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Local kids get behind-the-scenes look at one of Santa’s workshops, better known as an Amazon fulfillment center

in Community/Holidays/News

The holiday season is a busy time at Turlock’s MCE1 Amazon fulfillment center.

Just before the start of the holiday rush, five employees at the Fulkerth Road facility had the opportunity to bring their kids — seven in all — into the plant and give them a firsthand look at how their parents help Santa fulfill his yearly duties.

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Kids get chance to fly Saturday

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Ever wonder what it would be like to fly high above Stanislaus County and see it from a bird’s eye view?

Well, on Oct. 28, kids from ages 8 to 17 can do exactly that as part of the Young Eagles Day at Turlock Municipal Airport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Chapter 90 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oakdale, is hosting the event, along with the Turlock Regional Aviation Association.

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Hilmar Cheese inviting community to make their own ice cream

in Food

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- If you're looking for a fun activity with the kids before they head back to school, Hilmar Cheese has a "cool" idea.

The local cheese maker is inviting visitors to make their own ice cream.

The activity will start at 11 am Monday through Friday at the company visitor center on North Lander in Hilmar.

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The Top 9 Things to Do in California for Kids

in Around California/Fun

When it comes to fun things to do in California for kids, the opportunities are endless. From world-famous theme parks to one of the best zoos on the planet, there are so many exciting places to explore with little ones.

With so many fun things to get up to, planning an itinerary for a holiday in this famous state can get overwhelming pretty quickly. But fear not, as I am a fount of knowledge when it comes to this gorgeous part of the world. From the best cities to visit in California to the most amazing things to get up to, I know the score.

When planning a trip to California your to-do list is sure to be filling up fast so, to help you plan an unforgettable family vacation, sit tight as I share the top 9 things to do in California for kids.

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Kids walk out, join parents in vaccination mandates

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A number of parents throughout Stanislaus County pulled their kids from public school on Wednesday in protest of Governor Gavin Newsom’s forthcoming mandate that children in middle school and older be vaccinated against COVID as a condition to being in the classroom.

Many of those parents and children staged a loud protest in front of the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) with placards, chants and shared conversation, calling for an end to the governor’s mandate.

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in People

One of the best things about photography is that meaningful pictures can be snapped at any time — even during a pandemic. The students in Marissa Miranda’s photography class at Turlock Christian High School recently put this theory to the test for a project they completed while distance learning, capturing powerful photos of what the stay-at-home orders look like to them. According to Miranda, the objective of the assignment was to study how a photograph can be a powerful tool of communication by capturing the Covid-19 crisis through their camera lens.

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Bullied teen shows up to Turlock school in style

in People

Dozens of motorcycles escorted a bullied, special needs teenager riding inside an eye-catching car as it rolled up to school drop-off in Turlock on Tuesday morning.

"Seeing his face when he saw all his classmates watching, that was all worth it," said Larry Nydahl, a motorcycle rider with the American Legion Riders of Turlock.

Earlier this month, cellphone video captured Michael Valdez, 14, being beaten and bullied at a park near Turlock Junior High School. The video went viral on social media and led to hundreds of calls to police. The school district is investigating.

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California stopped charging parents for kids’ incarceration. So why are some still stuck owing thousands of dollars?

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Foster parent Andrew Simmons, of Ramona, CA, has the initials of all six of his adopted children on his arm. January 30, 2020. Photos by Lisa Hornak for CalMatters.

When Andrew Simmons first started getting billed for his son’s stints in juvenile hall, he was shocked.

“I just thought that was crazy. I mean you’re going to arrest my kid and then you’re going to charge me for it?” Simmons said.

Simmons ended up owing nearly $14,000 to San Diego County, including $20 per day for his son’s 53 days in home supervision and $31 per day for his more than 400 days in juvenile detention, according to a county audit of his account.

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

in Fun/People

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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They were ripped from a loving home and sent to Mexico. Local family wants them back

in Local Roundup

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released a report stating that immigrant kids separated at the border from their parents are suffering the trauma and anxiety of being ripped from all they’ve known and held in American detention camps.

Many of the kids are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and some spend their days crying inconsolably, the report said.

A family in Roseville understands this pain completely because they are linked to two small children who were taken from their home and all they’ve known and are now living in another country with people they didn’t know at first.

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