First, the good news:
The water spray parks at Broadway and Columbia parks will continue to operate in the upcoming weeks, which can get quite toasty in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
But the parks will reduce their hours of operation. In a post to its Facebook page, the city Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department cited the ongoing drought as one reason behind the change. Undoubtedly, the return of many Turlock children to school next week also reduces the demand on the parks during the earlier part of the day.
As of Monday, the parks will operate from 3 to 8 p.m. weekdays, still offering relief during the hottest part of the day. On weekends, the spray will be on from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Elsewhere around town:
Keeping the brain healthy and memories alive will be the topic of a free discussion at Covenant Village of Turlock later this month. The retirement community will host educational psychologist Linda Sasser, Ph.D., as she presents “Healthy Brain, Healthy Memory,” at 1 p.m. Aug. 26.
According to a news release from Covenant Village, “Sasser will explore how memory works and typical age-related memory changes. She will teach her distinctive method of optimizing the brain functions of attention, working memory and long-term memory to remember names, information and tasks.”
Sasser also will provide attendees with some simple activities that can help maintain and improve brain function.
Covenant Village of Turlock is at 2125 N. Olive Ave. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, go to www.covenantvillageofturlock.org or call (877) 834-1238.
This week’s safety tip, provided by the Turlock Fire Department, concerns carbon monoxide detectors.
Authorities recommend that the detectors be installed outside each sleeping area in a home, and on every level. Firefighters also suggest using interconnected alarms, which all sound when one sounds. Should the alarm sound, people inside immediately should head for fresh air: Get outside or to an open window or door until help arrives.
For more information and tips, go to the Fire Department’s page on Facebook.
And finally, Bee staff writer John Holland reported earlier this week on the city’s request for residents to further curb their water use in light of the continuing drought. To help, the city’s staff is offering a free water-use survey to customers who pay their water bills to the city.
At the request of a customer, a trained representative will visit the property to identify any leaks and water-saving opportunities. Landscape and irrigation systems also will be reviewed.
People who participate could receive water-saving equipment that includes low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and other items. The owner or tenant must be at the property at the time of the survey.
For more information, or to schedule a water survey, call the Turlock Municipal Services Department at (209) 668-5590, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “water audit request” in the message line and provide contact information in the message.