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45th Annual Gem, Jewelry & Rock Show: March 12-13

Gem, Jewelry & Rock Show
March 12-13th
Stanislaus Fairgrounds

Come check out the 45th annual gem, jewelry & rock show, with dinosaur fossil exhibits, demonstrations, kids activities and speakers including Bob Jones who is the senior editor for the national magazine "Rock & Gem".  Learn how to make beautiful jewelry out of natural rocks and gemstones.  Make your own bracelets, and learn how to carve soapstone.  We also have a large black tent, that inside has several exhibits showing fluorescent minerals, when they are under UV lights give off bright colors. 

Hope to see you there!

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Family, friends search for missing woman

Family, friends search for missing woman

TURLOCK - Family and friends of 55-year-old Kim Berry are asking for the community's help in finding her. Berry was last seen on Monday, Feb. 28, by a co-worker after having lunch at El Rosal restaurant on Monte Vista in Turlock. She has not been heard from since.

Berry's brother-in-law Bill Treshler said she was very distraught after her father and husband died within a week of each other. Family members have been posting flyers in the Turlock, Modesto and Westside areas with hopes someone has seen her.

Treshler said a missing person report has been filed with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, as well.

Berry is described as a white adult, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 150 pounds with thin brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a purple hooded sweatshirt, black tennis shoes and a blue carcoat.

Turlock Police Department joins Nat'l Crime Map

Turlock Police Department joins Nat'l Crime Map

TURLOCK - Have you ever seen flashing red and blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on? Do you want to know how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through a new partnership between Turlock Police Department and CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map at www.CrimeReports.com.

Providing reliable and timely information to the citizens of Turlock is one of the police department’s top priorities. Partnering with CrimeReports gives police the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community. The public can access the Crime Map 24 hours a day through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone application (app). The iPhone app is available for free download through the Apple iTunes Store.

Livestock changes for Stanislaus County Fair

Livestock changes for Stanislaus County Fair

TURLOCK - Some changes are being made in the livestock department for the 2011 Stanislaus County Fair. This year's fair will kick off on Friday, July 15 for a 10-day run.

Turlock PD unveils traffic safety Facebook page

Turlock PD unveils traffic safety Facebook page

TURLOCK - The Turlock Police Department Traffic Safety Unit has created a Facebook page to be used as a channel of communication with the public. The title of the page is “Turlock Police Traffic Safety Unit.”

There will be several updates a week with helpful traffic safety tips, such as turning on your headlights when it is raining. Also, locations with high collision rates and high violation rates will be listed. The page will inform the public as to special enforcement locations as well as violations the Traffic Safety Unit will be focusing on.

The mission of the Traffic Safety Unit is to reduce collision related injuries and deaths. In 2009, Californians spent an amazing $24,000,000,000 on vehicle collisions. This Facebook page will be used a way of providing instant and accessible education to the public.

Live pro wrestling takes the stage at Turlock HS March 4

Live pro wrestling takes the stage at Turlock HS March 4

TURLOCK - Live professional wrestling is coming to Turlock High School, 1600 East Canal Drive, on Friday, March 4. The show will feature WWE Superstar "The Vampire Warrior" Gangrel and GZW Superstar Dana Lee.

General Admission tickets are $10, Ringside seating is $15. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Relay for Life. To purchase

Doors open at 6 p.m and the show starts at 7 p.m.tickets or for more information, call (209) 667-0797 or visit www.groundzerowrestling.com.

Turlock Rock & Gem Show opens March 12

Turlock Rock & Gem Show opens March 12

TURLOCK - The Turlock Rock & Gem Show will be held on March 12 - 13 at the Stanislaus Fairgrounds in Turlock. Non-profit group, the Mother Lode Mineral Society, is hosting the event.

The group support the community by providing scholarships for Eart Science students, supporting college classes with equipment and instruction, and doing classroom presentations for K-12 students about the rock cycle, minerals and fossils. Proceeds from the show will help pay for these community efforts.

The show will feature impressive dinosaur fossil exhibits and speakers including Bob Jones, senior editor for national magazine "Rock & Gem." Demonstrators will be on hand to show guests how to make beautiful jewelry out of natural rocks and gemstones. Fluoresecent minerals will also be on display, shown under UV lights.

For more information about the Rock & Gem show, visit www.turlockgemshow.com.

Get involved in Volunteer for Change

Get involved in Volunteer for Change

OAKDALE - Residents came out in force to show their support for what will prove to be a very rewarding volunteer effort and an exciting year here in Oakdale. A city that has always been know for its excellent volunteer groups, Oakdale is proving that it is not done giving.

Monday's meeting proved that the people are serious about rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty if they have to. Committees shared excellent presentations on everything from tourism and revenue generation ideas to creating solutions for current city issues. This event shows that we are a city full of people with great ideas, willing to work hard to make them happen.

With over 100 people in attendance, Robert Taylor and a group of volunteers have stepped forward to lead this very organized group of citizens on a variety of topics and city concerns.

CSU Stanislaus appoints head of doctoral program

TURLOCK - Retired community college president, Dr. Kenneth B. White has been appointed as the interim director of the EdD program in educational leadership at California State University, Stanislaus.

White, who retired from the Yosemite Community College District in 2010, has over 40 years of community college leadership experience, including service as president of Columbia College and most recently, as interim president at Modesto Junior College.

A search is currently underway for a permanent director, who will be in place by August 2011.

The EdD program accepted its first group of students in 2008. The cohort-based program, designed to be completed in three years, will see its first graduates receive their EdD degrees at the university’s May 27 commencement exercises.

Prior to his appointment as interim director, White taught in the EdD program as an adjunct faculty member.