LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS Fill The Boot this weekend

Week of Feb. 14, 2013
By: Staff Report
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting a free flu shot from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 at Loomis Grammar School, room 25. Anyone age 4 and older may receive a flu shot, but parents or guardians of minors must be present. The clinic is administered by California Northstate College of Pharmacy. For more information, call Sonya Frausto at 631-8108, ext. 204.

The Sun City Harmonicoots ensemble will bring their unique harmonica, guitar, keyboard and singing entertainment to the Loomis United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6414 Brace Road. The performance is the first of five in a series. Other performances are the Afro-Cuban Funk Band on April 13, 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. A five-show pack is $50 for two for $45 each. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets or more information, go to www.loomisfumc.
org, call 791-1657 or email

Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church holds a weekly Lenten Taizé services at 7:30 p.m., beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the church sanctuary, at 5400 Barton Road.  Taizé is a non-denominational, candlelight, contemplative service of music and quiet. Services are weekly through March 20. For more information, call 652-4851.

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.

Learn some secrets about growing giant pumpkins from experts from 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Feb, 23, at the Canyon View Community Center, Foothills room, 471 Maidu Dr., in Auburn.  Award winner Randy Warren will lead the group.  
Find out about the lineage of different pumpkins and how to cross-pollinate. Special seeds, donated by the growers, will be raffled off. The event is free to the public; register at www.auburn

“Wildlife and Wilderness of Southeast Alaska” will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 26, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. Photographer and nature tour leader Betty Sederquist presents her beautiful images of wilderness and wildlife gathered from more than a decade of Alaska trips.  The free event is sponsored by the Sierra Club and is open to public. For more information, call 652-7005.

Del Oro Sports Boosters will hold an Online Auction from March 1-10 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. Beginning March 1, participants can log on to, create bidder profiles and then shop.

The Placer County Master Gardeners present their Sixth Annual Gardeners Gathering from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The cost for the daylong event is $30, and registration begins Feb. 1. Purchase tickets by credit card online at or in person at the UCCE office in Auburn, located at 11477 E Avenue (Dewitt Center), by cash or check. Advance registration is required.  For more information, call the Placer County Master Gardener’s Hotline at (530) 889-7388.

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

The Five Cities Democratic Club meets from 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.,  Saturday, Feb. 16,   at the Round Table Pizza. Lou Loera from the Placer County Latino Democratic Club will be the guest speaker focusing on voter outreach for the Latino community. Visitors are  welcome. For more information, call 663 - 0174.

A used book sale will be held for Lincoln’s Fieldhaven Feline Rescue from 8 a.m. to noon, March 2 and 3, at 2166 Swetzer Road, in Penryn. Prices are 25 cents to $1. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 663-1608.

South Placer Republican Women Federated March Luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Ave., in Roseville. Guest speakers are Rocklin City Council member Diana Ruslin and Roseville City Council member Susan Rohan. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations email

The First United Methodist Church of Loomis holds its 59th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Del Oro High School cafeteria, 3301 Taylor Road. Take-out begins at 10:30 a.m. The menu includes teriyaki chicken, Asian slaw, chow mein and an array of Oriental pastries, some made with locally grown fruits. Soju Sumie Ward and her students will give a demonstration of a Japanese Tea Ceremony at 1 and 3 p.m. For more information go to