Pet Adoptions Just $20 At Placer County’s Auburn Shelter April 30 - May 7

Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-05-03

Facing a spring surplus of rescue pets - and in celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day April 30 - Placer County’s Auburn animal services center will lower adoption fees from April 30 through May 7. Dog adoptions  - normally $118 plus a $20 licensing fee - are just $20 (plus the $20 licensing fee). Cat adoption fees are reduced from $98 to $20 (no licensing fee). 

“National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness for all the wonderful animals in need of a warm and loving forever home,” said Anna Piland, Placer County animal services manager. “As the old saying goes, unconditional love is a close as your nearest animal shelter."

Dog adoption fees include the cost of the heartworm test (for dogs over 6 months); a first heartworm preventative pill; flea and tick prevention; a first distemper, parvo and bordetella vaccination; rabies vaccination (if over 4 months); deworming; microchipping; and spay or neuter procedures.

Cat adoption fees include the cost of feline AIDS and leukemia test; a first feline distemper vaccination; deworming; rabies vaccination (if over 4 months); microchipping; and spay or neuter procedures.

Search available animals for your new best friend on our animal services website. Or drop by the Auburn shelter (11251 B Auburn) anytime during its recently-expanded hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Would-be adopters must complete an adoption application, also available on our website.

Abriter Foster Family

PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Markets Opening for Summer Season

Source: Chad Riley, PlacerGROWN  |  2016-05-03

PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Markets provide buyers with direct access to local farmers and fresh produce options for a healthy lifestyle.

Farm-Fresh Produce Readily Available in Nation’s Premier Farm-to-Fork Region

Four seasonal PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Markets are opening for the 2016 summer season, providing a plethora of produce options for residents of Placer County and surrounding areas who are looking to enjoy a farm-fresh, healthy lifestyle. The seasonal farmers’ markets offer community members a variety of unique venues for buying local and join two year-round farmers’ markets in Auburn and Roseville.

“It’s very important for us to provide farm-fresh produce in as many places as possible in Placer County,” said PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “We’re thrilled to connect families to friendly farmers who can answer questions and talk about their products and heritage. Going to the farmers’ markets can be a valuable learning experience.”

Merchants and community members in Placer County looking for seasonal ingredients can pick up fresh produce at one of the following PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Markets: Auburn Old Town, Fountains in Roseville, Dewitt Center in Rocklin, Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay, High Hand Nursery in Loomis, and RC Willey in Rocklin. All markets sell PlacerGROWN fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, honey, eggs, herbs and other items from a variety of local producers.

“As one of the best agricultural regions in California, Placer County is the perfect place to embrace a healthy eating lifestyle,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “Our producers have been growing on the land for many generations, and the ingredients that you pick up from a PlacerGROWN Farmers’ Market offers top-tier quality, in a homegrown environment.”

For more information about the six markets, visit For an interview with PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold, please contact Chad Riley at 916-285-9835.

Opening Dates for PlacerGROWN Farmer’s Markets:

  • RC Willey in Rocklin – May 7, 2016
  • High Hand Nursery in Loomis – May 19, 2016
  • Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay – May 22, 2016
  • DeWitt Center in Rocklin – June 8, 2016
  • Auburn Old Town – Open year-round
  • Fountains in Roseville – Open year-round

About PlacerGROWN
Supported by Placer County, PlacerGROWN is the information source dedicated to educating residents about the freshest agricultural products the region has to offer. Through its website, social media, and other outreach programs, PlacerGROWN connects community members with the farmers’ markets, farms, orchards, ranches, wineries, nurseries, and specialty food stores in one of the most diverse growing areas in Northern California. To discover the bounty of agricultural products produced by farmers who call Placer County home, or for more information about PlacerGROWN, visit

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Synchronized Swimming Championship May 13-15 at Rusch Park Pool

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-05-03

300 Youth Synchro Swimmers to Compete

Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team (SSST) and Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) are teaming up to bring the Region B Synchronized Swimming Championship to Rusch Park Pool in Citrus Heights on May 13-15.  This is a USA Synchro sanctioned event that has been around for 25 plus years and rotates between Walnut Creek, Santa Clara and Placer Valley.

Nearly 300 female youth athletes are expected to compete ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old.  The categories they will be competing in include solo, duets, trios and teams.  Only the solos, duets and teams will be vying for a spot in the National Junior Olympics that are held in Long Island, New York on June 24 -July 2.

"The top three in each event qualify to represent our region in New York; it truly is the best of the best," explained Robin Mizell, SSST Coach.  "Often times, the top three at this competition are the same ones who take top honors at the Junior Olympics," added Mizell.

The geographic region these talented swimmers come from is primarily Northern California including the Bay Area and Central Coast.  The favored team for the younger age groups, specifically 11/12 and 13/15, is the Santa Clara Aquamaids.  In the older age division, 16 and up, the local team SSST is expected to lead the competition.

Mark your calendars and come on down to the Rusch Park Pool, located at 7801 Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights to see some spectacular synchronized swimming! 

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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Will Durst’s Elect To Laugh: 2016

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2016-05-03

On Stage at the State Theatre in Auburn

Will Durst’s Elect To Laugh: 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016 ~ Time 7:30 pm

Elect To Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand-new, hysterical, one-man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80 minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.

Elect to Laugh: 2016 is comedy for people who read or know someone who does. Political comedy for folks who don’t like politics.

Co-authored by the best joke writers in the business: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, not to mention the ubiquitous Sarah Palin, and ably assisted by the 535 hard-working satirists in Congress, this show is more bipartisan than an Apple Pie Day Proclamation. Every political stance is taken to task with extra-special attention paid to the irredeemably dim. Of which there is more than a little. 

Winston Churchill called the American political process a circus wrapped inside a game show - well, he should have. And both sides of the partisan aisle can’t help but agree that the 2016 election season has spawned one of the most fertile, febrile and fecund campaigns in history. . . for mocking and scoffing and taunting purposes, that is. As a source for comedic material it has been an embarrassment of riches. Lush like a tropical rain forest. A cornucopia of delights.  Like slam-dunking from a stepladder. 

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst’s stand-up comedy is guided by his abiding motto, “You can’t make stuff up like this." The New York Times calls him "possibly the best political comic working in the country today." Fox News agrees, "he's a great political satirist," while The Oregonian hails him as a “hilarious stand-up journalist.” The critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run of his one man show: The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, was turned into a book of the same name by Ulysses Press. 

Durst's performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 7:30 pm
Run Time: 2 hours with intermission
Reserved Seating: $24
Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA
Box Office: or 530-885-0156

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Lacy J. Dalton & The Dalton Gang

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2016-05-03

On Stage at the State Theatre in Auburn

Lacy J. Dalton & The Dalton Gang

Saturday, June 4, 2016 ~ 7:30 pm

One of the most recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt” – Lacy J. Dalton puts on a truly electrifying stage show. She is one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels.

Her hit records include “Hard Times”; “Crazy Blue Eyes”; “and the worldwide #1 hit, “Black Coffee” which sold millions. Her signature song, “16th Avenue”, was voted one of Country’s Top 100 Songs ever by Billboard Magazine.

Lacy ‘s independent CD, “The Last Wild Place” with her long time band, The Dalton Gang, was a great critical success, going #1 on the World Country Independent Chart. The song “Slip Away” became the #1 single on that chart. “She Could Run”, a poignant song about a race horse, went #1 on the Worldwide Internet Radio Station, KOCR.

Lacy’s musical influences include Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Billie Holliday, Hank Williams, Sr., Tammy Wynette and J.J. Cale."

Lacy is one of those artists who is making a huge difference on so many levels; her personal foundation, “Let ‘Em Run”, which she started with long time musical partner Willie Nelson, has, to date, saved the lives of thousands of wild horses.

The Dalton Gang is:

Dale Poune, Guitar, mandolin, dobro ,vocals. In addition to working with Lacy, Dale performs with Buddy Miles, Coasters, Drifters, and The Parrot Heads.

Bill Laymon, Bass, vocals. Perhaps best known for his many years as bassist for the New Riders of the Purple Sage, his credentials include numerous tours of duty with the world-renowned Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Al Jardine.

Michael Kalmar, Drummer. Michael has recorded and toured extensively or done projects with such notables as: The Soulard Blues Band, The Billy Barnett Trio, and The Midnight.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 4, 2016 ~ 7:30 pm
Run Time: 2.5 hours with intermission
General Admission: $24 Advance, $28 Day of Show
Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA
Box Office: or 530-885-0156

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Final Environmental Docs Released for Martis Valley West Parcel

Source: Alex Boesch, County of Placer  |  2016-05-03

The final environmental impact report was released today for a proposed development plan in the Martis Valley.

The Martis Valley West Specific Plan consists of two components: a west parcel and an east parcel. The west parcel consists of 1,052 acres; the east parcel contains 6,373 acres. The proposed plan would transfer the rights to build residential and commercial development from the east parcel to the west parcel. Development would take place on 662 acres in the west parcel, while preserving the entire east parcel.

A specific plan establishes criteria for this specific project, whereas the Martis Valley Community Plan broadly sets out conditions and requirements for the wider region.

The land is located in Placer County and the two parcels are on either side of State Route 267. The west parcel is located southeast of the Northstar Resort and east of Sawmill Reservoir. The east parcel is located on forested land that has been already been harvested for timber.

The project will be presented to the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council May 12 at 6 p.m. The NTRAC meeting will be held at the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Room. Both the Placer County Planning Commission and county board of supervisors will hold hearings on the plan at later dates that will be announced when scheduled. Both the Placer County Planning Commission and board of supervisors will hold hearings on the plan at later dates that will be announced when scheduled.

Copies of the report are available online and at the Tahoe City Library, 740 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., Truckee; the Placer County Administrative Center, 775 North Lake Blvd. Tahoe City; and the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency building, 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.

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Boating Scheduled to Resume at Pyramid Lake on May 2

Source: DWR Public Affairs Office  |  2016-04-28

Water Level Was Lowered to Allow Maintenance at Nearby Castaic Powerplant

Pyramid Lake’s water level will have risen enough following a planned drawdown over the past week that boating on the lake will resume on May 2, the Department of Water Resources announced today.

Boating was suspended on Friday April 22 as the water level was lowered to facilitate maintenance work at the nearby Castaic Powerplant. The drawdown lowered Pyramid Lake’s level from 2,571 feet to 2,563 feet and made the boat ramp unusable.

Boating was suspended to ensure boaters would not be left without an ability to remove their boats from the lake once the boat ramp became inoperable. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cleared the lake of boats on April 22, and the ramp was barricaded and the boating concession closed.

Inflows from the State Water Project to Pyramid Lake have slowly increased the lake’s storage in the past week, and the boat ramp will be available for use once again on Monday morning.

Scheduled water deliveries to Southern California customers continued without interruption during the Castaic Powerplant work.

California has been dealing with the effects of drought for five years. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at

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Placer County Offers Three Development Opportunities in Kings Beach

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-04-28

Placer County is offering three development opportunities in Kings Beach at North Lake Tahoe, a year-round, world-class outdoor tourist destination.

Three request for interest documents have been released by Placer County and the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency, a public entity overseen by the board of supervisors inviting experienced development firms to submit letters of interest for the opportunity to acquire or develop up to three properties conveniently located on North Lake Boulevard in Kings Beach. Respondents are expected to detail their experience and vision for a development project consistent with community goals and area plans.

The Kings Beach area presents a unique opportunity as it is one of the primary commercial, residential and recreational centers in the Lake Tahoe Basin and home to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, one of the most beautiful and well-known beaches on Lake Tahoe.

All three properties are being offered separately, though it is possible for a developer to combine two or more properties into a single related or compatible project, so responses containing multiple or combined proposals will be accepted.

The Eastern Gateway property is located on North Lake Boulevard (State Route 28) at the southwest corner intersection of North Lake Boulevard and Chipmunk Street. The property is approximately 1.3 acres of real property consisting of 10 contiguous parcels and is ideally situated at the eastern entrance of the Kings Beach. The property offers 400 feet of high-visibility commercial frontage along North Lake Boulevard.

The Kings Beach Center property is located on North Lake Boulevard in the heart of Kings Beach and is across the street from the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The property is approximately 3.5 acres consisting of 16 parcels, ideal for a high-quality, mixed-use project that could include accommodations, retail, office and civic-use space. The Kings Beach Center also offers 625 feet of high-visibility commercial frontage along North Lake Boulevard.

The Town Center South property is also located on North Lake Boulevard in Kings Beach. The property is approximately 0.9 acres of real property consisting of four contiguous parcels. The Town Center South property offers 125 feet of high-visibility commercial frontage along North Lake Boulevard.

All properties are within the nearly-complete Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project -- a water quality, beautification and transportation project. The KBCCIP is an award-winning, $50 million investment designed to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly commercial center in the heart of Kings Beach.

Each RFI provides a description of the property, submittal information and requirements, an explanation of evaluation criteria and next steps. It is the county’s and Successor Agency’s desire to select proposal concepts that are consistent with the proposed Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan and Kings Beach community vision.

Based on the number and types of RFI responses received the Successor Agency, at its sole discretion, may solicit more formal proposals (through a request for proposals) from one or more of the respondents, or enter into an agreement with a single respondent or party.

Prospective developers will have two opportunities to visit the Eastern Gateway, Kings Beach Center and Town Center South properties, guided by county staff. Attendance is voluntary; interested parties are not required to attend.

Interested parties have until June 29, 2016, to submit letters of interest. RFIs, milestone dates and RFI submittal details are available on Placer County’s website at

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Amador Wedding Faire Presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

Source: Lily Lopez  |  2016-04-26

The Amador Wedding Faire Presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort returns on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Spend the day with your family or bridal party while you mingle with Wedding Professionals to create the day of your dreams. Attendees of the Amador Wedding Faire will be entered into a drawing to win lavish prizes, taste fine cuisine by various catering services, enjoy a bridal fashion show, peruse wedding décor and floral arrangements, and take home a complimentary Bridal Bag.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom. There will be a no-host bar and concessions available for purchase. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at the Casino Cashier’s Cage or

If you are interested in being a vendor or having a booth at the Amador Wedding Faire, please contact our Sales Department at 209-223-8477

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit

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National History Day Returns to William Jessup University on May 6-7

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-04-26

1,200 Students to Compete in State Finals

May 6-7 the William Jessup University (WJU) campus will literally come alive with history when they host National History Day - California (NHD-CA) for the second year in a row. Designed to encourage students to delve deeper into history by extensively examining a chosen topic that relates to the annual theme is the foundation of this year-long educational program. Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History is the 2016 theme and more than 1,200 California students have advanced on to the state finals.

In the past this final leg of the state competition has rotated between Northern and Southern California, however due to the success and support NHD-CA received from WJU, Placer Valley Tourism and Placer County they decided to make WJU their permanent home location for the state finals explained Whitney Olson, NHD-CA Coordinator. "The campus, the dorms, the people and the PVT grant were all amazing and this will allow us stability in our judging pool which is huge," added Olson.

The grade levels competing are 4th through 12th and the grade-span is divided into three divisions; Elementary (grades 4-5), Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). The Elementary division ends at this state level, however Junior and Senior divisions will crown state champions who will advance on to the National competition that will take place at the University of Maryland at College Park from June 12-16.

The students will be interviewed by the judges on both Friday and Saturday and the following categories are open for public viewing: performances, websites, and documentaries. The 2D displays and exhibits have set public viewing times. A full schedule can be found at

This two-day event is free to the public so come on down to WJU located at 333 Sunset Blvd in Rocklin and see what these incredible, creative and innovative students have created!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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