November boasts calendar packed with fun

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Sure, you’ve got Thanksgiving marked on the calendar, but if you’re looking for more fun ways to spend your days this month, consider some of the area’s noteworthy November events. Twilight Zone Just because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t still spook out a little. The Placer High School drama department presents “Twilight Zone: The Play,” an on-stage homage to the classic television series that started a new era in storytelling. Audiences will enjoy four amazing “episodes,” adapted for the stage and presented in a bold and imaginative way. “Twilight Zone” opens Thursday, with 7:30 p.m. shows planned for Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-21. All performances are held in the Placer High School Auditorium, 275 Orange Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets, sold at the door only, are $10 general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Call (530) 885-4581, ext. 5834 for more information. Autumn Art Studios Tour Placer County artists open their studio doors for all to see during next weekend’s Autumn Art Studios Tour, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13-15. In its 16th year, the Autumn Art Studios Tour enables thousands of art enthusiasts to visit with artists in their studios to see the creative process at work. This self-guided tour includes 77 artists showing at 51 studio locations throughout the county. Tickets for the three-day Autumn Art Studios Tour are $10 for adults, and K-12 students get in free. Contact PlacerArts for tickets and information by calling (530) 885-5670 or visiting Placer Hills Winery Tour More than a dozen wineries open their doors for a “no-appointments-necessary” open-house weekend, the Placer Hills Winery Tour. The tour operates from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 14-15, during which time participating wineries offer barrel tastings, new releases, discounts and more. Participants include Baumbach Wines, Casque Wines, Cristaldi Vineyards, Dono dal Cielo Vineyard, Duarte Family Vineyards, Fawnridge Winery, Fox Barrel Cider, Green Family Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Mt. Vernon Winery, Ophir Wines, Peascatore Vineyard & Winery, Rancho Roble Vineyard, Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery and Viña Castellano. Participation in the tour is free, but some wineries may charge a tasting fee. Learn more, and find a map featuring participating wineries, at Auburn Symphony fundraisers Lovers of music and a good time have a couple events to consider this month. First up is The World of Wines, featuring wine expert Dave Luce, who promises to lead attendees on a wine-tasting adventure from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Latitudes, 130 Maple St. Tickets are $25. A percentage of wine sales go to the Auburn Symphony. Reservations are required by Nov. 11 and can be made by calling (530) 823-6683. Later in the month, on Nov. 21, the help-the-Symphony fun continues with Swing for the Symphony, a dinner/dance held at the Power’s Mansion Ballroom, 195 Harrison Ave. Enjoy the tunes of Grant Pyle’s “Swing/Song” contemporary swing orchestra, casino games, a silent auction, prizes and more. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Music and dancing are scheduled for 8-10 p.m., and casino games are available from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Auburn Symphony office, 808 Lincoln Way, and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 601 Lincoln Way. The deadline for ticket purchase is Nov. 16. Call (916) 663-4188 for more information. Mountain Mandarin Festival Get ready for something sweet, as plans are underway for the 16th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, which will be held Nov. 20-22 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. The festival celebrates the new crop of delicious, locally grown mandarin oranges and features a mandarin recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, crafts and activities, a free children’s area, live music and entertainment. Try chocolate-covered fresh mandarins, mandarin gelato, chicken wings, pizza, pulled pork, or take home mandarin barbecue sauces, syrups, dressings and dozens of other mandarin inspired concoctions. Admission is $2 on Preview Friday, open noon to 5 p.m. The festival is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for everyone 16 and older, and $3 for seniors. Parking is $5. The Gold Country Fairgrounds are located at 1273 High St. Learn more by calling (916) 663-1918 or visiting Ragtime concert The Auburn Education Foundation welcomes Bob Milne, a nationally known ragtime pianist, back to Auburn for a ragtime piano concert, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Finley St. Tickets are $25 for the concert, which includes dessert. Tickets have sold out each of the past three years. Call (530) 878-0228, (530) 885-7408 or (530) 885-9891 for tickets. Learn more about Milne at Learn more about the Auburn Education Foundation at