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Garden and art tours headline this weekend
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Today The first Loomis Thursday Night Familyfest kicks off tonight, Thursday, May 5 and continues weekly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Aug. 25, at the Loomis Depot. Co-organizers Marie Blomgren and Tim Plummer are planning a street fair environment with craft and business vendors, classic car cruise-ins, a farmer?s market, kids? fun zone, food court, beer and wine garden, and entertainment. For more information, call 835-0989. Saturday A Casino Night to benefit the renovation of the Del Oro High School swimming pool, sponsored by the Loomis Basin Parks and Recreation Foundation, will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at High Hand Nursery. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and include gaming, finger foods, desserts, and a beverage. Raffles will also be held. Tickets are available at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce office. Saturday and Sunday The Loomis Art Loop, the eighth annual free Spring Open Studios Tour, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, Mother?s Day weekend. See a group preview show by participating artists Tuesdays through Sundays, through May 9, at Café Zorro. Free art tour maps are available at many area businesses. Sunday Tour six gardens in Loomis, Granite Bay and Roseville during the 26th Annual Mother?s Day Garden Tour, sponsored by Placer County Master Gardeners. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 person; children under 12 admitted free of charge. In Loomis, tickets are available at the Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, phone 652- 5650. Coming Up Karen England will speak at the Loomis Basin Tea Party Patriots meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, May 9, at Cattlebarons Café in Penryn. England is the Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute, the oldest pro-family public policy organization in California. She has led its work in the state legislature and at local government levels for 12 years 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 www.mtctheatre.org, by calling 652-6377. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time. 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 the 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 bluegreenball.org. Teams and volunteers are needed for the Loomis Relay for Life, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, at the Del Oro High School track. Attend planning meetings at 6 p.m. for the committee or 7 p.m. for teams, Wednesday, May 11, at Loomis Round Table Pizza. For more information, call 541-3300 or 622-6369. 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. 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 mstrishadams@yahoo.com, or Shannon McClurg at mcxmas@hotmail.com. 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 www.bluegooseeventcenter.com. 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. 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. 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. Loomis Community Preschool (License 310-300416) is now enrolling for Fall 2011-2012 Contact Sherry at (916) 652-7842 or visit their website at loomispreschool.com 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. The program offers infant/toddler and pre-school with a supportive home visiting program from pre-natal to 5 years of age. The curriculum is nationally recognized and taught by qualified teachers. Free meals and health and nutritional services are among other services offered. The yo-yo club meets at Skadoodle Toys, 3667 Taylor Road from 5:15 to 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is May 17. For more information, call 652-8697. 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. 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. 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. 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.