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The Marching Pride returns to action

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After a two-year hiatus, the Pitman High marching band is returning to action at the 4th Annual Preview of Champions. The free parade will feature numerous Northern and Central California high school marching bands competing for top prizes.

"We are excited to perform again and are proud to be the first band to perform at the first band review of the season," said Pitman Band Director Ruben Modesto.

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Names of Note: Turlock arts center will name performance space for notable couple

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The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock will name its performance space in memory of long-time residents June and John McVey.

June McVey was a dance instructor for more than half a century, and her husband taught art and design at Turlock High School.

The public is invited to the dedication of the June and John McVey Loft at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, followed by a dance-themed version of the Family Friday series. The center is at 250 N. Broadway.

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Comic Con returns to Turlock fairgrounds

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Comic book and popular culture fans have something to celebrate as the Ohana Comic Con will return to Turlock.

The Turlock comic con is set for Sept. 6. The event will be held at the Turlock fairgrounds in building E2 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Fans of “Star Wars” and “Power Rangers” are not going to want to miss this, because there will be a white Power Ranger and Darth Vader to take pictures and sign autographs. There will also be a cosplay show, which is the highlight of the event for a lot of people, according to organizer, Ziggy Star.

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Turlock Community Theatre to launch comeback with help of federal grant

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It was announced this week that the Turlock Community Theatre was one of six venues throughout the Central Valley to receive federal COVID funding in order to help keep its doors open.

After pushing the Biden administration to speed up the delivery of critical grants to local stages, bars, movie theaters, museums and concert halls last month, Rep. Josh Harder on Monday said that over $3.8 million had been distributed to Valley businesses and nonprofits through the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program.

“...I can’t wait to sit down for a performance and go to a movie this summer, and I’m glad our venues will be reopening with the resources they deserve,” Harder said in a statement.

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Turlock Police plan for return of National Night Out

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After a year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Turlock Police Department is putting plans in motion for the annual National Night Out celebration.

This year's event is set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3. The police department is currently looking for neighborhoods to register their location and join in on the city-wide festivities.

National Night Out is a night when residents lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outdoors getting to know their neighbors and local law enforcement. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

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SPLASHING BACK TO NORMAL

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Families looking to beat the heatwave this week can cool off at the City of Turlock’s two aquatic playgrounds, which are open once more after the pandemic shut them down last summer. Turlock’s public pools are still closed to recreational swimmers due to COVID-19, though swim lessons are being hosted at Pitman High School. 

Turlock resident Aiden Struve and his family were at the Columbia Water Spray Park on Tuesday afternoon, much to his delight. Last year was the first time Struve wasn’t able to go to the spray park, he said, and he was overjoyed to be back under his favorite feature of the playground: the water-spilling coconuts.

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New silent disco business offers fitness with frequency

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Name of business: Valley Vibes

Type of business: Silent disco fitness 

Location: Turlock; www.valley-vibes.com

Contact information: 626-421-8304; info@valley-vibes.com; @_valley__vibes_ on Instagram

Specialty: Yoga and full body workouts 

History of business:

In March, husband and wife duo Aaron and Kate Unruh set out to create a new culture in Turlock — one that would get the community outdoors and give them a chance to heal both mentally and physically. Their idea manifested itself through Valley Vibes, which offers fitness with frequency through noise-cancelling headphones, some stellar beats and guided workouts. 

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Recreational opportunities returning for Turlock youth

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As life begins a return to normalcy amid the easement of COVID restrictions and vaccine success, parents in Turlock have the opportunity to keep their kids busy this summer with the return of two popular activities. 

The City of Turlock’s Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities department is once again hosting a summer camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, but due to the max capacity of 50 children there is currently a waitlist to sign up for the program. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 through July 30 in the cafeteria at Pitman High School for $110 per week and an annual fee of $15. 

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Turlock woman catches the eyes, ears of American Idol judges

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TURLOCK, Calif. — She is normally skeptical of auditions for voice competitions, partly due to fear of rejection, which is why she believes her husband didn't ask before submitting her name for American Idol.  

Ashlyn Ruder, an American Idol contestant from Turlock, told ABC10 she called her husband screaming after learning she would be on the reality show.

"That excitement hasn't happened for a really long time, especially because COVID has been happening and everything else in the world is kind of closed," Ruder said.   

After hearing Ruder perform a song about how proud she is of her dad being sober going on three years on the show, Lionel Richie gave her advice she won't forget.  

"He said, 'I've been in this business for a really long time and the one thing that never goes out of style is talking about love and sharing love through music," Ruder said. 

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Turlock native to appear on ‘American Idol’

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Growing up, Turlock native Ashlyn Ruder could turn anything into a stage. From her grandmother’s bed where she’d belt out “The Sound of Music” to the tailgate of her dad’s truck performing the songs she had written, music has always served as a way for the 22-year old to express herself. 

On Sunday, Ruder will sing on one of the world’s biggest stages when she appears on the newest episode of “American Idol” in its 19th season. 

“Music has been a pastime of mine my entire life. I was always doing something music related, and that’s just how it was for me growing up,” Ruder said. “Now, it’s become a dream that’s real and it’s a career. It’s crazy.”

Ruder was born and raised in Turlock and graduated from Turlock Christian in 2017. During her younger years, she kept busy by performing in her church’s worship band and even recorded an album at age 13. That endeavor never came to be — producers saw Ruder as a pop star, while her heart was with country music — and it would be almost a decade until the singer got her big break. 

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