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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. “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. The Loomis Youth Soccer Club will hold walk-in registration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13 and 14, at Placer Elementary School, located at 8650 Horseshoe Bar Road. The fee is $55 per player; after May 1 there is a $25 late fee. For forms and instructions, visit 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. A release party for “Placer County Real Food from Farmers Markets” will be hosted by PlacerGROWN from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. . Tickets, at $10 each, are available at Blue Goose Produce. The book contains recipes and menus for every week of the year and is a yearlong project of Joanne Neft with Laura Kenny. The program includes the April tasting, sampling of Placer County wines and a dessert bar. Rocklin native Alfred Corral will hold a slide presentation on the history of Rocklin during the Loomis Basin Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Loomis Library. Corral’s grandparents were a part of a large Spanish community that arrived in Placer County about 1915. Corral-Alva Park in Rocklin is dedicated in his parents’ honor. “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 are available at Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed and the Penryn School office. For more information, call Donna Delno at 652-6298. The Loomis Lions Club Golf Tournament, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 12, 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. 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