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Saturday

Learn some secrets about growing giant pumpkins from experts from 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Feb, 23, at the Canyon View Community Center, Foothills room, 471 Maidu Dr., in Auburn.  Award winner Randy Warren will lead the group.  Find out about the lineage of different pumpkins and how to cross-pollinate. Special seeds, donated by the growers, will be raffled off. The event is free to the public; register at www.auburnrec.com.

Tuesday

“Wildlife and Wilderness of Southeast Alaska” is presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 26, at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. Photographer and nature tour leader Betty Sederquist presents her images of wilderness and wildlife gathered from more than a decade of Alaska trips, like the one above of a mama black bear and her three cubs making their way to the waters of Anan Creek. The free event is sponsored by the Sierra Club and is open to the public. For more information, call 652-7005.

Wednesday

Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, will speak at the Placer Tea Party meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the City of Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd, in Rocklin.  For more information go to www.placerteaparty.com.

ONGOING

Free tax preparation through Tax-Aide will be available by appointment only on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the Loomis Library for federal and state tax preparation. Sponsored by the IRS and AARP, the service is available to all taxpayers except those who have farm or rental property income or home offices, with no age restrictions. All returns are filed electronically and refunds are available by direct deposit. Appointments can be made by calling 672-1182.

UPCOMING

Del Oro Sports Boosters will hold an Online Auction from March 1-10 to benefit the school’s sports. Auction items include cabin getaways, wines, home and office items, golf, restaurant cards, and goods and services offered by school families. Beginning March 1, participants can log on to www.auction.doparentsclub.org, create bidder profiles and then shop.

The Exultation Choir from California Lutheran High School in Wildomar, will perform March 1, at Hope Lutheran Church in Penryn. The Christian music concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the 652-4273.

A used book sale will be held for Lincoln’s Fieldhaven Feline Rescue from 8 a.m. to noon, March 2 and 3, at 2166 Swetzer Road, in Penryn. Prices are 25 cents to $1. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 663-1608.

The Placer County Master Gardeners present their Sixth Annual Gardeners Gathering from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The cost for the day-long event is $30, and registration begins Feb.1. Purchase tickets by credit card online at pcmg.ucanr.org or in person at the UCCE office in Auburn, located at 11477 E Ave. (Dewitt Center), by cash or check. Advance registration is required.  For more information, call (530) 889-7388.

There will be a parking lot sale from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at the United Church of Christ, 6440 King Road. Space rentals are available. The church’s Second Blessing thrift shop will also have a $5 per bag sale for as much clothing as can fit in a bag. For space rental, call Dottie at 652-8449.

South Placer Republican Women Federated March Luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Ave., in Roseville.Guest speakers are Rocklin City Council member Diana Ruslin and Roseville City Council member Susan Rohan. The cost is $20 per person. For reservations email cindy@surewest.net.

First United Methodist Church of Loomis holds its 59th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Del Oro High School cafeteria, 3301 Taylor Road. Take-out begins at 10:30 a.m. The menu includes teriyaki chicken, Asian slaw, chow mein and an array of Oriental pastries, some made with locally grown fruits. Soju Sumie Ward and her students will give a demonstration of a Japanese Tea Ceremony at 1 and 3 p.m. For more information go to www.loomisfumc.org   

High Hand presents Wings and Wine to benefit Gold Country Wildlife Rescue at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at the High Hand Fruit Shed. Guests will mingle with wild birds of prey. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine and light appetizers.  Purchase tickets at www.highhand.com.

The Placer County Master Gardeners are giving a series of composting and soil improvement workshops at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., in Roseville. Classes are from 8:30-10 a.m., Saturdays. Topics are vermicomposting for soils and containers on March 9; soil health in raised beds on April 13; mulching basics - garden decomposers on May 11; and compost tea and vermicomposting on June 8. For more information, call (530) 889-7388 or go to www.roseville.ca.us/explore/garden.asp.

High Hand Nursery presents a free deer resistance class at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9, at 3750 Taylor Road. Sign-up online at www.highhand.com or by calling 652-2065.

Loomis Basin Soroptimists present Tostada Bingo at 5:30 p.m., Saturday March 9, at Loomis Veterans Hall. Proceeds benefit programs for women and children. Tickets are $20 each and include shredded beef tostada dinner, dessert, drink ticket, bingo game packet and dobber. A no-host bar and raffle are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce or from all Soroptimist members, or call 652-7252.

The Auburn Fair Boosters and the Gold Country Fair will host a fairground improvement day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Placer County 4-H and FFA members volunteer to help with general clean-up, painting, weeding, and planting of new vegetation across the fairgrounds. Community organizations, school clubs, corporations, and individuals who would like to get involved are encouraged to participate. Other improvement days are April 14, May 25, June 9, July 27, and Aug. 24. For more information, email nfarley@goldcountryfair.com.

Del Oro Dance and Cheer teams hold an E-waste drive Saturday, April 6, at the Del Oro pool parking lot, 3301 Taylor Road. Participants won’t need to leave their car, just pop the trunk or open the door and it will be unloaded. Funds raised go to uniforms and equipment. For more information, call 916-652-7243, ext. 1100.

The Afro-Cuban Funk Band will perform at 7 p.m., April 13, at the Loomis United Methodist Church, 6414 Brace Road. Other performances in the series include The Honeybee Trio on June 1, Jim Martinez and singer on Sept. 28 and the American River Chorus on Nov. 9. Single show tickets are $13 in advance, two for $25 or $15 cash at the door. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets or more information, go to www.loomisfumc.org, call 791-1657 or email FumcConcerts5@gmail.com.

The Del Oro High School Class of 1968 will hold a reunion on Saturday, April 20. For more information, call Donna Kelly at 956-6248 or email donnak@calwisp.com.