E-waste and thrift shop item drive this Saturday helps schools

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Crabby About Cancer, to benefit Wellness Within, is at 6 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Flower Farm, 4150 Auburn Folsom Road. Wellness Within is a nonprofit organization that works with cancer patients and their families on mind-body-medicine cancer treatment and offers yoga, nutrition, meditation and writing programs for cancer patients.

Music, food and wine are featured at the event. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at

High Hand Nursery presents Tony Award winning “Barrymore” live on stage at 7 p.m., April 19, 20, 26 and 27 at High Hand. The play stars Steve Barkett as John Barrymore and John Blythe Barrymore – Barrymore grandson and brother of Drew Barrymore – as Frank. The two will have a question and answer period after each show. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 each and available at High Hand Nursery or online at No tickets will be sold at the door.


A free Personal Safety Class for women will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Del Oro High School, in the Bonner Gym. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Bennett will teach the four-hour class that covers awareness, prevention, protection and fighting back against an attacker. For reservation email

The Friends of the Penryn Library book sale is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,  Saturday, April 20, in front of the Penryn Library. Offered are classic audio cassettes of old radio shows and old and new books, such and two sets of classic children books, published in 1947 amd 1953 that are on display at the Penryn Library.

High Hand Nursery presents a free Edible Landscapes and Composting class at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20. Register online at or call 652-2065.

Second Blessings thrift shop holds its Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon, Saturday, April 20, at Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ, 6440 King Road. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds go to help start a low-cost daycare. For more information, call 652-7962 or 652-6011.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) holds a community open house from 7-8:15 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at 3345 Margaret Drive. Tours, a brief musical presentation and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 334-7558 or go to; or


Tryouts for Loomis Basin Has Talent are from 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 22 at Venita Rheas, in Rocklin; 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 29 at Cattlemens, in Rocklin; and 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 3 at Blue Anchor Stage. Facebook semi-final voting is May 10-17, with the finals on Friday, May 31, at the Blue Goose Event Center. To compete, video auditions must be submitted in advance to the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 652-7252.


Sign up a team for the Loomis American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The 24-hour event is from 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22 to 9 a.m., Sunday, June 23 at Loomis Grammar School. For more information, call 660-1916. To sign up a team or donate online, go to

Curves is holding a food drive for the Loomis Basin Food Pantry through the end of April. Canned foods are not needed at this time, but cooking oil, box meals, dry milk, peanut butter, jelly, cake and brownie mixes, Jello and pudding packages and pancake mix and syrup are needed. A collection box is located in front of the facility at 3555 Taylor Road. For more information, call 660-9735.


Ronald Tachibana, M.D. and his wife, Pamela McDonald, will speak on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is affecting medical care and the medical profession, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at the Placer Tea Party meeting, at City of Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd, Room 107. For more information, go to

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free class to help business owners protect their businesses and themselves, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25 at the Loomis Depot. Topics include identity theft and counterfeiting; dealing with transients; high-tech crimes; business security; crime reporting and arrests; internal theft; and trespassing and parking concerns. RSVP by April 22 to CSO Lynn Harrison at 652-2419.

Del Oro High School’s FFA presents its 4th Annual Open House from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the school. Visitors can see the aquaponics project, solar energy project, rainwater harvest system, hedgerow pollinator habitat, livestock, poultry gardening and agriculture mechanics. There will also be a barbecue and student plant sale.

High Hand Nursery holds a free Water Feature Care and Maintenance class at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27. Register online at or call 652-2065.

The Coalition For Placer Youth holds a free medication take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at Del Oro High School. The take-back day provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposal in landfills, sewers or septic tanks. It also reduces youth access to dangerous medication or potential misuse. Prescription, over the counter, controlled substances and veterinary medications will be accepted. No medical waste or illicit drugs will be accepted. For more information, call (530) 889-7238 or go to

Loomis Boy Scouts of America Troop 12’s Spaghetti Dinner is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Loomis Grange Hall, 6486 Colwell Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. They can be purchased at Main Drug Store or at the door.

A Blues Faire will be held at Newcastle Town Square starting a noon, Sunday, April 28 and features Pinkie Rideau and the Blind Resistance at 1 p.m.; Val Starr and the Blues Rocket at 3 p.m.; and Leah Tysse at 5 p.m.  The event is hosted by Antuzzi’s Newcastle Inn, formerly Constable Jacks. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $15 and will be available at Antuzzi’s Newcastle Inn; and Cherry Records in Auburn; and at all Dimple Record stores.

A free program on Salmon Runs Returning to Auburn Ravine will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. Jack Sanchez and Steve Hubbard present visuals of migrating salmon and will tell what remains to be accomplished.  The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club. For more information, call 652-7005.            


The Loomis Soap Box Derby is Saturday, May 4. For more information, call Dave Albright a call at 530-263-2540.

American Legion Post 775 is sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for the Del Oro Aquatic Center on Sunday, May 5, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course. The tournament is a four-man best ball scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Player cost is $95, which includes dinner. Sponsors, raffle prizes, auction items and golfers are needed. For more information, call 663-1487, 652-0273 or 652-6836.

The Town of Loomis Spring Cleanup Day is from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Del Oro High School pool parking lot, for Town of Loomis residents only with proper ID. For more information, call 652-1840. 

Placer County Master Gardeners are giving a series of composting and soil improvement workshops at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., in Roseville. Classes are from 8:30-10 a.m., Saturdays. Topics are mulching basics - garden decomposers on May 11; and compost tea and vermicomposting on June 8. For more information, call (530) 889-7388 or go to

The Loomis Art Loop Open Studio Tour is celebrating their 10th annual Mother's Day Weekend open studio tour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. Five local studios will be featured at this free event. Download the map at

High Hand holds a free class on Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15 or Saturday, May 18. Register online at or call 652-2065.

Go The Distance, a 24-hour run benefiting schools in the Loomis Union School District, is May 17 and 18, beginning at 2 p.m., at Del Oro High School. Teams must register by May 1 and registration is $1,000. Last year, 18 teams made up of both children and adults participated. For more information, go to

A golf tournament to raise funds for Loomis Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 is on Saturday, May 18, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course. The tournament, a four man scramble best ball, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., sponsored by American Legion Post 775. Player cost will be $85, which includes dinner. Sponsors, raffle prizes, auction items and golfers are needed. For more information, call 652-0273, 652-6836 or 652-7495.

The 13th Annual Blue Goose Food Extravaganza is 5:30-7 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road. More than 70 chefs, caterers and community cooks participate and guests get unlimited tastes. Local wines, a raffle and silent auction will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Blue Goose Fruit Shed renovation through the South Placer Heritage Foundation Project. Tickets go on sale April 16, and are $25 until May 17 and $30 day of. Tables for eight are $500. Tickets are available at Main Drug, Blue Goose Produce and Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce or online at For more information, call 287-7021.

The 3rd Annual Blues and BBQs, a benefit for Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, is at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 30 at the Blue Goose Event Center. Hosting the event are Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, Placer Court District Attorney Scott Owens and Superior Court Judge Susanne Gazzaniga. The event features a barbecue dinner and Blues by Johnny O and the Blue F Os. Tickets are $25 and are available online at


The Honeybee Trio performs at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 1at the Loomis United Methodist Church, 6414 Brace Road. Other performances in the series include Jim Martinez and singer on Sept. 28 and the American River Chorus on Nov. 9. Single show tickets are $13 in advance, two for $25 or $15 cash at the door. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets or more information, go to, call 791-1657 or email

Loomis Thursday Night FamilyFest is back every Thursday night, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., starting June 6 through Aug. 1, at the Loomis Train Depot. Live music, food, kids zone, pony rides, local businesses, arts and crafts and a beer and wine garden are featured. For more information, call 835-0989 or go to

The 2013 Black and Gold Golf Tournament to raise funds for student scholarships is Saturday, June 14 at Turkey Creek, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.  For sponsorships or to donate a prize, contact Gerry Nash at

The Town of Loomis free Summer Concert Series is from 7-9 p.m., at the Loomis Train Depot and will feature rock classics from the teen band Rockitt on June 14; folk, cowboy, country and bluegrass for River Bend Folk band on July 12; and swinging ballroom dance music from Fred Morgan’s Combo/Big Band on Aug. 9. Bring your own chair and picnic. The Depot is located at 5775, Horseshoe Bar Road.

High Hand Nursery offers a free class on succulents at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15. Register online at or call 652-2065. Visit High Hand’s Maple Rock Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 1 to benefit Placer County farmers and agricultural student scholarships. The visit includes the garden walking tour, kids activities and the garden railroad. A plant sale will be held and food and beverages will be available for purchase. For tickets and directions, go to

The 24-hour Loomis American Cancer Society Relay For Life begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22 and finishes at 9 a.m., June 23 at Loomis Grammar School. To sign up a team or donate, go to