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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:00 am

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I went to the National Sequoia Forest with my mom. We did most of the tourist spots: General Sherman, the Giant Forest, Moro Rock and Tharp's Log (a cabin carved in the 1800s out of a Sequoia tree). I might post a few photos later this week once I download them.

At work, I have been following two different programs and events that youth are participating in Lodi and Galt

Monday, I went to Carnegie Forum to watch 12 Lodi youth play the roles of city council members and city staff during a mock council meeting. The event was part of Teen Lodi, which is a yearlong class to expose youth to different aspects of the community. The theme Monday was government and was lead by Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce.

Also, in Galt last week, they held a Youth Summit to get feedback on a Galt youth master plan. The event had about 50 people attend, including kids and teens from elementary, middle and high schools in Galt, said Patricia St. James, who is one of the plan leaders.

The plan's goal is to find out what services are currently in the community and what Galt needs to improve on. Some of the suggestions include providing more transportation to help teens commute to college, forming a partnership with businesses to help those 18 through 24 get experience, doing more field trips and hands-on-learning for elementary school kids and finding ways to explore the best way to incorporate technology.

What do you think is needed for kids and teens in Lodi and Galt? What do kids, teens and parents want to see out of our paper?

Also, to promo some of our upcoming features:

• Lauren Nelson, our Lodi Living editor, is heading to all the high schools this week to find out about teen fashions. Make sure you check out her finds in Lodi Living this Saturday.

• Make sure you vote in our Battle of the Bands contest! Deadline for voting is Thursday.