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Harlem Ambassadors basketball, American Cancer Society Relay For Life lead list of activities
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Today Thursday Night Familyfest brightens up downtown Loomis this evening from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 12, and continues weekly through Aug. 25, at the Loomis Depot. Stroll through this street fair with craft and business vendors, classic car cruise-ins, a farmer’s market, kids’ fun zone, food court, beer and wine garden, and live entertainment. For more information, call 835-0989. Friday The high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks and family comedy of the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show comes to town at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, at the Del Oro High School gymnasium. The Ambassadors will take on the Loomis Chamber of Commerce team of local players. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children; admission is free for kids under age 4. The event is a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce; call 652-7252 for tickets. McLaughlin Theatre Company presents "Disney's Mulan, Jr." at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 15, at McLaughlin Studio Theatre, 3415 Swetzer Road. Adult admission is $10 and students are $6. Tickets can be purchased in advance at, by calling 652-6377. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time. Saturday The Del Oro Game Time and Competition Cheer Team and Del Oro Dance Team will hold a mega yard sale and e-waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Del Oro High School pool parking lot. Donations of all electronics, including TVs, monitors and printers will be accepted to electronic to support the 2011-12 season! For pickup prior to the event, call Allie Hennessy at 541-5844. Loomis Community Preschool will hold a May Tea and 40th Anniversary Celebration 11a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Horton Iris Farm, 7440 King Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, if purchased before May 9, and $15 after May 9. For tickets or more information, contact Sherry at 652-7842 Placer Nature Center and Placer Land Trust celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed on Saturday, May 14 with the Blue and Green Ball. Guests will savor a locally produced Placer Grown dinner crafted by chef Adam of the Rustic Table. Live music, dancing, a raffle, and a silent auction promoting a green, sustainable, Placer County are included. Tickets are $50 each or $40 for members. For details and tickets visit Cancer survivors are invited to participate in the survivor lap during the Loomis American Cancer Society Relay for Life at 10 a.m., this Saturday, May 14 at the Del Oro High School track. A touching luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m., Saturday, May 15 to honor individuals who fought cancer or in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer. The 24-hour event ends at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 15. For more information, call 541-3300 or 622-6369. COMING UP Hope Lutheran School presents "Big Bad" at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20. Students star in this play populated with favorite fairytale characters. The school is located at 7117 Hope Way, Penryn. For more information, please call 916-652-0459. The Placer County Sheriff’s Council will host its Community Services Expo & Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday May 21, at Del Oro High School. The event is free to the public. The council is seeking entrants for the car show, which is open to all classes and costs $45 for registration, space limited. For entry forms and more information, visit or call 652-2450. Del Oro Class of 1971 will hold its 40th Reunion Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. Alumni and faculty are welcomed. Classmates who have not been contacted are asked to e-mail Trish Adams at, or Shannon McClurg at A golf tournament to support Del Oro High School girls sports programs will be held Saturday, May 21, at Lincoln Hills Golf Course by American Legion Post 775. Cost is $100 per person; sponsorships are also available at $500 for four players and signage, or $100 and signage without golf. Contact Tom Millward at 652-0273, Russ Kelley at 652-6836, or Jill Tooker at 652-7243, ext. 1151. The 11th Annual Blue Goose Food Extravaganza takes place Saturday, May 21 from 5:30-7pm at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Enjoy unlimited tastes from over 70 chefs, caterers and community cooks. Tickets are $25 for inside/outside seating. Reserved seating at a table for 8 is $500. Tickets are available at Main Drug and Blue Goose Produce or online at Proceeds benefit the continuing renovation of the fruit shed. To participate as a chef call Marianne at 916-652-8555. High Hand Gallery presents the Artful Bra Show and Ladies Night Out at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Bra-themed art entries, either decorated real bras or artwork in any medium, are due by May 11. For more information, contact Joan Maxwell at (530) 575-5800. Save a life by donating blood at the Loomis Community Blood Drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 24 at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The drive is sponsored by BloodSource. For more information, call 453-3042. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Del Oro High School stadium at 9 a.m., Monday, May 30. For more information, call 652-7243. Del Oro Safe & Sober Grad Night, to be held Saturday, June 4, is seeking cash and food donations to make the event. Send tax-deductible donations to DOPC/Grad Night, P.O. Box 1662, Loomis, CA 95650 or call Peggy at 837-6106 for drop-off information. The Town of Loomis begins its free summer concert series with Randy Richardson and Band at 7 p.m., Friday, June 10, at the Loomis Train Depot. Additional performances will be provided by John Skinner’s Band on Friday, July 8 and Azuar on Friday, Aug. 12. For more information, contact the town at 652-1840. The First United Methodist Church of Loomis, located at 6414 Brace Road, is presenting a concert series. The Sacramento Men’s Gay Chorus performs “Show Tunes” by Capital Pops is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11; and an opera original composition by David Rudat will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Single tickets are $15 each, and children 12 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, call the church at 652-0469. The Cork & Craft Festival, celebrating fine wine, original art and quality crafts, comes to the Loomis Train Depot from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 25. Wine from local vintners, such as Secret Ravine Winery, will be available, along live jazz music. Admission and parking are free. A souvenir wine glass and unlimited tasting is $30 for adults, age 21 and over, with valid identification. For more information, visit their website at A book sale fundraiser will be held for Gold Country Wildlife Rescue from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at 2166 Swetzer Rd., in Penryn. Thousands of items will be sold including books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and audio books. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and audio books are welcome. For more information about the sale or directions call 663-1608 or email Loomis Community Preschool (License 310-300416) is now enrolling for Fall 2011-2012. Call Sherry at (916) 652-7842 or visit their website at Those with farm or homegrown fruits, vegetables, nuts, value-added products or handcrafted items can get information about a free vendor booth at the Loomis Farmers Market, opening Saturday, June 4, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Contact Mark at Blue Goose Produce, 652-8341. The Head Start pre-school infant/toddler programs in Placer County are accepting applications for enrollment. The program is free for low-income families who qualify. To receive an application, call 530-886-4122. Free meals and health and nutritional services are offered. The Placer County Writers Group meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and the third Saturday of the month at the Flower Farm Coffee Shop, at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn-Folsom Roads. “It is our express purpose to write and collect stories that bring our attention to the wonder of life,” said coordinator Bob Golling. Call him at 652-4950 for more information. Free CPR classes are offered to residents of the Loomis Fire Protection District on Saturdays at the Loomis fire station on Horseshoe Bar Road. For more information or to get on the waiting list, call 652-6858. Dispose of old computers, printers, televisions and other electronic equipment at Loomis Self Storage, 5950 Jetton Lane, off Swetzer. The free service is in conjunction with Greenspot Dropoff, which will recycle the e-waste. Loomis Self Storage is open for recycling from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.