New Alert System to Help Greater Sacramento Area Families Find Missing Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Source: Adrianna Henson, Home Instead Senior Care  |  2016-10-20

Home Instead Senior Care Network Launches Online Service to Help Keep Seniors Safe

One of the worst scenarios for families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease is a loved one wandering or getting lost. It causes immediate panic and concern, and unfortunately happens all too often. In fact, nearly 50 percent of some of these family members have experienced a loved one with Alzheimer’s wandering or getting lost, according to a new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Of those, nearly one in five called the police for assistance. To help families keep their loved ones safe, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior NetworkSM, now available in Sacramento.

Found at, the platform enables family caregivers to alert a network of friends, family and businesses to be on the lookout for a missing senior. The service provides a way to alert the network of a missing senior via text or email. Families can also choose to post an alert to the Home Instead Remember for Alzheimer’s Facebook page, connected to 270,000 followers.

“These frightening occurrences lead families to call our office and ask for help,” said Buck Shaw, franchise owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Sacramento and surrounding counties. “This resource was created to help Sacramento area families understand the risk of wandering and have a tool that empowers them to quickly take action if a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia wanders.”

The Missing Senior Network is part of Home Instead Senior Care network’s new Prevent WanderingSM program, which includes resources such as insight into what may trigger wandering events, steps families can take to help keep their loved ones safe, and tips on what to do if a wandering event occurs.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, anyone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is at risk of wandering.

“Wandering can happen at any time, and not just on foot ─ someone in a car or even a wheelchair could wander,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early Stage Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association. “A person may want to go back to a former job he or she had, even though that job may no longer exist. Or, someone may have a personal need that must be met. There’s always a purpose and intent. It’s just a matter of identifying the triggers.”

Family caregivers should be aware of the following common triggers that may cause someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia to wander:

  1. Delusions or hallucinations. Those living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may misinterpret sights or sounds, causing them to feel fearful and wander to escape their environment.
  2. Overstimulation. Individuals living with dementia can become easily upset in noisy or crowded environments, triggering them to look for an escape from the chaos.
  3. Fatigue, especially during late afternoons and evenings. Individuals living with dementia may become tired, causing restless pacing and, eventually, wandering.
  4. Disorientation to place and time. Individuals may not recognize they are home and seek to return to a familiar place, such as a former workplace.
  5. Change in routine. Individuals living with dementia may become confused following a change of routine, wandering in an effort to return to a familiar place.

“We understand the topic of wandering is something many families coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia may avoid discussing,” said Shaw. “It’s important for families to understand the potential triggers for wandering and have a plan in place to help keep their loved ones safe.”

For additional tips and program resources, visit, or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Greater Sacramento area to learn how family caregivers can help prevent and respond to wandering. You can find an office near you by visiting

To access the Missing Senior Network, visit

About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 12 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.

Senator Gaines Rips California’s Business Climate On Verizon Closure

Source: Office of Senator Gaines  |  2016-10-20

Senator Ted Gaines issued the following statement on the closure of the Verizon customer service center in Rancho Cordova and the 1,000 jobs lost as a result of that closure:

“Who can be surprised by this? California is doing everything it can to drive businesses out of the state. Sky-high workers’ compensation costs, painful energy costs driven by unchecked environmentalism, and now a minimum wage shooting up by 50-percent in the next few years, it’s little wonder that Verizon is packing up.

“A study this year showed 9,000 California businesses had relocated or expanded out of state recently. Sacramento recently lost Campbell’s, Waste Connections, and now Verizon. Those are more than statistics and stories; each one is a tragedy for families who are paying the price for California’s anti-business policies.

“Just today, Silicon Valley legend Hewlett Packard announced that it would be laying off 4,000 employees. How legislators can push for the expensive and useless high speed rail or keep pushing for ever higher taxes while workers are being pink-slipped by the thousands is amazing to me and needs to stop. Lower taxes and smarter regulations would show businesses that California is not a place to leave, but a place to grow and invest. I’d rather see that than Verizon’s tail lights.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Placer Gives: Local Resident Leaves Lasting Gift for Disadvantaged Youth

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2016-10-18

Walter and Irmgard Schichtel

For Irmgard (“Else”) Schichtel a childhood in Nazi Germany set in motion a circuitous path towards a permanent fund at Placer Community Foundation that is today, helping struggling kids like Julian discover a talent and pathway to a bright future.

Known by her neighbors to be private, unassuming and at times tenacious in her views, Else lived a quiet life in Sun City Lincoln Hills after her husband Walter’s passing in 2003. She had no children and relied on the assistance of neighbors for transportation and various needs. It was through these people she spoke sparingly of her difficult childhood.

As a young girl, Else defied and resisted joining the Nazi Youth Group. This led to her being removed from her home and placed in a labor camp. Hearing loss for the remainder of her life resulted from a strike to the head from a guard’s rifle. She chose not share more of these years and with no family left behind we are left to construct how such a childhood shaped her life and her philanthropy.

Else moved to the United States as a young woman. It was later she met and married Walter Schichtel, a World War II Veteran. She and Walter lived in Northern California; settling down in Rocklin and later Lincoln where she spent the last years of her life. Those who knew Else say she knew the history of America better than anyone and was eager to educate people. She cared deeply for our country throughout her adult life.

Else established a trust and as she fell ill, worked with her attorney Guy Gibson of Gibson & Gibson Law to leave a gift to charity.

“Else wanted her gift to support disadvantaged youth but was unaware of the nonprofits best equipped to take on this work,” states Guy. It made sense to have the estate liquidated and prudently managed by Placer Community Foundation so they could direct the funds thoughtfully.”

Else left the bulk of her estate, including her home, to Placer Community Foundation to establish the endowed Walter and Irmgard Schichtel Fund. This fund is managed by the Foundation in perpetuity with grants made annually to organizations providing high-impact programs that are flexible to the changing needs of disadvantaged youth; grants like the one made recently to the nonprofit ReCreate.

Placer Community Foundation recently granted $5,000 from the Walter and Irmgard Schichtel Fund to ReCreate in support of its new MakerMobile, an innovative instructional model for sparking student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). The mobile provides students with open-ended projects and encourages them to further explore these disciplines. Over the course of a school year, 16,000 local middle school students will develop skills for the workforce including innovation, problem solving, and creativity.

Warren T. Eich Middle School’s Principal Marc Buljan believes strongly in the importance of STEAM education. He shares, “ReCreate’s programs develop critical thinkers and bring out a new side to our students. As a result of participating, students are emerging as leaders and we have seen a drop in disciplinary issues.”

One of these students is Julian, a 7th grader, who comes from a low income background and has always struggled with schoolwork. After participating in ReCreate’s after school program, Julian’s mother Lolita says she saw a total change in her son, and his teachers noted the shift as well. She states, “ReCreate offers students the opportunity to use their imaginations and be creative and best of all, they can’t be wrong. We learned that Julian has a gift for this type of learning, and he has become much more engaged in school.”

Placer Community Foundation is honored to carry out Else’s wishes and will forever share her and Walter’s legacy in connection with meaningful grants and the young lives they touch.

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, animals and the environment. To learn more about establishing charitable funds during your lifetime or through your estate plan, visit PlacerGives, contact Jessica Hubbard at, or call (530) 885-4920.

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Citrus Tree Quarantine Now in Effect in Lincoln Area

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-10-18

After the discovery in September of an insect that can carry a disease fatal to citrus trees, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has placed trees in a 118-square-mile area near Lincoln under quarantine.

The quarantine zone is bordered on the north by Riosa Road; on the south by the Roseville city limit; on the west by Brewer Road; and on the east by Fowler Road. The quarantine map for Placer County is available online at:

The quarantine prohibits the movement of citrus and curry leaf tree nursery stock, including all plant parts except fruit, out of the quarantine area and requires that all citrus fruit be cleaned of leaves and stems prior to moving out of the quarantine area. An exception may be made for nursery stock and budwood grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved structures, which are designed to keep the insects and other insects out. Residents with backyard citrus trees in the quarantine area may not transport or send citrus fruit or leaves, potted citrus trees or curry leaves from the quarantine area.

County-wide quarantines are also in place in Fresno, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura Counties, with portions of Alameda, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Placer, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.

The Asian citrus psyllid is an invasive species of grave concern because it can carry the disease huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening, or HLB. All citrus and closely related species, such as curry leaf trees, are susceptible hosts for both the insect and disease. There is no cure for HLB and once a tree becomes infected, the diseased tree will decline in health and produce bitter, misshaped fruit until it dies. In California, HLB has only been detected on residential properties in Los Angeles County. This plant disease does not affect human health.

Residents in the area who think they may have seen psyllids or symptoms of HLB on their trees are urged to call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or the local Placer County Agricultural Commissioner’s office at 530-889-7372. For more information on the psyllid and HLB, please visit:

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Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent

Source: State Water Resources Board  |  2016-10-14

Many communities who certified that they didn’t need to conserve are still conserving up a storm, while others have slipped.

The State Water Resources Control Board recently announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible sixth drought year.

Californians continue to conserve water in significant amounts even in the absence of state-mandated conservation targets. The cumulative average savings from June 2015 through August 2016 was 23.3 percent, compared with the same months in 2013.  Since June 2015, two million acre-feet of water has been saved — enough water to supply 10 million people, more than one-quarter the state’s 38 million population, for a year.

Water conservation has dropped steeply among some local water suppliers. These declines highlight the need for continued education and dialogue with customers on the importance of conserving and using water as efficiently as possible. As the State Water Board continues to monitor conservation levels, a return to state-mandated conservation may be necessary beginning next year.

“The statewide August conservation results raise questions, and we are examining the data to understand why some areas slipped more than others,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Are we seeing relaxation of conservation messaging and programs, or are we seeing abandonment of programs?  One may be appropriate, the other is not.  It’s a mixed picture.  Many communities who certified that they didn’t ‘need’ to conserve are still conserving up a storm, while others have slipped more than seems prudent.”

Conservation levels have remained significant for many communities that had certified that they did not need top down mandates to keep conserving.

While some local water suppliers may have relaxed water use restrictions from those that were in place last summer, most agencies have kept up locally mandated restrictions and targets, which is appropriate and which the state strongly encourages.  Regardless of a supplier’s individual conservation requirement, the statewide prohibitions on specific wasteful practices such as fountains without recirculating pumps, or irrigation of turf in street medians, remain in place.

“Percentages alone tell only part of the story, because a 15 percent reduction by someone using under 100 gallons per person a day can be more challenging than a 30 percent reduction by someone using 250 or 300 gallons a day,” Marcus said.  “That’s true of agencies and it is true for individuals.  In particular, we urge suppliers where conservation levels have dropped steeply to reach out to high use customers to find ways to conserve, and to join their community’s conservation efforts.  The legislature’s passage and Governor’s signing of SB 814 will help water suppliers send monetary signals to their highest users about the need to keep conserving while the drought continues. Most important, it sends a signal that all Californians are in this together and that fairness includes those who use the most doing their part along with the rest of us.”

SB 814 (Hill) requires urban water suppliers to establish financial penalties for excess water use during droughts. Suppliers can either create excess-use ordinances with defined penalty amounts, or they can adopt rate structures that charge their highest users more during drought emergencies.

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Tada! Students Soon to Get Trained Dance and Theatre Teachers

Source: CA Alliance for Arts Education  |  2016-10-14

TADA! made it through both houses of the legislature, buoyed by the support of the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Dance Education Association and California Educational Theatre Association. This effort picked up many vocal allies along the way, including actress Annette Bening (shown above), who testified on behalf of the bill in the Senate Education Committee.

California students, living in the arts and entertainment capital of the country, will now be provided education by credentialed Theatre and Dance educators. The Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!), authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and supported by a coalition of advocates led by the California Alliance for Arts Education, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.

“Up until now, dance teachers had to get a PE credential to teach dance in California,” says Jessy Kronenberg, Co-President of California Dance Education Association. “PE dance is beneficial for coordination and team-building, but dance as art fosters the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.”

Twice before, legislative efforts to create these credentials were vetoed by the governor at that time.

“This is an issue that has burned in the hearts and minds of arts education advocates since 1970, when dance and theatre credentials were eliminated by the Ryan Act” says California Alliance for Arts Education Executive Director, Joe Landon. “Over a thousand advocates responded to our action alerts and sent messages of support to their elected officials in Sacramento”

But, TADA! made it through both houses of the legislature without a single negative vote, buoyed by the support of the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Dance Education Association and California Educational Theatre Association. This effort picked up many vocal allies along the way, including actress Annette Bening, who testified on behalf of the bill in the Senate Education Committee.

“I think it’s the right thing; it serves students, it dignifies our teachers, and it will uplift our community,” said Ms. Bening.

 “California is the arts and entertainment capital of the world, yet we are one of only two states in the country that does not authorize teaching credentials in theatre or dance,” Allen said.  “I am so pleased that we have finally elevated these two important disciplines to the stature they deserve,” he added.

“The next generation of theatre and dance teachers will be the proud bearers of theatre and dance credentials ensuring that California pre-K-12 students are instructed with sound pedagogy in a standards-based curriculum.,” said CETA President Carol Hovey.

At the same time, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 2862 (O’Donnell) into law enabling California to finally update its Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards incorporate new practices and technologies to arts curriculum, instruction, and instructional materials

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United Way: Square One Project Helping Kids Succeed In School

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-10-13

United Way announced the launch of its Square One Project through a Facebook Live event at Main Avenue Elementary School in Sacramento.

Through a Facebook Live video this morning, United Way California Capital Region announced that all of its work for the next 20 years will focus on ending poverty by increasing the number of local kids who graduate from high school prepared for success in college and beyond. United Way’s Square One Project will bring together the organization’s work over the last decade as the project focuses on educational milestones for children and the resources they need to succeed in school, including early literacy support, access to nutritious food, stable homes, support systems and more.

“This is our most ambitious project in our 90-year-history,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “If we want to see real change happen in our community, we have to break the cycle of poverty that’s passed down from one generation to another. There is one place in the community where we can do that best – and that’s school.”

Sacramento-area kids who graduate from college are 62 percent less likely to live in poverty than those who drop out of high school, according to United Way and the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development. United Way’s Square One Project is bringing together community leaders, schools, government, nonprofits, volunteers and donors across five counties to make sure kids stay in school, stay on track, have high expectations for what they can achieve, and have strong support systems.

United Way is launching the Square One Project through a partnership with Robla School District in Sacramento. To make sure kids can come to school every day, United Way and Robla School District are providing case managers at schools through a grant to help the 500 homeless families in the district secure stable housing and other support. United Way’s Healthy Meals ensures kids have enough to eat in their after-school programs so they have fuel for their brains. United Way also is providing tutors to help kids meet reading and math milestones so they stay on track. United Way’s Young Leaders Society is helping families start saving for higher education by raising matching funds for college savings accounts so that kids have high expectations of continuing school.

“We’re excited to be one of the first school districts where the Square One Project has launched,” said Ruben Reyes, superintendent, Robla School District. “This is a district with a lot of need, but a lot of awesome kids who are going to do amazing things in our community, thanks to our work with United Way.”

Through the Square One Project, United Way also will work with school districts throughout Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to fill gaps in resources so kids have the best chance at success.

“We know ending poverty starts in school, but it’s going to take whole communities to make this happen across our region,” Bray said. “I hope everyone will find their way to join us at Square One so kids can create a better life for themselves, their community and the next generation.”

To donate or volunteer for United Way’s Square One Project, visit

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Martis Valley West Project Gets Final Placer County Approval

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-10-12

Continuing an item from September, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today voted 4-1 to give final approval for the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan, which would build 760 homes while preserving 6,376 acres of open space. District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery voted for denial. The project, which sits between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, will move development from the east side of Highway 267 to the west side.

The plan will transfer the rights to build 760 homes, along with almost seven acres of commercial space, from the east parcel to the west parcel. Zoning would have allowed for 1,360 homes on the west side, however the developer retired 600 homes in transferring the development to the west parcel.

At the September meeting, the supervisors listened to staff’s presentation, a presentation from the project applicant and oral testimony from 60 members of the public. Written comments were also received. The board closed the public hearing and gave tentative approval to the project. The supervisors instructed staff to return with additional information about some of the board’s tentative September actions.

In September, the applicant presented a modification of its proposal about workforce housing to include constructing units for 47 full-time employees in the development and pay an in-lieu fee for five additional units.

State law requires a water assessment for the project to determine if adequate water supplies are available to meet project needs. The Martis Valley West project has two options: be annexed into the nearby Northstar Community Service District or drill wells and establish a water purveyor. A water supply assessment was completed and shows that, either way, there are sufficient supplies to meet the project’s needs.

The board’s approval was based, in part, in its finding that the proposed project’s significant and unavoidable impacts were outweighed by its benefits. In particular, the board felt the conservation component of the project -- the preservation of 6,376 acres in the east parcel -- outweighed the impacts.

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Placer United Girls Cup Brings Top Notch Soccer Competition to Placer Valley

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2016-10-12

Thousands of Soccer Players to Compete October 21-23

With the fall comp soccer season underway that signifies the Placer United Girls Cup is about to arrive. This year the action kicks off on Friday, Oct. 21 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 23 when championship games will take place that afternoon. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with Placer United to bring this premier soccer tournament to Placer Valley.

Open to U11 through U19 age divisions, 180 girl’s teams from Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and throughout California will be competing in this US Club Soccer sanctioned tournament. Each team is guaranteed three games and a total of 25 fields will be utilized in Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis and at Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Elverta to accommodate the many games that will be played throughout the tournament.

With a rich 20-plus year history, the Placer United Girls Cup is known for providing players the opportunity to compete at the highest level at an incredibly organized event. The magnitude of this tournament can be seen in the fact that it virtually sells out Placer Valley hotels and requires overflow hotel room night bookings in nearby markets.

“This is one of the biggest soccer tournaments in Northern California during this time of year and thousands of players and their families will arrive ready to play their hearts out,” commented Jodi Tarr, Club Administrator for Placer United.  “We are excited to make this a great experience for everyone involved and appreciate our sponsors and the help we get from PVT so much!”

Games are free to all spectators and the action promises to be intense. Click here to see the schedule, mark your calendars and then come out to watch some serious soccer!

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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Thunder Valley Casino Resort Awarded Amphitheater of the Year

Source: Lily Lopez, Thunder Valley Casino Resort  |  2016-10-11

Thunder Valley Casino Resort received the Casino Arena/Amphitheatre of the Year Award from the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Casino Entertainment Awards.

“The entire Thunder Valley team is honored to receive this great recognition,” said Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre is a state-of-the-art venue offering guests an unforgettable evening of music and comedy under the stars. We are honored to provide the Sacramento region with a premier experience and look forward to many more successful years.”

The Thunder Valley Outdoor Amphitheater features 5,000-seats, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and two large video screens flanking the main stage. The amphitheater is home to the annual Summer Concert Series that runs from June through September.

The Global Gaming Expo held the fourth annual Casino Entertainment Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last Wednesday, September 28. G2E hosts the only awards program honoring artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. Thunder Valley Casino Resort stood alongside exemplary members of the casino entertainment community such as Grammy Hall of Famer Brenda Lee, recognized for her lifetime of achievements in the casino entertainment and recipient of the Casino Entertainment Legend Award.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort is owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community, opening in June 2003. Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, Thunder Valley offers 250,000 square feet of gaming space – including over 2,700 slot and video machines, 103 table games and a live poker room with space for 240 players.

The resort features 14 restaurants and bars and is home to a luxury, 17-story hotel with a large banquet and entertainment hall capable of hosting events for up to 850 guests. An expansive outdoor pool offers private cabanas with hi-def TVs, dressers and changing area. Coconut Bar features poolside food and beverage service.

Spa at Thunder Valley features a wide variety of treatments including customized Swedish and Deep Tissue pressure point massage therapy, wine inspired body treatments, hydrating facials, and in-room massage service. Also on property is a 3,700-space parking structure that leads guests directly into the casino and hotel.

For more information on upcoming promotions, entertainment and ticket sales, or to make a reservation at Thunder Valley’s AAA Four Diamond resort, visit

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