I'm not sure how I get myself into these things, but on April 13, my calendar says I'll be running a half-marathon. I'm getting a little too old for such distances.

I think my wife signed me up because she'll be running the same race to help support Pleasanton schools. But 13 miles? Is that distance really necessary?

Kidding aside, I'll enjoy the challenge and I hope you'll consider one of several ways to join Pam and me to help our schools. Sign-ups also include a more reasonable 5K (3-mile) run or walk and a Kid's Challenge. Nonrunners can select the "Snooze for Schools" option, which lets donors sleep in on that Sunday.

While I could type up the details about this second annual "Run for Education," I recommend instead visiting the website to see great photos of last year's race, how to sign up, start times and more. Visit www.ppierun.com.

And if you want to sleep in and come late to the race to cheer for Pam and me as we cross the finish line, make your tax-deductible check payable to "PPIE" and mail it to Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, ATTN: Snooze For Schools, 333 Division Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Students to MAKE TV SHOWS: Do you know a young person who dreams of a career in television, broadcasting or video production?

This summer, the Tri-Valley's local television station, TV30, will host a summer camp for middle and high school students that offers hands-on experience working in the field of video production. This unique TV camp will prepare students for future courses and possible careers in broadcasting and video production.

The camp includes an introduction to studio and field production, writing, and digital video editing. The day camp takes place over one-week and consists of 20 hours. Available to middle and high school students in grades six through 12, the camp will guide participants as they work in a group to produce a TV program that will air on TV30.

"This is the only video camp available locally that provides students with a real-life experience in a working television station," said Melissa Tench-Stevens, Executive Director at TV30.

Student campers will produce a program that will be broadcast not only in the Tri-Valley but also online via the station's website. With so many students asking to get in last year, an extra camp is being added, so three camps will be held. The first session will take place June 16-20. The second session will be from Aug. 4-8, and the third session will be held Aug. 11-15.

Tri-Valley TV Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The fee is $495, and registration is limited. The camp is located at the Tri-Valley Community Television Broadcasting Studios of TV28, TV29 and TV30 on the grounds of the Pleasanton Unified School District at 4663 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. For more information and to register for the TV Camp go to www.tv30.org and click on the Summer Camp icon or call the station at 925-462-3030.

Contact Jim Ott at jimott@sbcglobal.net.