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Enjoy holiday cheer at High Hand mixer High Hand Nursery, Café & Conservatory hosts the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce holiday mixer today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Free food and refreshments will be served. Chamber members are encouraged donate a raffle gift, as all proceeds from the raffle will go to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program. High Hand is located at 3750 Taylor Road. Girls’ night out benefits PEACE for Families A holiday shopping party featuring local vendors offering fashion, jewelry, beauty, and home décor is all about the spirit of giving say its creators is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Blue Goose. Destination Diva, billed as a “girls night out” will include food and wine sampling. There will be raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses to help benefit PEACE for Families, a private, non-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence. Participants in Destination Diva can receive mini-makeovers, hair styling tips and complimentary massages. Admission is free, but a monetary donation to PEACE for Families is encouraged. For more information, call 300-3121. Depot celebration, dedication festive affair This year’s Christmas in Loomis celebration, sponsored the Town of Loomis in conjunction with the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, will include the dedication of the Loomis Depot. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the depot, located at the end of Horseshoe Bar Road and Taylor Road. There will be performances by the Loomis School District Choir, the Del Oro High School Choir and ventriloquists Roger and Aileen Carroll. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will pay a visit, and the community Christmas tree will be lit. Admission is free to everyone. Canned food and/or toys for the Loomis area Christmas basket program will be accepted. Country Christmas Faire at Veterans Hall The Days of Yesteryear Country Christmas Faire begins its two-day run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Veterans Memorial Hall. Craft booths will be open and refreshments will be available. The craft show, sponsored by the Friends of the Loomis Library, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A lasagna dinner will be served from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. for just $5 per plate. For more information, call the Loomis Library at 652-7061. Saturday Fast pitch softball has 42-year history in Loomis Girls ages 5 to 16 can register for the 2009 season of 5 Cities Girls Softball. Walk-in registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Loomis Pizza Factory; register online at; or call 652-8716. The league is also in need of team sponsors; call Matt Parsons at 240-5274. Registration fee is $85, $50 for additional players, and $50 for girls under age 6. Annual Christmas breakfast at Congregational Church The 46th annual Christmas breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 6440 King Road. “A Christmas Angel’s Feast” is the theme of this all inclusive, all-you-can-eat breakfast. The menu includes eggs, ham, pancakes, orange juice, coffee or tea. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction for services and items donated by local businesses and citizens and shopping fo items such as vintage-looking hand made aprons and eco-friendly shopping bags. For more information, call 916-652-6011. Take the Holiday Home Tour The Loomis Basin Education Foundation will host its 1st annual Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour of seven unique homes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Beautifully decorated for the holidays, the homes range from a charming cottage in downtown Loomis to a Colonial-style estate. Tickets purchased in advance are $25; they are available at Blue Goose Produce and the Flower Farm Nursery. Day-of-event tickets will be $30 and available at the Loomis Train Depot. Proceeds benefit the district’s Loomis, Placer, Franklin, H. Clarke Powers, Penryn, Ophir and Loomis Basin Charter schools. For more information, visit Coming Up Christmas craft fair at Blue Goose Local crafters are being recruited to show in the second annual Christmas craft faire and bake sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Blue Goose. Space fee is $25. To join in the fun, e-mail or Pets, people can take photos with Santa Santa and friends will be at the Raley’s Shopping Center in Loomis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a holiday photo opportunity with the animals of A Chance for Bliss animal sanctuary. Photos will be available while you wait; suggested donation is $15 for an 8x10 or $10 for a 4x6 photo. The event is sponsored by Aunt Cynthia’s Bed & Biscuit. For more information, contact Jim Crosthwaite at 768-9781. Millie Beatie to hold pottery studio show Visit Millie Beatie’s studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, during a Holiday Pottery Studio Show in her studio, located at 6410 Arcadia Avenue. For more information, call 652-8052. Little League registration now open Loomis, Penryn, Ophir, and Newcastle students, ages 5 to 12, can register from now until Jan. 1 to play in the Newcastle Little League. Tryouts begin Feb. 7; opening day is April 4. Forms are available at Penryn, Ophir and Newcastle Elementary Schools, or call 492-6254. There are also openings for a treasurer, secretary, player agent and safety officer on the club’s board. Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program donations needed Donations are needed for the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program, which provides toys, books, stuffed animals and personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes to more than 400 children up to the ages of 18 years old. The program benefits children in the Loomis, Rocklin, Penryn, Newcastle and Ophir areas. Donations can be dropped off by Friday, Dec. 19, at either the Loomis Fire Station on Horseshoe Bar Road, or at Gary Doupnik Manufacturing, located at 3237 Rippey Road in Loomis. Mail donations to P.O. Box 687, Loomis, CA 95650. Anyone with questions or for more information about age-group specific donations can contact Jennifer Doupnik at 652-6645 or .