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Community Briefs

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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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. A kick-off gala begins at 6 p.m. at the High Hand Conservatory; admission is $30 per person. For tickets, call 652-6113. Del Oro Theatre Arts presents “Rumors,” a play by Neil Simon, at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 to 13 and again 18 to 20, in the school’s Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $8 each. For more information, call 652-7243. 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 10th anniversary open house will be held by Chance for Bliss from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, located at 1865 Willow Brook Lane in Penryn. The animal sanctuary cares for senior and special-needs animals. For more information, call 663-9121. Sierra Foothills Rugby Club will hold free clinics at 11 a.m. Saturdays, 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. A free clinic titled “How to Play Rugby,” hosted by the Sierra Foothills Rugby Club, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the LDS Park on Boulder Road in Penryn. Registration is underway for the upcoming season from levels U-10 through high school. New this year is a high school girls team and D3 men's team. The final clinic and team BBQ will be Saturday Dec. 11. Practice begins Nov. 29; competition runs January through May. For more information, call (530) 368-6050. Tryouts for Club Momentum girls volleyball will be held Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Bonner Gym at Del Oro High School. Tryouts are from 12 to 2 p.m. for players 12 and under as well as 18 and under, 2 to 4 p.m. for 16 and under, and 4 to 6 p.m. for 14 and under. The fee is $20 per player. A parent meeting is held at the beginning of each tryout session. The start of road improvements planned on King Road, from Sierra College Boulevard to Taylor Road, has been postponed until Nov. 15 due to weather conditions. For more information, call town hall at 652-1840. Golden Eagle Baseball 2011 will hold walk-in registration from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loomis Pizza Factory on 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. See “ Bugsy Malone Jr.,” presented by the McLaughlin Theatre, Nov. 19 to 21 at the McLaughlin Studio, located at 3415 Swetzer Road. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 general and $8 for students. For more information, call 652-6377. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees in the Heritage Park on Saturday, Nov. 20. The nature area is located at the end of South Walnut Street. The registration table opens a 8:30 a.m.; planting starts at 9 a.m. and is expected to continue until noon. Sturdy shoes, long pants and a hat are suggested apparel. For more information, call Jenny at 652-7252. Enjoy a Christmas Breakfast in the Country from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Loomis Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 6440 King Road. A complete breakfast of ham or turkey sausage, eggs, pancakes, coffee, tea, fruit and juice will be served, and there will also be a bake sale, a raffle and silent auction. Breakfast tickets are $7 for adult or $4 per child; children under 5 eat free. For more information, call the church office at 652-6011. Visit five homes during the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the event. The self-guided tour is sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation to benefit students of the Loomis Basin Union School District. In Loomis, tickets are available at the Flower Farm, High Hand Nhursery and Blue Goose Produce.