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Don’t miss the Mountain Mandarin Festival this weekend!

The Mountain Mandarin Festival marks the official beginning of Placer County Mountain Mandarin season. The three-day event takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving every year– drawing 30,000+ visitors from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno. Learn more

Wildfire preparedness

Placer County Chipper Program service is FREE until Dec. 31!

Placer County chipper program services

Chipper service through the Placer County Chipper Program is now free through Dec. 31. Funded by Placer County and CAL FIRE, the program helps Placer County residents complete defensible space work on their properties. Learn more

Community development

Draft environmental report for Penryn winery available for review

 A rendering of the proposed Project 8 Winery in Penryn

A draft environmental impact report for the proposed Project 8 Winery in Penryn has been made available – now through Dec. 28 – for public review and comment, including a public meeting before the Placer County Planning Commission on Dec. 15. Read more

Economic development

Show love for local this holiday season and Shop Placer

Shop Placer this Small Business Saturday Nov. 26

Embrace what makes your community unique and shop your favorite Placer County businesses and restaurants this holiday season. Your business and support go a long way for the region and keep your tax dollars invested locally. Shop Placer


Make the season brighter! Foster a dog or cat for the holidays

Foster a cat or dog this holiday season

From now until Dec. 31, Placer County Animal Services is welcoming “Holiday Hero” fosters. Open your home to a pet to give them a temporary break from their kennels. You can enjoy the gift of a furry companion and they get relief during the holidays. Learn more

Placer County MicroBiz grants are available to help those in need recover from the pandemic

This week in Placer County history

Placer County historic hospital

On Nov. 15, 1913, 57-year-old Peter Gasperi of Lincoln was rushed to the Placer County Hospital in Auburn suffering from “hydrophobia,” which was a term used for rabies. Despite medical attention, Gasperi died that afternoon. It was rare, even in 1913, for people to die from rabies. Peter Gasperi’s remains were sent to UC Davis so scientists there could study his brain to see the effects of the disease on humans.

Gasperi contracted the disease while caring for a dog that had been acting “peculiar.” He pried the dog’s mouth open to see if it had something stuck in its throat, but he had a cut on his hand that came into contact with the dog’s saliva. Gasperi was a quarryman from Lincoln and left behind a wife and three children.

But his death, as sad as it was for his family, may have been oddly karmic. In the Oct. 3, 1913, Lincoln News Messenger, it was reported that “Peter Gasperi, the excitable and evidently ill-tempered quarryman who was arrested recently on a charge of cruelty to animals…pleaded guilty and was fined $25 by Justice of the Peace Sparks.” Gasperi was caught beating an old horse.

Photo: The Placer County Hospital, c. 1910

Fun things to do this week

Mandarin tree farm in Placer County

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

Placer County: Placer Artists Studios Tour

Roseville: 61st Annual Sylvia Besana Holiday Parade, Holiday Artisan Faire

Auburn: Give Thanks Feast, Mountain Mandarin Festival

...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

People seated at a town hall meeting in a log-paneled community meeting hall

CANCELED - Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 17 Information
On the Road to Zero Waste seminar, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Information
Bear River property virtual town hall, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Information
Rural Lincoln Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Information
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, Nov. 22, 4 p.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, Nov. 24, 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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