July 30, 2014

Bee in Turlock: Pool passes, a new hotspot and an anti-crime party

Turlock police officers have free passes to city pools this summer for children up to 17 years old as part of a Summer of Safety campaign.

Turlock police officers have free passes to city pools this summer for children up to 17 years old. They ask only that a kid not request one if the officer is busy with a possible crime.

Turlock Associated Police Officers, which has 94 members, is offering the passes as part of its Summer of Safety campaign. A pass provides single-day pool admission at Columbia Park, Pitman High School and Turlock High School, though the Turlock High pool is currently closed.

Officers also are handing out fliers on water safety.

“With temperatures this high, it is not uncommon to have kids playing in unsafe canals and swimming holes,” said Russell Holeman, president of the association, in a news release. “We want to encourage them to stay safe and healthy by swimming in lifeguard-supervised swimming pools, but not all families can afford the admission fees.”

Children and parents are welcome to approach officers for passes if the officers are not engaged in an active investigation or dealing with a suspect. Officers also will offer passes to kids who model safe behavior, such as wearing a bike helmet or crossing the street carefully.

More information is at www.turlockpolice.org or www.facebook.com/turlockassociatedpolice.

Elsewhere around town:

A large glass and wood shelf suspended from the ceiling of Memo’s Cocina & Tequila Bar holds empty tequila bottles. Co-owner Guillermo Ramirez said he expected it to take a couple of months to fill. Tuesday – less than a week after the new restaurant and bar opened downtown – it looked pretty darn full.

Ramirez, whose family also owns Las Casuelas restaurant on Monte Vista Avenue near Highway 99, said he wasn’t sure how receptive Turlock would be to his idea.

“We wanted to show people the right way to drink tequila,” he said. That means sipped from a glass or made into a drink with fresh ingredients – no bottled or jarred mixes here.

The owners have been overwhelmed and appreciative of the response. “It’s unbelievable,” he said.

Memo’s, which includes a full restaurant, has been full nearly to capacity every day since it opened.

It’s the latest of several upscale dining options to come to downtown, following La Mo, Dust Bowl and 10 East in recent years. Memo’s West Main Street location, at the intersection of Broadway, puts it in the middle of those.

Along with other communities around the country, Turlock neighborhoods will host National Night Out events Tuesday. The annual event is aimed at getting neighbors together and deterring criminal activity.

A big party, open to the public, is planned at Columbia Park, 600 Columbia St. Plans call for representatives of the police and fire departments to be on hand to meet with the public.

Because it likely will be hot, attendees are invited to take a dip in the pool, open from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., or play in the water spray park. Also planned: refreshments, arts and crafts and a DJ.

For more information, call the city’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department at (209) 668-5594.

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