Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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The tale of the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 9, and at 4 p.m. April 10, at the McLaughlin Studio Theatre, 3415 Swetzer Road, in Loomis. It also plays at 6:30 and 9 p.m. April 15, and 4 and 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Call 652-6377. 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. Tryouts and registration for new swimmers for the Loomis Basin Dolphins, a recreational swim team, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Del Oro High School pool. Openings are available for both boys and girls in all age groups from 6 to 18. Swimmers must be water safe. To register, swimmers will need goggles, a towel, be accompanied by a parent or guardian, a birth certificate, medical insurance information, and a check for registration. Practice starts on May 2. For more information, call 316-6382. 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. The Loomis Tea Party Patriots will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Cattlebarron’s Café, 3129 Penryn Road, in Penryn, their new meeting location. Future meetings will be held the second and fourth Monday of the month. For more information, call Gil Martin at 660-0096. "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. 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. Eagle Youth Water Polo is holding clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 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. Easter for Kids will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Hope Lutheran Church, 7117 Hope Way, in Penryn. The free Bible activities, crafts, and songs focused on the Easter season are open to all children ages 3 through sixth grade. For more information, call 652-0459. 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 Yo-Yo Club has been started that meets at Skadoodle Toys, 3667 Taylor Road from 5:15 to 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is April 19. For more information, call 652-8697. 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. Loomis Earth Day is set for Saturday, April 23, at the Loomis Depot. A community yard sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Earth Day booths will be open from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call Pat Miller at 652-8606. The Loomis Community Egg Hunt takes place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at H. Clarke Powers Elementary School, located off Humphrey Road. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be games and raffles. The annual Town of Loomis Spring Clean-up Day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the upper parking lot, by the swimming pool, at Del Oro High School. The service is only available to Town of Loomis residents; identification is necessary. For details on items accepted, go to “Bids and Bibs” is the theme of the annual dinner auction, to be hosted by the Franklin Elementary School Parent Teacher Club from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 30, at the Stahlberg family home. The outdoor event includes a crab feed dinner, live and silent auctions, and a live band and dancing. Proceeds support technology, reading enrichment, physical education, music, campus improvements, curriculum enrichment activities, and art, science and garden docent programs. Tickets are $45 per person. For tickets or more information, call 259-1127. 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. The Loomis Thursday Night Familyfest kicks off May 5 and continues weekly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Aug. 25, at the Loomis Depot. Co-organizers Marie Blomgren and Tim Plummer are planning a street fair environment with craft and business vendors, classic car cruise-ins, a farmer’s market, kids’ fun zone, food court, beer and wine garden, and entertainment. For more information, call 835-0989. The high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks and family comedy of the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show come to town at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13. at the Del Oro High School gymnasium. The Ambassadors will take on the Loomis Chamber of Commerce team of local players. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children; admission is free for kids under age 4. The event is a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce; call 652-7252 for tickets. Del Oro Class of 1971 will hold its 40th Reunion Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. Alumni and faculty are welcomed. Classmates who have not been contacted are asked to e-mail Trish Adams at, or Shannon McClurg at 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.