Go explore Auburn’s fun, festive side this month

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No foolin’–– Auburn has some crowd pleasers on its social calendar this month. Here’s a sampling of the colorful, hands-on, heart-racing in-town action occurring in April: The art of fabrics Start the month off with the inspirational “Once Upon a Time” quilt show, hosted by the Foothill Quilters Guild from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. in Auburn. Highlights include featured quilter Lynn Cooper, guest quilter Judy Sisneros and Dawn Lickner, quilt appraiser, as well as more than 300 quilts on display, an opportunity quilt raffle at 3 p.m. Sunday, vendors, a country store, door prizes and more. Tickets are $7, and parking is free. Learn more at www. Art on the move Spring brings with it the start of the 2009 Auburn Art Walk series, which kicks off with a citywide reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. More than 30 locations between Old Town and Downtown Auburn host the creations of local artists, many of whom will be on hand to discuss their art. Live music is an added bonus at the Art Walk, which occurs on the second Thursday of April, June, August and October. Find Art Walk maps at Call (530) 885-5670 for information. Hop to it The Easter Bunny has recruited quite a few local helpers to ensure that local egg hunts go off without a hitch. The Auburn Moose Lodge holds a community hunt at 10 a.m. sharp on April 11. The hunt, open to kids of all ages, will be held at Auburn’s Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive. Call (530) 885-1013 for information. Also starting promptly at 10 a.m. April 11 is the Newcastle Golden Spike Lions Club egg hunt, which will be held at Home on the Range, located at 671 Newcastle Road at Indian Hill Road in Newcastle. The egg hunt is open to children 10 and younger. Other highlights include a tiny tots’ race, spoon races, ice cream and prizes. Call (916) 663-3927 for information. Next up, at noon April 11, is the Active 20-30 International Auburn No. 19 80th annual Easter egg hunt at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Highlights at this hunt include prize baskets and both real and plastic eggs. Call (916) 240-5723 for information. Giddy-up! Calling all cowboys and rodeo queens — the Auburn Wild West Stampede barrels into town later this month. Pre-rodeo events occur throughout the month — Miss Auburn Stampede horsemanship on Sunday, kids’ national anthem contest April 18, kick-off party and kids’ dummy roping April 22, barrel racing April 23, team roping April 24 — but the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo bucks into high gear the weekend of April 25-26 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Barrel racing, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, steer wrestling and bull, bareback and saddle riding all promise to get your heart racing. For a schedule and tickets, see