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LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS Week of Feb. 7, 2013

By: Staff Report
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Thursday

Sons in Retirement Branch 37 will meet at 11 a.m., Thursday Feb. 7 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. Social hour begins at 11 a.m., buffet lunch at noon. Sharron L. Spotts, certified senior advisor, will speak on helping families navigate through the world of elder care choices.

Friday

Free flu shots will be available for those ages 4 and up from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at the Franklin Elementary School cafeteria. Parents or guardians of minors must be present in order for them to receive the shots. The clinic is administered by California Northstate College of Pharmacy. For more information, call Sonya Frausto at 631-8108, ext. 204.

Saturday

High Hand Nursery will have a free Succulent Symposium workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3750 Taylor Road. Attendees will learn about each succulent family and take home a copy of High Hand’s quick reference guide to succulents. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance at highhand.com or call 652-2065.

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 msarkisian@newcastle.k12.ca.us.

ONGOING

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.

UPCOMING

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Placer County meets at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11 in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street, Auburn. The documentary “Lead With Love” will be presented to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their reactions to hearing that their child is gay, and includes interviews with psychologists, teachers and clergy that provide parents with guidance and answers to challenging questions.

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.

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 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 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. 

The Sun City HarmonicootsTM 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, or two for $25, or $15 cash at the door. A five-show pack is $50, or two for $45 each. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets or more information, got to www.loomisfumc.org, call 791-1657 or email FumcConcerts5@gmail.com.

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 day-long event is $30, and registration begins Feb. 1. Purchase tickets by credit card online at http://pcmg.ucanr.org 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 nfarley@goldcountryfair.com.

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 www.auction.doparentsclub.org, create bidder profiles and then shop.