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Christmas celebration, depot dedication on Dec. 5 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. Christmas Breakfast Dec. 6 at Loomis 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. Loomis Basin Home Tour features seven 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. Holiday fair on Dec. 13 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 bnelson@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us or asmith@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us. Photo shoot benefits animal sanctuary 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. Open studio features pottery by Beatie 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. Animal benefits from barn, book sale A barn and book sale to benefit A New Hope Animal Foundation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 20, at 2166 Swetzer Road, near English Colony Way, in Penryn. Donations are accepted. For more information, contact lyn4animal@aolcom. Register for 2009 Little League play 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. Donate now to Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program 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 jendoupnik@gmail.com.