Community Briefing

RESOLVING CONFLICT: Former Stockton Police Lt. Dennis Smallie will give the keynote address at the International Conflict Resolution Day event Thursday in the University of the Pacific's Bechtel International Center. The event encourages people to find peaceful alternatives to resolving conflicts and to reduce the number of violent crimes locally. The event, free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. Smallie, who served for 29 years with the Stockton Police Department, will speak about "The Role of the Community in Breaking the Cycle of Conflict and Violence." The event will include information tables run by local agencies and organizations. For more details, call the Mediation Center at 474-8794 or go to www.conflictresolutionday.mediatorsrus.org. UOP is at 3601 Pacific Ave. in Stockton.

MONEY FOR FFA: The Turlock Chamber of Commerce will present the agriculture departments at Turlock and Pitman high schools with $2,500 apiece Friday afternoon to send promising ag students to the 80th FFA National Conference in Indianapolis. The FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. During the past seven years, the chamber has awarded 111 scholarships worth more than $98,800, with $48,000 more donated toward communitywide educational programs.