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Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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A “Cowboy Dinner & Big Bucks Saloon Night” fundraiser for Penryn Elementary School will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Events will include a country dance, charity auction, bar and saloon, games, theme costume contest, catered dinner, and live music with the Stephen Charles Band. Tickets are $40 each; call the school at 663-3993. A concert series is being presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, located at 6414 Brace Road. Brady McKay and the Neurotypicals star in “Jazz, Jazz, and More Jazz!” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; the Sacramento Men’s Gay Chorus performs “One for the Road” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30; “Show Tunes” by Capital Pops is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11; and an opera original composition by David Rudat will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. 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 652-0469. The Loomis Town Council will hold a goal session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Loomis Depot. Public comment is invited on projects for the coming year. For more information, call town hall at 652-1840. Spend an evening with birds of prey from Gold Country Wildlife Rescue during “Wings, Wine and Art,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, inside the High Hand Fruit Shed. Learn about the owls, hawks, falcons and a bald eagle while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Browse art by local artists in the High Hand Art Gallery’s Third Saturday reception. Tickets to the benefit are $10 each and are available at High Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road; call 652-2065. An Art ‘N Craftacular event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20, at Veterans Memorial Hall. For more information, all 212-1647. County supervisor Jim Holmes and friends will host a chicken and ribs barbecue dinner, starting with a 5:30 p.m. social hour, Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Music will be provided by Tad Kitada and Fire in the Kitchen. Tickets are $25 each. Contact Holmes at 530-823-1534 or ussholmes@aol.com. The 57th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar, featuring teriyaki chicken, chow mein, sushi and other authentic Japanese dishes, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Del Oro High School cafeteria. The Japanese food and culture affair is presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Free preparation of federal and state taxes is offered by the Tax-Aide Program, by appointment only, on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at the Loomis Library. The service, sponsored by the IRS and AARP, is open to everyone, with no age or membership restrictions. All returns are filed electronically. For an appointment, call 652-9024; do not call the library. 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. Sierra Foothills Rugby Club has spots open on its new girls high school girls team. For more information, call the hot line at 801-4968. 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.