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Wilderness first aid

University of Alaska Anchorage's Alaska Outdoor & Experiential Education department is offering a wilderness advanced first aid course in October. The non-credit course provides knowledge and skills necessary to administer advanced first aid in remote environments. Students who complete the class will receive a nationally recognized WAFA certification. The course starts Oct. 4, costs $259 and requires pre-registration. For additional course and registration information call the AOEE office at 786-4066.

Psychology gets spiritual

UAA psychology professor Bridget Blomfield is offering a workshop titled opening the shared heart of humanity. Participants will have the opportunity to experience an inner foundation of stillness from which all movements and creativity are derived, relaxing the body and stilling the mind. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Center at O'Malley Road and Hillside Drive. Cost is $45 and those interested should call 566-0322 to register.

Concert Board hosts benefit

The UAA Concert Board voted to make the upcoming A Cappella Festivella a benefit for the American Red Cross. Twenty percent of all ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross Liberty Fund. This fund is designated to offer relief to those people who were affected by the events of Sept. 11. The American Red Cross will also be taking donations earmarked for Alaska disaster relief and preparation. For more information contact the Concert Board at 786-1210 or 786-1221.

Alaska sends medical response team to New York

The state of Alaska is sending a 44-member emergency medical team to New York City to aid in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. The team consists of professional and paraprofessional medical and support personnel who volunteer to provide emergency medical care during a natural or man-made disaster or other event. On the team are physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapist and support staff.