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Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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A candidate night for Republican candidates for the 4th Assembly District will be hosted by the Republican Congress of Placer County at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Veterans Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to all voters. The Five Cities Democratic Club will meet from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Loomis Round Table Pizza. County supervisor Jim Holmes will be the guest speaker. Newcomers are welcomed. For more information, call Cynthia Davis at 663-0174. 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, call 212-1647. Coming Up 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. A book sale will be held by the Friends of the Penryn Library from 10 a.. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the library, located at 2205 Rippey Road in Penryn. Check out a book from the library or become a library friend and choose a free book at the sale. For more information, call 663-3621. A book sale fundraiser to benefit the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27, at 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and audio books are also welcomed. For more information or directions, call 663-1608. Eagle Youth Water Polo will hold clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, March 2 to April 14, at the Del Oro High School pool. The clinics are open to boys and girls, ini grades three to eight. For more information, call coaches Lindi Callahan, 663-1487; Stu Ryland, 652-5226; or Mike Saldana, 323-572-7763. See “Annie Jr.,” presented by Placer Elementary School students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5, at the school, located at 8650 Horseshoe Bar Road. Admission is free; donations accepted at the door. The Fourth Annual Gardeners’ Gathering takes places from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The Placer County Master Gardeners have booked a number of guest speakers, including Scott Paris of High Hand Nursery who will discuss pruning. Tickets are $25, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required at ceplacer.ucdavis.edu. 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, un the Del Oro High School cafeteria. The Japanese food and culture affair is presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. A Tostada Bingo Night will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Loomis Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road. Festivities will kick off with a Shredded Beef Tostada Dinner and dessert, followed by an evening of bingo playing. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner and dessert, a drink ticket, and a bingo game packet and dobber. Get tickets in advance at the Loomis Chamber of Commerce, from Soroptimist members, or call 652-9266. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. 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. A concert series is being presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, located at 6414 Brace Road. 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. Single tickets are $15 each, and children 12 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, call the church at 652-0469.