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Noel Daniel - noel@turlockcitynews.com

Noel Daniel - noel@turlockcitynews.com

Daniel is an outstanding writer with a flair for arts, entertainment, and community event coverage.

Daniel is currently the Features Editor at The Signal. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the CSU Stanislaus literary magazine “Penumbra,” founded a creative writing workshop called “The Pendragons,” and is past president of a student honors English society.

In her spare time, Daniel is working on a novel.

Christmas comes hand-in-hand with throngs of last-minute shoppers as well as anyone and everyone who still needs to run errands this time of year. Fortunately for all involved in the Christmas mayhem, a smattering of local retailers are posting a few hours for the two busiest days of the year. In terms of grocery stores, Safeway (Countryside Drive) will be open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They do not have hours available on Christmas Day, but have offered their Modesto store on McHenry Avenue as a substitute, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costco (Tegner Road) will also be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the third consecutive year, Ronald and Jackie Detwiler, along with son-in-law Chris Waller, have set up the synchronized light and music show at their 1441 Sycamore St. home. With nearly 25,000 lights — 10,000 more than last year — and over 100 cars a night, Christmas on Sycamore has become a notable Turlock holiday event. The light show now features Santa Claus every night it doesn’t rain. They also hand out candy canes, and last year handed out more than 5,000 sweets to those who stopped by. They aim to double that amount this year.
Popcorn and movie icons abounded at this year’s “A Box Office Christmas” parade. The 36th Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade took place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and marched from Canal Drive straight down to historic Main Street. The roads were cluttered as early as 4 p.m., with Canal Drive virtually inaccessible from the afternoon, onwards. Thousands of Turlockers swarmed to the streets, eating kettle corn or drinking hot chocolate from Lisa’s Cookie Jar. 
Despite the heavy rain, Wednesday evening saw a considerable crowd for California State University, Stanislaus’ candlelight vigil held to remember the 43 missing students from Mexico. The event was moved to the protection of the Theatre Department’s patio and the event thankfully went on. “I think the event was successful,” said Suzie Valle, one of the vigil’s organizers. “We were able to gather students and the local community together in an environment where they were able to be part of the global community — to raise awareness of what's going on in Mexico.”

Although many area residents might head to Modesto for their Black Friday shopping spree, Turlock has a number of stores with a score of deals for those who decide to stay local. For those looking for truly local deals, Woods Furniture (Taylor Court) offers 12 months financing on purchases from $499 to $1,599, 18 months financing on purchases $1,599 to $2,899 and 36 months financing on purchases $2,899 and above.

Thanksgiving is fast-approaching, and for those who still have errands to run, it might seem impossible. Thankfully, there are still a few businesses open to enable last-minute shopping. It seems like there’s at least one missing ingredient each year, right as you get to cooking. Fortunately, several of Turlock’s grocery stores will be open, including Safeway (Monte Vista Avenue) which will open at its regular time and close at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Raley’s (Geer Road) will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Save Mart (Geer Road) will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:02

Christmas Parade to Light Up Downtown

Lights, camera — Christmas! Groups and families are invited to the newly-themed “A Box Office Christmas” parade. The 36th Annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade, taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, will begin at Canal Street travel down historic Main Street.
The 16th Annual Turlock Festival of Lights aims to provide Turlockers with an evening of lights, shopping and fun for all ages on Black Friday. Taking place on Friday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m., the festival will consist of its customary countdown to lighting the Christmas tree in Central Park in addition to a scavenger hunt that’s unique to this year’s event.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:59

Blue Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Operation Blue Santa is returning to Turlock to accept donations for those in need. Turlockers have several opportunities to run into Blue Santa. He’ll be present at the Downtown Festival of Lights, the Christmas Parade and after-school programs. Blue Santa will also show up to the Turlock Together: Charities Event at Walmart in addition to touring the Turlock community throughout the month of December.
What if you could have a collection of incredibly fun games that fit in your pocket — to play with anyone, anytime? That’s the question Chris Handy, a local game designer, asked when he launched his new project Pack O Game™ out of Turlock. "My game workshop is above the Dust Bowl, and these concepts came from there," said Handy, "Launching from Turlock out to the world today."
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