Summer Sanders Swim Meet Turns 20

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-07

Hundreds of Youth Swimmers to Compete at the Roseville Aquatics Complex on June 8-11

California Capital Aquatics (CCA) is diving into the final preparations for the 20th Annual Summer Sanders Swim Meet that will take place at the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) on June 8-11. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be partnering up with CCA again to bring this exciting swimming competition to Placer Valley. Nearly 60 swim teams will be represented from throughout the West Coast and 800 youth swimmers will be competing each day of the meet.

“The concept for this meet from Summer Sanders and her family when it was first introduced back in 1997 was to give something back to her club team, CCA, as well as to the community of Roseville,” commented Alex Ongaco, CCA Meet Director. “From its humble beginnings, it is now the signature meet of Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS), attracting high caliber swimmers from all over California and even many swimmers outside of the state, across the Western Zone.”

Summer Sanders herself is equally excited about her namesake meet reaching this amazing milestone. “This wonderful meet has grown into something well beyond my wildest imagination, all because of the incredible dedication and hard work of CCA, my club swim team, especially Denna Culpepper (SNS Executive Director),” stated Sanders.

Sanders added, “I cannot believe we are celebrating 20 years and I am truly honored these three days of fierce competition bare my name; thank you parents, coaches, CCA, and of course, all the swimmers for always showing up and swimming your hearts out!”

In keeping with constantly striving to promote a meet with high caliber competition Ongaco explained this will be the first year the Summer Sanders Meet will be designated a Senior+ meet with faster qualifying time standards. In previous years the Summer Sanders Meet was designated a Junior+ meet.

Athletes will check-in on Thursday afternoon, June 8 and the competition will heat up Friday through Sunday with races starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.  So come on down to the RAC located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd in Roseville and watch top swimmers race to set new records!

About Placer Valley Tourism

Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit or call 916-773-5400.

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Placer County Launching Effort to Reinvent Old Tahoe City Firehouse

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-06-07

Placer County has restarted efforts to find a new use for the firehouse vacated by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District in 2011.

The firehouse, along with the adjoining Tahoe Community Center structure, is on the lakeside of Lake Blvd. near Commons Beach. Placer County initially started a public process for the site in 2011, but elected to wait for other planning efforts that would affect the potential uses for the structure.

“Our goal is to find the best use for the site that will facilitate improvement to Tahoe City’s community, environment and economy,” said Jennifer Merchant, Placer County’s deputy county executive officer for Lake Tahoe. “We’re really excited to work with stakeholders and the community to find the right fit.”

Placer County began working with stakeholders in April to solicit opinions and expert input on what could be the best use of the site, whether that means re-using the existing buildings, taking them down for a park or plaza, or some combination thereof.

The community is being asked to identify re-use options that are innovative, feasible from a cost and time perspective, and include a strategy for long-term financial self-sustainability.

The community will have a number of opportunities to participate in the planning process, learn more about potential options and voice their input:

Community Workshops:

  • June 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the old firehouse.
  • July 1, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the old firehouse.

North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council:

  • July 13, 6 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District building conference room.

Staff will present the workshop findings to the Placer County Board of Supervisors at their Tahoe board meeting scheduled for July 25 (Tahoe location TBD).

To find out more, to offer input on potential uses of the site, or to get involved, contact Suzy Vose at or 530-886-4962.

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Heritage Trail Museums Tour Returns for Summer of Free Activities in Placer County

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-06-07

Looking for family fun and adventure, for free?

Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 10th year.

A total of 21 museums will be participating, from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Free museum days are grouped geographically to allow easy trekking between museums in a day.

“This summer, families can explore where Valley Nisenan Maidu Indians lived for thousands of years, seek fortune by panning for gold or reconnect with nature during a Donner Summit hiking tour, just to name a few,” said Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums administrator. “The Heritage Trail offers an excellent opportunity to learn about our county's rich history, enjoy a variety of our beautiful landscapes and even save a couple of bucks, while making memories."

A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours and activities is available on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog here. Check out this fun video promoting the tour here.

Fun, family-friendly activities are spread throughout the free weekends, including live music, historical reenactments and much more. Trail visitors are also encouraged to pick up a ‘Get Up and Go’ card at any participating museum; those who fill the card with stamps from at least eight of the participating museums will be eligible for a gift basket drawing.

New this year is the Placer County student Scavenger Hunt. Students who will be entering 1st grade through 12th grade in a Placer County school (or who are home-schooled in the county) in the fall of 2017, can enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a Kindle Fire.

The Heritage Trail kicks off June 17, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Bernhard and Gold Rush museums and the historic Benton Welty School Room in Auburn, and ends Sept. 3 with a free weekend at the Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.

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Lincoln Airfest, June 10

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-07

If you are looking for a fun family outing, look no further!  The Best Little Air Show in the West is back on Saturday, June 10 at the Lincoln Regional Airport. This event is packed full of exciting aviation activities that the whole family will enjoy. Gates open at 8 a.m. Youth 17 and under are free with a paying adult and tickets for adults start at $20. The airport is located at 1480 Flightline Drive in Lincoln.  Mark your calendar and come see the amazing aerial action and so much more!

Click here for more information.

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USA BMX Race for Life Double, June 18:

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-07

Oak Creek BMX in Roseville is wasting no time putting their newly rebuilt track to good use! On Sunday, June 18 they will host their annual Race for Life Double. This race serves as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Many riders have collected donations that raise funds for this very worthy cause and ride in honor of them. Come on down to 648 Riverside Ave in Roseville and check out the charitable riders racing their hearts out on the beautiful new track!  Races are scheduled to start at noon. 

Click here for more information.

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Placer County Fair, June 22-25

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-07

Rounding out the month is the Placer County Fair, which is celebrating 80 years of county fair fun! Placer Valley Tourism is sponsoring free admission for all guests in honor of this incredible milestone. The fair will offer carnival rides, live bands, still exhibits, livestock competitions, BMX freestyle show, amazing vendors and so much more! Parking is only $8 so pile in and bring the whole gang! The operating hours will be 3 to 11 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, June 22-23. On Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 hours are noon to 11 p.m. Kick-off your summer in style and head on down to 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville to cash in on Crazy 80 Years of fun at the fair!

Click here for more information.

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Sierra College Students Invent for Social Good at Makerspace

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-06-07

(L to R) Michael Halbern, Sierra College; Eric Ullrich, Hacker Lab; Lindsay Jackson, US Bank; Barbara Nichols, Sierra College Mechatronics student; Jagdeep Sohanpal, US Bank; Vivian Raeside, Sierra College Mechatronics student; Steve Hunter, Sierra College Faculty Maker in Residence; and Alan Shuttleworth, Sierra College. 
-- Photo by Karen Fraser-Middleton

With the support of US Bank and the Sierra College Foundation, Sierra College Mechatronics students developed and presented projects designed to make a positive impact on the world at a showcase event held on May 22 held at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College.

Vivian Raeside won first place for her “Solar-Powered Water Purification System,” David Ramey won second place for his “Mech 90 Rat Trap” and Barbara Nichols won third place for her “Automatic Cat Food Dispenser.”

The judges for the Mechatronics for Humanity Showcase were Lindsay Jackson and Jagdeep Sohanpal with US Bank; Eric Ullrich, Hacker Lab; Noelle Calvert, Sierra College Foundation; Alan Shuttleworth, Sierra College; and Steve Hunter, Sierra College Faculty Maker in Residence.

Last semester’s first prize winner, Adrian Cummings used the prize money to improve his Mechatronics for Humanity invention and enter Eagertronic Cyclights in the InfyMakers Awards Contest. The project was selected as a finalist.

Raeside was inspired by her camping experiences to develop the Solar-Powered Water Purification System. “First the water is pumped through a filter that removes 99% of bacteria (such as e-coli) and protozoa (such as giardia),” said Raeside. “Then, it automatically stirs the water while a UV light destroys 99% of the remaining viruses, bacteria and protozoa. A sensor causes a warning light to turn on when the system runs out of water. The challenge is making it small enough to be portable.”

The students had access to Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College to help them with their projects. “Hacker Lab was a lifesaver,” said Raeside. “The people in the Hacker Lab community showed me how to use tools and helped me trouble shoot problems. I used the laser cutter to produce custom parts that I designed. It is open all day, every day so I always had a place to work on my project. I couldn’t have won this recognition without the support of Hacker Lab.”

Barbara Nichols discovered the Mechatronics program when she was on a tour of Career Technical Education programs with Del Oro High School students and they made hands-on projects. “We made flashlights in the Mechatronics laboratory and I was sold on the program,” said Nichols. “I have a computer programming background but I really wanted to work with my hands. The Mechatronics program was ideal and now that I have completed the final course, I am excited to find a position in advanced manufacturing.”

Nichols will be able to present her Automatic Cat Food Dispenser as an example of her skills in interviews. “Dry food can drop into the bowl in small, medium or large size portions,” said Nichols. “There is a real time clock that can be set to disperse food on 12 or 24 hour cycles. I had to code the servo motor to turn the wheel back and forth to unjam the kibble. If you are gone for a short period of time, want to control the food serving size or avoid forgetting to put out dry cat food, this invention would be a big help.”

According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, colleges across the state are building makerspaces and forging connections with industry partners to better prepare students for careers. “The Mechatronics for Humanity Showcase encourages students to think like entrepreneurs and pushes them to consider how their work can have social benefit and impact the wider community,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

The Mechatronics for Humanity project allows students to showcase everything they’ve learned while completing the Mechatronics program and prepares them for employment, explains Michael Halbern, Mechatronics Professor, Sierra College. “At a makerspace like Hacker Lab, students interact with engineers, learn to use specialized tools, and experience the real-world collaboration needed to turn ideas into reality,” said Halbern. “The support from industry partners like US Bank is essential for connecting students with careers.”

Sign up now for Mechatronics classes starting June 12 as well as fall classes that start August 22; go to the Sierra College website to learn more.

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