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What's going on in Loomis?
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FRIDAY Attend a Holiday Gala, sponsored by the Placer County Wine and Grape Association, at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at the Flower Farm Inn. A catered dinner, live band and dancing are included. Guests are invited to bring their favorite wine to share. Tickets are $35 for association members and $40 for non-members. Checks can be made payable to PCGWA and mailed to P.O. Box 56, Penryn, 95633, by Nov. 27; or call 316-4227, or email placerwine@gmail.com. Loomis Friends of the Library present the 37th Annual Christmas Fair from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Loomis Basin crafters and a book sale will be featured. On Saturday there will be a $5 lasagna lunch and homemade desserts served from11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The event benefits library programs. For more information, call 652-7061. SATURDAY The South Placer Republican Women Federated December 2011 luncheon is at noon, Saturday, Dec. 3, with 11:30 a.m. registration, at Sierra View Country Club 105 Alta Vista Ave., in Roseville. The cost is $20 per person, and $10 for first time guests. For reservations, contact junelevans@yahoo.com or call 644-1959. Sierra Foothills Rugby Club is hosting their final, free How to Play Rugby clinic and walk-in registration from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at LDS Field, 3211 Boulder Creek Pl., in Penryn. A1-hour, parent-player orientation meeting follows. Practices begin Dec. 6 for players ages under 10 through high school; including a girls high school team, and a separate men's division. For more information, go to SierraFoothillsRugby.com UPCOMING Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program donations of money, non-perishable food items, toys, new teen gifts and new or gently used teen paperbacks are needed by Dec. 8. Toys and books can be dropped off at the Loomis Fire District, Station 28, on Horseshoe Bar Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Food can be dropped off at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce or Doupnik Manufacturing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and all donations can be delivered to Doupnik Manufacturing, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 3237 Rippey Rd. For more information, call Sherrie Edgar, 652-9291. Applications for families in need are available at The Loomis News, chamber of commerce or Doupnik Manufacturing. The South Placer Republican Women Federated December 2011 luncheon Is at noon, Saturday, Dec. 3, with 11:30 a.m. registration, at Sierra View Country Club 105 Alta Vista Ave.,in Roseville. The cost is $20 per person, and $10 for first time guests. For reservations, contact junelevans@yahoo.com or call 644-1959. The December Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce and Soroptomist International co-host the December Chamber Mixer at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Funds will be raised to support families in need through the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program. The Flower Farm will host a Tamale Building Party from 6 to 9 pm., Wednesday, Dec. 7. Learn the art of tamale making using five kinds of chef-inspired fillings - vegetarian, beef, chicken, pork and festive sweet. Live music, dancing, spirits and surprises. The cost is $45 per person. Space is limited. For reservations or more information, call 652-5661. The Placer Union High School District will hold a Financial Assistance Information Night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Placer High School Auditorium, 275 Orange St., in Auburn. Parents can get information on FAFSA, Pell Grants, Cal-Grants, student loans, scholarships and the financial aid timeline. For more information, contact Del Oro High School counseling at 652-7243. A health and wellness education program will be held today, Thursday, Dec. 8, with an 11:45 a.m. workshop on plant-based nutrition at the Flower Farm Event Center; and a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “Forks Over Knives” at Del Oro High School Performing Arts Theater. Dr. Pam Popper will present the daytime workshop and answer questions after the movie. Movie tickets are $5 for adults, and children, 12 and under, are free. The workshop is $40 at the door. The events benefit the Lucas Armand family. For more information, email cindy@fitstop.org or call 765-5766. Be The Change, a concert to benefit homeless shelters in Placer and Sacramento counties, is at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Performers include local bands Mr. December with Dana Moret; Jim Papastathis; Ted Stancliff; Steve Dunne of Cold Blood; Steve Price from Pablo Cruise; and up-and-coming singer-song writer Evan Zee. A silent auction for an autographed Fender guitar, and raffles will be held. Food and drinks will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance at Blue Goose Produce, or online at bethechange.com, or are $20 at the door. For more information, go to bethechange.cc. Volunteers are needed for the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program assembly of food boxes at 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at Doupnik Manufacturing, 3237 Rippey Rd. For more information, call Sherrie Edgar, 652-9291. Shop at a Christmas craft fair and bake sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Blue Goose Produce at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Hope Lutheran Church in Penryn, is hosting Christmas For Kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, for children ages 3 to 5th grade, at 7117 Hope Way, in Penryn. Children will enjoy crafts, songs and games, at no charge. For more information, call 652-0459. The Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Five local homes, ranging from historic to luxurious, will be decked out for the holidays. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on tour day, a $10 ticket for a buffet lunch is available with advance purchase. Tickets can be purchased in Loomis at High Hand Nursery, Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery, or online at lbef.net. Proceeds benefit the seven Loomis Union School District schools through the Loomis Basin Education Foundation. For more information, go to lbef.net. A free Holiday Boutique at H. Clarke Powers School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, features local and student artists, holiday gifts and entertainment. A $10 buffet lunch is available in advance at lbef.net, or at High Hand Nursery, Blue Goose Produce or Flower Farm Nursery. The Del Oro High School choir will hold a free concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Del Oro Performing Arts Center. The Del Oro High School band and color guard perform at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Del Oro Performing Arts Center. The event is free, although donations will be accepted.