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Gobble gobble: Your local guide to kickstarting the holidays and the latest county news in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Aerial view of the Historic Auburn Courthouse

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Colorful fall leaves and chilly weather means the holidays are here. This #PlacerLife photo of the Historic Auburn Courthouse was taken by @davidhcollier on Instagram.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Placer County 🦃

As you gather with friends and family this week, remember the holidays are a chance to give back to your community. Volunteering your time, donating to charities or even shopping at your favorite small businesses can make a big impact.

By shopping locally for your gifts and groceries, your tax dollars stay in Placer County to fund important services in our region. Learn more about the benefits of shopping locally. Watch video

Cooking a feast this week? Remember to cease the grease! Keep your pipes clear of fats, oils and grease this holiday season. Learn how to save your pipes and eliminate your “FOG” for free. Learn more

And don’t forget food safety. No one wants a side of food poisoning with their turkey, so take a look at this video with tips from our Environmental Health team.

Maybe you want to get out of the house this weekend. Plan ahead for your visit to Hidden Falls Regional Park. Parking reservations are required from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday. Get your parking permit here.

Looking to find that perfect tree? Keep it local. Tahoe National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available or visit a Christmas tree farm in Placer County.

Placer museums in Auburn will exhibit traditions of Christmas past starting this weekend! Learn more

Emergency preparedness  

Winter is coming. Are you ready, Placer?

A snow-buried sign reading "Placer County Line"

Ensuring your home and vehicle are ready for the winter months is crucial. Explore our Ready Placer website for advice on preparing both, assembling a winter “go kit,” enrolling in Placer Alert and additional helpful tips. Learn more

Community resources

‘Resource Express’ event to help local families during the holidays

Placer County Resource Express. Resource booths, raffle prizes, refreshments, fun activities, and giveaways!

Get ready to 'get on track' with community resources at Placer County’s new Resource Express event Dec. 1. The event in Auburn will feature raffles and giveaways, free food, a kids' clothes closet, holiday photos and more. Learn more

Foster and adoption

'Adoption changes a child's life forever’

Local foster youth signs adoption paperwork with her prospective adoptive family

Placer County finalized 32 adoptions in 2023, culminating with eight on National Adoption Day last weekend. Hear from families who attended, and learn more about the need for local foster and adoptive families and the process. Watch videos

Honoring veterans

Board of Supervisors recognizes 100-year-old Navy veteran in Roseville

The Board of Supervisors and other local dignitaries pose with Navy veteran Dominic Canale on his 100th birthday

On Nov. 14 our board approved a commendation for World War II veteran Dominic Canale. This week, on his 100th birthday, our board and other local dignitaries celebrated with the Canale family in Roseville. Watch video and view photo album

Fall leaves in Placer. Click to view stunning photos of Placer County in the fall

In other news

Board of Supervisors meeting location change for the next four public meetings of 2023

Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Be Bear Aware! Watch now at placer.ca.gov/bears

This week in Placer County history

Portrait of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Charles Brannan in 1950

On Nov. 19, 1949, the Mount Vernon Grange Hall in North Auburn welcomed two very significant visitors: Herbert Hanmann, a Canadian representing the International Federation of Agriculture Producers, and Charles Brannan, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. According to the Nov. 25 Colfax Record, “The occasion for this distinctive gathering was for fun and a short respite from the arduous duties of Grange conventions…”

About 130 national and state Grange officers, plus the distinguished guests, traveled up from Sacramento, where they were attending the National Grange Convention, to visit the Mount Vernon Grange Hall and enjoy a turkey dinner. 

Brannan served as President Harry Truman’s secretary of agriculture from 1948 until Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 1953. He pushed what became known as the “Brannan Plan,” which would have compensated farmers for low prices due to a high surplus of agricultural commodities, but the plan never garnered enough congressional support to become law.

Brannan was the last surviving member of Truman’s cabinet. He died July 2, 1992, at the age of 88. 

Photo: Charles Brannan, c. 1950

We will be closed for Thanksgiving, November 23-24

Fun things to do this week

Sign reading "PlacerGROWN" sits in front of tree trunk

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

Roseville: Tree Grove: Roseville’s Downtown Holiday Celebration, Christmas Tree Lighting
Auburn: Thanksgiving on the Placer Wine Trail, Nicholson van Altena Glass Holiday Open Studio
North Lake Tahoe: Fall Harvest Market, Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series

...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 Tahoe Community Alliance
Tahoe City Downtown 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.

Advisory committees and commissions

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Whether it’s representing your community or sharing your expertise on topics like agriculture or parks, there are always opportunities for you to help advise county leaders on the issues that matter to you most. Recruitment is open now to fill seats on the following committees or commissions, among others. Learn more and apply

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

BOS meeting

Placer offices closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-24
Canceled - Planning Commission meeting, Nov. 23 Info
Board of Supervisors special meeting, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. Info
North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, Nov. 28, 4 p.m. Info
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, Nov. 28, 5 p.m. Info
Horseshoe Bar/Penryn Municipal Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Info

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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