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Strong is rounding up 'bandits'

Strong Children's Hospital seeks volunteers to serve as "change bandits." Wearing a mask, hat, bandana, and carrying a moneybag, bandits collect donations from coworkers, friends, and family members. All proceeds benefit Strong Children's Hospital.

The fundraiser helps kick off the third annual MIX 100.5 Strong Children's Hospital Radiothon, broadcast live from the hospital lobby on March 14 and 15 and from EastView Mall in Victor on March 16 and 17. Bandits are invited to deliver their loot and attend a luncheon Saturday, March 16. For more information, or to volunteer, call x3-5948.

Series on creativity continues

The Dance Program is hosting a lecture and demonstration on creativity and aesthetics at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 28, in the dance studio of Spurrier Hall on the River Campus. Sculptor Judd Williams, will speak and lead a discussion on artistic choices and creativity.

This event, which is free and open to the general public, is the second in a series of speakers sponsored by the Dance Program. For more information, call x3-5150.

Books old and new wanted

Books, large and small, fact and fiction, old and new, are needed for the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries' 30th Rochester Annual Book Fair on September 21.

In addition to books, the Friends also are collecting postcards, broadsides, posters, trading cards, tickets, bookmarks, and photographs as items for the fair's silent auction.

Donations are tax-deductible. Call Margaret or Francine at x5-4461 for more information.

Panel focuses on education

The Genesee Valley Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, supported by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is presenting a panel discussion of current educational issues for teachers, administrators, postsecondary educators, and other education professionals. "A Fireside Chat: Educational Issues in the 21st Century" will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 20. To register, contact Lea Levin by phone at 249-7021 or e-mail at lea_levin@boces.monroe.edu.

Research participants needed

Smoking cessation in older adults--Volunteers are needed for a study of smoking cessation interventions. The study targets people 50 years and older who have seriously tried to quit in the last four years. Researchers hope to enroll 1,200 smokers in the study and follow their attempts to quit for 18 months.

Participants receive an updated self-help manual designed for smokers ages 50 and over, along with access to a telephone quit-line, a Web site with Web chat for Internet users, and varying levels of telephone contact. Researchers are seeking volunteers from Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga, Chemung, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. Call x3-3871 or (888)-222-3993 for more information.

Smoking-related health concerns--Volunteers are needed for a study to assess health-related concerns and behaviors of those who smoke. The study examines how to modify smoking and diet behaviors. Participants should be 18 years of age or older; smoke five or more cigarettes per day; and be able to read, write, and speak English. Participants will receive proven smoking-cessation resources, free cholesterol tests, free parking, and compensation for participation. For more information, call 922-7670.



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