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.
Every December members of Turlock Fire Incorporated and their families volunteer to drive Santa around town on a vintage 1955 fire engine spreading holiday cheer through the neighborhoods of Turlock.
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 old Hollywood Video storefront on Geer Road will no longer be vacant following the grand opening of a new Dollar General store this Saturday.
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.
As crowds rushed to big-box stores for door buster deals following their Thanksgiving meal for Black Friday, many local shop owners were preparing for their own shopping holiday – Small Business Saturday.
'Tis the season for winter sports, including ice skating, and now locals won't have to drive out of town to test their skills on the slippery surface as locals Ron and Karen Macedo have made ice skating in Turlock a reality.
Magic is the theme of this holiday month at the Turlock Library.
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Bradley J. Souza graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Ceres may be a half a world away from the site of the biblical journey on which Christmas is centered but the folks at Grace Community Christian Church are planning to give the public their best shot at recreating the "Journey to Bethlehem."
Army veteran Derek Spencer is giving back to his community by teaching kids at the Turlock Salvation Army something he found beneficial in his own life - karate.
A local church will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Saturday, as the third annual Christmas Boutique gets ready to bring in the holidays.
The holiday spirit of giving is contagious as not only friends and families but business also give back to their community to help the less fortunate.
On the day before Thanksgiving the narrow kitchen in the back of Latif's Restaurant is teeming with bakers in pie dough crusted aprons, their faces dusted in flour. There is a large refrigerated room filled with vats of pie filling, pounds of dough on the counters, and a contagious holiday spirit as employees pitch in to make the restaurant's biggest pie-baking days of the year a success.
The City of Turlock's 39th annual Turkey Trot brought in more than a hundred runners ready to get their daily fitness in just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.
Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.
Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.
Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.
While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.
Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.
Local irrigation districts will hold a workshop on Wednesday to discuss fish passage in the Tuolumne River as part of the La Grange Dam licensing process.
Since 1963 countless American flags have flown at the Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who have sacrificed their lives to serve the United States of America.
This week the City of Turlock notified its rate payers that watering would be cut to two days a week with limited hours, a measure taken as a result of state mandated water conservation rules. However, this rule does not apply to at least one household in Turlock.
Driving through Turlock is becoming an obstacle of sorts as several construction projects are underway.
An 11-year-old boy riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning suffered a severe injury to his leg when he was hit by a truck.