Oktoberfest anyone? Take your pick from local celebrations

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You don’t have to fly to Germany to soak in the Oktoberfest festivities this year. Gold Country Rotary’s Oktoberfest takes place 5-10 p.m. Friday in the Placer Building of the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Traditional favorites like bratwurst, pork chops, sauerkraut and more will be served. Buy a Spaten beer, check out Oktoberfest music and dance to classic rock by The Fun Company. Tickets are $22 for adults in advance or $25 at the door, and $10 for kids under 13. Call (530) 888-7003 or see for more information. The German-inspired festivities continue Saturday, as Faith and Bethlehem Lutheran churches host their Oktoberfest, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The event features dinner, a silent auction and live music by the Dane Drewis Band featuring Mike Camilleri. Proceeds from Saturday’s festivities benefit Mexico mission outreach, house building, feeding programs and other community improvement projects in the Tijuana area. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door per person. Get a family pack for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call (530) 878-1870 or (530) 885-4515, or e-mail or bethlutheran@yahoo. com for information. An ode to all things Oktober benefitting PEACE for Families takes place 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis. Come and enjoy cuisine from local restaurants, live music, and the region’s fine wines and microbrews. Tickets are $30 per person, or $100 for a group of four. Designated-driver tickets are $20. Call (530) 823-6224 to for tickets. Visit peacefor to learn more.