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LOOMIS BASIN EVENTS: Week of April 11, 2013
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A team captain’s meeting for the Loomis American Cancer Society Relay For Life is at 6 p.m., this Thursday, April 11 at the committee chair’s office – ADA Consultant Services, 6207 So. Walnut St., Ste. 800. 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 annual Community Yard sale is Saturday, April 13 throughout the Loomis area. Maps will be available online at, or at Charlotte’s Café (formerly the Wild Chicken) on Friday.

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


Open Studios on the Lake is from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, April 14 and features art and music studio tours, live music, garden stroll and free workshops. For information and directions go to or


Tryouts for Loomis Basin Has Talent are from 6:30-8 p.m., April 15, at McLaughlin Studios; 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 22 at Venita Rheas, in Rocklin; 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.


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.


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 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.

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

A free Personal Safety Class for Women will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Del Oro High School, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, in the Bonner Gym. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Bennett will teach the four-hour class that covers awareness, prevention, protection and fighting back against an attacker. For reservation email

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 and 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

Second Blessings thrift shop presents their annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon, Saturday, April 20, at Loomis Bsin Congregational United Church of Christ, 6440 King Road. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 652-7962 or 652-6011.

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

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.


The Loomis Soap Box Derby is Saturday May 4, for more information, call Dave Albright at 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. 

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

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.


Loomis Thursday Night FamilyFest is back every Thursday night, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., starting June 6 through Aug. 1, at the Loomis Train Depot. Live music, food, kids zone, pony rides, local businesses, arts and crafts and a beer and wine garden are featured. For more information, call 835-0989 or go to

The 2013 Black and Gold Golf Tournament to raise funds for student scholarships is Saturday, June 14 at Turkey Creek, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.  For sponsorships or to donate a prize, contact Gerry Nash at

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.

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

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

The 24-hour Loomis American Cancer Society Relay For Life begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 22 and finishes at 9 a.m., June 23 at Loomis Grammar School. To sign up a team or donate, go to