Tons to do in Rocklin this time of the year

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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It’s an exciting time in Rocklin right now. Not only are the kids back in the swing of school, but it seems from now until mid-fall, there’s always something to fill the weekends. Show off pets at Woofstock For all canine lovers, mark Sept. 13 on your calendar – it’s Woofstock time. The Placer County location is right here in Rocklin, held at Johnson-Springview Park. Beginning at 9 a.m., pet owners can partake in all things furry and fun from the 3K and 5K Grateful Dog Walk/ Run and Woofstock Idol where dogs will flaunt their fancy tricks, to a human barking contest, Mug vs. Mug look alike contest where owners can show off their resemblance to their furry friends and Rescue Row where pets will be up for adoption. Proceeds for the all-day event go toward varied local animal rescue groups. Join Rotary’s Duck Race Mid-month, get your rubber ducks for the second annual Duck Race at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville. The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rocklin-Loomis Basin and the Roseville club, ducks will race through the park’s Bermuda Triangle on Sept. 17. Proceeds from the event go back to the Rotary clubs, which provide backpacks and food baskets for families, scholarships for local students and help teach gardening at local schools. For more information, contact Phil McAnelly at or Ray Ward at rayward@yourlegacybenefits.-com. Taste-test chili and peruse classic cars Another big-crowd event is this year’s 16th annual Hot Chili Cool Cars event that takes over Pacific Street from Rocklin Road to Midas Avenue with classic cars, a chili cook-off, music and businesses. According the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sept. 19 event is expected to draw about 10,000 from the county. Highlights this year include a Boy Scout pancake breakfast that was previously held at the Rocklin Jubilee, but now makes its way to the September event. From 6:30-11 a.m. the Scouts will be out serving syrup-laden pancakes to the community. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 the day of. Also at this year’s event, the Rocklin Police Department will be on site doing child identification kits with their newly acquired digital kit, making the process faster and simpler with a digital camera and fingerprinting kit. Entertainment will also include Dave Russel, a local country music singer, who will perform from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. For more highlights on this year’s Hot Chili Cook Cars, be sure to check out the Sept. 17 issue of The Placer Herald, as well as the Sept. 24 issue for coverage after the event. Cycle for education Also coming up is a Tour de France-inspired event that will have locals biking all over town. Tour de Rocklin, held Oct. 17, will raise funds for Rocklin Unified School District’s Rocklin Education Excellence Foundation. Bikers will begin at Whitney Ranch Park in Rocklin and choose 5-, 10-, 20- or 40-mile routes across the city. For more information, go to Check upcoming issues of The Placer Herald for more coverage of the first Tour de Rocklin event. Whether it’s taste-testing homemade chili recipes or cycling across the hills of Rocklin, there’s no excuse for getting out in the community to meet and mingle with fellow Rocklin residents. The upcoming events provide a great background for getting to know your neighbors. Lauren Weber can be reached at