Looking for a red-hot Mother’s Day?

Consider taking mom to one of these Auburn-area events
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Looking to do more than the minimum buy-mom-a-card-and-bouquet deal this Mother’s Day? Lucky for sons and daughters throughout the area, there are many events scheduled Mother’s Day weekend — take note, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9 — that lend themselves to some quality mom-and-me time. North Auburn Art Studios Tour The North Auburn Art Studios Tour features 10 area artists showcasing and demonstrating their creations at eight stops between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 8 and 9. “It’s an opportunity to visit the studios of actual artists, to see how they produce their art,” said Anita Posey Lowe, one of the participating artists. Other participating artists include Rick and Janet Nicholson, Jennifer Johnson, Sonja Hamilton, Cathy Cline, Jim Farley, Diane Wood, Patty Pieropan Dong and Reif Erickson, who is new to the tour. Visit all eight stops, and collect nine different artists’ business cards to qualify for a drawing, Lowe said. Prizes come from the artists themselves. The tour is free and gives visitors a chance to enjoy local art, as well as scenery. “People are traveling along the back roads, where a lot of people might not go,” Lowe said. “We’re all within a few miles of each other.” Lowe said visitors might want to bring their pocketbooks. “Come to buy an enjoyable original piece of art that mother will enjoy,” she said. Learn more about the artists and find a map at Placer County Wine Trail Toast Mother’s Day by visiting wineries along the Placer County Wine Trail. Wineries on the trail include Baumbach Wines, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Mt. Vernon Winery and Vina Castellano in Auburn, and Dono dal Cielo in Newcastle. Tasting rooms will be open noon to 5 p.m. May 8 and 9, with many wineries offering special Mother’s Day treats like live music and hors d’oeuvres. See for further information, and to find a map. Loomis Art Loop While still on this whole driving-around-the-foothills kick, why not check out the Loomis Art Loop, the seventh-annual spring open studios tour, taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 and 9 . The tour is free and features 11 Loomis-area artists, including Brenda Dominguez, Millie Beatie, Larry Brenden, Cindy Bonito, Paula Amerine, Sandy Delehanty, Victoria Brooks, Susan Goodmundson, Julie Hirota, Doug Horton and Thien Dao. Find a map for this tour at www.loomisart or call (916) 652-4351 for more information. Open studio Auburn artist Marianne DeMartini welcomes visitors to stop by her studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 and 9. DeMartini, a studio potter, plans to throw clay and answer questions. A neighbor volunteered to serve tea and other refreshments. “If your mother is interested in ceramics, or anything art related, then I do have a lot of things to look at,” DeMartini said. DeMartini’s studio is located at 225 Foresthill Ave. in Auburn. Call (530) 885-4174 to learn more. Auburn Symphony The Auburn Symphony Chamber Players, under the direction of Maestro Michael Goodwin, present A Baroque Spring Celebration Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The show will be held at the State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The evening kicks off with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. The program includes pieces by Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Bach and more. Tickets are $45 in advance. Learn more about the concert by calling (530) 823-6683 or visit Cain’s Crossing Renaissance Faire Go back in time without leaving Auburn at the Cain’s Crossing Renaissance Fair, which is open to the public starting at 10 a.m. May 8 and 9 at Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn. Regional Park becomes a late-1500s Renaissance shire. Cost for this living history lesson is $12 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Learn more at