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Pump It Up Run/Walk to be held on Halloween

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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 12:00 am

The Pump It Up Halloween Run/Walk 5K/10K races will be held at Lodi Lake next Saturday. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $35 (participants 10 and under compete for free).

All proceeds will benefit the Bear Creek, Lodi, McNair and Tokay athletic programs.

There will also be a costume contest with awards for the funniest, scariest, most beautiful and overall best costumes. Each participant gets a T-shirt, lunch and a goodie bag, and children get a pumpkin.

For more information or to register, visit www.active.com and type "Pump It Up" in the search box at the top of the page. Online registration closes Monday at midnight but fees may be paid on race day at the lake.

— News-Sentinel staff

Public input sought on district budget

The Lodi Unified School District's Superintendent's Budget Advisory Committee is holding a public forum to discuss next school year's budget.

Administrators have already warned that there will layoffs and salary cuts for 2010-11, and they will likely be deeper than this year's. The district was able to save some jobs and programs through one-time federal funding.

This year, an estimated more than $20 million in cuts will need to be made.

The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Ronald McNair High School, 9550 Ronald E. McNair Way, Stockton.

Jennifer Bonnett

Program to aid parents of special needs kids

The Community Advisory Committee of San Joaquin SELPA will hold a program for parents of children with special needs on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The program topic is Strategies for Appropriate Community Interactions presented by Traci Suyeyasu, a Young Adult Transition teacher.

The presentation will feature strategies on how to handle different functional scenarios in the community including grocery shopping, bowling and restaurant outings. Parents will learn how to prepare, implement and review the activity with their children, making the experiences meaningful as well as successful.

The program is free and open to the public. Call Patti Farhat at 468-4928 by Oct. 30 for registration confirmation.

It will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education Service Center, Burwood 1, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton.

— News-Sentinel staff

Pacific adopts green building policy

All future buildings and building renovations that cost more than $1 million at University of the Pacific will be green.

The University's Board of Regents approved the new policy at their fall meeting in Stockton this month. The new green building policy will take effect Jan. 1.

The policy calls for new buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Silver"-level certification requirements.

Pacific will also secure a cost estimate for LEED certification or equivalent of all renovation projects costing more than $1 million.

Pacific recently opened its first LEED-certified building — the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center — in 2008. It was the first LEED-certified building in San Joaquin County.

Over the summer, the university also broke ground on the new John T. Chambers Technology Center, which also will be LEED-certified.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

On average, they reportedly save 30 percent on energy and up to 50 percent on drinkable water compared to conventional buildings.

— News-Sentinel staff

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