Street dance will help build new pool

By: Kathy Maynard, Loomis News Correspondent
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An evening of dancing, food and fun for the entire family will benefit the new Del Oro Aquatic Center. The First Annual Loomis Live Street Dance, sponsored by Loomis Sunset Rotary Club, will be held at the Blue Anchor Stage in downtown Loomis on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The community event will feature music by three bands, food and drinks for purchase and entertainment from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. There will also be a free bounce house for kids. “We wanted to do a fundraiser for the new Del Oro Aquatic Center that was fun and family friendly, so we thought let’s do a dance and get out and enjoy the town and taste some different food and beverages from the area,” said Dustin Ogden, Rotary president. Music for the event will be provided by The Menace, a classic rock and roll dance band; Bluez Houndz, a blues/rockabilly/rock band; and The Quinn Hedges Band, a contemporary rock/folk rock band led by local singer/songwriter Quinn Hedges, of Rocklin. Food will be prepared by several Placer County restaurants, including Cafe Zorro and Gourmet Garage, from Loomis, Chef’s Table of Rocklin and The Hills in Roseville. Beverages will be available from Loomis Basin Brewing Company and several local wineries, including Dono Del Cielo, Le Casque Wines, Secret Ravine Vineyard and TreVigne. Shaved ice from Snotopia will also be sold. “We’re a smaller club of 25 members that was just chartered in February 2012. So we are pretty new on the map, though a lot of the members have lived or worked in and around Loomis for a long time. We try to do the best we can to put service first in the community,” Ogden said. The club began preparing for the event by working to bring the Anchor Blue Stage up to code this summer. They spent one Saturday demolishing the old wooden outdoor stage located at Walnut and Taylor and another helping to rebuild it with fiberon composite decking material. “It’s been a community effort and we’ve had tons of volunteers working out here,” said Rick Angelocci, Town Manager and Rotary member. He and John Kintz, Town Building Inspector, have been volunteering to work on the stage for a few hours every morning before starting their day jobs. Angelocci said others who have donated time to upgrade the stage include the town’s public works crew, contractor John Rathsack and Homewood Lumber. “Now, we’re making sure that the electrical is up to speed so we have enough amperage to have bands out here. Eventually, I think we’ll try to put a roof on it and make this a nice performing arts stage where with can have music, stage theater productions and possibly dance productions in the future. It’s a very good start to have a stage and move from there,” Angelocci said. Tickets for Loomis Live are $20 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte's Café and Coffee Lounge, Loomis Sunset Rotary Club and at Del Oro High School. For more information, call 276-1505. Loomis Live What: Live music, dancing, food and beverages, bounce house for kids Benefits: Del Oro Aquatic Center When: 5:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 Where: Blue Anchor Stage, 3640 Taylor Road Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; free for kids 12 and under; available at Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte's Café and Coffee Lounge, Loomis Sunset Rotary Club and at Del Oro High School Information: 276-1505