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Ritual of death on display at Placer County Museums

Our Museums’ newest exhibit, “A Grave Affair,” is now open at our Placer County Museum inside the Historic Courthouse in Old Auburn. The exhibit explores the fascinating and sometimes macabre ritual of death. Watch video and plan your visit

Public benefits

New benefits system for food, healthcare, employment assistance

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On Oct. 31, Placer will join dozens of other counties in transitioning to a new, easy-to-use universal public benefits system. With this change, the MyBenefits CalWIN public portal will change to a new website: BenefitsCal.com. Learn more

Community updates

Rocklin joins Placer, Roseville in sharing info with the Simplicity app

Simplicity is coming to Rocklin

Rocklin has joined Placer County and Roseville in the Simplicity app - a free smartphone app for local news and information. Just download the app, select your community and get push alerts on all the topics that interest you. Learn more


Deadline to register to vote for Nov. 8 General Election is Oct. 24

Ready for the November Election?

Placer County wants every resident to be ready for the Nov. 8 general election. But in order to vote, you must be registered! Discover your options and everything else you need to know about voting on our elections website. Learn more

Economic development

The region’s largest business summit attracts 700-plus

Placer Valley 2022 Brochure

Placer County’s top business and economic leaders joined the community to share their economic outlook, vision and best practices at this year’s Placer Valley 2022 summit in Roseville. See more from this informative conference. Watch video

Shop farm fresh at your local farmers market

This week in Placer County history

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Party games and postcards once ruled Halloween night!

On Oct. 17, 1927, the Neighbors of Woodcraft, a fraternal organization in Auburn, hosted a Halloween party promising mystery eats and card games (likely bridge) for $.35 per person. 

Halloween parties were a common fundraiser for fraternal organizations in the early 20th century, as tradition had yet to embrace the practice of trick-or-treating. Teens with nothing else to do on Halloween often delved into mischief. Sometimes they engaged in harmless pranks, and sometimes it was pure vandalism. Community-based trick-or-treating began in the U.S. in the 1930s and helped sway kids and teens to find a better and safer way to celebrate.

Early in the 20th century, Halloween postcards were very popular. Some of these cards depicted traditions of the era, such as different ways young people might discover whom they would marry. If you’d like to see some of the cards in our collection, please visit the museum inside the Historic Courthouse in Auburn where there is a scavenger hunt for kids. If they find all the Halloween and Fall postcards on the first-floor museum spaces, they can get two pieces of candy!

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Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee, Roseville’s Friday Flicks: Haunted Mansion, Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament, RIFTS IN TIME: Interactive Adventure Theater, Family Fun Night

Rocklin: Barktoberfest, Park Pulse

...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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Board of Supervisors special meeting, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. Information
Board of Supervisors Tahoe meeting, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, Oct. 27, 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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