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The California Republican Party is on the road today for a town hall, an evening event in Lafayette.

The target group? High school students, not the first group you might think to engage heading into the 2012 elections.

Spokesman Mark Standriff says the outreach is part of chairman Tom Del Beccaro's efforts to get the party out of its comfort zone and speaking to new potential members, beginning a discussion that might eventually lead them to consider the party's candidates and ideals.

"They're going to vote someday," he said.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Elsewhere, today's the day a committee supporting Latino candidates and issues holds a $5,000-a-head fundraiser at The French Laundry.

The group, "Yes We Can," will give guests a chance to mingle with Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, and other members of the Latino Legislative Caucus.

Today is also the kick-off of "Let's Jump," an effort led by First Lady Michelle Obama to break the Guinness world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

In California, jumping events held at various landmarks begin at noon on the west steps of the Capitol. The rest of the schedule:

1 pm: Muscle Beach, Santa Monica
October 12, 2011 - 9 am: Hollywood Sign, Hollywood
October 12, 2011 - 10 am: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

A Senate hearing on technology in the classroom, originally set for 10 a.m. today in the Silicon Valley, has been postponed. The chair of the select committee, Sen. Elaine Alquist, will devote her time to jury duty instead.


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