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Burning permits required today As of today, Cal Fire, Nevada-Yuba-Placer is requiring burning permits in the region, including all of Loomis. Burn permits can be obtained at no charge at the Loomis Fire Station, located at the corner of Horseshoe Bar Road and Magnolia Street. Volunteers to clean along Taylor Road Saturday Join the volunteers of CIMBL (Citizens Involved Means Better Living) in cleanng roadside trash along Taylor Road at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Meet at the Del Oro High School upper parking lot, near the pool. Pick-up sticks, safety vests, bags and water are provided; volunteers should wear comfortable shoes, hats and clothing appropriate for the day. For more information, call (530) 886-5250 or 652-2135. Mother’s Day tea Saturday at Horton Iris Farm Loomis Community Preschool is hosting a Mother's Day Tea from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Horton Iris Farm. A light lunch will be served. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child. For reservations, call 652-7842 or e-mail LCNS@loomispreschool.com. Saturday Soiree introduces VanWicklin photography A reception for nature photographer Tracie VanWicklin featuring live music will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Flower Farm Coffee Shop, located at the corner of Auburn-Folsom and Horseshoe Bar roads. For more information, call 652-5650. Spring pancake breakfast to be served at Mount St. Joseph A breakfast of blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham or sausage and coffee will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, by the Oblates of St. Joseph at Mount St. Joseph, located at 6530 Wells Avenue. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The pancake breakfast will follow a 7:30 a.m. Mass. There will also be drawings, games for kids, religious articles and white elephant tables. For more information, call Fr. Phil at 652-6336, ext. 3. Car show remembers Bob Skay A memorial cruise event and celebration in honor of Bob Skay, a car enthusiast who spent 35 years with local law enforcement, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Jimboy’s Tacos, located at the corner of Horsehoe Bar and Taylor roads. The Central Valley Rods is sponsoring the event. There is no entry fee, but donations will be accepted to benefit a charity in Skay’s honor. For more information, call Dave at 652-6967 or Mike at 652-8268. Community park dedication on May 8 A grand opening ceremony for the Franklin School Community Park has been set for 1;30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. The new park offers a baseball diamond/soccer field, a trail, and extensive landscaping. Plans are underway to add a picnic pavilion. Enter Eggplant Festival logo, poster design contest The deadline is approaching 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. Del Oro site of recycling event Recycle electronic devices at a free event set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Del Oro High School parking lot. Items accepted will include computers, monitors, televisions, VCRs, stereos, cameras, telephones, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, and small kitchen appliances such as toasters, mixers and blenders. No household appliances, furniture or hazardous waste will be allowed. CEAR, Inc. will shred all computer hard drives. For more information, call 388-1777. Take the Loomis Art Loop on Mother’s Day weekend Twelve artists will participate in the Loomis Art Loop, taking place Mother’s Day weekend. Hours for the free, self-guided studio tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free maps are available at stores throughout Loomis. Each of the artists has donated a piece of art, on display at Blue Goose Produce, as raffle prizes to benefit the Blue Goose Fruit Shed renovation. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five; the drawing will take place Saturday, May 17, during the Celebrity Chef event. Fashion show set for at Memorial Hall A “Springtime in Paris” fashion show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Veterans Memorial Hall. Fashions by Marilyn will be featured; tickets are $20 each. The show is sponsored by Women Democrats of Placer County. For tickets, call 435-2046. Runners looking for donations Jenna Schnaars and Cynthia McCoy of Loomis are among 35 Placer County residents planning to participate in a run to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Each runner/walker has pledged to raise $3,200 in donations for the June 1 Rock ‘n Roll marathon/half marathon taking place in San Diego. Proceeds from a yard sale and open house to take place Saturday, May 10, at Aunt Cynthia’s Bed and Biscuit, 3190 Swetzer Road, will go toward meeting fundraising goals by McCoy, owner of Aunt Cynthia’s, and Schnaars, an oncology nurse at Sutter Health in Roseville. Sports night set for new Del Oro students Del Oro High School will hold a Future 9th Grade Sports Night at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the school’s Bonner Gymnasium. Parents and students can meet the coaches, and get summer camp information and sign-up details, try-out procedures and dates, and physical information and dates. Contact Cindy York, athletic secretary, at 652-7243, ext. 1011. Tickets available for Celebrity Chef at Blue Goose Celebrity Chef tickets are on sale now for the Saturday, May 17, palate-pleasing event that takes place at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Unlimited tastings from over 80 chefs are $25 per person, general admission. Tickets are available at Blue Goose Produce, Main Drug and Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefits the continuing renovation of the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, a project by the South Placer Heritage Foundation. There are still a few spaces available for community chefs. To sign up, call Dot Shiro at 652-3892. Green art, landscape solutions at gardan affair A May Fair and Garden Show featuring artists and landscape vendors will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, by Unique Backyards and Valley Rock, located at the corner of Sierra College Boulevard and Taylor Road. Among those featured will be watercolorist Doug Smith, mosaic sculptor Maggie Jiminez, ceramic artist Adrian Litman, and Brian Bean, an iron, concrete and wood artisan. Call 652-8609 for more information. Sample best of Placer wine at May 20 event Secret Ravine Winery of Loomis will be among 11 area wineries that will introduce many new releases, award winners and some old favorites at a Spring Wine Tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Latitudes Restaurant, located 130 Maple Street in Auburn. Appetizers will also be served. Reservations can be made now at $25 per person by calling Latitudes at (530) 885-9535; tickets will be $25 at the door. Historical society to host guest speaker The Loomis Basin Historical Society will host guest speaker Marguerite Leahy Goddard at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Loomis Library. Goddard’s family owned a large ranch in Loomis and was in the first graduating class of Loomis Grammar School. Historical society meetings are free and open to the public. 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. Native plant sale, wildflower show at Sierra A spring wildflower show and native plant sale will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Sierra College in Rocklin. The sale is a benefit or the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. A wildflower walk, conducted by botany instructor Shawna Martinez, begins at 11 a.m. The new book on wildflowers of Placer and Nevada counties will also be available. For more information, call (530) 265-4838. Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels for Placer County is in need of drivers for the Rocklin and Roseville areas. Volunteers donate two hours a week or two hours once a month of their time. They must be able to lift 25 pounds and have a good driving record. Contact Brenda Cathey at (530) 889-9500, ext. 206.