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The Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade returned to Main Street on Friday night with scenes from “Christmas in Toyland,” the parade theme for the night. After being cancelled last year due to COVID, hundreds lined Turlock’s downtown streets to take in the spectacle of lights, with appearances from Santa Claus, the Grinch and even a dancing horse or two.

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Downtown Turlock prepares for holiday events

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The streets of downtown Turlock will soon be busy with holiday fun as business owners and the community prepare for tricks, treats and plenty of Christmas cheer thanks to the return of several beloved events. 

A sense of normalcy will return to Main Street in the coming weeks as the Christmas Parade and Festival of Lights make triumphant returns after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year, however, both celebrations will look a bit different than community members are used to. 

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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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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;

Contact information: 626-421-8304;; @_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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