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Fentanyl: An amount as small as two grains of salt can kill

What exactly is fentanyl? Why is it so deadly? And how do we talk to our kids about it? For these answers and more, in our second episode of the "One Pill Can Kill" podcast series we turn to Dr. Rob Oldham, a medical doctor and psychiatrist, and director of the Placer County Health and Human Services Department. Listen now


Staying safe on the way to school

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Across Placer County, kids are heading back to school. Our Safe Routes to School program - which supports walkable and bikable routes - reminds us that everyone plays a role in helping kids get safely to school. Watch this PSA and learn more here.


Your next career move starts right here!

Job Fair

On the job hunt? Kick-start your new career with the Tri-County Job Fair offering both virtual and in-person opportunities. Connect with hiring managers to learn about local jobs, submit a resume and schedule an interview. Learn more

Senior Resources

Join local providers for a senior resource fair!

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Join Placer PROTECT, local officials and over 50 county resource providers for a senior resource fair on Aug. 11 in Roseville. Attendees will learn about senior scams, healthy living and how seniors can protect themselves.
Learn more

Pet Adoptions

Clear the Shelters adoption event

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The annual Clear the Shelters nationwide adoption event, sponsored by NBCUniversal, starts now and runs through August. To celebrate, Placer County Animal Services is reducing dog and cat adoption fees to only $50 for the entire month! Learn more

This week in Placer County history

stage magician Francisco in 1940

On July 30, 1943 at 11:45 p.m., stage magician Francisco performed thrilling acts at the Auburn State Theater to frighten and entertain as part of his Big Midnight Spook Show. The show included “spirits” writing messages and floating ghosts mixed in with traditional illusions. The horror film, “Invisible Ghost” starring Bela Lugosi accompanied the show. 

Sid Fleischman, noted children’s author who joined Francisco as an 18-year old stage hand in 1938, remarked in his June 2001 article in Magic Magazine that, “For theater managers the spook show’s appeal was seductive and unique. Like no other, these entertainments were found money, for we performed when the theater would otherwise be dark.” 

Francisco hosted his Spook Show at the Auburn State Theater at least four times, the first in 1938. Spook Shows were popular in the U.S. from the early 1930s to late 1950s. The first magician to bring a spook show to the stage was El-Wyn (Elwin Charles Peck) in 1933. He was a vaudeville magician and, like many such performers of the era, found his livelihood threatened by radio and Hollywood films. The success of such horror films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931) and the Mummy (1932) may have convinced him that a show that entertained as well as frightened was the way to go. El-Wyn brought his spook show to the Auburn State Theater on February 24, 1934. 

Spook shows inspired the development of what television historians refer to as “Shock Theater” which transitioned the show from the stage to late night television. The Vampira Show of the 1950s and ‘creature features’ of the 1960s and 1970s are examples of such shows. Aside from Francisco and El-Wyn, a variety of hosts brought their spook shows to the Auburn State Theater as well as to theaters in Roseville, Colfax and Lincoln.

Photo: Francisco (aka Arthur Bull), c. 1940

Fun things to do this week

Man jumping between rocks with Donner Lake in the background

Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...

Roseville: Food Truck Mania

Auburn: Music Around Town, 13th Annual Heritage Trail Museums Tour

North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach at Kings Beach, Concerts at Commons Beach

...and many Placer County Library and Placer County Museum events.

Visit our regional partners to discover more of the fun happening right here in Placer County!

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
The Arts Council of Placer County
Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Wine Trail

Find current state COVID-19 guidance, along with local data and resources, here.


Upcoming public meetings and events

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Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. Information

To learn about other Placer County committees and commissions and current opportunities to serve your community click here.

List of active projects throughout Placer County

Projects are listed alphabetically and by Board of Supervisors districts. A hard copy of the list is available at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. 

Active Projects

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