The American Red Cross is offering the following classes in September and are held at the American Red Cross Clatsop Service Center at 1054 Exchange St. in Astoria. For more information or to register, call Julie Flues at (503) 325-4721.

• "When I'm In Charge" class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. This is a 21/2-hour course designed to teach children ages 8 to 10 how to respond safely to a variety of home-alone situations. They will form a strong sense of responsibility and confidence from the skills they learn. Topics cover a range of important information such as gun safety, Internet safety, personal safety, family communications, sibling care and basic emergency care. Cost is $15.

• CPR/AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator) for the professional rescuer classes are being offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for a breathing, or cardiac emergency to a victim of any age. Skills include how to perform rescue breathing, caring for an airway obstruction, and how to perform CPR alone or with another rescuer. This course also includes learning how to use an AED on adults and disease transmission. The course fee is $50 prepaid.

• CPR/First-Aid class from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 24. How to save a person's life by helping when he is choking, cannot breath or has no pulse. In the First-Aid class, the student will learn what to do in case of severe illness or injury emergency.

• Infant/Child CPR class is offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 26. This class teaches how to save a child's life when he is choking, cannot breathe or has no pulse.

The American Red Cross is also offering a Babysitter's training class for youth ages 11 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Bob Chisholm Community Senior Center at 1225 Avenue A in Seaside. Students will learn how to perform first aid, identify common safety hazards and prevent injuries, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform basic care routines, prepare simple meals and snacks, and handle bedtime issues.

There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, role-playing and lively discussions. Course includes tips on finding and interviewing for babysitting jobs. Students will receive an American Red Cross Babysitter's Training certificate on completion of the course.

The course fee is $25 prepaid. For more information and to pre-register, call 325-4721.


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