There is - finally - a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change into vibrant oranges, yellows and reds. Autumn is here and with it harvest and Halloween activities for young and old. The following are just a few of the local events happening this month:
Ten foot tall corn stalks rustled in the breeze on Friday afternoon as families made their way down the narrow and winding corridors of a living maze. They back-tracked a few times, had to check the map more than once, and a few were a little spooked by the sound of birds and other people making their way through the corn. Eventually everyone made it back to the safety of the R.A.M Farms pumpkin patch, where they poked around for the perfect pumpkin before heading home.
While pumpkins, ghosts and scarecrows have been popping up around town in preparation for the spookiest holiday of the year, one nonprofit organization is already preparing for Christmas and the season of giving.
For the past 13 years the Turlock Family Network has been a resource for young mothers and fathers - many of whom have come from abusive backgrounds or are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The network provides parenting skills through a variety of programs including prenatal classes, weekly parenting classes and an in-home mentoring program.
Trish Ferguson and Sandra Saldivar of MedicAlert joined groups of citizens and organizations on Saturday during Turlock Shines - a community effort to clean up and make Turlock sparkle. Ferguson and Saldivar helped clean up debris at the corner of Fulkerth and Highway 99. City Council member Mary Jackson helped organize the event. She said students and teachers joined the effort from Pitman High School, Earl and Crowell elementary schools, as well as church groups from Westside Ministries and Turlock Covenant Church. The City of Turlock also supplied manpower for the event.
The City of Turlock's $15 million investment in its industrial park paid off on Tuesday, city officials said, as Blue Diamond Growers announced plans to expand to the newly-renamed Turlock Regional Industrial Park.
When the plans were made for Turlock's new Public Safety Facility, currently under construction on the corner of Broadway and Olive, a veterans' memorial was incorporated in the design - something that was important to Mayor John Lazar, then-Police Chief Gary Hampton and the city's organizations that serve veterans.
Local organization Soldiers Far From Home has sent a whopping 11,000 pounds of care package goodies to soldiers overseas in the last eight years. Sheila Wilmouth, coordinator of the care packages for soldiers effort, said that the group relies on community donations to send a little piece of home to servicemen and women deployed in Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. The group is holding a fundraising spaghetti dinner to help cover the cost of shipping their next big delivery, which will go out just in time for the holidays.
The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning against eating "Limited Edition" and "Fresh and Easy" brand organic grape tomatoes. Routine testing found salmonella contamination in the tomatoes, which were distributed by Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce in San Diego.
September 30, 2011|
Each year during National Small Business Week, the U. S. Small Business Administration recognizes outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society. Small Business Week 2012 will be celebrated the week of May 20.
September 27, 2011|
Camp Taylor continued its partnership with San Francisco 49ers quarterback and hometown hero Colin Kaepernick on Monday with the Third Annual Against All Odds Golf Tournament at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto.