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ASTHMA WORKSHOP: The Asthma Program and Children's Hospital Oakland present "Helping Kids Take a Deep Breath." Attend the free educational workshop to discuss the signs, treatments and techniques to help children with asthma. Healthy refreshments will be provided; the event is open to the public. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA conference room, 2700 McHenry Ave. The guest speaker will be Mindy Benson, asthma program coordinator for Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. For more information, call Linda Bourcier at the YMCA, 578-9622.

ON FORGIVING:The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Film & Lecture Series opens this semester Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the East Campus Forum, Building 101, with "The Power of Forgiveness." This film examines the challenges and benefits of forgiving, in both personal and group relations. Thinkers and spiritual leaders from Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel to Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh offer insights as the film explores concrete situations of violence and pain, such as in Northern Ireland, Ground Zero and an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Following the film, local psychologist Jim Henman will comment and respond to questions and comments. The series is free and open to the public.

ROBERT BURNS SUPPER: The St. Andrew's Society of Modesto will host the annual Robert Burns Supper at Appetez Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave., Jan. 26. The evening will feature dinner, bagpipes, Highland dancing and poetry reading in traditional Burns style. Tickets are $35 per person, and reservations must be made by Friday. Call Helen Moore at 529-9164.

LIONS CLUB BUS TRIP: The Greater Modesto Lions Club will make its annual overnight bus trip to the Silver Legacy in Reno on Feb. 10-11. The cost is $95 with an $18 refund. Food and beverages are served on the bus along with games, movies, a raffle and Bingo. For information or to sign up, call Shirley at 524-1678.

CITY CEMETERY NEEDS HELPING HANDS: Modesto Citizens' Cemetery, north of the county hospital on Scenic Drive, is looking for volunteers. Due to a lack of available resources, the cemetery has only one employee, working 20 hours per week. The balance of the effort required to maintain the grounds and assist families in burial arrangements is provided by an 11-member board of trustees and others who volunteer their time and offer financial support. About 11,000 people are interred in the 12-acre cemetery. Reliable, dedicated volunteers are needed to help in the office to assist families and provide grounds maintenance. For more information please call Meredith Hamilton at 577-1280.

BUILDING COMMUNICATION SKILLS: A free 12-week program to build communication between parents and teens will begin Jan. 27 in Modesto. The first night is for parents only. The NewStart program teaches communication skills for both parents and teens to help relieve tension and stress between parents and teenagers before teens get into trouble, and to give parents an effective and safe hands-on way to deal with difficult situations. The program employs two Modesto police officers and includes presentations from the Probation Department and a trip to the Straight Life Program at Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy. The program is provided through the Parent Link Ministry of First Baptist Church and is open to the public. Classes are free and meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Apply before Jan. 25 to guarantee a space. Call Vinson Chase at 554-5099 or Sandy Chase at 551-8452 for an application.

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