As Christmas approaches hundreds in the community of Turlock are reaching deep inside their pockets to contribute to local efforts that aim to help those in need this holiday season. Turlock's local base of real estate agents are no exception as they raised $20,000 at their annual Christmas CanTree Fundraiser on Wednesday.
Jessica Shamoon estimated that she had walked, strolled, and sauntered the same 20 feet of sidewalk on Broadway in downtown Turlock about 30 times by 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. And she was thrilled at the prospect of doing it another 30 times or more if needed.
Charitable giving isn't only reserved for the holiday season, as local young adults of the Active 20-30 Club of Turlock are making significant year-round efforts that culminate in their wintertime Kids Shopping Trip.
Every month, men of all ages from around the community gather at Monte Vista Chapel for the Sharpen Breakfast - a gathering held on the first Saturday each month to help bring men together to discuss their faith while enjoying a hearty breakfast and coffee.
Lacey Chabert, the brunette beauty whose first brush with fame started with a leading role on "Party of Five" and then a memorable turn in "Mean Girls" is the leading lady in Corbin Bernsen's movie filming in Turlock.
Most people look forward to a certain moment when they know it's officially the Christmas season, such as hearing Christmas music in the grocery store or bringing down decorations from the attic. But for some locals, the holiday season has only begun once they have made their way out to Hilmar to cut down their Christmas tree from Hilmar Forest.
The long lines that snaked out of Alquist Arms during the past busy shopping weekend were nothing out of the ordinary for Turlock's downtown gun shop, as they've experienced a boom in business that has been spurred in part by impending gun laws. The increased interest in bearing arms by locals has prompted the store to expand its operations in the coming year.
The 15th annual Festival of Lights brought in hundreds of community members to witness the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Central Park, an event that symbolizes the beginning of the holiday season in Turlock. The lighting generated a surge in applause before the crowd disbursed to browse in downtown shops, such as Vintage Market which was teeming with customers purchasing Christmas themed items. Vendors lined the streets selling food and items to customers of all ages.
The only thing that is constant is change and Turlock Irrigation District is embracing change with plans to both sell and purchase property with the Turlock Rural Fire District and the City of Turlock.
Every spring hundreds of community members rally together for one cause: Relay for Life - The American Cancer Society event that raises money for cancer research while honoring cancer survivors and remembering lost loved ones is close to the hearts of many Turlockers.
The area's mosquito abatement districts are already busy at work in trying to tamp down the mosquito population in the wake of a year that saw one of the largest number of West Nile Virus cases in state history.