Spring cleaning is coming early in Turlock this year as service clubs get ready for Turlock Shines on Saturday. The fall clean-up event is held annually by service clubs and area volunteers who clean up highways, parks and other public spaces in Turlock. This year event coordinators hope to help clean up homes and private property for anyone who needs the help.
The mosquito abatement season is coming to a close at the end of this month, and the current count of human West Nile Virus cases is up to seven in Stanislaus County. Two of the infected live in the Denair and East Turlock areas, although one case may have been contracted outside of the area.
Turlock Parks and Recreation wrapped up a successful year of summer programming earlier this month. They saw high participation numbers across the board, and they received grant funding to offer summer programming to ACES after school program participants.
Verda's House looks like a cross between a daycare center and the home of a very devoted grandma. The kids have decorated the dining area with seasonal artwork, there are toys in every room, and even the bathrooms have tiny toddler-sized toilets. The hope is that when kids visit Verda's House they feel like they are in a safe family environment where they can work through any crisis they might have at home.
The first Sunday after Labor Day is traditionally considered Grandparents' Day in the United States. This holiday celebrates the special role that grandparents play in families, and especially their relationships with their young grandchildren. Although this holiday is not as commercially popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day, it recognizes important parental figures in many children's lives. For that reason and many others, students at Denair Elementary School took Friday to celebrate their grandparents.
Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny Da Marto is proud of the successes the district saw in the 2010-11 school year and is looking forward to an even better - and more tech savvy 2011-12.
Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is inviting the public to spend "A Day with Wildlife" at their annual fundraising event on Sept. 17. Visitors will get the chance to meet wild animals up close and learn more about the species native to our area.
The 160 Honors Chemistry students in the Turlock Unified School District each received brand new laptop computers this week as part of a pilot program. The netbooks are on loan to the students for the school year to aid in the online component of their chemistry class.
First Presbyterian Church is giving back to some of Turlock's youngest residents with The Learning Zone, a free after school tutoring program for kids in first through sixth grade.
Lori Hooper might be the successful owner of two fitness studios now, but just a few years ago she was Lori Avila, a student at Turlock High School and a member of the cross country team. Hard work paid off for Hooper, who opened her second studio in Turlock in January.
Hot air balloons, jets, kites and skydivers will all fly over Ripon on Saturday and Sunday in a show of support for the Children's Hospital of Central California. Color the Skies balloon festival will offer two days of family entertainment and fundraising activities this Labor Day weekend. And presiding over all the festivities will be Adham Hamza, a Turlock resident and ambassador for Children's Hospital Central California.
The Steppin' Pards square dancing group performed an exhibition at the Turlock Certified Farmers Market Friday night. The Steppin' Pards meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for workshops at the American Legion Hall, located at 75 Bothun Rd. (off of East Avenue) in Turlock. During the month of September the club offers square dance lessons free for new dancers.
Back to School Night was a trip down memory lane for many Turlock parents. They sat in child-sized chairs at child-sized desks surrounded by picture books and finger paintings. They sat quietly while teachers explained the year's curriculum, and some even had snack time.
The Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance did their part to keep local senior citizens safe by hosting an abuse prevention information day. The event was held Friday morning and included lectures, information booths and a free lunch.
The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors took the next step in the Hughson/Grayson 115 kilovolt transmission line project on Tuesday by voting to approve the resolution of necessity, which will allow TID to file eminent domain proceedings.