11th Holiday Home Tour benefits Loomis schools

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: Loomis Basin Education Foundation Holiday Home Tour

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8; optional lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Starts at H. Clarke Powers Elementary School, 3296 Humphrey Road, Loomis.

Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of tour. $15 gourmet buffet lunch.

A Dec. 8 tour of five holiday-decorated homes will benefit Loomis Unified School District schools. It is the 11th year for the Loomis Holiday Home Tour.

“We have the best tour,” said Taffy Maurer, event co-chairwoman with her daughter, Darcie Stratton. “It is so giving of the owners to open their homes.”

The day will also feature a holiday boutique with free admission and more than 30 local vendors in the H. Clarke Powers Elementary School’s multi-purpose room. Boutique merchandise includes jewelry, clothes, ornaments and other Christmas decorations.

A $15 luncheon will also be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 to benefit a local fawn-rescue organization.

“The committee has a purpose and we have fun doing it,” Maurer said. “Some members of the committee are helping Al Frumkin decorate. Who gets to decorate a castle?”

Frumkin’s home, at 5966 Ridge Park in Loomis, is an 8,000-square-foot house that Maurer describes as a castle, right down to three suits of armor. The home has five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, a bar, game room, workout room, a master retreat and a remote guest quarters with a full kitchen and sits on five acres. Frumkin is the Loomis Basin Education Foundation founder.


The other homes

  1. Chris and Erin Berry’s home at 6341 Butler Circle, Penryn, sits on a 2.6-acre lot in Penryn and is a 3,700-square-foot modern farmhouse home. The architect was Aaron Salazar and the interior design and decor are by DW Design: Denise Weidman and Erin Berry.

  2. Stephen Reynolds’ home at 3707 Galena Drive, Loomis is described by Maurer as a “Big Christmas in a Small Space." The 900-square-foot bungalow was moved from its original location on Mare Island in 1951. The bungalow sits on two acres next to Reynolds’ parents’ home.

  3. Kevin Freels’ and Parmis Pourarian’s home at 3585 North Lakeshore Blvd., Loomis is a custom estate with more than two acres of views of Folsom Lake. The 7,400-square-foot resort-style home has five bedrooms and six baths, a theatre room and a hookah lounge.

  4. Kathleen Zaro’s home at 3105 Newcastle Road, Newcastle, is a historic 1906 farmhouse with two smaller cottages. It has long been known as Green Hills Ranch, according to Maurer. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, originally a farmhouse, is part of the area’s fruit packing industry’s history. Much of the antique furniture, artwork and equipment have been passed down from owner to owner dating back to the early 1900s.


Maurer said the Loomis Basin Education Foundation is continuing the increased donations started in 2017 for the foundation’s 10th anniversary.

“Last year, we bumped up the donations to $10,000 from $5,000 for each school in the district,” Maurer said. “It is for arts and technology programs and each school can decide how to spend the money.”

Foundation President Mindy Mohlenbrok said the home tour is “one of our biggest fundraisers of the season.”

“The homeowners are so generous to support the event,” Mohlenbrok said. “We are constantly looking for homes to tour. We spend lots of time on that.”

The Loomis Basin Education Foundation was founded in 2006 by a group of parents, educators and community leaders who formed an exploratory committee to officially start an education foundation for the Loomis basin area, Maurer said.  The Loomis Basin Education Foundation was incorporated on Dec. 21, 2006.

The foundation improves the overall educational experience of Loomis Union School District students by supplementing academic and enrichment programs while supporting the district’s strategic plan.

Loomis Holiday Home Tour tickets are available at High Hand Nursery, Blue Goose Produce, Flower Farm and Villa Smith in Loomis. Tickets are also at Eisley Nursery in Auburn, Bushnell Gardens Nursery in Granite Bay, Pottery World and Green Acres Nursery in Rocklin, and California Backyard and Green Acres Nursery in Roseville.