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The Carnegie Arts Center is capping off its year-long 10th anniversary celebration with a community block party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 (Journal file photo).

There are a number of opportunities for locals to gather this summer and get reacquainted with their Turlock neighbors.

The Carnegie Arts Center is capping off its year-long 10th anniversary celebration with a community block party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25. The event will feature live performances, art activities, a variety of artist and vendor booths and free admission to the annual Youth Art Exhibition.

Following the disastrous fire in 2005 and several years of planning and construction, the redesigned and revitalized arts center opened its doors to the public on Sept. 10, 2011. For the past 10 years, the Carnegie has welcomed and served the community as a space to learn about and enjoy art, music, dance, theater, poetry and film.

“The CAC is a true gathering place for the sharing of ideas and experiences. With a strong emphasis on families and youth, our programs and classes have continued to grow, but we know that lots of people are still just discovering us. We are excited to offer a free creative event for the whole community, showcasing who we are and what we do. We hope everyone will come out for an hour or two to explore the arts center and have fun,” said Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott.

The event will take place inside, outside, and all around the Carnegie at 250 N. Broadway in downtown Turlock. Admission is free. It is sponsored by Gemperle Family Farms and Monte Vista Optometry.

For more information, call (209) 632-5761, x104 or visit

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce and the City of Turlock are partnering to host the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series from June through September.

“We’re hoping to have this event for the community to get together now that COVID restrictions have lightened up…to bring everybody together to interact and have fun,” said Irene Holmes, membership coordinator with the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

The event will have free admission and include family-friendly entertainment, themed nights, food trucks as well as space for families to bring a picnic dinner.

The Turlock City Council approved the sponsorship at their May 24 meeting. The City’s sponsorship includes use of the Turlock Regional Sports Complex and staff time for the event as well as set up and clean up. The Chamber is in charge of all other aspects of the concert series.

The first 3rd Thursday event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 16 at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex, 4545 N. Kilroy Rd. and will have a Family Fun theme. There will be a DJ, bounce house, corn hole, and Giant Jenga games, along with music and visits from the Turlock Police K9 Unit and Turlock Fire Department.

The July 21 event will feature live music and on Aug. 18 a kids talent show is planned, along with a DJ. For more information about the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, email or call 209-632-2221.