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Community Briefs

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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One lane of Brace Road near Sierra College Boulevard is scheduled to be closed for a portion of the day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 3, for utility work, depending on weather conditions. Drivers can expect delays. 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. The 2nd Annual Loomis Basin Charter School Winter Festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Franklin Elementary School gym, 5438 Laird Road. 5438 Laird Road. MarketPlace vendors will have baked goods, handcrafted jewelry and other items for holiday giving. Kids can make gifts in the Craft Corner. Food and refreshments will also be available. “Starry Night” at High Hand, 3750 Taylor Road, is a celebration of lights, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Stroll through the glistening grounds, enjoy live music, and take advantage of shopping discounts with donations to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket toy drive, Never Cry Wolf, Gold Country Wildlife, or SPCA. For more information, call 652-2065. See a “1940s Swing Holiday Review” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the McLaughlin Studios Theatre, located at 3415 Swetzer Rd. The one night of best of Broadway entertainment will include desserts. Tickets, which includes dessert, are $25 each or $0 per couple. For tickets, call 652-6377. The 36th Annual Days of Yesteryear Country Christmas Faire, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. In addition to a variety of arts and crafts, homemade desserts will be available. A lasagna luncheon, at $5 per person, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A book sale fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday in December at 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn. For more information, call 663-1608. Free lacrosse clinics, for boys in grades five through 12, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 11 and Jan. 15, at the LDS Recreation Park, 3211 Boulder Creek Place, in Penryn, at the I-80 exit. There will be skills demonstrations for new players and pre-season conditioning for returning players, followed by a fun, non-contact scrimmage. Wear cleats and take a stick; loaner sticks are available. The regular season begins in February; registration is now being accepted. For more information, call Kurt Robinson at 663-3944. “Christmas in Loomis” will be hosted by the Town of Loomis from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Loomis Depot. There will be Christmas caroling, entertainment, refreshment, the lighting of the town Christmas tree, and Santa Claus will make a visit. Admission is free; donations of canned or other non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Loomis Christmas Basket program. For more information, call town hall at 652-1840. 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. Golden Eagle Baseball 2011 will hold walk-in registration from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loomis Pizza Factory on 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. A large, multi-crafter Craft Boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 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. 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. Sierra Foothills Rugby Club will hold free clinics at 11 a.m. Saturday, 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. A concert series will be presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, located at 6414 Brace Road. “Night of Father’s Love,” a Christmas cantata, will feature the church choir at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Coming up next year are “Jazz, Jazz, and More Jazz!,” “Show Tunes” by Capital Pops, a show by the Sacramento Men’s Gay Chorus, and an opera original composition by David Rudat. The series 5-pack is $50 per person, or $45 each for 2 or more people. Single tickets are $15 each, and children 12 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, call the church at (916) 652-0469. 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. Heartbreaker, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, will perform Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; call the event sponsor, the South Placer Heritage Foundation, at 787-0878. 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.