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A Hawaiian Luau will be hosted by the H. Clarke Powers Elementary School PTC on Friday, March 19, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Donations for the annual Kodiak feast and auction are also being accepted. Call Leisa Hood at 275-1977. A free workshop for gardeners will be presented by Alison Harris, of Peas and Harmony, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 20, at the Flower Farm Nursery, located at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn Folsom roads. For more information, call 652-5650. "Women Building Community " is the theme of Women History Month Program to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ, 6440 King Road. Sharon Havenek will be honored for her years of commitment to social justice and helping the homeless. The program, which includes lunch, is free. Reservations for lunch are required; call 435-9760. Five Cities Democratic Club will meet at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Round Table Pizza in the Raley center in Loomis. The book "Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America" will be discussed. For more information, call Noreen Aguilar at 663- 3897. GreenTree Children’s Ballet Company presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Del Oro High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 at the door, or purchase in advance by calling 652-0830. The Franklin School Parent Teacher Club will host its annual dinner auction, “Escape to Paradise,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Granite Bay Country Club. Proceeds benefit programs such as sports, art and technology at the Loomis school. Tickets, which include cocktails, dinner and dessert, are $45 each. A live auction will also be held. For tickets and more information, call 652-6407. The Literacy Support Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Loomis Library. The council provides free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for English-speaking adults who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. Donate blood at the Loomis Community Blood Drive from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 453-3042. Del Oro High School Dance and Visual Art classes present “Season of Love” Tuesday, March 23. The lobby opens at 6:15 p.m. for viewing of the art show of student work in the lobby. Performances by the dance classes, in jazz, hip hop and contemporary styles, begin at 7 p.m. in the theater. Admission is free; seating for 500 will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Dancers will be in the aisles during the finale to collection donations, which will support academic classes. Friends of the Library, Loomis will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Jessie Helms room at the library. In addition to raising funds to purchase books, furniture, supplies, and possibly another expansion, the Friends welcomes experienced volunteers who can shelve books and help keep the shelves in order. For more information, call Beth Enright at 652-7061. A class on snowshoes and other snow gear begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Blackbear Outdoors, in preparation for the second Midnight Snowshoe hike on March 27. For the hike, the group will meet at 8 p.m. at Blackbear Outdoors, located at 3587 Taylor Rd., and carpool to the location. No experience is required for the trip, which is free. There is a fee for snowshoe rental. Reservations are required as space is limited. Call 652-2327. A book sale fundraiser for Gold Country Wildlife Rescue and Fieldhaven Feline Rescue takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, at 2166 Swetzer Rd. in Penryn. For more information, call 663-1608. Hope Lutheran Church will host a free program for all children 3 years old through 5th grade. "Easter for Kids" will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27, at the church located on Hope Way off of Penryn Road in Penryn. There will be crafts, songs, games, snacks and lunch. Registration is requested by March 25; call 652-0459, A crab fest and candidate forum will be presented by the Republican Congress of Placer County on Saturday, March 27, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. Social hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, or $75 per couple. Tickets will not be available at the door; call Jon Green at 663-4653 for reservations. Nominations are being accepted for athletes, coaches, teams and community members of the 1960s and ’70s for the Del Oro High School Hall of Fame Banquet. Forms are available from Cindy York, the athletic secretary at the high school; the deadline is Monday, March 29. The induction ceremony will be held April 25 at Del Oro, with a reception to follow at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Caltrans will hold an open house about upcoming projects to increase the vertical clearance of eight overcrossings on Interstate 80, including those at Brace, Horseshoe Bar, King, Penryn, Gilardi and Newcastle roads, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at the Loomis Depot. For more information, call town hall at 652-1840. Animal behavior and pet dental health will be discussed by two different speakers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Loomis Depot. Veterinarians Ken Pawlowski and Melissa Gates make the free presentations. For more information, call (530) 823-6828. Sign up now for the Loomis Lions Club Golf Tournament, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 12. It will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The entry fee is $100 per person or $550 for a sponsorship package. All golfers get a barbecue dinner. Non-golfer barbecue tickets are $15 each. Call Tom Millward at 652-0273 or Russ Kelley 652-6836. The Third Annual Gardeners’ Gathering will be presented by Placer County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Speakers will discuss sustainable gardens, garden tools, herbs, compost tea and growing citrus. Admission is $25, which includes lunch; seating is limited. For more information, call (530) 889-7388. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team will hold tryouts and registration for new swimmers from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Del Oro High School pool. Swimmers from age 6 and under to 18 are eligible. Swimmers will need goggles and a towel, provide a birth certificate and medical insurance information, and be accompanied by a parent. Registration fees start at $265 for one swimmer; there are discounts for family members. The Rhythm Riders will perform their tribute to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline in the second annual benefit concert for the Penryn School PTC on Friday, April 30, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Tickets go on sale March 26 at Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed and the Penryn School office. For more information, call Donna Delno at 652-6298. The CORE Placer Charter School is enrolling students for grades kindergarten through 12. The tuition-free school offers home and independent study, as well as virtual and online distance learning. For more information, call (530) 346-8340. 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.