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Holiday decorating doesn’t have to break the bank

Given the ongoing uncertainty of the economy, it comes as no surprise that many individuals are planning a pared down holiday budget. Even though the belt is being tightened, it doesn't mean the holidays have to be drabbed. Here are a few options for holiday decorating that stretch the dollar and make your house merry at the same time.

November 29, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Candy Cane Lane bright as ever, despite foreclosure

Near Michael Way, decking the halls and trimming the trees isn't an option – even for foreclosed homes. Decorating for Christmas is a way of life on Turlock's Candy Cane Lane dating back as far as any residents can remember.

November 29, 2011 | | Local

Spa owner to blanket the homeless

The staff at A Beautiful Reflection Day Spa is hoping to make the holidays a little warmer for Turlock's homeless with their second annual Blanketing the Homeless drive. They are collecting new, wrapped blankets to be distributed as Christmas gifts to residents of two homeless shelters in town. This is the second year that Kerry Strickland and the staff of A Beautiful Reflection have collected blankets for homeless Turlockers.

November 29, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local

Toy trains fascinate young, old alike

Oscar Huerta grew up in his native El Salvador and remembers seeing a miniature train setup in the window of a local lumber yard each Christmas. A child of about 10 years old from a poor family, he'd press his face against the window only dreaming of owning such a display.

November 29, 2011 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local

Valley economy not so bad, states business report

The San Joaquin Valley economy is gradually recovering in 2011, with indicators pointing to a stronger-yet 2012, according to the first-ever Business Forecast Report from California State University, Stanislaus.

November 29, 2011 | | Local

AG’s office offers tips for making safe online purchases

The California State Attorney General's Office has issued some online safety tips for those individuals turning to the World Wide Web to shop for the holidays.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local

Festival of Lights officially begins local holiday season

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local

A look at the season’s most popular toys

Every year there are popular toys that seemingly every kid wants. For those who haven't already been instructed by your youngsters, here are some tips on the must-have toys of the season.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local

First breed makes big splash at annual dog show

Upon first glance it is easy to confuse a Portuguese water dog with a poodle - but thanks to the President Barack Obama and his family pet -the first dog's breed is growing in popularity.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local

Red Cross honors local volunteers

The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local

Funding secured for Valley high-speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.

November 25, 2011 | | Local

U.S. tree nut sales to remain strong in coming years

U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local

Protecting our children

Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Black Friday comes early for local shoppers

Turlock's nightlife took on a frenzied feel Thursday, as thousands of area residents ended their Thanksgiving celebrations with midnight shopping.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local

How to stop worrying and buy the perfect tech gift

With unfamiliar terms like megapixels, gigabytes, and "4G" clogging arcane and nonsensical product designations which feature more acronyms than the U.S. military, shopping for the geek in your life is no easy task.

November 22, 2011 | | Local

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Bar Bells ring in donations

The Salvation Army revived its tradition of asking for donations from bar patrons Wednesday night with volunteers ringing the signature bells in front of downtown ...

November 27, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Upcoming classes to help transform farms into tourist destinations

For over a decade, Riverdance Farms in Livingston has stood as a popular agritourism destination filled with guided farm tours, wine tastings and an annual ...

November 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Downtown event draws hundreds to kick off holiday season

Similar to the hoards of coat-clad celebrators around them, Turlock residents Marissa and Owen Cameron gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to begin the holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Latest Turlock film project moves into next phase

Filming has wrapped on the latest project to use Turlock as the backdrop, and as producers move into the post-production phase, they're already thinking ...

November 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Toy train show rolls into Turlock

The holidays in Turlock wouldn't be the same without the San Joaquin Toy Train Operating Society and their annual Toy Train Show. This will ...

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Love Light: Remembering those who are gone

Sometimes the most meaningful way to memorialize a loved one is by simply remembering their name.

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Starbucks partners with Aspiranet to provide Christmas for foster youth

Starbucks is doing more to share the joy of the holidays than just changing their notorious cups to red.

November 27, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Prodigal Sons & Daughters takes part in Giving Tuesday

After the madness of Black Friday and the boom of Cyber Monday, a new trend has formed over the last four years that aims to ...

November 25, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Local

Disneyland awaits for one lucky family

For some children a trip to Disneyland is a rite of passage, while for others it is a far off dream.

November 25, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Fire erupts at Starr apartment complex, again

For the second time in five days, emergency crews were called to a Turlock apartment complex due to fire.

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

'Grandma's House' wins top prize in gingerbread house contest

Who better to win the Festival of Lights inaugural Gingerbread House Contest than a self-professed "sweet tooth?" Turlocker Kimberly Helm put her love of all ...

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Volunteers feed the hungry, comfort the lonely

The milk of human kindness is easy to find this time of year as individuals join together to provide for the lonely and less fortunate ...

November 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Annual Thanksgiving donation proves to be as easy as pie

Maybe Janice Virgo's family is making a mistake by not putting her in charge of baking the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year as ...

November 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

TID votes to expand Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir in Hilmar

Whether or not Turlock Irrigation District would move forward in allocating over $900K to reservoir lining was a source of contention between the Board of ...

November 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local

Safe driving habits should include parking lots

It turns out the most dangerous place to be on Black Friday might not be in a toy store fighting with the other shoppers for ...

November 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local

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