Things to Do: July 27-Aug. 2

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Friday, July 27

Picnic on the Farm, 6-9 p.m., The Natural Trading Company, 5841 Fruitridge Road, Newcastle. Dinner featuring meat from Sierra Foothill Producers Cooperative and Natural Trading Company. Bring potluck dish highlighting local food and plate, utensils and cups. Farm Stand Friday open, 4-8 p.m. RSVP to

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;

Athena Art Gallery grand opening, 6-8 p.m., Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., Colfax. Wine and cheese; meet artist C’Anne Elliott and view paintings, multimedia work and jewelry. (530) 305-4050.

Saturday, July 28

Relay for Life gambling bus trip to Harrah’s Reno, sponsored by Mt. Vernon Grange Hall No. 453. $30; includes $5 cash/$5 food credit. Raffle prizes. Bus stops at Donner Summit for continental breakfast. Fundraiser for Team Mt. Vernon Grange’s Relay for Life team.(530) 885-9226 or (530) 210-7554;

National Dance Day, 9-10:30 a.m., Rock Creek Elementary School, 3050 Bell Road, Auburn. Donna Lisa Otto and Karen Leese review choreography and then do a mass dance. Email if you’d like to video the routine so it can be sent in.

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

Tom Wernigg plays original music in John Denver and Johnny Cash style, 4-6 p.m., Colfax Greek Bistro, 30 N. Main St., Colfax. Double Overtime performs 1970s and ’80s music with acoustic guitars and vocals, 7-9 p.m. Free; (530) 305-4050.

Sierra Friends of Tibet hosts international journalist Robert Weir, 7 p.m. Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Weir speaks on “India’s Religious Diversity” following his 2011-12 trip to the Himalayas and India. Free;

9 to 5 the Musical,” 7:30 p.m. July 28, Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11; 2 p.m. July 29, Aug. 4, 5 and 11, State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. $25; $22 advance. Matinee/senior/child $18. Includes dessert and beverage. Box office open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.

Astronomy & Stargazing, 8-10 p.m., Placer Nature Center, 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn. Special focus on moon, Mars, Saturn and stars. Don Machholz, author and comet-hunter, weave tales of galaxies and explores the night sky with his telescopes. Free to members; $7 general admission. Pre-registration requested; (530) 878-6053 or

Sunday, July 29

111-Mile Motorcycle Run to benefit Forgotten Soldier Program, 9 a.m. C&E Auburn V-Twin, 12015 Shale Ridge Road, Auburn. Community fundraiser, 3-7 p.m., Dingus McGee’s, 14500 Musso Road. $25; children 10 and under $10. Food, live music;

Wednesday, Aug. 1

“Terrific Trees: Preschool Story Time with Nature,” 10:30-11 a.m., Penryn Library, 2215 Rippey Road, Penryn. Stories, puppetry and song introduce trees. Walk outside to explore tree parts with discovery tools and your senses. Free;

Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sierra Pool, $1.

Cracker plays a concert at 7 p.m. at Dingus McGee’s, 14500 Musso Road, Auburn. Currently out on tour with Barenaked Ladies, Cracker will headline their own Auburn show with The Torpedoes and Velvet Tongue. Cracker has been described as alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country and even punk and classic rock. The band has multiple gold records and hit songs like “Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Get Off This.” Pictured from left are Frank Funaro, Johnny Hickman, David Lowery and Sal Maida.

Movie night, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,”  8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Recreation Park, free.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn speaks at Sons in Retirement luncheon, Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. Social hour 11 a.m., buffet pork loin lunch at noon. Ruffcorn shares his more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. Only cost is lunch. All members and interested retirees welcome.

Open Mic for the Spoken Word, Mel’s Diner, 1730 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn. Signups 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Five-minute bits. No political or off-color work. Free; or (530) 613-1153.