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Loomis Depot dedication to kick of holiday season

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Getting into the holiday spirit will get a boost this weekend as Loomis becomes a beehive of Christmas activity. There will be a lot of hustle and bustle at the Loomis Station Plaza on Friday, Dec. 5, in preparation for the dedication of the restored Loomis Depot at 6 p.m., followed by an evening of festivities. Loomis Mayor Russ Kelley will lead the free celebration. Kelley will also recognize those involved in turning the former freight depot into a community center. “We’re going to give thanks to those who contributed to the depot, and the contractors, as well as the funding that made it possible to finally get it done,” Kelley said. Kelley expects a large turnout at the dedication. “I think there’s going to be a lot of folks there, for the dedication of the depot, as well as the tree light ceremony,” he said. “A lot will come because they’re very happy to see that the depot is finally done … I think it was moved three times,” he said, until it finally found a permanent spot. Kelley will also talk about the building’s potential for the community uses. He and town staff recently met with Loomis Basin Historical Society members, including president Alice Barnes, to tour the depot and discuss ways to display photographs and other artifacts. At the very least, Barnes said, the historical society will enlarge photographs from their extensive collection, to display at the depot. “We’ll have another opening, just for the historic nature,” Kelley said. Requests for items for the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program will be made before cookies, hot cider, chocolate, and coffee are served. Providing entertainment for the evening will be the Loomis Union School District choir, led by Cindy Treisi, and the Del Oro High School choir. Roger and Eileen Carroll will demonstrate their skills at ventriloquism. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance just in time to light the Christmas tree as a community sing-a-long is held. The opening of the Days of Yesteryear Country Christmas Faire, sponsored by the Loomis Friends of the Library, also takes place Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m. The craft fair, which continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will fill Veterans Memorial Hall with vendors offering unique, handmade gifts. Refreshments will be available Friday evening, and a lasagna dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday for $5 per plate. Early Saturday morning, Dec. 6, the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its 46th annual Christmas Breakfast. “A Christmas Angel’s Feast,” an all-you-can eat breakfast of eggs, pancakes, ham, and beverages, will be served from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church, located at 6440 King Road. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Other activities will include a silent auction, bake sale and handcrafted items for sale. After a hearty breakfast, take in the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour of seven unique homes. The homes include a Santa Fe-style ranch home, a Mediterranean villa, a colonial manor, Italian villa, an executive country home, a Tuscan villa, and a charming cottage. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 each, or $30 on tour day. The home tour benefits the Loomis Basin Education Foundation; go to www.lbef.net for more i