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Year-in-Review shows how special 2023 was and $10 animal adoptions continue through December in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Rain-soaked pines and colorful Pacific Dogwoods in Foresthill

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Placer County 2023 Year in Review

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Take a look back at 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, it's time to reflect on the remarkable journey we've shared in Placer County. In this edition of the Placer County Weekly Newsletter, join us as we take a stroll down memory lane with the "2023 Placer County Year in Review." This retrospective highlights the collective achievements of our dedicated county staff, resilient residents and valued visitors who have contributed to our thriving community. This will be our final weekly newsletter of the year. We wish you happy holidays and a happy New Year and we’ll see you in 2024! Watch video

Animal adoptions

These loveable furballs are ready to come home for the howlidays

Dogs in Christmas costumes captioned with holiday puns

Looking to add a little fur to your holiday festivities? Bring home a four-legged friend and enjoy the holidays together. #ShopPlacer today and get $10 dog and cat adoptions through the end of December. Additional fees may apply. View gallery


Ho! Ho! Historic holiday displays at Placer museums!

Placer County museum staff pose in front of holiday-themed display

Our museums are spreading holiday cheer across the foothills with enchanting Christmas exhibits. Step into the nostalgic charm of Christmases past at four museums in Auburn and one in Penryn. Available until New Year's Day. Learn more

Library services

Creativity displayed at gingerbread house engineering events

Smiling boy builds a candy-covered gingerbread house

The Placer County Library hosted gingerbread house engineering classes in Auburn, Granite Bay and Tahoe City on Dec. 9 and at Colfax, Foresthill, Kings Beach and Rocklin on Dec. 16. Hope to see your family there next year! Watch video

Shop Placer

Merry and bright: View our holiday decorations photo gallery

Collection of holiday store decorations and displays in Placer County

To celebrate the holiday season, we captured some of the best storefront decorations throughout the foothills and south Placer County. Grab a candy cane or a cup of hot cocoa and scroll through our gallery today. View gallery

Loomis family Christmas tree. Show love for local this holiday season. Shop Placer

In other news

Placer County librarian honored as Gold in Education Partner

Parking permits required through Jan. 8 at Hidden Falls Regional Park

ReadyPlacer Dashboard: Stay informed about current conditions, incidents and emergencies

North Tahoe Community Alliance launches annual grant cycle for transient occupancy tax funded projects

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency advances workforce housing solutions

View the December edition of our North Lake Tahoe newsletter

Fill your plates and glasses with PlacerGROWN food and drink. Visit an "open year round" farmers' market near you

This week in Placer County history

Santa Claus and children in front of the State Theatre in Auburn in 1935

On Dec. 20, 1935, over 1,500 Placer County children of grammar school age or younger were welcomed into the Auburn State Theatre for the annual Christmas program. Santa Claus himself, Guy Lukens, welcomed each child. The record-breaking number of children forced the State Theatre employees to quickly put together 100 additional bags of candy so that each child could enjoy some sweet treats.

The annual event was sponsored by the Auburn State Theatre, the Auburn Lions Club and the Auburn Journal. This popular program provided a bright, comforting light during the dark and unsettling era of the Great Depression. The State Theatre continued to host Placer County children for a free special Christmas program through at least 1971.

Photo: Santa Claus and children in front of the State Theatre in Auburn, Dec. 20, 1935. Bank Night was a Great Depression-era lottery-style game theaters across the county offered to patrons.

Fun things to do this week

Person sits for a break on the edge of Donner Peak

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

Roseville: Movie Club @ The Downtown Library
Lincoln: ALL-i-day Gift Boutique, “Natural Elements” Art Exhibit
North Lake Tahoe: Northstar Winter Wonders, Tahoe City Holiday 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 Christmas holiday, Dec. 25
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, Dec. 26, 4 p.m. Info
CANCELED - North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, Dec. 26 Info
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, Dec. 28, 6 p.m. Info
CANCELED - Planning Commission meeting, Dec. 28 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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