Community Calendar

Places to go, things to do in the Loomis Basin
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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 the Charity Anywhere Foundation's Guatemala Project. For the past three years, the nonprofit has provided a mush meal for the women and infants in the mountains of Guatemala, decreasing the death rate from one in five, to one in 100. Tickets are $15 for chili, cornbread, salad and a dessert. There will also be music, a guest speaker, and a prize awarded to the best-cooked chili. 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. Hope Lutheran School will celebrate 15 years of Christian education from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at 7117 Hope Way in Penryn. This free event will include food and drink and a variety of outdoors games to play. The school is now enrolling students in kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information, call Paul Leifer at 652-0459. "Souper" suppers are being hosted by the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through 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. 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 is necessary; for more information please 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. Play Burrito Bingo while supporting Golden Eagle Baseball Saturday, April 9, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Dinner is at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and available at Loomis Pizza Factory; or $30 at the door. 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 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 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, 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. The annual Bingo Round-up, taking place Wednesday, April 20, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, is a fundraiser for the Assistance League of Placer County community projects. Sessions will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 per session. Food and drink will also be available. For tickets, call 530-885-1982. 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. 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. Friends of the late John Lee will gather from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Main Drug Store soda fountain to remember the former Loomis fire chief. 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. The Head Start pre-school infant/toddler programs in Placer County are accepting applications for enrollment. The program is free for low-income families who qualify. To receive an application, call 530-886-4122. The program offers infant/toddler and pre-school with a supportive home visiting program from pre-natal to 5 years of age. The curriculum is nationally recognized and taught by qualified teachers. Free meals and health and nutritional services are among other services offered.