LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS Bingo and tostadas, anyone?

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The 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 vermicomposting for soils and containers on March 9; soil health in raised beds on April 13; 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

High Hand Nursery presents a free deer resistance class at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9, at 3750 Taylor Road. Sign-up online at or call 652-2065.

Del Oro FFA holds a Poker Tournament Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Loomis Grange Hall, 6486 Colwell Road. The $60 buy-in donation includes pulled pork sandwiches and sodas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets or more information, Call 871-3765 or 768-2232 or email delo

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 10. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour.

BloodSource holds a blood drive from 2:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, March 11, at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Gayle at 453-3042.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Placer County holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, March 11 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., in Auburn. A panel of high school students and advisors representing the gay-straight alliance clubs will speak.

Del Oro Sports Boosters  hold an Online Auction through March 10 to benefit the school’s sports. Auction items include cabin getaways, wines, home and office items, golf, restaurant cards, and goods and services offered by school families. Participants can log on to, create bidder profiles and then shop.

Free tax preparation through Tax-Aide is available by appointment only on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the Loomis Library for federal and state tax preparation. Sponsored by the IRS and AARP, the service is available to all taxpayers with no age restrictions except those who have farm or rental property income or home offices. All returns are filed electronically and refunds are available by direct deposit. Appointments can be made by calling 672-1182.

Ron Givens, author of “Citizen Advocacy” will speak at the Placer Tea Party meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at the Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd, in Rocklin.  For more information, go to

The Auburn Fair Boosters and the Gold Country Fair will host a fairground improvement day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Placer County 4-H and FFA members volunteer to help with general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation across the fairgrounds. Community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals who would like to get involved are encouraged to participate. Other improvement days are April 14, May 25, June 9, July 27, and Aug. 24. For more information, email

Loomis Community Preschool holds an open house during the week of March 18-22. A child and their parent can attend a class session for free to learn about the program first hand. Visits must be scheduled in advance by calling 652-7842. For more information, go to

There will be a Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Sierra Christian Church, 5645 Rocklin Road.  For more information, call  837-1109.

Gold Country Media’s second annual Bridal Faire is from noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 24 at Sunset Whitney Country Club, 4201 Midas Ave., in Rocklin. Admission is $5 or a non-perishable food item for the Placer Food Bank. For tickets or more information, call (530) 852-0278, or go to

Loomis First Assembly of God presents the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at H. Clarke Powers Elementary School. The event is free with grand prizes for each age group, plus raffle baskets, games and food. The hunt starts promptly at noon. For more information, email

Del Oro Dance and Cheer teams hold an E-waste drive Saturday, April 6, at the Del Oro pool parking lot, 3301 Taylor Road. Participants won’t need to leave their car, just pop the trunk or open the door and it will be unloaded. Funds raised go to uniforms and equipment. For more information, call 652-7243, ext. 1100.

The annual Community Yard sale is Saturday, April 13. The cost to participate and be included on maps is $10. For more information or to sign up, call the Loomis Chamber of Commerce at 652-7252 or email

 The Afro-Cuban Funk Band will perform at 7 p.m., April 13, at the Loomis United Methodist Church, 6414 Brace Road. Other performances in the series include The Honeybee Trio on June 1, 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

The Loomis Basin Education Foundation holds an E-waste recycling drive from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday April 20, at Loomis Grammar School, with easy dropoff. Monitors/TVs PCs, VCRs, stereos, printers, keyboards, phones, game consoles, and small kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers, and toasters are just some of the electronics accepted. Large appliances or hazardous items are not accepted. Proceeds benefit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the seven elementary schools in the Loomis Union School District. For more information, call 660-1546 or go to  

The Del Oro High School Class of 1968 will hold a reunion at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20. For more information, call Donna Kelly at 956-6248 or email

The Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild holds Wish Upon a Star Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road. Vendors and the Shining Star Boutique will be at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road. Admission, valid for both days, is $7. For more information, call 801-0337 or email