Friday, Dec. 7 is the last day to donate to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program and help local families in need. Checks, non-perishable food, new and unwrapped toys and other gift items are being sought. Collection boxes are located at the Loomis Chamber of Commerce; Loomis, Penryn and Newcastle fire stations; Blue Goose Produce; and The Loomis News office. Checks can be made out to Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets.
Volunteer to help fill food boxes for the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program from 8 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at Doupnik Manufacturing, 3237 Rippey Road.
The Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. View six local homes all decked out for the holidays and enjoy a $15 buffet lunch that includes a sandwich bar, salads, soups, dessert and beverages. A free craft boutique and art show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at H. Clarke Powers Elementary School. The events benefit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the students of the Loomis Union School District. Tour tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day. Tickets are available in Loomis at High Hand Gallery, Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed and Flower Farm Nursery; in Rocklin at Pottery World; in Roseville at California Backyard; and in Auburn at Eisley Nursery. Online tickets sales and information are available at lbef.net.
The Loomis Basin Holiday Craft Boutique, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at H. Clarke Powers Elementary School. Find unique Christmas gifts at this free event, open rain or shine. Come hungry, as the Del Oro Pool Foundation will be selling pastries and their Jump In coffee by the cup or the pound.
Skirt Draggers car club is hosting a Coats for Kids fundraiser and car show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Loomis Train Depot. The event will go, rain or shine. Admission for the public or car entries is free. New or gently used coats are appreciated. For more information, call 751-9192.
The second annual Winter Music Festival is from 6:30-11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Blue Goose Event Center, and is presented by Be the Change. The event benefits the Gathering Inn and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue. Entertainment includes Garrat Wilkin and the Naked Parrots; Steve Price and Larry Antonino from Pablo Cruise; Frank Hannon, from TESLA; Randy Scoles and many others and will include a tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Food, drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and raffle items will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Blue Goose Produce or online at www.bethechange.cc, or call 230-8129.
The Auburn branch of American Association of University Women will host their annual Holiday Luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Sunday Dec. 9, at the Auburn Valley Golf Club, 8800 Auburn Valley Road. New and prospective members are invited to join the group for lunch, lively entertainment and vendors offering unique gifts. Reserve by Nov. 29. Cost is $25. For more information or reservations, call (530) 888-1273. To learn more about AAUW, visit auburnaauw.org.
Placer Elementary School is selling Christmas trees at the Flower Farm to raise money for technology, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 20. Children can have free visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Flower Farm Café. The Flower Farm is located at 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Greater Placer County will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in Conference Room A at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 118515 Education St., Auburn.
Women interested in learning more about Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin are invited to a mixer and ornament exchange at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Rejuvinate Day Spa, 3431 Taylor Road. The organization is actively involved in the community. For more information, call 652-4024.
The Contra Dance and dessert potluck is 8-11 p.m., is Saturday, Dec. 15, at Newcastle Portuguese Hall, 690 Taylor Road, in Newcastle. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary, all dances are taught and prompted. A newcomer orientation is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8, and $7 for members. Live Music is by Starthistle. For more information, call (530) 346-0099 or go to http://foothilldancers.org.
Del Oro alumni are invited to jump in with the current Del Oro men's and women's water polo teams for some friendly games on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Del Oro pool. The game format will be odd graduation years against even. Current varsity players will be split between the two teams. Tip-off for the women’s game is 11 a.m., followed by the men at 12:30 p.m. The pool will be open for warm-ups 30 minutes before each game time. Admission is $3 for students; $5 for adults; children under five admitted free. Commemorative T-shirts are $10 (please pre-order with your size by 12/28). Barbeque lunch of chicken and tri-tip sliders with all the fixings, drinks and dessert will be available afterward for $15 per person. This event is being organized by the Junior Council of the Friends of the Del Oro Pool and will benefit the new aquatic center. Email lunch reservations by Jan. 2, at Callahan@vfr.net.
The American Legion John A. Stacker Post #775 presents their 20th annual Cioppino Dinner at 6 p.m., Feb. 2, at the Blue Goose Event Center. Tickets are $35 each and raffle tickets will be sold. For tickets, call Fuzzy Jarnagin at 798-8565.