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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: The Mayor Hull Show. Go to Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull talks about issues facing Rio Rancho.

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

Monthly: Various community events at Loma Colorado Main Library. The library will be hosting a variety of events all month long ranging from book signings, to poetry readings, lectures, concerts, arts and crafts, meet and greets, etc. The library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho. For more information about the library or each month’s activities, visit

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. Info: Jessica at 459-6553. Sandoval County Extension Office, 711 Camino del Pueblo.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Held at Bernalillo Town Hall. Info: 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). 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. 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. 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. 934-2649.

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: Albuquerque Newcomers' Club Welcome Coffee. 10:00 a.m. Held at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte (not affiliated with church). Membership is 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. It's a great way to make new friends and increase your social life. Sign up for monthly luncheons, speakers, dining out, visits to area attractions, book/movie groups, bridge, bunco, mah jongg, walking, wine tastings. Singles & men’s groups. Info:, 321-6970

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. Call 404-8492 or visit

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, 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.

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

Third Tuesdays: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meeting. 6 p.m. Held in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. 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 posted on the ESCAFCA website ( and at the front desk of the Town Hall by Friday preceding the meeting.

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.

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. 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: Seniors (62+) ride free on the Rail Runner. Bring valid photo ID (with birthdate).

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. 6-7 p.m. Have a Desire to Stop Drinking? Celebrate Sobriety with us and learn how to stay sober. Held at the First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas (Room 8), Just south of Highway 550 in Bernalillo. 266-1990.

Wednesdays: Cub Scout meetings. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. New members are always welcome. 867-4689, 867-2047.

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 the Free and open to the public. Registration preferred. At Sandoval County Extension Office, Bernalillo. 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. Attendees should bring all of their paperwork. Expect about a thirty-minute, free legal consultation. 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. Info:, 301-2009, or

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans. 6:00 p.m. Held at Fair Winds, 920 Riverview Drive SE, Rio Rancho. 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. Held at the Placitas Community Center.

First Thursdays: Veteran’s outreach program. 1-4 p.m. Held at Meadowlark Senior Center. All honorably-discharged veterans may be entitled to VA and state benefits. NMDVS is here to help. Bring your dd-214. Info:  Joseph Dorn at 383-2414.

First and third Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission meeting. 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 Placitas Post Office.

Fourth Thursdays: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission. 6 p.m. Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road., 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. Geri: 620-8802.

Fridays: Bernalillo Farmer’s Market. 4-7 p.m. Held at Pavilion at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, just west of the corner of Camino Don Tomas and Calle Don Francisco. Vendors welcome.

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. 867-7226.

First Fridays: Veterans Outreach program. 1-5 p.m. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Held at the Sandoval County Administrative Building, 1500 Idalia Road, Rio Rancho.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheons. 11:30 a.m. Public is welcome.  Held at the Inn at Rio Ranco, located at 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd. Sandra Atwood,, 554-5054.

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. Sandia Ranger District: 281-3305.

Saturdays: Los Ranchos Growers’ Market. 7-noon. Held at 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos. 890-2799.

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: Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP meets. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. Public is invited.

Fourth Saturdays: Community Flea Market at Homestead Village in Placitas. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per space, $10 table rental, $15 pop-up tent rental. No food or drink sales or firearms permitted. Donations of items can also be dropped off at the library. Info: Ellen at 404-8657,

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 Ysidro town office. Jessica: 459-6553.

September 1: “Nature’s Reflections”—Placitas artist Richard Prather’s one-man show in Old Town, ABQ. Reception: 5-8 p.m. At Purple Sage Gallery, 201 San Felipe NW, 87104. Show runs September 1-24.

September 2: Bigfoot BBQ and Blues Festival in the Jemez. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Held at Fitzgerald Park in the Plaza. Live music, barbeque, beer, and art vendors.

September 2: Get Your Kicks—a presentation and photo exhibit all about Route 66. 2:00 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. 771-0253.

September 2-3: Mountain West Brew Fest. In Bernalillo. New Mexico Craft Beer & Spirits, live music, food, fun. Tickets at:

September 6: Jardineros de Placitas monthly meeting. 9:30 a.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. This month features “What’s Happening in Bernalillo Today” with speaker Jack Torres, Bernalillo Mayor. 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.; Kathy Bruch at 404-8621.

September 8: Artist reception for PCL Artists of the Month. 5-7 p.m. Featuring the work of artists Katherine Irish, Michael K. Edminster, Bunny Bowen, and Carol Ordogne. Artwork will be displayed for the month of September at the Placitas Community Library.

September 9: Music at Sunset. 5-8 p.m. Held in the parking lot of the Placitas Community Library. Free. Music by Ken Grimes, AMISTAR, and Rock Zone. Mexican food vendor. Don’t forget a lawn chair.

September 10: Wanagi Wolves at Placitas Community Library. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PCL will host an extraordinary event. Stephanie Kaylan of Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue will talk about wolves, wolf-dogs, and her efforts to rescue them. She will have two wolves on site for adults and children to meet

September 11: Xeric Garden Club Lecture—
A Habitat Garden: Shelter In Winter. 10-11 a.m. Docent Janet Ganhem will speak about how the change of seasons from fall, winter to spring, impacts not just the garden but also the wildlife that finds sustenance and security within the garden’s living space. The Albuquerque Garden Center is at 10120 Lomas NE. Free.

September 10: Sandoval County Historical Society presents Lolita P. Christobal, a Santa Ana Traditionlist. 2 p.m. Presented by her son Manu Rainbird who will talk about her achievements, contributions, and harships and how many families of Santa Ana Pueblo strive to keep Mother Earth blooming in peace and harmony. At Delavy House. Turn north off of Hwy. 550 on gravel road beside the I-Hop restaurant and continue to end.

September 16: Placitas Rock Fest. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your best Placitas rocks! Rock identification, rock swapping, a children's program with kiddie packs of identified rocks, minerals, and fossils, and kid-friendly geology handouts to take home, lectures, rock music and more.

September 16: Free concert—guitarist Billy McLaughlin at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. 7 p.m.

September 16: Rio Rancho’s Toss No Mas community cleanup. 8-noon. The event gives people an opportunity to work together with one goal in mind: keep New Mexico clean and beautiful. Register by September 11—call 896-8389 or email KRRB Coordinator Koryn Misbach at

September 17: Historic documentary screening, Barbed Wire Pioneers. 2 p.m. Held at The DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum). Admission is $5; Friends of CHS are Free. For more information, visit

September 22: Navigating The Process, an exhibition by artNEXUSnm. Reception: 4-6 p.m. at Southwest University of Visual Arts, 5000 Marble Avenue NE, Albuquerque. Mulit-artist show, with work by Placitas artist Diane Orchard. The show runs September 8 through October 27.

September 22-23: ¡Globalquerque! Thirty+ performances and workshops, 17 acts, 5 continents, 3 stages, 2 days. At the Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Info:

September 23: Wood Chipper Day in Placitas. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 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—to the Placitas Community Library. A donation of $10 for regular loads and $15 for large trailers is suggested.

September 23: Community nature hike in the Placitas Open Space. 4-6 p.m. Join Michael Crofoot at the east entrance to the Open Space for a fun and informative walk. Bring water, wear a hat and sturdy shoes.

September 24: Community hiking excursion to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at the Merc in Placitas. Wear good hiking shoes/boots, sunscreen, and a hat. Water will be provided.

September 24: Placitas Artist Series art show and concert. Artist reception at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. Featuring violists Willy Sucre, LP How, and Justin Pollack, and cellist Felix Fan. Artists: Laura Balombini, painting, mixed media and fabric wearable art; Jeri Burzin, photography; the late Michael Christiana, acrylic; and Julianna Kirwin, printmaking and collage. Their works, which are for sale, will be on display for the month of September. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, six miles east of I-25 on NM 165 (Exit 242). The facility is completely accessible. 867-8080,,

September 30: Brunch with cops. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Placitas residents are invited to stop by the Placitas Café to say hello to local law enforcement officers and voice their concerns.

September 30: Nature talk with Michael Crofoot. 4-6 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library. Crofoot will address erosion control, ecological restoration, and planting outside of your courtyard walls in Placitas.
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