A city councilman has taken the cause of a Christian student group that he says was wrongfully removed by California State University, Stanislaus, because the group refused to comply with policy that conflicts with its beliefs.
Nearly two dozen school districts and county offices of education filled the event center at California State University, Stanislaus, this week, searching for fresh faces to replace retiring teachers and those moving away or moving on.
Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school. The board also decided to boost the pay of Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, who announced he will retire June 30.
Turlock artist Don Hall has a quirky exhibit of self portraits up at the Chartreuse Muse. The whimsical art features the artist inserted into famous or iconic masterworks, from Monet to Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt and Warhol. The 68-year-old painter and sculptor hopes the display will amuse as well as educate people about who we consider our greatest artists.
A group of six women and girls from Turlock planned to return Monday from what’s become an annual vacation to New York City. But with a potentially historic blizzard bearing down, it seemed clear that was not going to happen.
The future looks bright for urban farming, full of skyscrapers laden with veggies and smog-free renewable energy. Such options sit just a tantalizing moment away for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Future City planners competing at the Northern California championship Saturday at California State University, Stanislaus.
Earlier this year, Turlock Certified Farmers Market officials announced it would be held Saturday mornings rather than Fridays. This week, they announced that it also will be in a slightly different location.
The Turlock Irrigation District board took a step Tuesday toward securing renewable power sources for the future. Directors voted 4-1 to in favor of negotiations on a 20-year contract with an unnamed supplier.
Young talent took center stage as the Turlock community cheered school music programs and raised money for new instruments. Festival on the Green, a daylong celebration with a laid-back beat, brought thousands to the Pitman High quad and gymnasium Saturday.
Go Green Week is a program started in 2008 by the city of Turlock, in collaboration with the Turlock Unified School District, that emphasizes environmental awareness and sustainable practices. As part of this year’s activities, 120 sixth-graders from Julien Elementary School took part in a tree planting, according to teacher Wendy Payne.
The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrated Pastor Ron Youngdale’s 30 years of service with the Turlock church with a party Sunday. Youngdale beamed as he mingled with members of his congregation as they ate cake and cookies and drank coffee. Youngdale was born in Tanzania to missionary parents and told The Modesto Bee in a 2008 article that he had planned to become an overseas missionary and teacher. But an internship at a Connecticut church during his third year in seminary led him to see that his gifts matched a career as a church pastor. He came to Turlock in 1985 after two years as a pastor in Southern California and graduate studies. Youngdale said it’s unusual for a pastor to serve 30 years at one church, with pastors typically serving several years before moving on.
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