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Over 100 community members gathered on South Broadway Saturday night, not for the downtown nightlife or a block party, but to unite in prayer for the city and its residents.

The 4th annual Pray Turlock event was a collaboration between Calvary Chapel Turlock, Monte Vista Chapel, Harvest Church, Blessed Hope Assyrian Church and Enclave Community Church.

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Christmas community celebrations ready to go across the Modesto, Mother Lode regions

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Come Friday, it will be time to put down the leftover turkey and grab on to your yuletide spirit.

That’s when communities across the Modesto and Mother Lode regions begin celebrating the Christmas season, with plenty of festivals, parades and tree lightings planned.

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Program offers college students $10,000 to volunteer in their community

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Students at 45 colleges and universities, that include Stanislaus State and UC Merced, will be able to earn $10,000 toward their degrees by volunteering for the new Californians For All College Corps program. 

The first volunteer program of its kind in the country will be available to 6,500 students at a variety of schools, including University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, as well as a handful of private schools.

The idea behind the initiative is that in exchange for volunteering in their communities at places like schools, food banks and community gardens, students can make a difference and earn money.

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‘A community effort’: Turlock teens start Kitchens for Change to help tackle food insecurity

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Some Turlock teens have been inspired by World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that responds to national disasters to feed those in need, to tackle food insecurity locally.

Food is cooked, assembled and packaged to-go by Kitchens for Change.

“It’s just been incredible. So many kids are willing and able to come out and help and have fun doing it,” said Elias Rabine, the president and founder of Kitchens for Change.

The high school club is getting hands-on experience, serving their community.

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Turlock’s Westside Ministries asks for community support as demand for free food rises

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Westside Ministries of Turlock is asking for community support to fund its food literacy program, which allows it to provide food for the underserved.

Since before the pandemic, the organization has provided free meals for the community as a result of youth tending to its garden. As one of five finalists in heavy-equipment maker Kubota’s competition, which awards the winner $100,000 and loaned equipment, Westside wanted to continue this effort but was outnumbered by 506 votes, said the executive director.

But losing won’t stop Westside from serving the community. Jolynn DiGrazia, the ministries’ executive director, said kids and teens come out to the garden around 8 a.m., ready to work as demand for free food has doubled during the pandemic.

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Stanislaus State Continues Community Involvement

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With a variety of programs and services, Stanislaus State University in Turlock has plenty of news to share with the community. Here are a few of the items provided through the college ‘Daybook’ of events. A complete schedule of Stan State events and additional information can be found on the University website.

COVID Vaccines

Stanislaus County’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule at Stanislaus State continues this week. At Stanislaus State Fitzpatrick Arena, officials will be vaccinating Phase 1A and ages 65+ with a second dose only on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency’s COVID-19 vaccine website for more information.

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How the city of Turlock got its name in California

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Turlock's name is probably the only thing the city doesn't owe to agriculture for its history.

The city, 20 minutes south of Modesto, owes its name to "Bred in the Bone," a serial novel from Harper's Weekly Magazine and two brothers struggling to name the town, according to Scott Atherton, historian for the Turlock Historical Society.

Atherton said the name's origin boils down to Henry Lander reading a book in a magazine, seeing the name "Turlock," and pitching it to his brother as their third naming effort.

Contrary to the story, some might have heard growing up, the town's name doesn't come from a translation of "Turlough," or "Dry Lake."

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Meetings, club events in and around Modesto (01/02/20)

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What: Sunshine Club weekly luncheon

When: Mondays, 1 p.m.

Where: Sizzler, 3101 Hotel Drive

Info: The Sunshine Club is a support group for men and women who have lost a loved one. Meet people who understand what suddenly being alone really means. The lunch is no-host. Info: Darlene at 209-668-6792.

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