Community Briefs

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A Night at Del Oro features performances by the Del Oro Jazz and Concert bands, and the Loomis Union School District Jazz Enzemble and Concert Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 4.. Admission is free. Loomis Grammar School activities will benefit from tickets purchased when the Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns Friday, Feb. 5, in Sacramento. For special group prices for the basketball game, visit There are a limited number of tickets available for the 17th annual Cioppino Dinner, to be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed by American Legion John A. Stacker Post 775. Tickets are $35 each. Call Fuzzy at 798-8586. Norman Solomon, nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics, will speak at the inaugural meeting of the Progressive Democrats of South Placer County, formerly the Rocklin-Roseville Area Democratic Club. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road. Del Oro High School has scheduled a Future 9th Grade Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Bonner Gymnasium. Meet teachers, counselors and administrators and visit classrooms to learn more about programs offered. Enrollment packets can be completed and turned the same night. For more information, call the school at 652-7243. Penryn Elementary School PTC will host a Sweetheart Dance and Dessert Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $10 each for PTC members and $13 for non-members. Each ticket is good for one admission, one dessert, one drink and one raffle ticket. Desserts are also needed. Call the school at 663-3993 for more information. A Valentine's Sweets & Treats Placer Hills Wine Tour is set for the Presidents and Valentine's weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 13 through 15. Participating wineries include Secret Ravine Winery, 4390 Gold Trail Way, in Loomis. Secret Ravine Vineyards will have a table of tasty sweet treats and barrel sampling. For more information, call 652-6015. Admission is free. Stories and poems from the heart will be presented by the Placer County Writers Group during “Letters of Love,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Flower Farm Coffee House. Reading their work will be Bob Golling, Kristen Thompson, Eva Andrews and Bruce Waymore. Call 652-5661 for more information. The Five Cities Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Round Table Pizza in the Raley’s Shopping Center in Loomis. Following the business portion of the meeting, Clint Curtis will speak to club members and guests regarding his run for 4th Congressional District seat now held by Senator Tom McClintock. For more information, call Noreen Aguilar at 663-3897. Kindergarten registration for the 2010-2011 term begins with orientation and general information meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Loomis Union School District campuses. Attend the meetings to receive registration packets. Call the district office at 652-1800 for more information. A spaghetti feed to support brain cancer awareness is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Del Oro High School cafeteria. The dinner, the senior project of Del Oro student Kelsey Reynoso, will benefit the Bruce Kaye Brain Tumor foundation and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For tickets, call Kelsey at 847-4850 or 660-0997. The Loomis Lions Club will hold a crab feed will be held at the Blue Goose on Taylor Road in Loomis on Saturday, Feb. 27. Because the dinner usually sells out early, the club recommends that reservations be made as soon as possible. Call Jack Morris at 652-3225. Table sponsorships are being offered by the H. Clarke Powers Elementary School PTC at a Hawaiian Luau, its annual Kodiak feast and auction. The fundraiser takes place Friday, March 19, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Donations are also accepted. Call Leisa Hood at 275-1977 by Feb. 26. The 56th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Del Oro High School cafeteria. Guests can eat in or take out the kushiyaki, chow mein, chicken teriyaki, sushi and baked goods. Sumie Ward will perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The Tax-Aide Program is offering free federal and state tax preparation by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at the Loomis Library. Appointments are by reservations only; call 652-5840. The service, sponsored by the IRS and AARP, is available to all taxpayers with no age or membership restrictions. All returns are filed electronically and fast refunds are available by direct deposit. Those who have farm or property income or home offices are not eligible for this service. The Friends of the Penryn Library have eco-friendly totes available. The book bags are available at the Penryn Library, located at 2215 Rippey in Penryn. For more information, call 663-3621. The Placer County Writers Group meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and the third Saturday of the month at the Flower Farm Coffee Shop, at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn-Folsom Roads. “It is our express purpose to write and collect stories that bring our attention to the wonder of life,” said coordinator Bob Golling. Call him at 652-4950 for more information.