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Learn to play hockey with local club The Sierra Foothills Rugby Club will hold a free “Learn to Play Rugby” clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at LDS Sports Park, 3211 Boulder Creek Place in Penryn. All teams are open for new players from any school in grades 6 to 8, 9 to 10, and 11 to 12. The season runs from Feb. through April. Games are held on Fridays. For more information, call (530) 368-6050 or visit www.sierrafoothillsrugby.com. Annual fall parade is Wednesday The Day Before Thanksgiving Parade takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. The one-hour parade will travel down Taylor Road from Walnut Street to King Road, ending in front of the Blue Goose. Entry forms are available at Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed, 3550 Taylor Road. Entry fee is canned food or nonperishable food items. The community event is sponsored by the Loomis First Assembly of God Church, which requests entries be submitted by Friday, Nov. 21. For more information, call 652-6884. Christmas in Loomis is a community 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. Have an angel’s breakfast feast 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. Tickets available for Loomis Basin holiday homes 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 www.lbef.net. Potter Beatie plans open studio show Visit Millie Beatie’s studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, during her Holiday Pottery Studio Show in her studio, located at 6410 Arcadia Avenue. For more information, call 652-8052. Holiday fair looking for vendors 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 bnelson@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us or asmith@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us. Local youngsters can register for 2009 Little League 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. Folk art sale benefits children in need La Sirena Mexican Folk Art Gallery will have an open house and sale to benefit needy children in Oaxaca from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. The gallery is located at 195 Agnes Street (behind Bank of America on High Street) in Auburn. Sisters Sharon Frederick and Marla Jensen recently traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico and have returned with many colorful and interesting items. A portion of every sale is donated to Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, to support education for children who otherwise would not have this opportunity. Soroptimists to make $1,000 award The Soroptimist of Rocklin/Loomis club is seeking applicants for their Women’s Opportunity Award of $1,000. The Women’s Opportunity award gives a woman the resources she needs to improve her education, skills, and employment prospects. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their family, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. For more information, call Dee Ash at 765-2861 or go online at www.soroptimist.org/awards/apply.html. County museums need volunteers Placer County Museums Division is recruiting new volunteers to assist at the Griffith Quarry Museum in Penryn and at three museums in Auburn. “Through interpreting the rich history of our area, we help connect people to our past,” said Ralph Gibson, museums program manager. To request an application for volunteer training or for more information, please call (530) 889-6500. 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. 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. Submit community events online Submit calendar announcements online at TheLoomisNews.com. Click on the gray “Post an Event” tab on the right-hand side. Fill out the form to be posted in the online calendar. Items submitted by noon Fridays will be considered for printing in Community Briefs.