Make merry this Mother's Day weekend

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and while cards and flowers are surely appreciated, it’s safe to bet that some quality mom-and-kids time will go a long way too. There are many local events scheduled this weekend that lend themselves to some quality Mother’s Day bonding. Studio tour A dozen Auburn-area artists will be participating together in the North Auburn Art Studios Tour. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone curious about an artist’s creative process has the chance to check out the studios of participating artists Cathy Cline, Reif Erickson, Jim Farley, Sonja Hamilton, Jennifer Johnson, Anita Posey-Lowe, Patty Pieropan Dong, Diane J. Wood, Ty Connors, Dirk Dusharme, Don Crawford and Linda Farley. The tour is free, but be sure to bring your wallet in case you find something you like or think your mom will love. For the map to the studios and more information about the artists, call (530) 889-2002 or see Garden tour The University of California Co-operative Extension’s Placer County Master Gardeners are hosting their 26th annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Six amazing gardens in Newcastle, Loomis, Granite Bay, and Roseville will be featured this year.  The cost is $10 per person, and children under 12 get in free. Buy tickets at Eisley Nursery, 380 Nevada St, Auburn, (530) 885-5163; The Flower Farm Nursery, 9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, (916) 652-5650; and Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, (916) 782-2273. Loomis Art Loop If you want to maximize your Mother’s Day touring opportunities, check out the Loomis Art Loop, which takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 13 studios in Loomis and Penryn. Participating artists are Millie Beatie, Cindy Bonito, Brenda and John Dominguez, Susan Goodmundson, Doug Horton, Diane Ruhkala Bell, Sandy Delehanty, Judy Butler, Victoria Brooks, Stacey Lamothe, Larry Brenden and Janet Paehlig. Learn more at Renaissance faire The whole family is sure to find something they fancy at this weekend’s Cain’s Crossing Renaissance Faire. The festivities take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Regional Park, located at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. Tickets are $12 general, or $5 for children ages 6-12 and seniors 55 and older. Children 5 and younger get in for free. Middle-school students studying world history can access a free admission voucher in the “Passport Program” section of Auburn Bikefest The City of Auburn’s first-ever Auburn Bikefest takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at E.V. Cain Middle School, 150 Palm Ave., Auburn. Bring your bicycle and helmet to this family-friendly bicycle safety event, which features obstacle courses, helmet fittings and bicycle safety inspections and giveways. A release of liability will be required in order to participate. Learn more about Auburn Bikefest at or Spring concert Eisley Nursery presents its annual Spring Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday at the nursery, 380 Nevada St. in Auburn. This concert features the Auburn Concert Band under the direction of Gary Truesdail. The Auburn Concert Band will perform selections from Broadway plays, Hollywood movies, and a special salute to our armed forces. Call (530) 885-5163 for more information about this free event. Buzz about bees The Placer Nature Center’s First Friday Lecture Series presents “A Solitary Life — Our Native Bees” with Robbin Thorpe. The lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. today at the State Theatre. 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Tickets are $12, or $9 for students and Placer Nature Center members. Learn more at