LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS: Serving up spaghetti on Saturday

Week of April 23, 2013
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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.

A team captain’s meeting for the Loomis American Cancer Society Relay For Life is at 6 p.m., this Thursday, April 25 at the committee chair’s office – ADA Consultant Services, 6207 So. Walnut St., Ste. 800. Additional meetings are on May 9 and June 6. The 24-hour relay begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22 and finishes at 9 a.m., June 23 at Loomis Grammar School. For more information, call 660-1916. To sign up a team or donate online, go to


The Friends of the Loomis Library book sale is from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday April 26 and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Loomis Library.

High Hand Nursery presents Tony Award winning “Barrymore” live on stage at 7 p.m., April 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.


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.

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.


Tryouts for Loomis Basin Has Talent are from 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.


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. 

Today is the last day to donate to Curves’ food drive for the Loomis Basin Food Pantry. 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.


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., June 23 at Loomis Grammar School. For more information, call 660-1916. To sign up a team or donate online, go to


A used book sale will be held from 8 a.m. - noon, May 4 and 5 at 2166 Swetzer Road, and benefits pets of the homeless at Loaves & Fishes.  Prices are 25 cents $1. Sunday books are half price.  Donations are welcome. For more information, call 663-1608.

South Placer Republican Women Federated holds their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 at Sierra View Country Club,105 Alta Vista Ave., in Roseville. Tickets are $20 each. For reservations, email

The 4th Annual Loomis Soap Box Derby is from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the Boyington Road parking lot at Del Oro High School. Food will be available for purchase along with free arts and crafts for kids. Entry fees for unlimited races are $5 for students and $10 for adults and an additional $5 to use a rental car. Spectator admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Loomis Grammar School Parent Teacher Club. For information and rules, go to or call (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

The Grand Opening of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue’s new Wildlife Intake Center for South Western Placer County is from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at 3221 Rippey Road, Suite 300. Meet live raptors and birds, learn about native wildlife and enjoy light refreshments. For more information, go to

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 community is invited to join Del Oro students to honor the service and sacrifice of our country’s veterans at 9 a.m., Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at Del Oro High School’s football stadium. There will be a breakfast for veterans and their families beginning at 7:20 a.m. The event opens with a helicopter delivering the American flag followed by student presentations and guest speakers. RSVP for the breakfast at or call 626-7023. The Tribute is an annual project of Del Oro’s WINGS (With Integrity ‘n Guiding Support) and The American Legion of Loomis.

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