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Bill would help out county fairs

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Following the cancellation of fairs throughout the state this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Josh Harder is hoping a new bill he introduced this week will help alleviate some of their economic strain and keep them afloat until next year.

During a virtual round table discussion held via Zoom on Thursday, Harder announced the Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act — a legislative effort that would create an emergency grant program to help offset the massive revenue losses experienced by fairs this year. Californians throughout the state generate approximately $3.5 billion in economic impact each year by attending the fair.

Locally, the Stanislaus County Fair boasted an attendance of over 260,000 in 2019. After announcing in April that the annual event in Turlock would be canceled, however, the fair has issued layoff notices to most of its employees and is in danger of operating at a deficit by October if no action is taken.

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Punch it out at The Bag Lab

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Turlock residents Lynne and Forester Wescott have been kickboxing enthusiasts for years, from their time living in Southern California as newlyweds to moments spent in Texas where they helped grow a community for the sport from the ground up.

When they returned to Turlock a few years ago to be closer to family, they knew the town’s citizens could use a space where they, too, could take out their frustrations on a punching bag — all while getting a great workout in.

Next month, that vision now known as The Bag Lab Fitness will celebrate its one-year anniversary of offering full body workouts that push clients not only physically, but mentally as well.

Continue Reading on Turlock Journal

Soarin’ Over California returns for another limited run during Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Soarin' Over California attraction at Disney California Adventure park.

If you didn’t get your fill of Soarin’ Over California last summer you’ll get another chance to hang glide over Napa Valley, Monterey Bay and Redwood Creek when the classic version of the flight simulator ride returns to Disney California Adventure for another limited-time run.

Soarin’ Over California will return Feb. 28 to April 21 during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Anaheim theme park, according to Disney officials. An end date for Soarin’ Over California hasn’t been confirmed yet, Disney officials said.

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Kindergartner tries to spread positivity through ‘joy box’ in his front yard

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) - A California kindergartner aims to spread happiness - and plans to start in his family’s front yard.

“Get to write a note and then you get to put it in here. And we get the key, put it in, unlock it and take it out then the wish comes true,” said Levi Navarra. “It’s called the Joy Box.”

Six-year-old Levi said he believes that finding happiness is as easy as visiting the Joy Box, according to KTXL.

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Modesto’s downtown ice skating rink getting new owner, staying in business

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It looks like Modesto On Ice — the popular ice skating rink that has drawn more than 230,000 people to downtown since its first season in 2015 — will not close.

The owners have lined up a buyer to continue operating the rink that has been a boon for downtown and offers family friendly fun.

Turlock husband and wife Dave and Kathy Halsey are in the process of buying Modesto On Ice and expect the purchase will be completed after the current season ends Jan. 20.

Continue Reading on The Modesto Bee

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