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Community Briefs

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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A Clothes Swap will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the H. Clarke Powers School gymnasium. All clothing is free, even for those who do not donate clothing. Admission is free and open to the entire community. Donations of clean, gently used clothing can also be dropped off at the school office. For more information, call the school at 652-2635, ext. 138. Ewing Irrigation Products is accepting donations for the Ewing Cares Food Drive, to benefit the Placer County Food Bank. Drop off food donations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, at 3265 Swetzer Road. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31. For more information, call 652-9530. A Fall Clean-up Day, sponsored by the Town of Loomis and open only to residents living within town limits, will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Del Oro High School upper parking lot, near the pool. To find out if you live within town limits, and for questions about items allowed, call town hall at 652-1840. Bike for Bliss from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, beginning at Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge, 2210 Taylor Road in Penryn. Choose a 3.1 fun ride or a 30-mile outing. Entry is $15 for 6 to 16 years, or $35 for 17 and up. Proceeds benefit A Chance for Bliss Animal Sanctuary. To register, call 663-9121. A large, multi-crafter fall craft and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Look for home décor, gifts, jewelry, candles, baked goods, kid gifts, purses, scarves, soaps, and Christmas items. It takes place rain or shine. Sierra Foothills Rugby Club will hold free clinics at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, at the LDS Park in Penryn. The club is expanding with 6 divisions that will cover a wide range of kids from the entire foothills area. Practice starts in December and tournaments run January to May. For more information, call (530) 368-6050. Free CPR classes are offered to residents of the Loomis Fire Protection District on Saturdays at the Loomis fire station on Horseshoe Bar Road. For more information or to get on the waiting list, call 652-6858. Hope Lutheran School Open House Week runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, Oct. 25 to 29, at 7117 Hope Way in Penryn. It’s an opportunity to meet teachers and students and see the classrooms in action. Hope Lutheran School offers a Christ-centered education for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. No appointment necessary. For more information, call 652-0459. Loomis Tea Party Patriots will hold a Candidate Forum Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. All candidates for the Loomis Fire Protection, South Placer Municipal Utility, and Loomis Union School district boards, as well as Loomis town council, will have the opportunity to make a statement to the audience. Main speaker will be Assemblyman Ted Gaines, candidate for the Senate. For more information, call 218-9411. A book sale fundraiser to benefit Fieldhaven Feline Rescue and Gold Country Wildlife will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, at 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn. For more information, 663-1608. The 2nd annual Oktoberfest, presented by PEACE for families, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Enjoy micro-brews, ciders and wines, and good things to eat from local restaurants. There will be live music, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $30 in advance; designated driver tickets are $20. For tickets, call (530) 823-6224. A Fall Book Fair will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 1 to 5, at Franklin Elementary School. Local artists will be showcased during the Gallery for Hope from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Flower Farm, 4150 Auburn-Folsom Road. The event will include music, drinks, and testimonies from moms from Acres of Hope, a long-term renewal program in Applegate for at-risk and/or homeless mothers with young children. For more information, call (530) 878-8030. Boy Scout Troop 12 will serve a Spaghetti Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Loomis Grange Hall, located at 6486 Colwell Road in Penryn. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call Evan Neff at 652-7495. Give blood from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, during the Loomis Community Blood Drive at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Gayle at 453-3042. Golden Eagle Baseball 2011 will hold walk-in registration from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loomis Pizza Factory on Tuesday, Nov. 9; Wednesday, Nov. 17; and Thursday, Dec. 9. Youngsters ages 5 to 14 are eligible to participate. Fees range from $60 to $100, and there is an additional fee for late registration. For more information, call 458-1556. The 16th annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering returns Nov. 11 to 14 to the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Performing will be R.W. Hampton, Pat Richardson, Larry Maurice, Bill Brewster, Jeff Severson, Jeralynn Strong and John Kinz. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening’s poetry and music are $35 general admission or $45 for preferred seating. Saturday matinee tickets are $15 each. Admission is free to the 9 a.m. Student Poets show on Saturday and 10 a.m. Cowboy Church on Sunday. For tickets, call 652-6113. Dispose of old computers, printers, televisions and other electronic equipment for free at Loomis Self Storage, 5950 Jetton Lane (off Swetzer). The free service is in conjunction with Greenspot Dropoff, which will recycle the e-waste. Loomis Self Storage is open for recycling from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.