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Horton Farm Iris Garden site of chamber mixer The flowers and gardens of Horton Farm Iris Garden, located at 7440 King Road, will be the backdrop for a Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 17. The mixer, open to chamber members, guests and the business and professional community, will be co-hosted by the Hortons, Randy Elder, and Secret Ravine Vineyard and Winery. For more information, call 652-4351. Saturday is clean-up day for Loomis residents The Town of Loomis will hold its first annual spring clean-up day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Del Oro High School in the upper parking lot near the pool. The service will be available to residents of the Town of Loomis only; identification will be required. Help will be available for heavy items only; no U-Haul or trailers loaded with trash will be allowed. Electronics will be accepted. No refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, air conditioners, car batteries, hazard waste, ammunition, pesticides or waste oil will be accepted. Call town hall at 652-1840 for more information. Swim team tryouts on Saturday The Loomis Basin Dolphins swim team will hold tryouts from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Del Oro High School. The recreation swim team, formed in 1972, has openings for new swimmers are available in all age groups from 6 years and under through 18 years. For more information, call 660-9751. Reunion set for Del Oro graduates A reunion from Del Oro High School classes of 1968 and 1969 will be held Saturday, April 19, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, call Nanci Adamson at 652-5866 or Ed Bonner at (530) 889-7880. Sourdough Slim returns to Blue Goose stage Sourdough Slim, the yodeling, lariat-tossing western poet and comedian, returns to the stage of the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The event, presented by Cowpoke Productions, benefits the South Placer Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns the fruit shed. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Blue Goose Produce and Foothill Feed & Gift, or call 787-0878. Enjoy a Sunday night of jazz The Jim Martinez Jazz Quartet will accompany Sacramento/Seattle Diva Jazz vocalists Laura Didier, Margie Ruiz, Donna McMahan and Gail Pettis in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, located at 5400 Barton Road. Also featured in the concert will be saxophonist Joe Berry, bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Joey Ventitelli. Tickets are $15 each; call 630-1922. Penryn Library friends to hold first meeting The first meeting of the Penryn Friends of the Library will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Penryn Library. For more information, call Muriel Davis at 663-4123. Friends of Loomis Fire plan fundraiser The Friends of the Loomis Fire District will hold a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. A pasta dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. “The occasion is to thank all of the individuals and businesses who supported our efforts in the recent vote to save the Loomis Fire District,” said Randy Elder. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to retire the final campaign expenses. For more information, call 652-8555. Loomis Library book sale starts Friday The Loomis Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Donations are accepted; call the library at 652-7061. Lacrosse team to host spaghetti fundraiser The Lacrosse varsity boys team will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Loomis Grange Hall. The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink. There will also be a raffle. Dinner tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Proceeds will help pay for helmets and uniforms. For tickets, call Trevor Robinson at 712-9282 or Marilyn Robinson at 712-6980. Peace for Families benefit at Blue Goose “A Taste of Class,” a benefit for Peace for Families, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The Placer County Women’s Council of Realtors® will host the event that will include food and wine from local wineries and restaurants, an art show and sale, and a silent auction. Advance tickets are $25, or $30 at the door. For tickets, call Beckie Perell at 768-0735. Gymnastics and cheer openings Extreme Gymnastics & Cheer, located at 3210 Swetzer Road, will hold placements from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Girls and boys ages 3 and up are eligible. Every child will be placed on a team. Seniors First to recognize volunteers Seniors First will hold its annual recognition party, “Life in Full Bloom,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Loomis Grange Hall, located at 6486 Colwell Road, at Swetzer Road, in Penryn. The afternoon will include a dessert buffet, speakers, music and door prizes. The volunteers help seniors maintain independence through a variety of programs, including Meals on Wheels, Handyman Program, Friendly Visitor Program, RIDES Program, Health Express, Information and Assistance, and an Out-of-Home Housing Placement service. For any of these services or to volunteer, call (530) 889-9500. Western night set for April 26 Five Cities girls softball will hold its 3rd annual Western Saloon Night from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The evening will include casino-style gaming, food, drinks, a silent auction and music. Advance tickets are $25 each, or $35 at the door. Call Lisa Hayes 663-4072. Community-wide garage sale on its way Leslie Griffith of The Griffith Realty Group is once again sponsoring a community garage sale on Saturday, April 26. Griffith will provide yard signs, price labels and maps to participating sites that will be available at Wild Chicken Coffee the day before the sale. To sign on, contact Griffith at 899-0422. Designs wanted for Eggplant Festival logo, poster The call has gone out for entries in the 2008 Eggplant Festival poster contest. The winner will be recognized as the artist of the year and receive a $100 prize, as well as a booth at the festival which will take place Oct. 4. Entries must be submitted to the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the annual festival, by Friday, May 9. For details, call 652-7252. Penryn student in North Dakota play Jamestown College student Sarah Westlake, of Penryn, is among the cast members of “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” a play by Luigi Pirandello. Performances are being held this week at the Jamestown, N.D. liberal arts college. Penryn School students to hold reunion An all-class reunion for Penryn School graduates has been set for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Placer Buddhist Church, 3192 Boyington Road, in Penryn. For more information, contact Homer Yoshizuka at homeyosh@sbcglobal.net. Farmers, growers can sell at local market Those who will have farm or homegrown fruits, vegetables, nuts, value-added products or handcrafted items, and are interested in selling the products themselves this summer in Loomis, can indicate their interest by contacting Mark at 652-8341, or by e-mail at bluegooseproduce@aol.com. The market would be held Saturday mornings between May 24 and Oct. 25 at Blue Goose Produce, located in the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, 3550 Taylor Road, in Loomis. Youth football needs board members The Golden Eagle Football Association is looking for people interested in being on its board of directors. The association, formed in 2004, is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to raise money to support Del Oro football. The group needs people who have a passion for Del Oro football, its players and coaches. Anyone interested can contact Casey Taylor or Steve Birch at delorofootball@hotmail.com or 652-7243, ext. 1045. Free home repair offered to seniors A Handyperson program established by Seniors First provides home repair for low-income seniors, including those living in Loomis. The Handyperson installs grab bars, changes light bulbs, puts new batteries in smoke detectors, repair minor leaks and faucets plus many other tasks. For more information, call Seniors First at (530) 889-9500, extension 401. Seniors First is a non-profit organization that has services designed to keep seniors independent. In addition to the Handyperson program, there is a RIDES program providing transportation to homebound seniors, Health Express providing transportation to medical appointments, information and assistance that provides answers to questions about senior services, Meals on Wheels and a Friendly Visitor program. Volunteers are always needed to help in these areas as well as servicing the seniors in Placer County