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Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2009 12:00 am

The Downtown Lodi Business Partnership is hosting the Parade of Lights in Downtown Lodi on Dec. 3 at 6:15 p.m. and looking for participants. This year's theme is Rock n' Roll Christmas. It is the 14th consecutive year for the event.

The cost for commercial operations and businesses to enter the parade is $220. For families and individuals, it's $95. Non-profits and DLBP members can enter for $80. Applications are available to download at www.downtownlodi.com.

Jordan Guinn

Canned food drive set for football game

Lodi High School's Interact Club is sponsoring a canned food drive at Friday's football game.

To participate, bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the game at the Grape Bowl, or to the school's administration office during regular business hours.

All proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army. For more information, call 331-7754.

The drive is just another aspect of this week's game, selected as Channel 31's game of the week. Additionally, an early morning on-campus pep rally will be featured live on "Good Day Sacramento."

From 7 to 7:45 a.m., the cameras will be rolling at the rallies. Lodi High's rally will feature not only the Flame football team, but the school's cheer and drill teams as well as Lodi's band.

Jennifer Bonnett

Grape Bowl Classic this weekend

Tokay High School will host the annual Grape Bowl Classic band review Saturday. There are 34 bands competing, including 16 in the jazz and concert category and four in field show. All events are open to the public.

The parade starts at 8:25 a.m. on Century Boulevard near Ham Lane, while jazz runs from 7:30 a.m. until noon in Tokay's theater and cafeteria at 1111 W. Century Blvd. Those awards will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the school's amphitheater.

The field show begins at 2:15 p.m., with awards to follow at 3:45 p.m. on the field.

Food will be available on campus throughout the day with profits going to band programs at all of the district's high schools. For more information, visit www.grapebowlclassic.org.

Jennifer Bonnett

Kindergarten registration set to begin

The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District will begin accepting kindergarten and first-grade registration for 2010-11 school next week. To enroll, a child must be 4 years and 9 months of age by Sept. 1, 2010. His or her birth date must have been on or before Dec. 2, 2005.

Enrollment in first grade requires that a child must be 5 years and 9 months of age by Sept. 1, 2010. Children who are in kindergarten this year are automatically registered for first grade for next year.

Nov. 16 is the deadline for a physical exam for any child entering first grade. For more information, call the district's health service department at 744-4521.

Enrollment begins Thursday, Nov. 12. Registration forms can be picked up at any school office or downloaded from the district's Web site at www.galt.k12.ca.us. Children are not required to be present at the time of registration.

— News-Sentinel staff

Local students take nationals at FFA

Galt students Isaac Valencia and Dominic Stellato were among the local students to place at the annual National FFA Convention held last month in Indianapolis.

The Galt High School students took gold in their division in the botany category for their entry on the effects of sucrose dips, light and fertilizer on root regeneration in pre-transplant processing tomatoes.

In the same Agriscience Fair, Caitlin Wolford of Lodi was awarded a bronze medal for her project titled, "The Role of Feed Supplements and Their Effect on Hoof Growth in Horses."

Courtney Miller and Shelbi Thall, also of Lodi, were each awarded with a silver medal for their project on the comparison of feeding conventional rabbit feed versus organic rabbit feed on the weight gain of lion head rabbits.

All five local students were successful at the state level before moving onto the national fair. Participants received ribbons along with their medals and were honored at a banquet at the National FFA Convention, Oct. 21-24.

The agriscience fair program is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, which includes cash awards.

Jennifer Bonnett

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