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Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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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. "Weird Science & Wacky Art" is the theme for the Loomis Basin Charter School spring auction that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The evening of mind-boggling experiments and world-class works of art will include creative consumables and brainy beverages; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A selection of gifts, goodies and student creations will be available for bidding during the live auction. Proceeds will help fund existing art programs, support a full-time P.E. teacher and build a science lab. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door; call the school at 652-2642. "Souper" suppers will be hosted by the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 15 to April 12, during Lent. The meal will be followed by fellowship and a short Lenten program. Call Mary Anne Christianson at 632-3588 to indicate the dates and number of people planning to attend. The church is at 6440 King Road. The Five Cities Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Round Table Pizza in the Raley’s shopping center. Guest speaker will be Carolyn Fink from the Soldiers Project. Newcomers are welcomed. For more information, call Cynthia Davis at 663-0174. 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 showcasing countries from the Rugby World Cup, live music with Frankie Soul and the Localtones, custom brewed beer and more. Silent auction donations needed. The event is open to adults only; for tickets, call 672-8225. The Loomis Community Blood Drive runs from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. No appointment is necessary; for more information, call Gayle at 453-3042. A charity Chili Cook-Off Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Loomis Grange, 6486 Colwell Road, in Penryn. The dinner is the senior project of Del Oro High School student Molli Bushnell. All proceeds go toward the non-profit organization Charity Anywhere Foundation's Guatemala Project. For the past 3 years, the organization has provided a mush meal for the women and infants in the mountains of Guatemala and has decreased the death rate from 1 in 5 to 1 in 100. Tickets are $15 for chili, cornbread, salad and dessert. There will be music, food, a guest speaker, and a prize awarded to the best-cooked chili. A book sale fundraiser to benefit Gold Country Rescue will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, at 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and audio books are welcomed. For more information, call 663-1608. A rummage sale to support Loomis Union School District eighth-graders going to Washington, D.C. and New York City will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Loomis Grammar School parking lot. Alternate rain date is April 2. To donate items, or to rent a booth space at $20, call 768-3501. The Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild Biennial Quilt Show will run April 2 and 3 at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Eagle Youth Water Polo is holding clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday through April 14, at the Del Oro High School pool. The clinics are open to boys and girls, in grades three to eight. For more information, call coaches Lindi Callahan, 663-1487; Stu Ryland, 652-5226; or Mike Saldana, 323-572-7763. A Chance for Bliss Animal Sanctuary will hold an open house from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at 1865 Willow Brook Lane in Penryn. At 6 p.m. the sanctuary will make a presentation on “A Chance for Change,” an effort to introduce a curriculum of compassion into the educational community. Local educators and professionals interested in attending the dinner should call Deanna Bartley at 663-9121. Iris fanciers and backyard gardeners can enter their flowers in the Loomis Basin Iris Tour and iris contest, to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, at the Horton Iris Garden on King Road and High Hand Nursery on Taylor Road. Judging begins at 11 a.m. at High Hand; for entry information call the nursery at 652-2065. 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. 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. 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.