ASA Memorial Day Classic, May 28-30

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

Signs of summer in Placer Valley are sunshine and softball, which seem to go hand and hand especially with the ASA Memorial Day Classic.  In its sixth year, this tournament will be bringing more than 140 teams to various fields in Roseville and Lincoln.  Girls ages 9 to 18 will be hitting the fields for this three-day event that promises top-notch competition and guarantees a six-game minimum for every team. The action will start on Friday, May 28 with final games taking place on Monday, May 30. Mark your calendars and come support softball at its finest! 

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Concert at Quarry Park, May 21

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

Come see what the brand new Quarry Park Amphitheater in Rocklin is all about on Saturday, May 21 when the second concert of the spring/summer line-up takes place. You will get a chance to enjoy music from the legendary California band, Papa Doo Run Run, who are known for their Beach Boys vibe, when they take the stage around 7 p.m. First up though is the Jimmy Buffett inspired Garrattt Wilken & the Parrotheads who will be opening this incredible show at 4:30 p.m.   

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Tour de Lincoln, May 14

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

Recently recognized as one of the top ten best metric century rides in the Nation, the Tour de Lincoln is one event you won't want to miss! Whether or not you're a seasoned pro, there are riding options for everyone.  The Pleasure Cruiseis a beautiful 10 mile ride,The Rolling Hills route adds a little more challenge with its 20 mile course, The Country Climb is suited for the more ambitious riders with 40 gorgeous miles and finally The Metric Century will deliver 63 miles of stunning Placer County hillsides as well as a 3800' of vertical gain! In celebration of the 15th anniversary, special jerseys are available to purchase. This incredible community event is made possible by the Lincoln Volunteer Center and will take place Saturday May, 14 where all rides leave from McBean Park. 

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Folsom Lake International Triathlon, May 7

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

TBF Racing is excited to be bringing back the Folsom Lake International Triathlon for the fifth year in row! There are a few options for all you fitness fanatics out there. First up is the Folsom Lake Super Sprint Triathlon with a 7 a.m. start time, next is the Folsom Lake International Trialthlon at 8 a.m. and finally the Aquabike and Open Water Swim at 8:12 a.m. All races start at Granite Beach in the Folsom Lake SRA and new this year, every finisher will receive  a custom Finisher Medal!

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Placer County Republican Party Sponsors First Head-to-Head Debate Among the Eight Republican Candidates for the 6th Assembly District Contest

Source: Dennis C. Revell, Placer County Republican Party  |  2016-05-05

First time all eight Republican Candidates will square off in a debate-style format.

  WHEN:          Monday, May 9, 2016
                        6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                        Debate Begins Promptly at 7:00 p.m.

 WHERE:       Timber Creek Lodge
                        7050 Del Webb Blvd.
                        Sun City, Roseville, CA

  COST:            Admission is $10 with Online Registration
                         Online Ticket Required for Admission  
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                         (Reserved Seating for members of Placer County Republican
                         Volunteer Organizations)

On Monday evening, May 9, 2016, Bill Halldin, Kevin Hanley, Gabriel Hydrick, Suzanne Jones, Kevin Kiley, Ron Mikulaco, Cristi Nelson and Andy Pugno will square off in their first head-to-head debate as each seeks to be the Republican Party’s choice in the 6th Assembly District. This debate is the first debate of 2016 for the Placer County Republican Party.  Gary Dietrich, political analyst for KFBK and President of Citizen Voice, will serve as the debate moderator.

California’s 6th State Assembly District is one of 80 California State Assembly Districts. The district encompasses an outer ring of Northern and Eastern Sacramento suburbs.  The district runs up against the Sierra Nevada to the east, with the urban core to the southwest and Sacramento Valley farmland to the northwest. Approximately one‐third of El Dorado County’s (Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills); 10% of Sacramento County’s (Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Orangevale); and 78% of Placer County’s (Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin, and Roseville) population make up the district.

Since a special election in 2011, the district has been represented by Republican Assemblymember Beth Gaines of El Dorado Hills, who is termed out at the end of 2016. This leaves arguably one of California’s most Republican Assembly Districts up for grabs. There are eight Republicans, one No Party Preference and two Democrats running for the seat.

The debate format will permit the candidates to pose questions to each other as well as respond to questions from the audience.  The debate is conveniently scheduled to coincide with when many of the 6th Assembly District voters will be receiving their “Vote By Mail” ballots in their mailboxes.

The Placer County Republican Central Committee is pleased to sponsor this debate in conjunction with the Auburn Area Republican Women, Federated; Placer County Republican Assembly; Lincoln Club of the Sierras; South Placer Republican Women, Federated; Sun City Lincoln Hills Republican Club; and Sun City Roseville Republicans.

Admission to the debate is $10.  Individuals interested in attending must go online ( to purchase a ticket and register to be issued a personalized admission ticket. No one will be admitted without their admission ticket.  Attendees are urged to come early as seating is limited.  An individual’s admission ticket does not guarantee him/her a seat.

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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.

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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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