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The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed by the Del Oro High School drama department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 11, 12 and 13. Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for students and children under 12. Crafty Treasures presents it Spring Faire from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. The boutique will feature handmade and unique gifts and holiday decorations. For more information, call 726-1672. Test drive a car from Future Ford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Del Oro High School and support school clubs, sport teams and organizations. For every valid test drive completed, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to a designated Del Oro organization, up to $6,000. To participate in the test drive, participants must be 18 years or older and have a valid driving license. The test drive is slated to take less than 10 minutes, and there will be no sales pressure or additional presentation. “Lights, Camera, Auction,” the annual fundraising event sponsored the Placer School PTC, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13, in the Flower Farm Event Center. Tickets are $45; childcare is available. For tickets, call the school at 652-1830. Veterans, friends and family will be treated to a free coffee- and-donut reception, hosted by the Veterans History Project and the Placer County Writers Group, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Loomis Depot. Michael Neal, of the Veterans History Project, will display his collection of World War II memorabilia and provide information about the History Project. Bob Golling, of the Writers Group, will discuss the book “Veterans of War, Veterans of Piece,” an anthology by 80 contributors that includes Golling’s story, “The Body Escort.” Edward Jones Investments will hold a free workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the office located at 5976 Horseshoe Bar Road. For more information, call 660-0680. A Hawaiian Luau will be hosted by the H. Clarke Powers Elementary School PTC on Friday, March 19, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Donations for the annual Kodiak feast and auction are also being accepted. Call Leisa Hood at 275-1977. "Women Building Community " is the theme of Women History Month Program to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ, 6440 King Road. Sharon Havenek will be honored for her years of commitment to social justice and helping the homeless. The program, which includes lunch, is free. Reservations for lunch are required; call 435-9760. GreenTree Children’s Ballet Company presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Del Oro High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 at the door, or purchase in advance by calling 652-0830. The Franklin School Parent Teacher Club will host its annual dinner auction, “Escape to Paradise,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Granite Bay Country Club. Proceeds benefit programs such as sports, art and technology at the Loomis school. Tickets, which include cocktails, dinner and dessert, are $45 each. A live auction will also be held. For tickets and more information, call 652-6407. The Literacy Support Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Loomis Library. The council provides free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for English-speaking adults who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. Del Oro High School Dance and Visual Art classes present “Season of Love” Tuesday, March 23. The lobby opens at 6:15 p.m. for viewing of the art show of student work in the lobby. Performances by the dance classes, in jazz, hip hop and contemporary styles, begin at 7 p.m. in the theater. Admission is free; seating for 500 will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Dancers will be in the aisles during the finale to collection donations, which will support academic classes. Caltrans will hold an open house about upcoming projects to increase the vertical clearance of eight overcrossings on Interstate 80, including those at Brace, Horseshoe Bar, King, Penryn, Gilardi and Newcastle roads, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at the Loomis Depot. For more information, call town hall at 652-1840. Sign up now for the Loomis Lions Club Golf Tournament, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 12. It will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The entry fee is $100 per person or $550 for a sponsorship package. All golfers get a barbecue dinner. Non-golfer barbecue tickets are $15 each. Call Tom Millward at 652-0273 or Russ Kelley 652-6836. The Third Annual Gardeners’ Gathering will be presented by Placer County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Speakers will discuss sustainable gardens, garden tools, herbs, compost tea and growing citrus. Admission is $25, which includes lunch; seating is limited. For more information, call (530) 889-7388. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team will hold tryouts and registration for new swimmers from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Del Oro High School pool. Swimmers from age 6 and under to 18 are eligible. Swimmers will need goggles and a towel, provide a birth certificate and medical insurance information, and be accompanied by a parent. Registration fees start at $265 for one swimmer; there are discounts for family members. The CORE Placer Charter School is enrolling students for grades kindergarten through 12. The tuition-free school offers home and independent study, as well as virtual and online distance learning. For more information, call (530) 346-8340. The Tax-Aide Program is offering free federal and state tax preparation by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at the Loomis Library. Appointments are by reservations only; call 652-5840. The service, sponsored by the IRS and AARP, is available to all taxpayers with no age or membership restrictions. All returns are filed electronically and fast refunds are available by direct deposit. Those who have farm or property income or home offices are not eligible for this service.