Things to Do: Aug. 31-Sept. 8

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Friday, Aug. 31

Friday Night Flights, 5-7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 120 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn. Wine tasting by Dono dal Cielo. View artwork by local artists. Wine purchases available. (530) 887-8787;

Toga party and three-year anniversary celebration, 7-9 p.m., Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., Colfax. Wear a toga and get $2 off Greek beer or wine. Free soda if under 21 and wearing toga. Liquid Chicken performs blues and rock. (530) 305-4050.

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;

Not Even Once benefit concert, 8 p.m., Pistol Pete’s, 140 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Performances by Irrelevant, Skin of Saints and GerAnimo; silent auction for art; raffle. $10 cover, 21 and over; proceeds benefit children of Sean Needham, who died in July, and to promote drug abuse awareness. (530) 320-0375.

Saxophonist Darin Houser plays classic rock with a twist live with TBA Allstars, 9 p.m., Valencia Club, 2162 Taylor Road, Penryn.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Auburn Grange Flea Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3185 Bell Road, Auburn. Booth rentals benefit the California Grange. Call (530) 888-6689. Market held first and third Saturdays.

Used book sale, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 1 and 2, 2166 Swetzer Road, Loomis. Benefit for pets of the homeless at Sacramento's Loaves & Fishes. (916) 663-1608

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series presents “Death Takes a Holiday,” 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m., Beecher Room, Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Fredric March stars as an inquisitive Death. Free; (530) 878-7938,

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

Music Matinee @ the Bistro open mic/jam session, 4-6 p.m., Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., Colfax. Bring your voice or an instrument; family-friendly setting. Saturday Music @ 7 variety show with local musicians, 7-9 p.m. Free; (530) 305- 4050.

Taylor Chicks perform, 6-9 p.m., Casque Wines, 3273 Swetzer Road, Loomis. 1950s to current music; fun energy. No cover; wine for sale by the glass and bottle.

Saxophonist Darin Houser plays classic rock with a twist live with TBA Allstars, 9 p.m., Club Car, 836 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Upbeat accordion music by Robert Ludgate, Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., Colfax. Music in Elvis and Sinatra style. (530) 305- 4050.

Monday, Sept. 3

Free yoga classes, 4 and 5:30 p.m., Auburn Yoga, 1175 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn. Active postures classes with some full-force rock music. Yoga experience required.; (530) 889-2920.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Rotary Club of Rocklin Loomis Basin meets, 7-8:30 a.m. first Wednesdays, Ugly Mug, 3859 Taylor Road, Loomis (all other Wednesdays at Whitney Oaks Golf Course, Rocklin). Breakfast, speakers;

Goddess Dance in the Park, 9-10 a.m., Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn. Suggested donation $10. Dance in a circle of women and sense the joy of movement in your body and being. (619) 321-9459;

Thursday, Sept. 6

AARP Chapter 1474 potluck, noon, Senior Center, 11577 E Ave., Auburn. Bring salad, side dish or dessert for six to eight people and own table service. Honey Cowan speaks about therapy sessions with seniors and using animals at C-Horse Ranch. Membership not required; bingo, 10 a.m., lunch, noon. (916) 663-9543.

The Gold Country Fair returns to Auburn Sept. 6-9 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Fair hours are 4-11 p.m. Sept. 6, 4 p.m. to midnight Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 8 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets and schedule at Highlights include $5 Friday, a Thursday performance by the Chris Gardner Band, speedway racing Friday night (Fast Fridays admission includes fair admission), Family Fun Day Saturday, Destruction Derby Sunday, hypnotist Susan Rosen throughout the fair and the Junior Livestock Auction Saturday. Don’t miss the Country Music Takeover Saturday, and check out the livestock exhibits, Kids World, music and, of course, fair food. (530) 823-4533. 

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

Open Mic for the Spoken Word, 7 p.m., Mel’s Diner, 1730 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn. Comedy, poetry, stories. No political or off-color work. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. (530) 613-1153,

Friday, Sept. 7

“Ten Mile Tide” with special guest Sean Lehe on guitar performs, 7 p.m., Auburn Event Center, 145 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $12; tickets at and Dimple Records, Cherry Records and Tribal Weaver. (530) 906-7441.

Take Note Troupe presents “On the Spot Improv,” 7-10 p.m., State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn.  $7; $25 for families, 916 718-0506;;

Saturday, Sept. 8

Jerry Woods and the Torpedos concert, 7-10 p.m., Mt. Vernon Winery, 10850 Mt. Vernon Road, Auburn. Rock ’n’ roll and classic rock – unplugged. $15/person. Dinner available, $10/person (no outside food or drink). RSVP (530) 823-1111 or