Bee in Turlock: Homeless shelter opening isn’t too far away

With the balmy temperatures we have been having lately, it’s hard to believe that colder weather soon will be coming our way.

But the staff at We Care, which operates a seasonal shelter for homeless men, has been preparing for opening night, a little more than a month away. The shelter, on South Broadway, is set to open for the season Nov. 8 – a week earlier than usual.

Once the shelter gets going, the staff will need volunteer groups, churches and families to provide dinners for the men it serves. We Care is looking for a variety of items before the opening. These include cleaning supplies, a vacuum cleaner, furniture, backpacks, bed sheets, toiletries, and allergy and cold medicine.

Anyone who can provide items is asked to contact We Care at info@wecareturlock.org.

Elsewhere around town:

The bad news is that Ten Pin Fun Center, the bowling-arcade project planned across from California State University, Stanislaus, never received funding and appears dead in the water.

However, the adjoining property has seen bustling construction activity, and a new Prime Shine Car Wash recently opened.

The site, the second Prime Shine in Turlock, is the largest of the company’s 15 locations, at 60,000 square feet. It is the first to use solar power, according to a news release.

Solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to offset about 20 percent of the facility’s power-wash usage. The panels are housed atop pavilions covering 28 free vacuum stations in the parking lot. Prime Shine also says it recycles most of its water.

“This location has been built with one of our key vision elements in mind – grow our sustainable eco-business practices,” said Evan Porges, president of Prime Shine. “We have taken all steps available to save water and power, while at the same time providing the high-quality product that customers have become accustomed to receiving at all Prime Shines.”

Find the new Prime Shine at Monte Vista Avenue and Crowell Road.

And finally:

It’s October. So, of course, time to start thinking about the holidays. Well, maybe not quite yet, but the city’s Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department is looking ahead. Registration opened this week for the pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot and the pre-Christmas Christmas Parade.

The Turkey Trot is set for Nov. 22 at Donnelly Park. Two races will be offered: a 2-mile course for runners 13 and older, and a 1-mile route for children 12 and younger.

Cost to participate is $13 for the 1-mile and $18 for the 2-mile.

The Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 5. This year’s event will have a Hollywood flavor; the theme is “A Box Office Christmas.”

Applications are available through the city’s website, www.turlock.ca.us, under the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department section. For more information, call (209) 668-5594.