Youngsters ages 11 to 14 can join the American Red Cross for the Baby Sitters Training Institute, a fun, interactive course learning basic first aid, safety skills and how to respond to emergencies. This expanded class will also cover easy craft ideas to do with children and simple, nutritious snacks baby sitters can prepare. Participants receive a baby sitter's first aid kit and a Craft Ideas and Creative Snacks Recipe Book.

The class meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at the American Red Cross office, 1054 Exchange. Fee is $40. Register by calling Astoria Parks and Community Services at (503) 325-7275.

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