Have fun for a good cause this month

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Auburn’s event calendar boasts a couple have-fun-and-feel-good fundraisers for the month of July. Partygoers attending either (or both) of the following events can buy their tickets knowing their money benefits local organizations. BBQ & Blues Plans are underway for Placer SPCA’s 20th annual BBQ & Blues. If you haven’t been, now’s the year to go, as, after two decades of bringing nationally known blues acts to the foothills, the Placer SPCA is drawing a final curtain on the event. Closing out two decades of tradition is headliner and blues legend Curtis Salgado, who has long been recognized as one of the country’s best blues and soul singers. His most recent album was 2008’s “Clean Getaway.” Charlie Thomas from 96.9 the Eagle and Nick Toma of CW-31’s “Good Day Sacramento” will act as the event emcees, and will also show off their blues grooves in the All-Star Band on the Constable Jack’s local entertainment stage. BBQ and Blues will be held 1-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. In addition to offering eight hours of music, BBQ & Blues also features food and vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. All proceeds benefit the Placer SPCA. Learn more, and get tickets, at or by calling call (916) 782-7722, ext. 106 or (530) 885-7387, ext. 106. Summer Celebration Adults 21 and over are invited to party it up in honor of the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn’s 15th anniversary and the grand opening of its new Downtown Clubhouse. The Club’s Summer Celebration features a barbecue, live and silent auctions and live music by ESSEX, a Sacramento-based party band known for playing everything dance-worthy, from the ’60s to modern hits. The Summer Celebration will be held 6 p.m. to midnight July 18 at the new Downtown Clubhouse, 679 Lincoln Way. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door, and can be purchased at or by calling (530) 889-2273. You can also pick up tickets at Auburn’s Citizen, Community 1st, First Northern and Umqpua banks.