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Spring 2020 A Publication of the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Programming and Civic Outreach

Registration begins Monday, January 13

Spring 2020

Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation Registration Information Registration for programs will begin on Monday, January 13. Registration is ongoing at

the Parks and Recreation Office, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Suite 100. Registration deadlines are listed with each program. Please visit page 3 for more information on our new online registration system. Programs fill up quickly so please register early! All registration or participation fees shall be paid at the time of registration and prior to participation in any program or activity. Please review the Aquatic Center schedule for evening and weekend registration. For your convenience we accept VISA, Master Card, Discover, American Express, cash, money orders, and cashiers checks. The City of Rio Rancho assumes no liability for any claims that may arise from participation in any program or activity listed in this brochure. Any check returned as unpaid will be charged a $35 service fee.


Inclusion for special needs populations will be a standard for all Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department programs. If special accommodations are required, please inform staff upon registration.

Refund Policy

Refunds are granted if the request is prior to the registration deadline and the withdrawal is not detrimental to the program. There will be a $15 administrative fee. If a refund is requested after the registration deadline and it is determined that the refund will be detrimental to the program (i.e. group rates based upon registration numbers), then no refund may be given. If refunds are requested prior to the service starting and there are participants willing to take the space of the person requesting the refund, then a refund may be processed with a $15 administrative fee. If a refund request is made after the start of the service, a pro-rated fee may be refunded and the new person filling the vacancy may pay a pro-rated registration fee.

Table of Contents City Addresses and Phone Numbers Page 3 Aquatics Pages 5 - 6 Athletics Pages 8 - 10 Youth Programs ........ 7 Adult Programs ..........9 Classes and Programs Pages 11 - 14 Children’s..................11 Family Fun Program..13 Teen/Adult................14 General Information Page 3 Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Page 17 Map of Parks and Facilities Page 4 Senior Services Pages 18 - 19 Special Events Page 15


Table of Contents and Registration


6 vs 6 Adult Flag Football Adult Softball

Program Age Range

Community Center


Ages 18+ Rio Rancho Sports Complex


Ages 18+ Rio Rancho Sports Complex


Adult Tennis

Ages 18+ Rio Rancho Sports Complex


Adult Tennis League Animal Resource Center Aquatics (Swimming Lessons and Fitness)

Ages 18+ Rio Rancho Sports Complex Animal Resource Center

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All Ages

5, 6

Rio Rancho Aquatics Center

Sabana Grande Recreation 8 Center Beginner & Intermediate Sabana Grande Recreation Ages 16+ 14 Adult Ballet Center Grades Star Heights Recreation Beyond the Bell Tutoring 14 6th - 12th Center Community Emergency Fire Department 15 Response Team Eggs "N Beggin Open Cabezon Community Center 15 Pet-Acular Event Facility Information Open All Facilities 3 Father and Daughter Ages Sabana Grande Recreation 15 Valentine's Dance 5 - 12 Center Father's Day "Tee" Ages 2+ Cabezon Community Center 13 Ages Star Heights Recreation Gymastics 9 7 - 13 Center Ages Sabana Grande Recreation Homeschool Archery 8 7 - 16 Center Ages Homeschool P.E. Haynes Community Center 7 6 - 15 Keep Rio Rancho City Hall 17 Beautiful Kickball League Ages 18+ Rio Rancho Sports Complex 10 Sabana Grande Recreation Kidszone Preschool Ages 3 - 5 12 Center Kourt Kids Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Basketball Courts 7 Little Chippers Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Park, Roskos Field 7 Little Kickers Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Park 7 Little Learners Ages 2 - 5 Cabezon Community Center 11 Little Rackets Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Park 7 Little Sluggers Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Park, Roskos Field 7 Map of Parks & Facilities Open All Facilities 4 Meadowlark Senior Meadowlark Senior Center 18, 19 Center


Mother's Day Tea Park in the Park Pigskin Players Red Cross Babysitting Class Rio Rancho Public Libraries Silver Sneakers Spring Vendor and Crafts Fling Teddy Bear Picnic Thimbleweed Quilters Traditional Okinawan Karate Tumbling Yoga Youth Flag Football Youth/Teen Tennis

Ages 7 - 12

Ages 2+

Cabezon Community Center


Open Cabezon Community Center Ages 4 - 9 Haynes Park, Roskos Field Sabana Grande Recreation Ages 12+ Center

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Rio Rancho Public Library Star Heights Recreation Center Sabana Grande Recreation All Ages Center All Ages Cabezon Community Center Sabana Grande Recreation Open Center Ages 14+ Cabezon Community Center Ages 10 - 17

Star Heights Recreation Center Star Heights Recreation Ages 16+ Center Ages Rio Rancho Sports Complex 6 - 14 Ages Rio Rancho Sports Complex 7 - 17

14 16 14 13 13 13 8 8 14 8 9

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

General Information Message from the Director:

Ushering in the New Year is always filled with hope, energy, new promises, and new commitments. Then, by January 7th, we look at ourselves in the mirror asking, “How am I going to make this happen?” The Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department (PRCS) has a tremendous New Year’s selection to help you achieve your new goals. The Department’s array of offerings can help any anyone achieve at least one of their New Year’s resolutions. First, there is the ever-present goal of fitness. Improvements in health and fitness top the list annually for New Year’s resolutions, but nearly 80 percent of them fail. Why? Largely because people have a hard time finding a fitness regimen that fits their lifestyle. That’s no problem here in Rio Rancho! From boot camp to yoga, from youth sports leagues and clinics to adult leagues, there are fitness opportunities for every fitness level and every age. Youth basketball, tennis, and football leagues are available for those young people looking for fun and active competition. Adults also have the opportunity to play these sports in the open adult league. For those seeking fitness on an individual level, there is

Mission Statement

boot camp, water aerobics, studio cycling, and yoga. Each program invites a variety of fitness levels at a variety of times. One size does not fit all at PRCS, so programs are made available for all residents. How about that resolution to get involved or to volunteer? The City is always seeking adults who want to give their time and talents to support the senior center, leagues, or programs. Volunteering to work with children or seniors is a rewarding experience. The Meadowlark Senior Center, or one of our youth sports leagues are a great way to try out your New Year’s resolution for volunteering. Try it out — We need you! On behalf of my entire staff here in PRCS, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2020! See you in Rio Rancho!


Connie Peterson Director, PRCS

Online Registration System You are able to register for programs offered through the Parks and Recreation Department online by going to the following website: In addition to registering for classes online, you will still be able to register for programs by calling Rio Rancho City Hall at (505) 891-5015.

“To create and maintain spaces and activities that grow a greater sense of community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.”

For more information on upcoming events, please visit

How to Watch a Good Program Die

Nothing kills a recreation program faster than residents who wait until the last minute to register. There is a point when a program must be cancelled or modified if there is insufficient registration. All programs require a high level of coordination often including facility scheduling, staffing, volunteer recruitment and purchasing of supplies.

Photo Policy

Participants permit the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children during Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department activities, programs, and special events for publication and use as the department deems necessary.


Many of our programs depend on volunteer help. If you wish to put your expertise to use in a program or would like to find out what volunteer opportunities are available, please call us at (505) 891-5015.


Parks, Recreation and Community Services Telephone Numbers and Addresses Parks, Recreation and Community Services .891-5015 Fax ............................................................................891-5205 3200 Civic Center Circle NE Suite 100 Rio Rancho, 87144 Cabezon Pool........................................................892-4499 2307 Cabezon Blvd. NE Cabezon Community Center...........................892-4499 Facility Coordinator - Madeline Torrez 2307 Cabezon Blvd. NE Haynes Pool...........................................................892-8232 2006 Grande Blvd. Haynes Community Center.............................891-7240 Facility Coordinator - Lorenzo Green 2006 Grande Blvd. Rainbow Pool........................................................891-7265 301 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho Aquatic Center..............................891-5230 Aquatic Manager - Bianca Baca 745 Loma Colorado Blvd. Rio Rancho Sports Complex 3501 High Resort Blvd. Sabana Grande Recreation Center................891-7255 Facility Coordinator - Jenniffer Harvey 4110 Sabana Grande Ave. Star Heights Recreation Center......................891-7230 Facility Coordinator - Krista Peralta 800 Polaris Blvd.

City of Rio Rancho Departments/Divisions Administration (Mayor & City Manager).....891-5002 Animal Control.....................................................891-5075 City Clerk................................................................891-5004 City Hall...................................................................891-5000 City Hall - (TTY)....................................................891-1365 Convention and Visitors Bureau.....................891-7258 Development Services......................................891-5005 Esther Bone Memorial Branch Library.........891-5012 Financial Services................................................891-5010 Fire Department..................................................891-5840 Human Resources...............................................891-5011 Loma Colorado Main Library...........................891-5013 Motor Vehicle Division Office..........................891-5014 Municipal Court...................................................891-5980 Police Department..............................................891-5900 Public Works..........................................................891-5016 Rio Metro................................................................994-1608 Rio Metro - (TTY).................................................891-7257 Senior Services.....................................................891-5018 Utilities....................................................................891-5020

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has many opportunities for sponsorships. We offer only first-class, quality programs and special events. If you are interested in how we can help you reach your customers and promote your business, contact Connie Peterson at (505) 891-5015.

Governing Body of Rio Rancho Greggory D. Hull, Mayor Councilor Jim Owen District One Councilor Jeremy Lenentine District Two Councilor Bob Tyler District Three Councilor Marlene Feuer District Four Councilor Jennifer Flor District Five Councilor David Bency District Six

Community Information

Parks and Recreation Commission

Admiral Soccer League......................................379-2936 Boy Scouts of America.......................................345-8603 Boys and Girls Club.............................................892-3191 Chamber of Commerce.....................................892-1533 Cibola Little League............................................892-6291 Congressman Ben R. Lujan..............................994-0499 Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council....................343-1040 Men’s Senior Baseball League.........................907-2866 Rio Rancho Public Schools...............................896-0667 Rio Rancho Soccer League...............................896-2710 Special Olympics.................................................892-8744 Sunset Little League...........................................720-7346 YAFL (Young America Football League)......881-1984

Commissioner Tischa Becker - District One or 505-891-5015

Commissioner Paul Heft - District Two Commissioner Ellen Herrera - District Three Commissioner Christopher Marsh - District Four Commissioner Patricia French Barger - District Five Commissioner Lisa Leiding - District Six Commissioner Talal Saint-Lot - At Large Regular Parks and Recreation Commission meetings are on the third Monday of each month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 pm. The meetings are televised on Cable One Rio Vision (channel 15) and available online at The public is encouraged to attend.


Rio Rancho Parks & Recreation Map Map of Parks and Facilities Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to accurately depict the mapped area, errors and omissions may occur. A map is like any other illustration or model and can only be an approximation. This map is not a survey, nor is it a zone map. It is intended for use as a land use management and planning tool. Therefore, no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, is given as to the fitness of this data for any other purpose.

Mountain View Park Vista Grande E.S. Vista Grande Park

Enchanted Hills Park

Mountain View M.S.

Los Montoyas Park Cielo Azul E.S. King Meadows Park

Sandia Vista E.S. Sports Complex North

Havasu Park

Clayton Meadows Park

City Hall

Zia Park

V. Sue Cleveland H.S.

Cielo Grande Park

Bosque Trail

Colinas del Norte E.S.

North Hills Park Big Brothers Big Sisters Park

High Range Park

Canyon Park

Rio Vista Park

Rio Rancho M.S.

Sierra Norte II Park

Shining Stars P.S.

Eagle Ridge M.S.

Loma Colorado Library Aquatics Center

Independence H.S.

Rio Rancho H.S.

Vista Sandia Park

Vista Hills Park

R.R. Sports Complex

Lincoln M.S.

Rainbow Pool and Community Center

Leon Grande Park Snead Park

Star Heights Park Nicklaus Park

Puesta del Sol E.S.

Veja Baja Park

Star Heights Recreation Sugar Park and Learning Center

Rainbow Park

M. Cordova E.S.

Veteran's Monument Park

Roadrunner Park

R.R. Cyber Academy

Ann Park

Meadowlark Senior Center

Alpine Xeric Park

Chianti Park Cabezon Pool and Community Center

A Park Above Gateway Park

Rio Rancho E.S.

Esther Bone Sabana Grande Recreation and Art Centers Library Sabana Heights Park

M.L.K. Jr. E.S.

Cabezon Park

Olympus Park

Loma Colorado Park

Los Milagros Park

Cielo Vista Park

Trailhead Park

Enchanted Hills E.S.

E. Stapleton E.S.


Clearview Park

Haynes Park Haynes Recreation Center and Pool

Sources: Esri, DeLorme, HERE, USGS, Intermap, increment P Corp., NRCAN, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), Esri (Thailand), TomTom

o DISCLAIMER: All information in this map is provided "as is" without warranty or any representation of accuracy, timeliness or completeness. This map is not a survey and should only be used for graphical purposes only.

Parks City Facilities Schools City Boundary



Map Created by John Martineau 7-20-15






View the City's interactive Park Finder map online at:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services


745 Loma Colorado Blvd. • Rio Rancho, NM 87124 • (505) 891-5230


Spring Hours

(Through May 25, 2020)

Indoor Cycling

subject to change

Recreation Swim for everyone

Friday Saturday and Sunday

Lap Swim

*Adults only please.


to 6:00 pm

Monday to Thursday

6:00 to 11:00 am 2:00 to 7:00 pm


6:00 to 11:00 am 2:00 to 7:00 pm

*Number of available lanes varies throughout the day.

Diving Boards

3:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday


to 6:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday


to 6:00 pm

Whether you’re an experienced outdoor cyclist or your feet haven’t touched the pedals since you were a kid, indoor group cycling has something for you. Cycling provides you with a fantastic cardiovascular workout, which is the key to a healthy body and strong heart. Padded cycling shorts and heart rate monitors are recommended but not required. All fitness levels are welcome. • • • •

9:00 am: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:00 pm: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am: Saturdays Rio Rancho Aquatic Center


*Must demonstrate the ability to swim one length of the pool

Enjoy a gentle flow in motion followed by a substantial and soothing sequence of seated poses that leave you feeling complete and nourished.


The Aquatic Center will be closed the first Monday of every month until 2:00 pm for pool maintenance.

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10:00 am: Mondays & Fridays Rio Rancho Aquatic Center

Circuit City

This class is the perfect combination of heart-pumping cardio and intense resistance training. You’ll hit every muscle group as you burn calories zipping through stations of different fitness equipment that may include TRX suspension ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls, jump ropes, and weights. This class is ideal for both men and women of all fitness levels who want total body results in a limited amount of time.

Now accepting Silver Sneakers® and Prime Fitness Programs to be used for fitness classes or lap swimming. To check eligibility, call Marcella at (505) 891-5231 or email at

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9:00 am: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 pm: Mondays and Wednesdays Rio Rancho Aquatic Center


AQUA CLASSES Aquacise Class Times Monday 9:00 to 10:00 am - Aqua Circuit 10:00 to 11:00 am - Deep Water Fitness Tuesday 9:00 to 10:00 am - Aqua Cardio 10:00 to 11:00 am - Aqua Zumba 7:00 to 8:00 pm - Aqua Fitness Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 am - Aqua Fitness 10:00 to 11:00 am - Aqua Circuit 7:00 to 8:00 pm - Aqua Fitness Thursday 9:00 to 10:00 am - Aqua Cardio 10:00 to 11:00 am - Aqua Zumba Friday 9:00 to 10:00 am - Aqua Fitness/Deep Water Combo 10:00 to 11:00 am - Aqua Fitness Class descriptions can be found on the Aquatics website: aquaticsandfitness

Essentrics is a low-intensity fitness program that strengthens and lengthens all 650 muscles in the body. This full body technique works through the muscle chains, liberating and empowering the muscles and relieving them from tension in the process. This workout draws on the flowing movements of tai chi which create health and balance. The strengthening theories behind ballet which create long, lean, flexible muscles and the healing principles and physical therapy which create a pain free body.

Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

This course is designed to teach lifeguards, as professional rescuers, the skills needed to prevent injuries, prepare for and respond appropriately to drowning, injury, breathing, and cardiac emergencies. This training will educate participants about the newly released lifeguard program, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Qualifying participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR certifications valid for two years. Must attend all three dates to complete certification. • Friday, April 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm • Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm • Sunday, April 19 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm • Rio Rancho Aquatic Center • $100, payable the first day of class

• 5:00 pm: Tuesdays • Rio Rancho Aquatic Center


A hybrid class that combines the practice of yoga and pilates, as well as the principals of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement. In this hour long class you will get the benefits of muscle sculpting, core firming and fat burning from this low impact workout. • • •

10:00 am: Wednesdays 5:00 pm: Thursdays Rio Rancho Aquatic Center

Space is limited so call Marcella at (505) 891-5231 by April 13 to reserve your spot.

Fitness Class Information

Try it, you’ll like it! First fitness class free. For more information, please call (505) 891-5230.

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$30 per month - Unlimited land and water classes $5 - Drop-in Fee Ages 15 and up First come first served Pool passes and pricing apply to water classes only or 505-891-5015




Session 1 2/15 - 3/14 Saturday only

Session 2 4/18 - 5/16* Saturday only

8:30 am



9:20 am



10:10 am



11:00 am



Session 3 2/3 - 2/24 M&W

Session 4 2/4 - 2/25 T&Th

Session 5 3/2 - 3/23* M&W

Session 6 3/3 - 3/24* T&Th

Session 7 4/6 - 4/27 M&W

Session 8 4/7 - 4/28 T&Th

No class during Spring Break, March 30 through April 3, or April 11.

4:50 pm







5:35 pm







6:15 pm







About the Learn to Swim Program Registration Swim lesson registration will be ongoing at the Parks & Recreation Office in City Hall and the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center.

3. Sea Shells (Early beginners Ages 4 to 7) Students learn basic water skills, floating, submerging, breath holding, safety skills, and rules. Max: 6

During the Week Session..................$42 Saturday Only.......................................$30

4. Sea Horses (Beginner - Ages 4 to 7) Students learn beginning techniques of front crawl stroke, how to use a kick board, jumping in, safety skills, and rules. Max: 6

Please read the following descriptions to determine what class best fits your child’s abilities. Age levels are given to serve as guidelines. Place children in the level that is most appropriate. Staff will make any necessary adjustments during the classes to assure your child has the best experience. 1. Parent and Tot (Ages 6 months-3 years) Parent must accompany child in the water. Goals include water adjustment, getting in/out, doggie paddle, and safety skills. Max: 10 2. Tadpoles (Preschool - Ages 3 to 5) Students learn basic water skills, water acclimation, submerging, breath control, and safety skills/rules on their own. Max: 6

5. Sunfish (Beginner Intermediate Ages 5 to 9) Students work on front crawl stroke emphasizing kicking, breathing, arm stroke technique, safety skills, recovery after falling in deep water, and water safety tips. Max: 6

7. Barracudas (Advanced Intermediate - Ages 7 to 12) Students review backstroke and front crawl skills. Large emphasis on safety, how to start dive, and by the end of class the ability should be achieved to swim 25 yards of front crawl. Max: 8 8. Dolphins (Pre-Swim Team - Ages 8 and up) Students review strokes, learn rescue backstroke, breaststroke, and underwater swimming. Max: 8

Homeschool Swim Team

This is a great opportunity to get some exercise and meet some new friends. This is a non-competitive team where you will learn the four proper swim strokes. Participants must be able to complete one length of the pool as a prerequisite for the class and will be grouped by ability. There will be an inter-squad swim meet at the conclusion of the class on February 19 and April 8. Registration Deadline: On-going • Session 1 - January 13 to February 19 (No practice January 20) Session 2 - February 24 to April 8 (No practice March 30 through April 3)

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*Participants must fall in the age range and successfully completed each previous level to advance to next class.

6. Sting Rays (Intermediate - Ages 6 to 10) Students review and improve on front crawl and learn backstroke. Introduced to deeper water, safety skills and rules. Max: 6

If you feel your child needs an individual evaluation to advance to the next level, please contact Marcella by e-mail at or at (505) 891-5231.

Daily Admission Fees (All Pools) Child (2 to 12) ............................................$3 Teen (13 to 19) ..........................................$4 Adult (20 to 54) ........................................$4 Senior (55 and up) ...................................$3

• Monday and Wednesday • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

9. The Adult Class is designed for adults who want to learn to swim for the first time and would like to learn basic swimming techniques. The class will be tailored for each individual and is right for any adult who has the desire to learn, even those who may have a fear of the water. Safety skills are also included. Max: 6

Pool Pass Fees (All Pools) Monthly Senior..........................................$35 Monthly Individual...................................$48 Monthly Family..........................................$90 3 Month Child............................................$100 3 Month Teen.............................................$130 3 Month Adult...........................................$130 3 Month Senior..........................................$100 3 Month Family.........................................$250 Punch Pass (15).........................................$35 Senior Punch Pass (15)............................$30

Rio Rancho Aquatic Center Holiday and Event Closures

Wednesday, January 1 Monday, January 20 Saturday, February 1 (Until 2:00 pm) Sunday, April 12 Monday, May 25

Admission Fees Children - $3 Teens - $4 Adult - $4 Seniors - $3

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*Passes can be used at all pools.

Rio Rancho Aquatic Center Min: 10 Max: 20 $50 - Mondays and Wednesdays $25 - Wednesdays only Ages 7 to 15

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Little Athletes @ Haynes Community Center Bring your little ones to participate in physical activities that teach skills, boosts self esteem, develops team work & discipline, and helps to build character. Homeschool P.E.

As part of the physical education classes students will do calisthenics, be introduced to traditional sports, and cooperative games, and will have time for socialization with other homeschoolers. • Session 1 - March 2 to April 29 (No class March 30) Mondays and Wednesdays • Session 2 - March 3 to April 30 (No class March 30) Tuesdays and Thursdays • Class 1 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Class 2 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm • Haynes Community Center • Min: 8 Max: 12 • $70 per session • Ages 6 to 15

Little Sluggers

Interested in baseball? We’ve got you covered! Learn the fundamentals of America’s pastime over the course of our 5 week class. All equipment is provided.

Pigskin Players is designed to introduce younger children to the basic fundamentals of football. This class is for kids who are not ready to commit to an organization or team, but are looking to have fun while developing basic skills and athletic ability.

• March 7 to April 11 (No class March 28) • Saturdays • 11:00 am to 11:45 am • Haynes Park, Roskos Field • Min: 8 Max: 12 • $45 • Ages 4 to 9

• February 12 to March 18 • Wednesdays • 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm • Haynes Park, Roskos Field • Min: 8 Max: 12 • $45 • Ages 4 to 9

Little Chippers

This class is designed to introduce children to the game of golf at their level. The class will focus on grip, stance, swing, and game play. All equipment will be provided.

Kourt Kids

Kids will learn valuable skills in dribbling, passing, shooting, and how to play a real game of basketball. This class is a great start for any child interested in learning how to play the game. This class focuses on fun rather than competition. • • •

Pigskin Players

• March 3 to April 14 (No class March 31) • Tuesdays • 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm • Haynes Park, Roskos Field • Min: 8 Max: 12 • $45 • Ages 4 to 9

Session 1 - February 13 to March 19 Thursdays 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Little Kickers

This class is for little ones who are interested in the sport of soccer, but are not quite ready for a commitment to an organized team or league. Each week children will focus on different skills and drills. Skill development and fun are our goals. The session will end with an organized scrimmage among the players. • March 7 to April 18 (No class March 28) • Saturdays • 9:00 am to 9:45 am • Haynes Park • Min: 8 Max: 14 • $45 • Ages 4 to 9

• Session 2 - April 9 to May 14 • Thursdays • 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm • • • •

Haynes Park Basketball Courts Min: 8 Max: 12 $45 per session Ages 4 to 9

Little Rackets

This program is designed to give your child an introduction to the sport of tennis. They will learn basic tennis skills. • February 18 to March 24 • Tuesdays • 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm • Haynes Park • Min: 8 Max: 14 • $45 • Ages 4 to 6

Little Kickers 2: Next Step

Here it is, the next step in soccer skills. For those who have taken the Little Kickers class previously with us, we now offer an advanced class with tougher skills and drills to learn. • March 14 to April 25 (No class March 28) • Saturdays • 10:00 am to 10:45 am • Haynes Park • Min: 8 Max: 14 • $45 • Ages 4 to 9 or 505-891-5015


Youth & Teen Athletics Young Dancers

So you think you can Dance, Dance, Dance? Yes you Can, Can! Join us as together we explore an exciting variety of diverse dance styles, accompanied by uplifting music. Call (505) 219-5684 for more information. • • • • • • •

March 11 to April 22 (No class April 1) Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm Star Heights Recreation Center Min: 4 Max: 12 $30 per session Ages 5 and up


Basics of archery will be taught including range safety, equipment, rules, and form. Each week will focus on key components while shooting at targets of various sizes. Week one of every session is focused on the safety of the sport. Each student and parent will be asked to sign a safety agreement. Equipment is provided. Due to safety and space for all we ask that spectators stay behind the range in the safety zone. Classes are taught by USA Archery NTS certified archery coaches.

Beginner Archery 1

Archery 1 class is for ages 7 and up who have never taken archery lessons before. Basic archery steps will be taught. Accomplishment of 5 of the 12 steps will move them into the next step. Distance shot will be no further than 5M or 9M. Student must be signed off by either coach to promote up to next level. • • • • • • • •

Youth Flag Football League: Spring

This co-ed flag football league teaches the fundamentals of football in a structured, non-contact, and safe environment. Games emphasize basic football skills such as passing, catching, defending, and running.

Session 1 - February 18 to March 17 Session 2 - April 7 to May 5 Tuesdays 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center Min: 5 Max: 15 $75 per session Ages 7 to 12

Registration for Youth Flag Football begins on January 13, 2020 by visiting The registration deadline is February 14, 2020. • • • • • •

Beginner Archery 2

The next step in the Basics of archery will be taught in this class including safety, equipment, rules and form. Classes are taught by certified USA NTS Instructor. The max distance shot in this beginner class is 15 meters. Participant must have taken Beginner Archery 1 or one of the previous archery classes from Coach Suzanne or Coach Jenniffer. • • • • • • • •

February 18 to May 30 No practice or games the week of March 27 to April 4 Practice Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex Practice Times: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Game Days: Saturdays at RR Sports Complex - Parsons Field $85 per player Ages 6 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 14

Session 1 - February 18 to March 17 Session 2 - April 7 to May 5 Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center Min: 5 Max: 15 $75 per session Ages 7 to 12

Explore Archery Club

After you have completed the requirements, join this fun monthly club to hone your skills for the next level of shooting. You will need to see the archery instructor to be signed off. Consistency in shot and form are needed for this fast paced program. Opportunity to earn ranking tags in form, accuracy, skill level, and more. New challenges will be addressed each week. Prefer student has own equipment but some equipment is available for class time. • • • • • • •

February 18 to May 5 (No class March 24, 31) Tuesdays 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center Min: 5 Max: 20 $175 per session Ages 8 and up

Homeschool Archery

Homeschool Archery is designed to give families a physical education alternative for children that are home schooled. This class will provide participants with a general overview of archery. • Session 1 - February 18 to March 17 • Session 2 - April 7 to May 5 • Tuesdays • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm • Sabana Grande Recreation Center • Min: 5 Max: 20 • $75 per session • Ages 7 to 16


* Dates and times are subject to change. For more information, contact the Haynes Community Center at (505) 891-7240.

Traditional Okinawan Karate

Come learn Traditional Okinawan Karate (MATSUBAYASHI SHORIN-RYU KARATE-DO). Instructed by Sensei Fred Schlesinger with 50 years of Martial Arts Experience. Study an art form which you can do for the rest of your life. Improve self-confidence. Learn self-defense. No sparring, traditional karate forms and techniques. All techniques are carefully explained, and applied with safety. To register call: (505) 892- 8998 or email: • •

Session 1 - February 4 to March 10 Session 2 - March 17 to May 5 (No class March 31 or April 21) • Tuesdays • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm • Cabezon Community Center • Min: 6 • $50 per session • Ages 14 to 99

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Teen & Adult Athletics Youth/Teen Tennis

Let your kids learn the sport of a lifetime when we introduce them to the new United States Tennis Association standards. Progress through the colored ball system while learning how to hit the ball properly. Beginning - Learn the basics of the forehand, backhand, and the serve. Your kids will learn how to move on the court and how to score a game. Intermediate – Continue to improve your strokes, learn how to volley, improve footwork and play a match. Previous tennis class required to register for intermediate level. Advanced - To participate in Advanced Teen Tennis the participant must have played on a school team or on a USTA Team.

Youth Tennis: • • • • • • •

February 11 to April 14 (No class March 31) Tuesdays Option 1 - Beginning: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Option 2 - Intermediate: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Haynes Park Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 7 to 10

Teen Tennis: • • • • • • •

Session 1 - February 13 to April 9 (No class April 2) Thursdays Intermediate: 9:30 am to 10:30 am Haynes Park Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 11 to 16

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Session 2 - February 15 to April 18 (No class March 28) Saturdays Beginning: 8:30 am to 9:30 am Haynes Park Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 11 to 16

Advanced Teen Tennis:

• February 15 to April 18 (No class March 28) • Saturdays • Advanced: 10:30 am to 11:45 am • Haynes Park • Min: 4 Max: 12 • $67 per session • Ages 11 to 16

Gymnastics - Beginning

This is a beginning recreation gymnastics class geared toward school age children. Participants will be introduced to basic skills that will increase their flexibility, strength, and build self-confidence. Call Star Heights at (505) 891-3938 for more information. • Session 1 - January 21 to February 20 Session 2 - February 25 to March 26 Session 3 - April 7 to May 7 • Tuesdays or Thursdays • 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm • Star Heights Recreation Center • Min: 6 Max: 12 • $40 per session • Ages 5 to 13

Adult Tennis League (Doubles)

Come join us for Rio Rancho’s first ever adult doubles tennis league! If you have a partner already, both players will need to register. If you do not have a partner, contact Peter the program coordinator at (505) 400-5349, and we will see if arrangements can be made to find a partner. We will play doubles matches weekly, and have a tournament the last 2 weeks of class. Come out, have some fun, and meet other tennis players! • February 13 to April 23 • Thursdays • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm • Rio Rancho Sports Complex • Min: 4 players Max: • $20 per person • Ages 18 and up

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Adult Tennis

It’s never too late to learn tennis. You will learn the basic strokes including the forehand, backhand, serve and maybe even an awesome volley. Learn what “love” really means in tennis and how to score the game. This is truly the sport of a lifetime. Intermediate – Advance your basic skills, play short games, learn how to move better on the court and meet new friends. To participate in Advanced Adult Tennis the participant must have played on a school team or on a USTA Team. • • • • • • • •

Session 1- February 10 to April 13 (No class February 17 and March 30) Mondays Option 1 - Intermediate - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Option 2 - Advanced - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Rio Rancho Sports Complex Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 18 and up

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Session 2- February 11 to April 7 Tuesdays Beginners- 10:00 am to 11:00 am Rio Rancho Sports Complex Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 18 and up

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Session 3 - February 12 to April 15 (No class February 26) Wednesdays Option 1 - Beginners- 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Option 2 - Intermediate - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Rio Rancho Sports Complex Min: 4 Max: 12 $67 per session Ages 18 and up


This new class will focus on floor tumbling skills and techniques. Designed for beginning or intermediate level gymnasts or cheerleaders, tumblers will learn the basic skills to further their experience with cartwheels, handstands, round offs, back handsprings, and more. • • • • • • • • •

Session 1 - January 21 to February 18 Session 2 - February 25 to March 24 Session 3 - April 7 to May 5 Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm Star Heights Recreation Center Min: 6 Max: 12 $40 per session Ages 10 to 17

Gymnastics - Intermediate

Participants must have previous experience in gymnastics and be able to do a complete backward roll, cartwheel, and handstand to register for this class. This class will focus on more advanced gymnastic skills. • Session 1 - January 23 to February 20 Session 2 - February 27 to March 26 Session 3 - April 9 to May 7 • Thursdays • 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm • Star Heights Recreation Center • Min: 6 Max: 12 • $40 per session • Ages 7 to 13 or 505-891-5015


Adult Athletics Kickball League

We’re bringing something back to Rio Rancho Adult Sports this spring. Sunday morning Coed Kickball. Come out and try this new twist on your favorite childhood game! Rio Rancho provides umpires & scorekeepers for all games. Schedules are subject to change. Call (505) 892-4499 for more information. • • • • • • • •

Registration Opens: January 13, 2019. Season starts on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Registration Deadline: February 14, 2020. 10 game season + post season games (Possible double headers). Sundays 8:00 am to 11:00 am Max: 12 Teams Rio Rancho Sports Complex $400 per team (Plus $50 USSSA Sanction fee) Ages 18 and up

Coaches Meeting: There will be a coaches meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Cabezon Community Center.

6 vs 6 Adult Flag Football: Sundays

Get your cleats and jerseys ready for some action!! Come and enjoy a season of flag football at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex. Rio Rancho provides a two-referee system and all game equipment. Schedules are subject to change. Register online at: or call (505) 891-7240 for more information. • • • • • • •

Games start on February 9 8 game season plus post season games Sundays Games start: 9:00 am Rio Rancho Sports Complex (Parson’s Field) $500 per team Ages 18 and up

8 vs 8 Adult Flag Football: Thursday Nights

Come and enjoy a season of flag football at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex. Experience an under the lights action packed league that provides a three-man referee system and all game equipment. For more information call the Haynes Community Center at (505) 891-7240.

All World Sports - Adult Softball Spring League

All World Sports Softball provides umpires and score keepers for all games. Schedules are subject to change. Coaches meeting March 9, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (location TBD). Contact Brian James at (505) 929-9200 to register or for more information. • • •

Registration Opens: January 15, 2020. Season starts on March 16, 2020. Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020. 14 game season + post season games (double headers).

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Monday - Women’s (Max: 8 teams) Tuesday - Coed (Max: 8 teams) Tuesday - Men’s (Max: 8 teams) Thursday OPEN (Max: 8 teams) Friday - Men’s (Max: 14 teams) Sunday - 6/4 Coed (Max: 10 teams) Sunday - Coed (Max: 16 teams) Sunday - Men’s (Max: 16 teams)

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Rio Rancho Sports Complex $750 per team, plus $35 All World Sports sanction fee Ages 18 and up

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10 game season + post season (double headers) Monday - Superdraft teams (Max: 8 teams) $50 per person, teams of 12 to 13 players

All adult softball teams need to be All World Sports sanctioned once a year in order to play. All teams must be All World Sports santioned prior to the first game of the season. Contact Brian James at (505) 929-9200 to register or for more information.


Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Little Learners @ Cabezon Community Center Bring your little ones to participate in fun projects that develop their fine motor skills, sensory skills, eye/hand coordination, build self-esteem, and uncover their creative side. Come cut, paste, color, and have lots of fun creating! $20 per session, per class offering. For ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory.

Little Seusses

Your little ones will participate and create fun projects, while learning about different characters that are found in the books of Dr. Seuss. This class is filled with lots of learning, reading and creating through different types of crafts. Come explore the world of Dr. Seuss with us! • Session 1 - Feburary 3 to March 9 • Session 2 - March 16 to May 4 (No class March 30 or April 20) • Mondays • 10:00 am to 10:45 am • Cabezon Community Center • $20 per session • Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory

Little Snoopy & Friends

Calling all Snoopy, Woodstock and Linus fans! Come create fun projects, while learning about different characters that Snoopy is friends with. This class is filled with lots of learning and creating through different types of crafts. Come explore the world of the Peanuts gang with us! • Session 1 - Feburary 4 to March 10 • Session 2 - March 17 to May 5 (No class March 31 or April 21) • Tuesdays • 11:15 am to 12:00 pm • Cabezon Community Center • $20 per session • Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory

Little Tigger & Friends

Calling all fans of the Hundred Acre Woods! Come create fun projects, while learning about different characters there. This class is filled with lots of learning and creating through different types of crafts. Come on this exciting adventure with us! • Session 1 - February 6 to March 12 • Session 2 - March 19 to May 7 (No Class April 1 or April 23) • Wednesdays • 10:00 am to 10:45 am • Cabezon Community Center • $20 per session • Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory

Babes in Artland

Get your little one’s ears on and prepare their smiles! Come create fun projects, while learning about the different characters that live in the Magical Kingdom. This class is filled with lots of learning and creating through different types of crafts. Come explore this magical world with us!

Handprint turkeys, and leprechaun traps. Bring your little ones to participate in fun projects that develop their fine motor skills, sensory skills, eye/hand coordination, build self-esteem, and uncover their creative side. This class is full of fun, holiday treasures, and memory making days! Come cut, paste, color, and have lots of fun creating!

• Session 1 - Feburary 3 to March 9 • Session 2 - March 16 to May 4 (No class March 30 or April 20) • Mondays • 11:15 am to 12:00 pm • Cabezon Community Center • $20 per session • Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory

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Little Mouseketeers

Session 1 - February 5 to March 11 Session 2 - March 18 to May 6 (No class April 1 or April 22) Tuesdays 10:00 am to 10:45 am Cabezon Community Center $20 per session Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory

Little Cookie Monster & Friends

Calling all fans of Cookie Monster,The Count, Snuffleupagus and their friends! Come create fun projects, while learning about different characters that live in Cookie Monster’s neighborhood. This class is filled with lots of learning and creating through different types of crafts. Come explore this exciting neighborhood with us! • Session 1 - Feburary 5 to March 11 • Session 2 - March 18 to May 6 (No class April 1 or April 22) • Wednesdays • 11:15 am to 12:00 pm • Cabezon Community Center • $20 per session • Ages 2 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory or 505-891-5015


Kidszone Preschool

Kidszone is a state licensed preschool located in Rio Rancho. Kidszone provides your child the tools to become self-assured and confident. In our loving and exciting atmosphere, our passionate teachers give your child endless opportunities to learn, create, and play.

L ea rn Kidszone offers a curriculum that stimulates learning. Children are encouraged to strengthen their math skills, language, and literacy skills by exploring sounds, letters, numbers, measuring concepts, science, social studies, and story plots in a fun and nurturing environment.

Creat e Creative expression nurtures a child’s curiosity. Kidszone offers many opportunities for children to use art as a way to express themselves such as: music, painting, drawing, coloring, storytelling, building imaginative structures, and creating fun, exciting craft projects.

Play Group play encourages a child’s social and emotional skills. Kidszone offers activities that are aimed to foster teamwork, promote wellness, while strengthening coordination and motor skills. Some of the many play activities include: yoga, dance, tumbling, imaginative play, cooking projects, show and tell, and sports activities.

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Class 1: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm Class 2: Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Session 1: February 3 through February 27, $195 Session 2: March 2 through March 31, $195 Session 3: April 1 though April 30, $195 Session 4: May 4 to May 14, $100 Sabana Grande Recreation Center Min: 3 Max: 25 Ages 3 to 5

To register for Kidszone Preschool please visit Please contact Jen at (505) 891-6196 to begin the registration process if you are NEW to Kidszone Preschool. To guarantee your spot, register by placing a $50 nonrefundable deposit on the months ahead. The deposit does count toward your registration fee. Call us at (505) 891-6196 to ask about receiving your first week of Kidszone Preschool for free!

Spring Break Escape

Rio Rancho’s kids are out for spring break and there’s no time to waste lazing around the house. Time will fly while we have fun with friends and attend daily field trips. Participants are required to bring a peanut free sack lunch, water bottle, and light afternoon snack every day. Registration deadline is March 19 (No late registrations or drop-ins). • March 30 to April 3 • Monday through Friday • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm • Leaving for field trips at 8:30 am each day • Cabezon Community Center • Min: 12 Max: 40 • $125 for the entire week, per participant • Ages 8 to 12 (No exceptions)


Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Family Fun Teddy Bear Picnic

Mother’s Day Tea Party

This is the day to make mom feel special. Come and enjoy time with mom at our Annual Mother’s Day Tea Party. Drink some tea, have a finger sandwich or cookie, make a craft, and play Bingo. There are prizes for the Moms who win at Bingo! Registration deadline is April 24.

You are going to love this one-day special program made just for you and your pal. Dress in your picnic best! We will be having a full picnic lunch, a teddy bear story, crafts, and games. Don’t forget your blanket (weather permitting) to sit on and, of course, your favorite plush pal. Parents, don’t forget your camera. Registration deadline is April 10.

• Saturday, May 2 • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm • Cabezon Community Center • Min: 10 adults Max: 25 adults Min: 10 children Max: 25 children • $10 per person (Each child and parent must register) • Ages 2 and up

• Saturday, April 18 • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm • Cabezon Community Center and Park • Min: 10 adults Max: 25 adults Min: 10 children Max: 25 children • $10 per person (Each child and parent must register) • Ages 0 and up

Spring Vendor and Craft Fling

Are you looking for something for that special friend, mom, or child for the upcoming holidays? Choose special, unique, and extraordinary gifts from a variety of crafters and vendors. • • • • •

Saturday, March 14 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center Free Admission All ages are welcome

Attention Crofters and Vendors

Father’s Day “Tee”

If you are interested in selling your jewelry, scents, candles or your homemade crafts this is a great way to get your name out there.

Celebrate Father’s Day and come tee-off with dad at our annual Father’s Day “Tee”. Enjoy snacks, and an Arnold Palmer, while making a craft with dad. Then be ready to play a round or two of miniature golf. Prizes awarded for the top 3 teams in miniature golf. Registration deadline is June 5. • Saturday, June 13 • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm • Cabezon Community Center and Park • Min: 10 adults Max: 25 adults Min: 10 children Max: 25 children • $10 per person (Each child and parent must register) • Ages 2 and up

Display spaces, 8’ x 8’, to sell your crafts are available for $45 and includes a 6 ft. table and 2 chairs. Spaces are limited so register early for this great event. If electricity is needed there will be an additional $10 fee. Call Arilyn at (505) 891-7255 for more information.

Thimbleweed Quilters

Are you looking for a new hobby or do you want to meet some new friends? Thimble Weed Quilters is the perfect place to do both. Members meet twice a month and work on a variety of projects. Learn new techniques or brush up on some old ones.

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1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center $29 per fiscal year (renewed on July 1) Newsletter sent out via e-mail monthly $16 Semi-Annually (July-December and/or January-June) Newsletter sent out via e-mail monthly All ages are welcome

Join the Thimbleweed Quilters for their annual quilt show on Sunday, April 19 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm where over 200 quilts will be on display! Vendors will be on site selling fabric, notions and crafts. Some of the quilts on display will also be for sale. The show will take place at Veteran’s Memorial Park, free admission.

Give a Pet a Forever Home! Stop by the Animal Resource Center and meet your new best friend. 3441 Northern Blvd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 or 505-891-5015


Teen & Adult Programs Beginner and Intermediate Adult Ballet

Have you always wanted to try ballet? Maybe you have danced before and you would like to get back into it? This class is a fun, low-pressure environment to either learn the basics or to practice what you've learned before with the option of adding difficulty. Taught by a classically trained instructor with a degree in Modern Dance. • • • • • • • •

Session 1 - January 27 to March 9 Session 2 - March 16 to April 27 ( No class March 30) Mondays 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm Sabana Grande Recreation Center Min: 8 Max: 20 $40 Ages 16 and up


Vinyasa style yoga is a gentle flow class, for all levels. Customized instruction will be offered to each individual, in order to guide them in adapting their practice to fit their own individualized abilities and intentions. • • • • • •

Ongoing classes Mondays and Fridays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Star Heights Recreation Center $5 drop-in fee per class Ages 16 and up

Now accepting Silver Sneakers® and Prime benefits for these yoga classes. To check eligibility, call Mary at (505) 219-5684 or at

Silver Sneakers Red Cross Baby-sitting Class

Be more confident when taking care of your child or someone else’s child. Learn the basics of CPR and First Aid for child care. • Session 1 - March 20 • Session 2 - April 24 • Friday • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm • Sabana Grande Recreation Center • $60 per session • Ages 12 and up

Get more active with people just like you. Covered on a variety of insurance plans or through a YMCA membership, SilverSneakers includes functional fitness classes and strength training appropriate for every level, social events, and opportunities to make friends with other mature adults in your area. If you already have the SilverSneakers benefit through insurance then participation is free. For more information call the YMCA directly at (505) 595-1515, press 1. Class Schedule: • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays • 9:30 am to 10:30 am (Arrive 5-10 minutes early to set up) • Star Heights Recreation Center

Beyond the Bell - After School Teen Homework Club

Often when middle and high schoolers get around to starting their homework, distractions from television, video games, and social media make studying a challenge, especially when parents are at work and not available to assist with homework. Beyond the Bell is a fun, safe place for teens to go after school. We offer a perfect combination of structured homework time with trained tutors, followed by time to just hang out and socialize with friends. Transportation is provided from all RRPS middle and high schools to the Star Heights Community Center. Middle and high schoolers enjoy a snack and a few minutes of free time before jumping into their homework where trained tutors are available to assist with homework. Computers and printers are available for students to access PowerSchool. Staff does not have access to PowerSchool, nor do they follow up with teachers on assignments. Once their homework is done, students can play board games, play in the park, or compete in friendly sports activities. Middle and high schoolers in this program receive general academic help and/or homework assistance. Students are expected to be fully prepared and bring the following items to the Homework Club including homework, textbooks, calculator (if needed), notebook, writing utensils, etc. Our tutors/staff will provide assistance, explanation, and clarification. Tutors will NOT do the homework for the student, write their paper or give them the answers. Parents and students must understand and agree that tutoring will not necessarily result in perfect work and does not guarantee an “A” or a passing grade. Success at school is dependent on the student implementing sound study strategies and putting in the needed effort, not on the tutor. We’re just here to help. • • • • •

January 7 to May 15, 2020 (No class during City of Rio Rancho holidays, RRPS closures and spring break). Monday through Friday after school till 6:00 pm Star Heights Recreation Center $50 per week transportation provided $40 per week no transportation provided Grades 6th to 12th

Call Star Heights Recreation Center at (505) 891-7230 for more information about the Beyond the Bell After School Tutoring Program. Scholarships are available for low income households. Call (505) 891-3938 for more information.


Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Special Events Eggs ‘N Beggin’ PET-ACULAR Event

The City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Pet Food Gone Wild, and various other rescue groups have come together for a PET-ACULAR event! Have your pet’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny and don’t forget to bring their Easter basket for the Easter Egg Hunt. Dress up your pet in their Easter best and participate in the pet parade and costume contest. Also, come by and check out the adopt-a-thon! There will be many animals from all over the state looking for a best friend to go home with. Pet Food Gone Wild will be accepting donations of dry food, wet food, and cat litter. • • • • • • •

Saturday, April 4 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Registration for Easter Egg Hunt, Costume Contest and Parade begin at 9:00 am Cabezon Community Center and Park Entry Fee: $5.00 per pet (cash or check only) Easter baskets filled with dog/cat goodies will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places All participants must have proof of vaccinations, pets MUST be wearing tags to register for event All pets MUST be kept on a leash throughout the event

Park in the Park

The City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services is proud to present our annual Park in the Park Car Show. Take a stroll of over 300 cars; a beautiful collection of all makes and models 1985 and older. The whole family will enjoy the arts and crafts vendors, food, and fun jumps! For questions regarding vehicle or vendor event registration please call the Cabezon Community Center at (505) 892-4499 . • Saturday, April 25 • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm • Cabezon Park • Free Admission to the public • All ages welcome

Rio Rancho’s Biggest Yard Sale

It’s that time to clean out your garage and attic. Sell all of those items collecting dust or just come down and browse Rio Rancho’s Biggest Yard Sale. Treasures to be found! Registration deadline May 8 (must be registered prior to day of event, no drop-ins).

Community Emergency Response Team

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. CERT training is intended to educate citizens, to prepare them for emergencies, and to possibly render aid in their neighborhoods. Graduates of the CERT program are able to provide immediate care to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers with no training, and collect disaster information to assist professional responders upon arrival. After graduation, CERT volunteers may opt for inclusion to the list of active volunteers available for assistance in disasters and planned community events. CERT training is offered three times a year. Classes are held at the Fire Administration building located at: 1526 Stephanie Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124. CERT is a FEMA training that is grant funded and therefore FREE to the public. The training is a total of 24 hours broken into 8 sessions and covers topics such as emergency preparedness, fire safety, first aid, light search and rescue, and many more topics. Graduates are also eligible for a FREE CPR class following the completion of the CERT training. Upcoming classes (Class size has a limit of 25, first come, first served): • • • •

January 26, February 2, February 9, and February 16 Sundays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Held at Fire Department Headquarters loacted at:

• Saturday, May 16 • 7:00 am to 2:00 pm • Cabezon Park • Min: 20 Max: 50 • No admission fee for shoppers Vendor space $30 for a 15’ x 15’ space (Tables and chairs are not provided)

Father and Daughter Valentine Dance

A Valentine dance spent with “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Music, dancing, refreshments, and special memories are planned for this unique and fun event! Uncles, brothers, and grandfathers are welcome to bring their little valentine as well. • • • • •

Saturday, February 1 Ages 5 to 8 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Ages 9 to 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Star Heights Recreation Center Min: 20 couples per dance Max: 50 couples per dance $10 per person (Each child and parent must register)

1526 Stephanie Rd. SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124. To register online - Students MUST attend all classes in order to graduate, get certified, and receive CERT Go Kit (Valued at $75). Contact Rose Martinez to learn more and sign up for the course:

Email: (preferred) Office: (505) 891-5856 Cell: (505) 263-6955 or 505-891-5015


Loma Colorado Main Library 755 Loma Colorado Blvd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-5013

Esther Bone Memorial Library 950 Pinetree Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-5012

WITH A RIO RANCHO LIBRARY CARD Checkout Books, Music, DVDs, Magazines, and More Download or Stream Movies, TV, Music, Magazines, Ebooks, Eaudio Use Unlimited Wifi, Computers, Printers, Scanners, Meeting Rooms, Study Rooms, Proctoring Services Enjoy Concerts, Storytime, Crafts, Technology, Book Groups, and Hundreds of Other Great Programs


AT LOMA COLORADO ALL AGES Star Wars Fest, Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Star Wars Fest is back again for year 7! Enjoy old favorites along with new and exciting activities. The 501st costumed characters will be on hand throughout the event to take pictures with you and the Cantina will be open and serving treats. Funded by the Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho.

YOUTH PROGRAMS Toddler Time (18 to 36 months) Mondays, 10:30 am CoderDojo (7 to 17 years) 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month, 5:30 pm Jiggle and Jam (0 to 5 years) Tuesdays, 10:30 am Art Factory (5th to 8th grade) 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays, 5:00 pm Preschool Storytime (3 to 6 years) Wednesdays, 10:30 am

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Ongoing Sign up your baby, toddler, and/or preschooler for this fun program designed to promote literacy and encourage family bonding through the magical experience of reading. Funded by the Rio Rancho Host Lions Club.

Wacky Wednesday (7 to 12 years) Wednesdays, 3:00 pm Bumblebees Storytime (0 to 18 months) Thursdays, 10:30 am READ to the Dogs (early readers) 2nd Saturday of each month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm



YOUTH PROGRAMS Family Night at Esther Bone 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Café Scientifique (9th to 12th grade) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm Dungeons and Dragons (Late teens to late 20’s) 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, 5:30 pm

Storytime (3 to 6 years) Thursdays, 10:30 am

Teen Advisory Group (13 to 19 years) 4th Wednesday of each month, 4:30 pm

Jiggle and Jam (0 to 5 years) Fridays, 10:30 am READ to the Dogs (early readers) 3rd Saturday of each month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

ADULT PROGRAMS AARP Smart Driver Training 1st Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Please register for this event.

ADULT PROGRAMS It’s All About the Story, Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Meet local authors for fun 5 minute speed dating presentations. There will also be authors and members from local mystery group”Sisters in Crime” at tables throughout the library. Spend some time talking to authors and getting to know their books.  Literary Musings Book Discussion Group 2nd Monday of each month, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Art and Music 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Please contact the Loma Colorado or Esther BoneParks, LibraryRecreation for additional information. andprogram Community Services

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful (KRRB) Great American Cleanup Kick-off and Tree Seedling Giveaway Saturday, March 28

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful and the Office of Water Conservation will be holding a community tree seedling giveaway and allow volunteers of the community to register for the upcoming Great American Cleanup. Receive a free tree seedling and help us build our urban canopy. Volunteers who sign up for the upcoming cleanup will receive a free Dilly Bar, courtesy of Otero’s Dairy Queen, and be entered into a drawing to win a 10 gallon tree! The event will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Loma Colorado Library back patio. For more information, contact Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful at: (505) 891-5015.

Special Collection The City of Rio Rancho and Waste Management bring you the “At Your Door” Collection Services. Old electronics, paint, motor oil, pool chemicals, batteries, and other household hazardous waste can now be picked up at your door for Waste Management customers. It’s easy… 1. 2. 3.

Just call 1-800-449-7587 (Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm) or visit to schedule your pickup. You will be mailed a collection kit with instructions. Gather and place your items outside your garage or in the front of your home by 7:00 am on pickup day.

Earth Day, Saturday, April 18

Join Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Esther Bone Memorial Library to celebrate Earth Day. Learn about a Waste Management recycle truck, where to recycle hard to recycle items, and visit with the Office of Water Conservation.

Acceptable Materials Include: Bosque Nature Walk

Join Friends of Rio Rancho Open Spare (FORROS) for a nature walk. For a tour of North Beach, travel down Riverside Drive, past Rio Vista Park, and park next to the waste water treatment facility. For walks at Willow Creek Trail, travel east on Willow Creek Road NE, turn left and travel on the gravel road to the Willow Creek parking area. The nature walks will include Bosque history and identification of native plants and animals. The walks are free, but pre-registration is required. To coordinate a tour, contact Seretha Crider at 505-363-0022 or by e-mail at

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Automotive products like motor oil, oil filters, and batteries Garden chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and weed killers Paint products like oil-based and latex-based paints, spray paint, and wood stains Household cleaners Swimming pool chemicals Electronics like computers, televisions, monitors, and more Household batteries Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) Mercury containing thermometers and thermostats

There is no additional charge for this service; it is included in your trash bills.

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Board

Would you like to take part in improving our community? Do you care about the environment and helping stop litter? We have an active advisory board that is looking for residents to become involved! You can have the opportunity to develop and work on projects that will improve our community’s environment. The Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Advisory Board meets the second Monday of every month at 5:30 pm at City Hall. Please call (505) 896-8389 for more information.

Great American Cleanup – May 2 and May 9

It’s time for the annual Great American Cleanup! This nationwide event is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses, civic groups, neighborhoods and service organizations, and individuals to contribute to the well-being of our community. This year, groups will have the opportunity to choose between the first or second Saturday in May. Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful will assign groups to an area, and dumpsters will be placed for convenient trash disposal. Supplies will be pre-packed and available prior to your clean up day. Contact Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful for more details. or 505-891-5015

Educational Programs

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful strives to provide quality educational experiences to inspire everyone to take pride and ownership in recycling, litter prevention, and beautification. We have many resources available, experiential learning activities and tailored, engaging presentations. Schedule a presentation or activity for your school or group! Please call (505) 891-5015 for more information.


Senior Services or 505-891-5018


Senior Services


The mission of Meadowlark Senior Center (MSC) is to promote positive aging. MSC provides opportunities for adults 55+ to participate in a variety of programs, trips, and special events. MSC offers programming aimed at improving health and wellness, promoting lifelong learning, exploring art and cultural enrichment, and creating opportunities for intergenerational programs and civic engagement. Membership is required for participation, but there is no charge to join the Center. The monthly MSC activity and event schedule is available by mail for a nominal fee or online at no cost.

Spring into Health

Cultivate the Arts

This spring take advantage of some of Meadowlark’s trips and opportunities to keep your body and mind as active as possible.

Whether you are new to drawing and painting or just want to sit back and relax and enjoy a film, Meadowlark offers many outlets for artistic cultivation.

Registration Information

Registration is required for some MSC programs. On the first Thursday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 am, members can register in the MSC dining room. Afterwards, members may also sign up for MSC classes in person after 11:00 am at the front desk, or by phone after 1:00 pm. For more information about programs or registration, contact or visit the Senior Center at 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, (505) 891-5018.

Each month, MSC offers hikes to interesting areas. Hikes range from gentle walks to moderate and difficult treks. Generally, we have a hike that will appeal to most levels of fitness.

Pencil & Charcoal Drawing 101

Refund Policy

Recreational Bicycling

Broadway and Beyond!

If a refund is requested prior to the beginning of a class, activity, program, or trip and there is a member on the waiting list to fill the cancellation, a refund may be received.

Photo Policy

Please be informed that, from time to time, staff will be taking photos and videos for a variety of publications. By participating in classes, activities, clubs, trips, and other programs with the Senior Services Division, members agree to permit photos and videos to be taken.


Get out and enjoy fresh air on your face as your self-power your bike through local neighborhoods and open-spaces. MSC offers a leisure-level ride and an energetic-level rise to accommodate your level of riding comfort.


Meadowlark offers three levels of yoga for different abilities: Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yoga for Healthy Living. Focus on flexibility, breathing, and your overall well-being in this gentle, yet powerful form of exercise.

Volunteer Opportunities

The MSC Volunteer Program promotes the skills and talents of its participants. Volunteers serve as leaders and teachers and assist with the daily operations of the Center. Please contact Emery at (505) 891-5018 for more information.


MSC seeks sponsorships for its special activities. Those who are interested in supporting the activities of the Senior Center may call the Programs Office at (505) 891-5018.

The Sandoval County Senior Program Rio Rancho Meal Site

A meal site is located at MSC and provides nutritious lunches five days a week. Meals are available for those 60 and older for a suggested donation of $2. Home-delivered meals for those assessed as being home bound are also available. Call (505) 896-8313 for details. The menu is available at:

Guide to Senior Services

The Guide to Senior Services in Sandoval County is produced by the City of Rio Rancho, Division of Senior Services and is designed to assist in locating many of the governmental and non-profit resources needed by older adults. Pick up a copy at the Meadowlark Senior Center, or find it under the Senior Services section of the City website:

Learn the fundamentals of drawing through the medium of pencil and charcoal. Build your confidence as you progress from beginner to working on shading and finer detail work. We are privileged to live in a city that offers us opportunities to see Tony winning theatre productions as well as local performances. Join the fun as we frequent Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque Little Theatre, the Adobe Theater and more.

Poetry and Lyrics Society

If you enjoy writing, reading or listening to poetry and lyrical scripts, this group is for you! Come and share or be shared with. Look out for Poetry Café every few meetings where you can listen to the work of your fellow groupmates while enjoying some refreshments on a Friday afternoon

Monthly Movie Massage

Winding down with a massage. If you aren’t able to get onto a massage table, Meadowlark also offers chair massage where you can simple saddle a chair or stay in your wheel chair.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., MSC has volunteer staff available to take blood pressure. You will be given a little tracker to keep with you! Contingent upon volunteer availability.

Hearing Screenings

Every month, MSC has an audiologist conducting hearing and balance screenings. She can also do hearing aid cleanings and repair evaluations.

Closing the App Gap Get Computer Savvy!

Meadowlark offers a variety of computer classes from using your smart phone to creating a budget tracker with Microsoft Excel. See which class is a good fit for you or drop in to use a computer during open computer lab to check emails, or just browse the internet. Volunteers are available if you need assistance. Open computer lab hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Once a month, MSC has an afternoon showing of a recently released movie complete with popcorn.


If you’ve been one to enjoy filling out forms or writing in a journal for the joy of creating fine penmanship, this class is for you! With each series, you will learn a different style of calligraphy. Past styles have been Foundational Calligraphy, Italic Hand and Uncial.

Musical Medley

Come and learn the fundamentals of music for singing and instruments. Focus on listening, becoming acquainted with note reading through singing and learning simple musical notation.

Be Safer with Silver Alert

Silver Alert is a notification system sent out statewide when a person 50 years or older with dementia goes missing. The individual’s basic information and photo are downloaded to a flash drive and given to that person’s caregiver for safe keeping. In the event the registered person is missing, the flash drive is given to the Rio Rancho Police Department and a Silver Alert is issued. The program is sponsored by the Rio Rancho Police Department, the Sandoval County Sheriff ’s Office, and the Meadowlark Senior Center. Contact (505) 891-5018 for an appointment. No Fee.

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Senior Services

Senior Services Speakers & Presentations

Educational enrichment and life-long learning opportunities are available through a variety of guest presenters. Topics include health and wellness, history, science, nature, art, music, and current events. Check the activities and events schedule online for a list of speakers each month.

The following are some of the ongoing activities at MSC that do not require registration. For more information about all classes, activities and trips, see the MSC activites and events schedule online at or contact the Senior Center at (505) 891-5018.

Ongoing Activities Arts & Crafts Connection

Line Dance (Beginning / Easy)

Basket Weaving

Line Dance (High Beginner)

Bid Whist & Spades

Mah Jongg

Support Groups


Meadowlark Matriarchs

Facing certain life events alone can be difficult. Let these supportive groups help you get through tough times.

Book Club

Mexican Train Dominoes

Bridge (Contract)

Nostalgia Music, TV & Movies

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Bridge (Duplicate)

Open Art Studio

Bridge (Intermediate)

Open Computer Lab

Bridge (Party)

Photo - Composition Group


Ping Pong Fun Play

Canasta (Hand & Foot)

Pinochle (Intermediate, Single Deck)

Canasta (Royale 1)

Pinochle (Double Deck)



Creative Writers

Practical Guitar



Diabetes Support Group

Rio Rancho Stamp Club



Fly Tying

Share Your Memoirs


Spanish (Conversational)

iPad & Mac Users Group

Spanish (Elementary)

Knitting & Crocheting


This group is for people who are caregivers for others with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Come and share your experience with fellow caregivers and get advice on how you can be the rock your loved one needs.

Life Afer Loss

Loss can come in many forms. Whether you have lost a loved one through death or lost something else meaningful like a home or job, these things can all bring grief. Allow the Life After Loss group help you carry the heavy load of grief and get through it in a healthy manner.

Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes can change someone’s life drastically. Learn how to incorporate those changes by meeting with others who face the same challenges. Together, you can learn proper diet, exercise, and other methods to help manage Diabetes.

Games Meadowlark offers an array of games! We have card games, table games, outdoor games and more! Come and join the fun!


This fun new card game is a variant of Canasta. Connect with other Samba enthusiasts to learn the game or enhance your skills.


Meadowlark Senior Center Celebrating 35 Years of “Promoting Positive Aging”

Ping Pong

This year is the 35th Anniversary of the opening of the Meadowlark Senior Center (MSC). It is with gratitude that we remember the many people who helped to make MSC a reality. These founding members were able to conceptualize and bring to fruition a center that would provide an atmosphere of camaraderie and socialization . Happy Anniversary, MSC!

We have a Bridge game for every schedule and every level! Check the Meadowlark Notes for a list of the different times and games we have going from Beginning, Intermediate, Duplicate and Contract! This enthusiastic group is always welcoming new players. Make new friends and have fun!


Meadowlark has a Billiards Room that features four beautiful pool tables and all the equipment you need to play a game.

Scrabble Players Unite

Scrabble fans at all levels are welcome to join this fun weekly activity. Build your vocabulary and make friends.

Senior Citizen Law Office

Meet briefly with an attorney to discuss legal questions. This program is designed to assist low to moderately low-income seniors.

Financial Consultation

Meet with a certified financial planner to discuss tax issues, estate planning, investments, and more. No products or services are sold.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program


Known as the game of kings, chess is a classic game that challenges your mind. Whether you are a seasoned knight or a beginning pawn, this welcoming group will always have you for a game! Maybe you will even participate in a tournament.


Additional Programming for Older Adults Additional programs for older adults are held at various recreation centers around the city. Please see the reverse side of this publication for other listings.

MSC is now a distribution site for ECHO INC., Commodity Supplemental Food Program. If you are 60 years or older and meet income guidelines, you may be eligible for FREE FOOD! Nonperishable monthly food packages include vegetables, fruit, meat, pasta or rice, peanut butter, beans, cereal, juice, milk, and cheese. Contact the MSC for more information or to register for this nutritious program. or 505-891-5018

Spring 2020 A Publication of the Rio Rancho Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Programming and Civic Outreach

Senior Services


Profile for City of Rio Rancho

City of Rio Rancho - Spring 2020 Program Brochure  

City of Rio Rancho - Spring 2020 Program Brochure  


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