LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS: Entertaining the preschool crowd

Week of March 14, 2013
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Today, Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. is the last day to take thrift store type items to ReUseIt Drive-Thru Donation Station to benefit the new Del Oro pool. Donatable items include usable clothing, shoes, furniture, small working appliances, books, bedding, home décor and  bikes. ReUseIt is located at 4395 Rocklin Road, just off Interstate 80. For more information, call 765-0086 or (877) 738-7348, or go to or


The Five Cities Democratic Club meets at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at Loomis Round Table. For more information, call 663-0174.

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


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 except those who have farm or rental property income or home offices, with no age restrictions. All returns are filed electronically and refunds are available by direct deposit. Appointments can be made by calling 672-1182.


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.

It's part of a new cuer teach class, and a way for those interested in dancing to come and see what round dancing is all about.

Attend a free, one-hour introduction to round dancing class at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. No dance experience required. The class simplifies ballroom dance with choreographed steps are choreographed. The class is led by Sharon Parker, with assistance from new cuer-teachers. For more information, call 989-4464.

High Hand’s Art Fest 2013 is March 23 and 24 and features more than 30 local artists with demonstrations and art for sale. For more information, go to or call 259-4298.

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 more tickets or more information, call (530) 852-0278, or go to

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

A used book sale to benefit Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento, will be held 8 a.m. - noon, April 6 and 7 at 2166 Swetzer Road, Penryn. Prices are 25 cents to $1. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 663-1608.

Del Oro Dance and Cheer teams hold an E-waste drive from 9 a.m. - 1p.m.,  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 916-652-7243, 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 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 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

American Legion Post 775 and the Loomis Firefighters Association hold a golf tournament on April 13, at Lincoln Hills Golf Course, to benefit the Del Oro High School Class of 2013 Safe and Sober Graduation Party. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $95 and includes dinner. Sponsors, raffle prizes and auction items are needed. For more information or to receive a flyer, call Tom Millward at 652-0273, Andy Portillo at 304-6106, Kathy Takayama at 607-3056 or Russ Kelley at 652-6836.

Golden Eagle Baseball’s Burrito Bingo is at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Blue Goose Event Center. Tickets include dinner and bingo and are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Pizza Factory. For more information, go to

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

High Hand Nursery presents Tony Award winning “Barrymore” live on stage at 7 p.m., April 19, 20, 26, 27 and May 3 and 4, 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.

The Loomis Basin Education Foundation holds a drive-thru E-waste recycling drive and a thrift store item drive from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday April 20, at Loomis Grammar School. For the e-waste drive all electonics, except for large appliances will be accepted. All hard drives are shredded. For the Re-Use It drive usable clothing, home goods, working small appliances and many other items will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the the seven elementary schools in the Loomis Union School District. For more information, call 660-1546 or go to

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

Visit High Hand’s Maple Rock Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 18 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