LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS Week of Jan. 17, 2013

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The Five Cities Democratic Club will meet at 1:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Round Table Pizza Parlor. Guest speaker, Kate Uppal, will address Democratic involvement and voter outreach in Placer County. For more information, call 663-3897.

Del Oro Golden Eagle Band’s annual Crab Feed and Auction is from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Tickets are $40 and include crab, shrimp, chowder, pasta, salad and bread. Dessert auction and no-host bar are available. Tickets can be purchased at Main Drug. For more information, call 652-8629 or 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 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.


The Placer TEA Party meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., Room 107, in Rocklin.  For more information go to

The Sierra College Natural History Museum holds a free open house from10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday Jan. 26. Guided tours of both the museum and nature preserve will be offered.  Family-friendly lectures are offered at 11 a.m. on dinosaurs of California and the habitats that they lived in., and at 1 p.m. on Earth’s incredible variety of life. Activities for children include touch tables and art activities. For more information, go to

Come participate in the Pinewood Derby Open Invitational, from noon - 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Loomis Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Rd. Unlimited racing for adults or kids is $5 per person. Lunch will also be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 815. For more information or to purchase a Pinewood Derby car kit, email

Del Oro CIF hosts a fajita dinner before Back To School night, from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Del Oro High School cafeteria. The dinner will be catered by Randy’s Creative Catering. All proceeds benefit the CSF Scholarship Fund and CSF  college trips and conference trips. Tickets are $10. Presale tickets are available until Friday, Jan. 18 from any student CSF member or contact Mrs. Luci at Limited tickets will be sold at the door.

Learn insider's tips on the best places to hike, bike or horseback ride in the Auburn State Recreation Area at a free presentation at 7 p.m., Jan. 29, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club, local author and hike leader Sheila Toner will also discuss the trails off Highway 49 in the Salmon Falls and Coloma areas. A  newly updated and expanded hiking guide will be available for purchase. For more information, call 652-7005.

A used book sale will be held from 8 a.m. - noon, Feb. 2 and 3, at 2166 Swetzer Rd., in Penryn. The sale benefits Scooter's Pals of Grass Valley.  Prices are 25 cents to $1, donations are welcome. For more information, call 916-663-1608.

The South Placer Republican Women Federated luncheon is at noon,

Saturday, Feb. 2, at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Avenue, in Roseville.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. The speaker is Jenny Williamson, founder Of Courage Worldwide an organization rescuing children from sex trafficking. The cost is $20, or $15 for first time guests. For reservations, email

The American Legion John A. Stacker Post #775 presents their 20th annual Cioppino Dinner at 6 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Tickets are $35 each and raffle tickets will be sold. For tickets, call Fuzzy Jarnagin at 798-8586.

Gold Country Wildlife Rescue holds a wildlife volunteer orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Canyonview Community Center, in Auburn. The guest speaker, is Game Warden Jerry Karnow, speaking on the condition of wildlife in Nevada and Placer counties.  Karnow appears on the National Geographic Channel's reality series, "Wild Justice." Registration is $35 in advance by Feb. 4, or 445 at the door. For reservations and information, go to or call (530) 477-1937.

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