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Friends of the Loomis Library’s used book sale is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Loomis Library. For more information, call 652-7061.


The Sierra College Natural History Museum holds a free open house from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday Jan. 26. Guided tours of both the museum and nature preserve will be offered. Family-friendly lectures are offered at 11 a.m. on dinosaurs of California and the habitats that they lived in., and at 1 p.m. on Earth’s incredible variety of life. Activities for children include touch tables and art activities. For more information, go to

Come participate in the Pinewood Derby Open Invitational, from 12-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Loomis Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road. Unlimited racing for adults or kids is $5 per person. Lunch will also be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 815. For more information or to purchase a Pinewood Derby car kit, email


Free tax preparation through Tax-Aide will be 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.


Del Oro CIF hosts a fajita dinner before Back To School night, from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Del Oro High School cafeteria. The dinner will be catered by Randy’s Creative Catering. All proceeds benefit the CSF Scholarship Fund and CSF  college trips and conference trips. Tickets are $10. Presale tickets are available until Friday, Jan. 18 from any student CSF member or contact Mrs. Luci at Limited tickets will be sold at the door.

Learn insider's tips on the best places to hike, bike or horseback ride in the Auburn State Recreation Area at a free presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, local author and hike leader Sheila Toner will also discuss the trails off Highway 49 in the Salmon Falls and Coloma areas. A newly updated and expanded hiking guide will be available for purchase. For more information, call 652-7005.

A used book sale will be held from 8 a.m. - noon, Feb. 2 and 3, at 2166 Swetzer Road, in Penryn. The sale benefits Scooter's Pals of Grass Valley.  Prices are 25 cents to $1. Donations are welcomed. For more information, call 663-1608.

The South Placer Republican Women Federated luncheon is at noon,

Saturday, Feb. 2, at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Ave., in Roseville.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. The speaker is Jenny Williamson, founder of Courage Worldwide, an organization rescuing children from sex trafficking. The cost is $20, or $15 for first-time guests. For reservations, email

The American Legion John A. Stacker Post #775 presents their 20th annual Cioppino Dinner at 6 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Tickets are $35 each and raffle tickets will be sold. For tickets, call Fuzzy Jarnagin at 798-8586.

Del Oro High School’s Future Freshman Sports Night is at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4. Students and parents can meet coaches and find out about various sports. For more information, call 652-7243.

Gold Country Wildlife Rescue holds a wildlife volunteer orientation from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Canyonview Community Center, in Auburn. The guest speaker is Game Warden Jerry Karnow, speaking on the condition of wildlife in Nevada and Placer counties.  Karnow appears on the National Geographic Channel's reality series, "Wild Justice." Registration is $35 in advance by Feb. 4, or $45 at the door. For reservations and information, go to, or call (530) 477-1937.

Newcastle Elementary School will hold a crab feed at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Blue Goose Event Center. At 9 p.m., live music from Bad Iron will be featured with a $5 cover charge. Dinner tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. The dinner includes crab, shrimp salad, prawn cocktail, pasta and bread. Proceeds benefit the 8th-grade Washington D.C. trip. For tickets, call the school at 663-3307, ext. 222, or email

The Sierra College Patrons and Sierra College Aquatics Program present their Crab Feed at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at the Blue Goose Event Center. The meal includes salad, pasta, cracked crab, shrimp, bread, coffee and homemade cookies. There will be a no-host bar, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased by Feb. 8. No tickets will be sold at the door. For reservations and more information, call the Sierra College Patrons at 660-8232.