sorrows Annual Fiestas. Car show, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and play area, games, arts and crafts, raffle, live auction. Friday: 7-10pm; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: donation of canned goods or dry goods. Free parking. All welcome. At Loretto Park, Bernalillo. 867-5252.

September 13: Rio Rancho’s Toss No Mas fall community cleanup. 8-noon. This event gives people an opportunity to work together with one goal in mind—to keep New Mexico clean and beautiful. To register for the event, call 896-8389 or email KRRB Coordinator Koryn Lowry at by September 8.

September 13: Second annual benefit for the Placitas Fire Brigade, sponsored by Arte de Placitas gallery. Twenty well-known local artists have donated 12”x12” art (paintings, glass, pottery, wood, etc.) for silent auction. Bidding will begin on September 6 in the gallery and will continue until 3:00 p.m. on September 13. Bids accepted until exactly 3:00 p.m. The winners will be announced on stage at 3:15 p.m. A free concert will take place between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. in front of the gallery in the Homestead Village parking lot, Placitas. Emergency firefighter personnel will pass a boot for donations.

September 13: Placitas couple present art, music, and comedy together. 5-8 p.m. Rog Bates and Amy Hautman Bates will perform and present at Anasazi Fields Winery, located in Placitas at 26 Camino De Los Pueblitos, just six miles west on Route 165, off I-25 exit 242. Admission is Free.

September 13: Fundraiser for Gary King for Governor. Barbeque, wine, live music, silent auction. Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas. Free social at 5 p.m. Dinner $40 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Placitas Democrats and Friends, and Anasazi Fields Winery. 867-1139.

September 14: Chamber Chops presents Into The Mix to include Serenade No. 1 Op. 1 for ten instruments; Duo for flute and viola; Serenata in Vano for clarinet, bassoon, cello, horn, and double bass; and Quintet for brass. Admission free. 2 p.m. Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd NE., 505-65-CHOPS.

September 19 and 20: ¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture. Featuring 20 performances by 17 acts from 5 continents on 3 stages over 2 nights. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque.

September 20: Wood Chipper Day. 9 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). Be careful that loads don’t litter the highway or local roads. A donation of $15 dollars per pickup load is suggested.

September 20: Candidates’ Forum. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. Candidates for Sandoval County Assessor, Sheriff, and Commissioner (District 1) and for State Representative (District 22) will be attending. They will each make a presentation and then answer questions from the audience. All residents are encouraged to attend.

September 21: Placitas Artists Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring the artwork of Dave Garner (photography), Renée Brainard Gentz (fiber art), Ann Pollard (acrylic painting), and Betty Temple (acrylic painting). The concert will be performed by violist Willy Sucre and La Catrina Quartet. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased for twenty dollars in advance at The Merc Grocery Store in Homestead Village Shopping Center, Placitas; Under Charlie’s Covers Fine Used Book Store at 120 E. Highway 550, Bernalillo; or online at Prices at the door are twenty dollars for general admission and $15 dollars for students. For more information, call 867-8080 or visit

September 27: Dia de Las Misa. Join the people of Cabezón, San Luis, and the neighboring communities for annual mass at historic San José Mission and a day of family fun.  Noon, with Potluck reception at 1:30 p.m. In Cabezon, New Mexico. 250-4455.

September 27-28: Harvest Weekend in the Village of Corrales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring music, art, food, and myriad activities for the whole family. Held at Casa San Ysidro, located at 973 Old Church Road in the heart of historic Corrales.

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