June 25, 2014

Bee in Turlock: New literacy program launches

A new literacy program is starting up in Turlock, and it’s looking for clients.

LearningQuest Stanislaus Literacy Centers is working with a local church to bring a literacy program to Turlock, and it is looking for people who need help learning to read, or with other academic areas.

Karen Williams, executive director of LearningQuest, a nonprofit organization that provides free tutoring to adults in Stanislaus County, worked with Pam Youngdale, wife of the Rev. Ron Youngdale of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, to start the program.

According to a news release, LearningQuest had been looking to expand and got a grant to fund the start-up of church-based tutoring programs. Pam Youngdale, a teacher nearing retirement, and her friend Beth Kirkpatrick are leading up the Turlock program and started recruiting volunteers. They have been trained to help students with basic reading and math, as well as writing and studying for the General Education Development test.

An opening event is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church, 640 Minaret Ave.

Adults will be tutored Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. New students who want to enter after June 30 will be able to enroll the first Monday of each month.

For more information

or to sign up, email


ELSEWHERE AROUND TOWN – The Turlock Police Department recently announced a partnership with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods.

“With Nextdoor, we can share information and help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected while giving them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts,” crime prevention Officer Michelle Backeroff said in a news release. More than 30 neighborhoods in Turlock have started Nextdoor websites, viewable only by verifiable neighborhood residents.

Turlock police have used the site for one alert so far, an advisory message sent June 19 about a residential burglary in the 1500 block of East Marshall Street. A witness saw and reported two men entering and removing property from the home. The alert included a description of the men and the car they used, as well as instructions on what to do if anyone spotted them.

Those interested in joining or creating a neighborhood website can go to www.nextdoor.com and enter their address.

AND FINALLY – Work continues on a major reconstruction project on Colorado Avenue.

The north-south road has been closed between Monte Vista Avenue and Burman Drive since the end of last month. Monte Vista, a four-lane road, has been reduced to two lanes in the area. Detours are in place.

Work is expected to continue through Sept. 2.

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