Things to Do: Aug. 24-30

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Friday, Aug. 24

View and purchase art from Latitudes, 130 Maple St., Auburn, through Sunday, Sept. 2, Latitudes’ last day of business. Oil painter Linda Merchant, West Gallery, lifelike wild animals; watercolor artist John Long, East Gallery, bold florals, landscapes, still life; photographer Janet Nicholson, East Gallery, work from trip to Italy. 

Taste of Auburn, noon to 2 p.m., The Ridge, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn. Wine and food pairings from four wineries and seven restaurants. Catered luncheon at 2 p.m. Cooking demonstrations. $25; (530) 885-5616, extension 223 or

Friday Night Flights, 5-7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 120 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn. Wine tasting by Mark Adams – Rancho Roble. Live violin music by Giorgi Khokhobashvili. View artwork by local artists. Wine purchases available. (530) 887-8787;

J&J Performing Arts theater program registration, 6 p.m., 10395 Combie Road, Auburn. Classes for youth aged 4-18 start Sept. 10 at Generation Gym, 2284 Industrial Place, Grass Valley. Class schedule and prices at; (530) 368-7636.

CoMotion community ecstatic dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. second and fourth Fridays, Newcastle Portuguese Hall, 690 Taylor Road, Newcastle. DJd event for all ages; drug- and alcohol-free. Conversation and shoes left at the door. Sliding scale admission.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway racing, 8 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn. See motorcycles race 0-60 mph in three seconds with no brakes. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. (530) 878-RACE;

Saturday, Aug. 25

Race for the Arts, 8:30 a.m. to noon, William Land Regional Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. 5K run/walk, fun runs benefit arts organizations; 13 Placer County arts and culture organizations represented. PlacerArts 360 receives all donations so designated on pledge forms. (530) 885-5670,

Vintage Cottage Girls Junkalicious shopping event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10523 Rock View Court, Auburn. Vintage treasures, painted furniture, shabby chic and garden décor. Vintage trailers on display. (530) 906-3887.

California Rangers Civil War-era horse drill reenactment, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Ridge, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn. Historically accurate drills and equipment. Free; donations accepted to Forgotten Soldier Program.

Great American River Wild Duck Derby, 10:30 a.m., on river between Confluence and No Hands Bridge. Benefits Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Protect American River Canyons. Winning ducks mean prizes for owners; $1,000 grand prize. Adopt a duck (starting at $10 for singles) at 601 Lincoln Way, Auburn, (530) 885-5616.

Pack of Animal Fun – Adventures in Nature, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Placer Nature Center, 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn. A backpack filled with animal stories, animal puppet and activity. Check out a pack and have some fun, $2 loan fee.

Two Barrels Shy performs, 2-5 p.m., Dono dal Cielo, 6100 Wise Road, Newcastle. Free;

Spaghetti Dinner and Dance under the Stars, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Newcastle. Dinner until 8 p.m.; dancing until 11 p.m.; master of ceremonies and music, Dave Rosenthal, KAHI Radio. Sponsored by Newcastle Lions Club. $10; benefits U.C. Burn Unit and Lions projects. Tickets at Carol’s Market and Quality Market, Newcastle.

Music & More Summer Musical Theater Workshop presents “All the World’s a Stage,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, 3 p.m. Aug. 26, 11596 D Ave., Auburn. Teens and adults present favorites from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hair Spray,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and more. $7 at the door; (530) 305-6806,

Placer High School Class of 2002 reunion, Power’s Mansion Inn, 195 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner, microbrew and wine, slideshow of the past;; (858) 245-2873.


Sunday, Aug. 26


An Afternoon with the Maestro: Maestro Peter Jaffe previews the Auburn Symphony’s 25th season from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Auburn’s Birdsall Mansion. The appetizer and wine fundraiser benefits the Sept. 8 “Symphony in the Park” concert. $75 ($50 for season ticket holders by Aug. 24); (530) 823-6683, Catering by Ty Rowe of Bootleggers.


Tuesday, Aug. 28


DeWitt Social dancers dance class and practice party, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Building 313A, DeWitt Senior Center, 11576 D Ave., Auburn. Lesson 6-7:30 p.m.; party until 9 p.m. $7; refreshments included. (916) 390-1084 or

DeMolay Auburn chapter meets, 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Masonic Center, 956½ Lincoln Way, Auburn. All interested parties welcome to attend. (530) 863-3355 or (530) 401-5463.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Auburn Chess Club meets, 6:30 p.m., The Power Club, 195 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Free; all ages and skill levels;, (562) 810-9113,