Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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A Ruckin’ & Shuckin’ RugbyFest party, sponsored by the Sierra Foothills Rugby Club, 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 are needed. The event is open to adults only; for tickets, call 672-8225. “Souper” suppers are being hosted by the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 12, during Lent. 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 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 held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Loomis Grange Hall, 6486 Colwell Road in Penryn. The dinner is the senior project of Del Oro High School student Molli Bushnell, and proceeds will benefit a project that provides a mush meal for women and infants in the mountains of Guatemala. Tickets are $15 for chili, cornbread, salad and a dessert. For more information, call Molli at 652-3619. 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. 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. The Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association’s 9th Annual Spring Round-up Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, March 26, in the Blue Goose. Doors open at 6 p.m.; a prime rib dinner will be served from 7 to 8 p.m.; and the Gene Thorpe Band will provide live music for dancing. The Placer Nevada Cattlewomen will hold a dessert auction and proceeds will support youth in agriculture.There will also be a live auction to benefit agricultural programs and college scholarships. Tickets are $40 per person; call Daryl Consulo at 652-7764 or Bud Taglio at 652-6491. Hope Lutheran School hosts Open House Week from 9:30 a.m. to noon, March 28 to April 1, at 7117 Hope Way in Penryn. The school offers a Christ-centered education for students from kindergarten through eighth-grade. No appointment necessary. For more information, call 652-0459.  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. Admission is $5. 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 free 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 drop-off and drive-through. For more information, call Carolyn Petree at 660-1546. 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. 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 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. 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. For entry information, call the nursery at 652-2065. A concert series is being presented by the First United Methodist Church, located at 6414 Brace Road. The Sacramento Men’s Gay Chorus performs “One for the Road” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Single tickets are $15 each, and children 12 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, call the church at 652-0469. 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 at 6 p.m. for the committee or 7 p.m. for teams, Wednesdays, April 13 and 27, at Loomis Round Table Pizza. For more information, call 541-3300 or 622-6369. A golf tournament to support Del Oro High School girls sports programs will be held Saturday, May 21, at Lincoln Hills Golf Course by American Legion Post 775. Cost is $100 per person; sponsorships are also available at $500 for four players and signage, or $100 and signage without golf. Contact Tom Millward at 652-0273, Russ Kelley at 652-6836, or Jill Tooker at 652-7243, ext. 1151. The 11th Annual Blue Goose Food Extravaganza has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at the historic fruit shed. Chefs interested in participating can call Marianne Coombes at 652-8555.