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MJC net-zero building saves energy, money

MODESTO — When it was time for Yosemite Community College District to replace its World War II-era Central Services building, designers opted for a state-of-the-art energy efficient facility.

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Drug testing without taint of retaliation

Many employers in the Central Valley have implemented drug-free workplace policies, which may include post-incident drug testing of workers.  In addition, employers may also provide various incentives to employees to work in a safe manner.

Bruce Sarchet

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Ground broken on Pacific performance center

Pacific President Pamela Eibeck chats with donors Kathleen Lagorio-Janssen and Dean Janssen.

STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific officially broke ground Monday afternoon on a performance center for student-athletes.

The $1.5 million Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center will add 2,861 square feet to the university’s gymnasium. The facility will provide exercise equipment and weights for strength and conditioning training as well as a “fuel station” that will offer quick, nutritious snacks for student-athletes. It is expected to open next May.

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Technology Training at the Keyes Library

Technology Training at the Keyes Library

Adults are welcome to come by the Keyes Library in January and February for trainings on library databases and applications. Each week the library will hold a training focusing on technology available to customers. Classes will focus on Mango Languages, Hoopla, eBooks, and Zinio. Below is a schedule of the trainings each week.

· Monday, January 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday, January 15 from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Mango Languages Tutorial. Mango Languages offers online, conversation-based instruction in over 60 languages, including ESL courses taught in native languages. Mango offers remote access and free mobile applications so that tutorial can be accessed anytime and is free. Individuals can stop by the Keyes Library during these times to learn how to access and use Mango Languages.

Outdoor Cooling Center to be offered at Graceda Park

Outdoor Cooling Center to be offered at Graceda Park

Due to the extreme heat we will be experiencing this week the City of Modesto’s Water Division will be opening an outdoor cooling center offering shade, free water and water bottles at Graceda Park and the 9th street Transit Center from Noon to 6pm on the following days; July 1st-3rd and July 5th.

Help Shape Modesto’s Future!

Public Workshop- General Plan Amendment

The City of Modesto Planning Commission will host a series of three (3) public workshops in order to solicit public input regarding the General Plan Amendment (GPA) project.

Scrapbooking Fun at the Modesto Library

Scrapbooking Fun at the Modesto Library

Join the Modesto Library and local scrapbooker Anna Soto for a series of free programs to learn about and practice scrapbooking. This program will be held, Saturdays, March 9 and March 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Some materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Scrapbooking is an excellent way for people of all ages and backgrounds to share information about their experiences. The Stanislaus County Library encourages those interested in scrapbooking to attend. For more information, please call the Modesto Library Reference desk at 558-7814. The library is located at 1500 I Street. Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the library and on the street.