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Asante Health System will conduct Breath for Life classes throughout 2011 to help people stop smoking for good. The first classes start Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Grants Pass at the Three Rivers Community Hospital, Cascade Room 3, and Thursday, Jan. 13 in Medford, in the Asante Diabetes Education Room, 2900 E. Barnett Rd., Suite 2.

They will use techniques developed by the American Lung Association that have helped thousands quit.

Classes meet once a week in the evening for seven weeks. Classes are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The cost is $20.

To register or for information, call 541-789-3932 for Medford classes or 541-472-7867 for Grants Pass classes.

The SMART reading program needs volunteers to read to elementary students at schools throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.

Volunteer coordinators are also needed for two to three hours once a week to start reading programs at Oak Grove Elementary in Medford, Mae Richardson Elementary in Central Point and Evans Valley Elementary in Rogue River.

SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) matches adult and high-school readers with students in kindergarten through second grade. The volunteers read to two students weekly for 30 minutes each. Nearly 900 students are currently being read to in Rogue Valley schools.

In addition to the three coordinating positions, the program still needs about 100 more volunteer readers at various schools throughout Jackson and Josephine counties.

Elementary schools with the greatest need for volunteers are Central Point, Eagle Rock in Eagle Point, Jewett in Central Point, Kennedy and Wilson in Medford, Phoenix, Sam's Valley, Walker in Ashland, and Applegate School.

To volunteer, call 541-734-5628 or e-mail jstaton@getsmartoregon.org.

Crater Lake Trust needs a research volunteer to work four-to-six hours a week any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for one month beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. The volunteer will research business locations and contacts of businesses surrounding Crater Lake National Park.

For more information, contact Susan Cross at susan@craterlaketrust.org or 541-846-0306.

The Jackson County Happy Dowsers believe pendulum dowsing can improve their quality of life, and they invite the public to learn more today, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Building 223 at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, 8495 Crater Lake Highway, White City.

For more information, call Rose at 541-326-0143

The next meeting of the Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club will be a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St.

Officers will be installed and the winners of the club's photo contest will be announced. Terry Brown will present a program on how to divide water lilies. For information, call 541-245-9357 or 541-779-3644.

The Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University will host a viewing of a documentary on Stieg Larsson, author of the "Millenium" trilogy, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Meese Room of the library. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Geoff Ridden, professor emeritus, University of Winchester.

Larsson's series, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," has sold 15 million books worldwide, with 25 translations in more than 40 countries, and two movies that are setting box-office records in Scandinavia and several European countries.

For more information, contact Connie Anderson-Cohoon at anderson@sou.edu.

Medford doctor James Said will host a wellness workshop Tuesday, Jan. 11, titled "Health in Relationship to Our Bodies: Detoxing."

The 6 p.m. workshop will follow a potluck that starts at 5 p.m. The event will be in the library of Scenic Middle School, 1955 Scenic Ave., in Central Point. For more information, e-mail robin.mcmillin@district6.org.

Beginner's Hebrew classes will begin Monday, Jan. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for eight weeks at The Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Ayala Zonnenschein will teach participants to read and write in this weekly one-hour class. Cost is $8 per session, plus a $12 text fee. To register or for more information, call 541-292-0805.

The Medford Elks Lodge will offer bingo games from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, at the lodge, 202 N. Central Ave., Medford.

Proceeds benefit local charities. For information, call 541-779-3933.