LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS: Talent comes to Valencia Club on Monday

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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, in Penryn. Prices are 25 cents to $1. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 663-1608.

Second Blessing thrift store holds its First Saturday sale and yard sale from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at 6460 King Road. Bags of clothes are $5 and a parking lot yard sale spot is $10. To reserve a spot, call Dottie at 652-8449.

Del Oro Dance and Cheer teams hold an E-waste drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.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.

A giant yard sale will be held in the pool parking lot at Del Oro High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, to benefit many programs and sports teams at the school.


Curves is holding a food drive for the Loomis Basin Food Pantry through the end of April. 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.

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. For appointments call 672-1182.


Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Placer County meets at 7 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., in Auburn. Sophie Unger and Cat Rogers present "An Out of the Box Love Story.”

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 Town of Loomis Earth Day is Saturday, April 13, at the Loomis Train Depot and includes a yard sale. Free yard sale spaces are open to all residents in the Loomis 95650 zip code and will be assigned on a first-come basis. In the spirit of reuse and recycling, only used items may be sold – no new goods, arts/crafts or commercial vendors. To sign up for a space, call 652-8606.

Placer Elementary's live and silent auction fundraiser is 6-10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the High Hand. A $20,000 solar system highlights the live auction. Tickets are on sale at

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, call 652-0273, 304-6106, 607-3056 or 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

Gold Country Writers present “Make Yourself Heard” a free workshop on how to use a laptop and the internet to create events and generate publicity from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at the Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, in Auburn. For more information call (510) 329-5594 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.

High Hand Nursery presents a free Edible Landscapes and Composting class at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20. Register online at or call 652-2065.

Crabby About Cancer, to benefit Wellness Within, is at 6 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Flower Farm, 4150 Auburn Folsom Road. Wellness Within is a nonprofit organization that works with cancer patients and their families on mind-body-medicine cancer treatment and offers yoga, nutrition, meditation and writing programs for cancer patients. Music, food and wine are featured at the event. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at

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 electronics, except for large appliances will be accepted. All hard drives are shredded. For the Re-Use It drive usable clothing, home goods, small working appliances and many other items will be accepted. Proceeds benefit 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

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 be a barbecue and student plant sale.

High Hand Nursery holds a free Water Feature Care and Maintenance class at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27. Register online at or call 652-2065.

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


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. 

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.

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 Town of Loomis free Summer Concert Series is from 7-9 p.m., at the Loomis Train Depot and will feature rock classics from the teen band Rockitt on June 14; folk, cowboy, country and bluegrass for River Bend Folk band on July 12; and swinging ballroom dance music from Fred Morgan’s Combo/Big Band on Aug. 9. Bring your own chair and picnic. The Depot is located at 5775, Horseshoe Bar Road.

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

High Hand Nursery offers a free class on succulents at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15. Register online at or call 652-2065.