Sandoval Signpost


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  Community Calendar

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E-mail your calendar listing to: Or go to the Signpost Web site ( and click on Calendar. Deadline for submission is the twentieth of the month prior to publication. The community calendar is a free community service provided by the Signpost for nonprofit organizations. 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

Ongoing/Monthly: Urban Horticulture Classes. Sponsored by the Free. Open to public. Registration preferred.

First Mondays: Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association (ES-CA) Board Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165, Placitas.

Second Mondays: 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. Contact Jessica at 459-6553. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

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

Third Mondays: 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 Mondays: 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. Info: Amy Pilley at, or 575-642-7534.

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.

Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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 Tuesdays: 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. Info:

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority ( 6 p.m. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities who need accommodations should call 771-7110 by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available on the ESCAFCA website (or at the front desk of Bernalillo Town Hall by Friday, preceding the meeting in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers).

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

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., 250-5419.

Wednesdays: Rotary Club of Rio Rancho Sunrise. 7 a.m. For breakfast, fellowship, a great speaker, and a chance to get involved in local and worldwide service projects. At Club Rio Rancho (used to be Chamisa Hills CC), 500 Country Club Drive, Rio Rancho. Info: Mac McKinney, 892-4313.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by SandovalMasterGardeners. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred, information at Public Class Registration: At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 505-929-0414.

First Wednesdays: Free civil legal clinic offered. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Held in the third-floor conference room of the Second District Courthouse, at the southwest corner of Lomas and Fourth, NW. Free legal advice on a number of civil legal issues. No family law services will be offered. Attendance is limited to the first 25 persons who qualify for low-income assistance. Interpreters and bilingual 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 797-6077.

Second Wednesdays: 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. or, or call 301-2009.

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 Wednesdays: Meeting of the Coronado Optimist Club. 6-7 p.m. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo.  

Third Wednesdays: Las Placitas Association Board meeting. 6:30 p.m.

First and third 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. Info or meeting agenda:, 867-7500.

Second Thursdays: 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.

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 Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board of Directors Meetings. Held at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Meeting notices and agendas are posted at the library and the Placitas Post Office.

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

Fridays: Sandoval County Stroke Support Group. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Provides weekly support to survivors of stroke, their caregivers, adult family members, and health care providers. Water and light snacks provided. No charge for meetings. Social outings arranged six times a year. For information and location of meetings, call Geri at 620-8802.

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: Wildflower walks on the Sandia Ranger District. Starting at 9 a.m. There will be a small amenity fee of three dollars. Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen. For more information, call the Sandia Ranger District at 281-3305.

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. Community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations, volunteers welcome.

Third Saturdays: 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

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market. 9-noon. Located at Corrales and Jones Road. 259-0203.

Third Sundays: 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.

Wednesdays: Urban Horticulture Class Continuing Series. 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 929-0414.

August 27: KUPR Fundraiser Benefit Concert. 7:00 p.m. At Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, the world-famous Rahim Alhaj Trio will perform. These artists are world famous and considered, by many, to be the best in their musical fields, especially with their unique instruments. Ticket prices will be twenty dollars. Of that, $15 will go to KUPR’s general operating fund and concert expenses and five dollars will donated to benefit Direct Aid Iraq.

August 30: Review draft ordinances to regulate oil and gas production in Sandoval County. 6-8 p.m. The draft is posted in the Planning and Zoning Department section of the county’s website: under Legal Notices and is also available in the department office.

September 2-4: Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Music, arts, food, entertainment, camping. Info:

September 3, 4: Mountain West BrewFest in Bernalillo. Enjoy craft beer, wine, and spirits in a festival atmosphere. Arts and entertainment included. Details: See page 4, this Signpost, or go to:

September 3, 4, 5: Labor Day Weekend events at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.: Learn about pairing food with wine $15pp; Sunday 4:30-6 p.m.: BBQ dinner catered by Powdrell’s $25pp; Monday Noon-5 p.m.: Winery Open House with free tastings. Art Exhibit by Lenore Goodell. See for details and tickets. 867-3062, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos.

September 5: Central New Mexico Labor Council’s annual Labor Day Picnic. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food, information kiosks, face painting, etc. Placitas-based band Amistar to perform. Held at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque.

September 6: Review draft ordinances to regulate oil and gas production in Sandoval County. 6-8 p.m. The draft is posted in the Planning and Zoning Department section of the county’s website: under Legal Notices and is also available in the department office.

September 7: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Jardineros will hold its monthly meeting featuring a presentation, or members showcasing their arts-and-crafts talent. 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. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.; Kathy Bruch 404-8621.

September 8-24: A landscape design course for home gardeners—HOMESCAPE Solutions. Five sessions. Open to public. Registration with payment ($85) required. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo.

September 9: Seeds: A Collective Voice’s Seed Mural Project opening recepton. A true labor of love, by Placitas artist Jade Leyva, will be celebrated at unique exhibit. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Exhibit runs through October 9. Contact: or       

September 10: ES-CA will host a Candidates’ Forum. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Senior/Community Center. Hear condidates speak and ask questions.

September 10: Folds of Honor Patriot Gala. Reservations and additional information are available at

September 10: Rio Rancho DAV Chapter 5 Monthly meeting. 10 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend and any new disabled veterans and visitors are welcome. At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1022 Veranda Rd., SE Rio Rancho. Larry Johnson, Adjutant, 217-8531 or email to

September 10: Rio Rancho’s Toss No Mas Fall Community Cleanup. 8-noon. All volunteers who participate in the event will receive trash bags, gloves, and goody bags. The first three hundred volunteers to register will receive an event t-shirt. Volunteers will be rewarded with lunch (courtesy of Pizza 9), and will be eligible to participate in a prize drawing following the cleanup at Cabezon Recreation Center. To register for the event, call 896-8389 or email KRRB Coordinator Koryn Misbach at by September 4.

September 10: Pooch Plunge and pet adoption. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Held at Haynes Pool—2006 Grande Boulevard. The event is a day of swimming exclusively for dogs, and is the final activity held at the pool before closing for the season. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, have a copy of the vaccination records, accompanied by an adult, and have a collar and leash to and from the pool. There will concurrently be a pet adoption at Haynes Park. 891-5015.

September 10: Bernalillo Library Speaker Series—The Art of the Fetish, presented by Kent McManis. 11:00 a.m. at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.

September 11: Fundraiser for Placitas Community Library. 4 p.m. Join your friends for a late afternoon of food, wine, auctions, and a funny play. Tickets are $25 dollars and are available in person at the Library, by calling 867-3355, or online at on the How You Can Help/Fundraisers page. Event is at Anasazi Fields Winery. Parking and seating is limited.

September 12: Amistar plays at the NM State Fair. 3 p.m. At the Indian Village.

September 12: ES-CA board meeting. 6:40 p.m. Placitas Fire Station, 463 Highway 165. All are welcome to attend.

September 14: Bernalillo State Of The Town event. Reporting on local projects and issues. All welcome. 6:30 p.m. At Bernalillo Town Hall.

September 18: Sandia Mountain Bear Fair sponsored by the Sandia Mt. Bear Collaborative. 1-4 p.m. Celebrate our state mammal. Panel discussion and Q&A at 1 p.m. Information booths from 11 partners. Live music, food, and wine. This is a kid-friendly event. At Anasazi Fields Winery., 314-0398.

September 18: Placitas Artist Series. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Willy Sucre and Friends will present “String Quartets,” featuring Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga’s String Quartet No. 1 in D minor and Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 51. Featuring artists Robert Benjamin, giclées of oils; Patricia Gould, oil and acrylic; Karuna Karam, mixed media; and Sean Moon, acrylic and pencil. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display from September 3 through September 30. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas, located six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). For ticket information, visit 867-8080 or see page 2, this Signpost.

September 18: Friends of Coronado Historic Site Fall Lecture Series—What’s for Dinner? Ancient Plant Use in New Mexico.” 2 p.m. Held at Sandoval County Historical Society Museum (DeLavy House, Highway 550 and Edmond Road, between IHOP and Warrior Fuel Station). Admission is five dollars; Friends of Coronado Historic Site get in free. For more info, go to

September 24: Bernalillo Library Speaker Series—Life in the Stone Age, presented by Paul Fourhorns Tenoso. 11:00 a.m. at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.

September 24: Music at sunset, family-friendly event at the Placitas Community Library. 5-8 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase from a food truck with Mexican fare. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Enjoy live music: Tim O’Rourke and Rock Zone. Held in the Placitas Community Library parking lot. 867-3355.

September 24: Algodones Fall Harvest, Water Fair, and Flea Market—sponsored by the Algodones Neighborhood Association. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sell jewelry, produce, plants, clothing, etc. At Algodones Market Outdoor Space. 867-0130 or 710-7426.

September 25: New Mexico Week for the Animals (NMWA) Celebration Fiesta. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. NMWA is collaborating with the Town of Bernalillo to offer a low-cost “Spay And Neuter Clinic,” and fun animal events. Grants are available for low-income families. Low-cost vaccinations, microchips, pet ID tags, Ask-A-Vet, games, contests, and much more. Held at Rotary Park Pavilion. Make reservations for spay and neuter space: 813-504-2921 (English) or 903-8214 (Spanish).

October 1: Bernalillo Library Speaker Series—Wine Making in Bernalillo, presented by John Rinaldi. 11:00 a.m. at the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.

Ocober 1: Peña Blanca Community & Water Fair. 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. Free info on water wells, arts/crafts sales, Farmers’ Market, rummage sale, great food. Proceeds go to children of Peña Blanca at Christmas time. 465-2652 or 465-1208.

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