Show mom a good time on Mother's Day

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Mothers will be lauded this Sunday, May 9, by families all across America. Most Mother’s Day celebrations include flowers, dining and outings. Loomis offers numerous celebratory activities for moms and their families. The free Loomis Art Loop studio tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, features 11 artists in nine studios. Paintings, jewelry, clay sculpture, porcelain and photography, all handmade by local artists, will be on display. One of the Art Loop stops is at Horton Iris Farm where Doug Horton’s jewelry and Paula Amerine’s watercolor and colored pencil drawings will be on display. The farm offers a perfect spot for picnicking or al fresco dining during the tour. Stop by Blue Goose Produce from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to pick up organic cheeses, crackers, cookies, stuffed olives, fresh pixie mandarins, nuts and snacks perfect for a picnic basket. Ron and Vicky Morris, of Secret Ravine Winery, will have free wine tastings of their 2006 Miner’s red, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. According to Patti Foust, the Flower Farm Coffee Shop, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother's Day, is offering a special curried chicken sandwich plus moms and grandmothers will receive a free cupcake and a potted plant. They serve a variety of sandwiches and desserts that can be eaten there or taken out. The Ugly Mug Café will serve “homestyle grub with a flair” from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Sunday, the fare will include quiche, garden pesto omelet, garden benedict, corned beef hash and eggs, huevos rancheros, fresh fruit waffles and pancakes and prime rib and champagne The café is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and meals can be taken out. A brunch in honor of moms will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Alexander’s Horseshoe Bar Grill and will include fresh pastries, fruit bisque, chocolate mousse and a choice of New York steak, eggs Benedict, shrimp omelet, seafood crepes, chicken pasta and fresh fruit salad. The cost is $24.95 per person for adults and $12.95 for children 10 and under. High-Hand Conservatory is completely booked for Sunday brunch, but menu items are available for takeout or visit the Flower Market for fresh-cut flowers and floral gift items. Many families choose to celebrate Mother’s Day with family gatherings and homemade gifts. Liz Day is a teacher at Loomis Headstart Preschool. She believes homemade gifts for mom touch the heart. She said her students are making handprint art with a poem to give to their moms. Des Nelson, whose children attend Loomis schools, said he’s barbecuing this Sunday. He said his wife, Lupe, dictated the menu, which includes tri-tip, asparagus and ice cream. He said his three children will assist with cooking and cleanup. Women may be moms 365 days a year, but only one day is set aside to honor them. In the Loomis Basin, it’s easy to make it special.