Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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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. In case of heavy rain, the sale will be held March 5. 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 Thursdays, March 2 to April 14, at the Del Oro High School pool. The clinics are open to boys and girls, in grades three to eight. 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 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 few tickets will be available at the door. The Sierra Foothills Rugby Club’s annual Ruckin’ & Shuckin’ RugbyFest party begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Tickets are $40 and include an oyster bar, cuisines from around the rugby world, custom brewed beer and more. Silent auction donations needed. The event is open to adults only; for tickets, call 672-8225. Teams and volunteers are needed for the Loomis Relay for Life, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, at the Del Oro High School track. Attend planning meetings Thursdays, March 2 and 16, at Loomis Round Table Pizza, or call 541-3300 or 622-6369. 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 free electronic e-waste recycling drive, sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation for the benefit of sports programs for students in the Loomis Union School District, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Loomis Grammar School parking lot, at the corner of Taylor and King roads. There will be easy drive-through and drop-off. For more information, call Carolyn Petree at 660-1546. A concert series is being presented by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, located at 6414 Brace Road. Coming up is the Sacramento Men’s Gay Chorus when they perform “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. Free cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes are offered to those who live in the areas served by 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 the fire station at 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. The Placer County Writers Group meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and the third Saturday of the month at the Flower Farm Coffee Shop, at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn-Folsom Roads. “It is our express purpose to write and collect stories that bring our attention to the wonder of life,” said coordinator Bob Golling. Call him at 652-4950 for more information.