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Community Calendar

Things to do, places to go in the Loomis Basin
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The Loomis Art Loop, the eighth annual free Spring Open Studios Tour, runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, Mother’s Day weekend. See a group preview show by participating artists Tuesdays through Sundays, through May 9, at Café Zorro. An artist’s reception will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Free art tour maps are available at many area businesses. The Loomis Earth Day celebration 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 informational booths will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Activities and displays include a presentation on birds of prey from to 2 to 3 p.m. by the Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, dog and cat adoption, free maple tree giveaway, plant and vegetable sale by FFA, and music by local musicians. 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. Tryouts for Loomis Youth Soccer will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, at Placer Elementary School. 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, Wednesday, April 27, at Loomis Round Table Pizza. For more information, call 541-3300 or 622-6369. A celebration for cancer survivors and caregivers will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the High hand Conservatory. The evening will include dessert and live music. For more information, call 997-1304. The Loomis Friends of the Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 11 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. There will also be a "gently used" sale during those hours. Donations are accepted; call 652-7061. The annual Town of Loomis Spring Clean-up Day takes place 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 www.loomis.ca.gov. A book sale fundraiser to benefit Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, at 2166 Swetzer Road in Penryn. For more information, call 663-1608. Take part in a town-wide Community Yard Sale by setting up a sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. To have your location added to the sale-day map, call Leslie Griffith at 899-0422. “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. “A Bald is Beautiful Barbecue” begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Del Oro High School track. The barbecue dinner, silent auction, walk-a-thon and raffle and headshaving event is a benefit for Emma Kait Stanphill, 10, a cancer patient. Tri-tip sandwich meals, at $12, require advance order, and hamburger and hot dog meals, at $6, will be available. Meals include green salad, pasta salad, beans and soda or water. For tickets, call Jennifer Russell at 530-305-1112. 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 2nd Annual Loomis Soapbox Derby race returns to the Del Oro High School parking lot off Boyington Road Saturday, May 7. The gates open to the public at 9 a.m.; racing begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The marquee races, including the Principal’s Cup, are scheduled to start at noon. The race is open to all ages; the entry fee is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Loaner cars will be available for use throughout the day for $5 each. Spectator admission is free. For more information, call Dave Albright at 530-263-2540. A Casino Night to benefit the renovation of the Del Oro High School swimming pool will be sponsored by the Loomis Basin Parks and Recreation Foundation, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at High Hand Nursery. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and include gaming, finger foods and desserts, and a beverage. Raffles will also be held. Tickets are available at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce office. Tour six gardens in Loomis, Granite Bay and Roseville during the 26th Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour, sponsored by Placer County Master Gardeners. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 person; children under 12 admitted free of charge. In Loomis, tickets are available at the Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, phone 652- 5650. 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. The Del Oro Game Time and Competition Cheer Team and Del Oro Dance Team will hold a mega yard sale and e-waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Del Oro High School pool parking lot. Donations of all electronics, including TVs, monitors and printers will be accepted to electronic to support the 2011-12 season! For pickup prior to the event, call Allie Hennessy at 541-5844. 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 mstrishadams@yahoo.com, or Shannon McClurg at mcxmas@hotmail.com. 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. Del Oro Safe & Sober Grad Night, to be held Saturday, June 4, is seeking cash and food donations to make the event. Send tax-deductible donations to DOPC/Grad Night, P.O. Box 1662, Loomis, CA 95650 or call Peggy at 837-6106 for drop-off information. 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. 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 May 17. For more information, call 652-8697.