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Local holiday shows offer family-friendly fun

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Miss Poinsette Contest

The Center for Urban Performance and Westside Ministries will once again put on a holiday show with this year’s presentation of “Miss Poinsettia Contest” on Saturday at the Turlock Community Theatre.

This light-hearted, Broadway-style musical comedy will pit the debutantes against the bedrocks competing for one crown. Who will win?

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Support for new moms

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Pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting time in the life of a family — but also intimidating, disconcerting and sometimes downright scary. Stephanie Hulse and Amy Houghtaling are hoping to alleviate some of the anxiety that pregnant women, new mothers and their families feel by offering their services as professional doulas.

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Family, friends gather to remember teen killed in stabbing

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The gathering that brought Dylan Dooling’s family and friends together to reflect on his achievements and character should’ve been a graduation party. Instead, it was a vigil that brought them all together in a shared grief as they grapple with the violent act that took his life. 

Around 10:45 p.m. on June 2, Dooling and his girlfriend were leaving a house party in the 2000 block of N. Daubenberger Road when they were confronted by a group of males, possibly three, and a physical fight broke out.

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Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office looking for families of 3 people who died this year

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The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office is looking for the families of three people who died this year.

Michael Sutherland Jr., 49, died of natural causes at his home in Modesto on Jan. 26.

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Community grieves with Singh family at Merced vigil

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MERCED, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Another emotional night in Merced where hundreds of people continue to gather to remember the family of four who lost their lives.

More flowers, candles, pictures, and notes appeared at Bob Square in Merced, for the third night of vigils.

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Family kidnapped at gunpoint in Merced County, including 8-month-old baby and parents

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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night issued a plea to the public after an 8-month-old baby, her father, mother, and an uncle were kidnapped from their business at gunpoint.

Taken were Aroohi Dheri, the baby; her mother, Jasleen Kaur, 27; her father, Jasdeep Singh, 36; and the uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39.

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California restaurant helps families, veterans with free meals: ‘Small businesses being forgotten about’

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One Southern California restaurant is helping families and veterans in the local community by offering free food as Americans battle rampant inflation.

"Big Parm" owner Chef Andrew Gruel joined "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday to discuss his initiative to help those in need and the challenges he faces as a small business owner.

"Food is the great unifier," Gruel told co-host Carley Shimkus. "I saw throughout the pandemic that people were struggling. People were losing their jobs. People were losing their livelihood."

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in People

While area families are hunkering down for a coronavirus hibernation, outside spring has sprung as evidenced by the blooming poppies seen in vacant lots around Turlock. The poppies in this picture make for a colorful visual display for those traveling north on Golden State Boulevard near Fulkerth Road.

California poppy, the state flower of California, is native to the Pacific slope of North America from Western Oregon to Baja California. The flowers of California poppy close each night and on cloudy days. According to the U.S. Forest Service, locals should enjoy the flowers where they grow. If you pick California poppies for a wildflower bouquet, you will be disappointed when the petals almost immediately fall off.

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Family plunges into icy lake after passing warning signs, California rescuers say

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A family of three is safe after they plunged through ice and into freezing water in California on Saturday, police say.

Around 2:30 p.m., police arrived at Big Bear Lake to learn a father, mother and their child had fallen through the ice while they were out playing on the frozen lake, KTTV reported.

“The two ladies were yelling but they were kind of thrashing around which is the worst thing to do in ice apparently,” witness Sandy Bussey told KNBC. “We were just trying to yell at them, ‘stay calm don’t move, just hold on.’”

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How American policy has separated refugee families

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When Wajed al-Khalifa and her family arrived in the U.S. as refugees in 2015, everything about America seemed foreign. They were resettled to Turlock, California, a rural city about two hours east of San Francisco. Yet it wasn't long before they started hitting milestones.

Khalifa and her husband, Gasem al-Hamad, got driver's licenses. Their four kids excelled in school, quickly overcoming barriers such as English-language instruction and a new education system. It was a big change after fleeing war in Syria, living in limbo in Jordan for more than two years, and then being accepted to resettle in the U.S. as refugees.

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