Community Briefs

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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. A community egg hunt, complete with raffles and prizes, begins at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 3, on the fields at H. Clarke Powers School, 3296 Humphrey Rd. For more information, call Loomis First Assembly of God Church at 652-6884. “Kick the Tick,” Lyme disease awareness run takes place Saturday, April 10, through Penryn and Loomis. The four-mile run/walk starts at Anytime Fitness in Penryn. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.; the race starts at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. The first 100 entrants get a free T-shirt. The fundraiser is the senior project of Mikayla Arbegast; contact her at 996-2475 for more information. A free electronic recycling collection event, sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Loomis Grammar School, located at the corner of King and Taylor roads. For more information, call 660-1546. 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. “Murder is Served,” a murder mystery dinner party hosted by the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Tickets are $50 each and are available at the chamber office, Wild Chicken Coffee, US Bank and Blue Goose Produce. For more information, call 652-7252. The Loomis Basin Iris Tour and Festival takes place April 23 to 25. Venues include Horton’s Iris Garden on King Road, Yarda’s Ditch Water Iris Farm on Hansen Road, and High-Hand Nursery on Taylor Road. For further information, call High-Hand Nursery at 652-2065. Free vendor space is available at the Loomis Earth Day Yard Sale, to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Loomis Depot. Space will be reserved until April 10 for residents with a 95650 zip code, then space will be open to all. For reservations and more information, call 652-0956. 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. 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 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.