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.
Not only was 2010 a banner year for Stanislaus County agriculture - with a farm gate increase of $260 million for an all-time record total income of nearly $2.57 billion - but the entire state also saw new highs in agricultural income.
From the fire in 2005 that left it in ruins to the political wrangling that almost sank it, the Carnegie Arts Center has risen like a phoenix from the ashes more than once and is set to begin a new chapter with a grand reopening Sept. 10.
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.
Perhaps you know someone who is struggling due to medical or financial problems. Or maybe you know of a non-profit who could use a paint job. Turlock's Lancaster Painting wants to know about that person, family or business. For the second year in a row, Lancaster Painting is donating its expertise for a community service program - Paint it Forward.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported record high honey prices and a 20 percent increase in honey production across the country for 2010, however, at least one local beekeeper is finding 2011 a tougher year.
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.
Shouts of "Si se puede!" could be heard along El Capitan Way in Delhi Friday as a group of 20 to 30 United Farm Workers supporters marched through town and to that day's lunch spot, Iglesia de la Cruz (Church of the Cross). The marchers took a much-needed rest and refueled to continue their journey north.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is reminding citizens to stay vigilant in their efforts to reduce ozone emissions, as the district tries to stave off another round of fines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $1,150,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants to the Western United Dairymen and Fiscalini Farms to implement new programs and purchase equipment. The grant is an effort to help agricultural businesses adopt new technologies to comply with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and address important natural resource concerns facing the industry.