May happenings will get you outside and exploring

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It’s time to say goodbye to April and make room for May. The weather’s getting warmer, and the calendar’s heating up with all kinds of local happenings this month. Read on and start planning. Cinco de Mayo A little bit of Mexico comes to Old Town Auburn Tuesday in the form of music, food, vendors, piñatas, folklorico dancing, a climbing rock and fun for the entire family. Old Town Auburn’s Cinco de Mayo celebration runs from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday. This rain-or-shine event is free to the public. Raffle prizes from local merchants will be awarded and $1 tickets will be on sale the day of the event — you must be present to win. Contact Linda Robinson at (530) 888-1585 or for more information. North Auburn Art Studio Tour Looking for something to do on Mother’s Day Weekend? Have a wonderful weekend with mom checking out the North Auburn Art Studio Tour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 and 10. A dozen local artists are ready to talk shop at eight studios. Be sure to get trading cards from the artists — collect them all and your name goes into a drawing to win a piece of art. Participating artists are Jennifer Johnson, Rick and Janet Nicholson, Linda Farley, Sonja Hamilton, Cathy Cline, Diane Wood, Anita Posey-Lowe, Jim Farley, Patty Pieropan-Dong and Shana and Andy Laursen. Their mediums range from watercolor and clay to blown glass and jewelry. The tour is free. Download the map, and learn more, at Cain’s Crossing Renaissance Faire The E.V. Cain Middle School community goes way back in time with its third annual Cain’s Crossing Renaissance Faire and Artisans Market. The fair, which will be held at Regional Park, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn, becomes a bustling 16th century Elizabethan village and market filled with artisans, swordsmen, privateers, guilds and entertainers. Explore history alongside Queen Elizabeth, Sir Francis Drake and William Shakespeare. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children and seniors. Children under 5 get in for free. Learn more by calling (530) 885-8461, ext. 20, or by e-mailing info@cainscrossing. org. Auburn Outdoor Expo & Film Festival Celebrate Auburn’s Endurance Capital of the World status by attending an all-day festival featuring action-packed films, vendors, exhibits, a silent auction, kids’ games, clinics and speakers. Learn more and get excited about hiking and climbing, trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, rafting, kayaking, equestrian sports and more. The festival is held, outdoors, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at the School Park Preserve behind Auburn’s City Hall. Splash Dogs You haven’t spent a real summer in Auburn if you haven’t witnessed the wonder of the “Jump for Cash” Dock Jumping Competition, scheduled for May 15-17 at Overlook Park, 855 Pacific Ave. in Auburn. The doggie dock-diving competition is an annual event that raises money for canine-related causes. This year’s beneficiary is the Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation. The Splash Dogs competition is open to all dogs and handlers who wish to participate regardless of breed, size or experience level. There will be several competition waves daily. The cost for all-day practice is $10 per dog, and competition waves are $20 per dog per wave. Learn more at Antiques Street Fair Old Town Auburn becomes an antique-hunting dream, offering everything from jewels to junk, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. This is a rain-or-shine fair, which offers free admission as well as a free shuttle. Call (530) 888-1585 to learn more. Auburn Home Show Whether you’re dreaming, looking or are ready to take action on a remodel or renovation project, most anyone with a domicile is sure to find something of interest at the Auburn Spring Home Show. More than 1,000 exhibits for everything home and garden transform the Gold Country Fairgrounds into a one-stop shop for all things pertaining to your humble abode May 15-17. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17. Admission is $6, or $1 for children 5-12. Kids under 5 get in free. Parking is $4. Seniors 60 and older can get in for $2 May 15. Learn more by calling (530) 887-3616 or at