The American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter will host its 12th annual “Super CPR Saturday” June 27th at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St.

The event will be divided into two four-hour class sessions — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. Both classes consist of video, text, lecture and hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Free adult CPR and child CPR classes will be offered throughout the day.

After passing the course, an optional Red Cross certificate is available for a $5 processing fee. CPR and other emergency preparedness reference materials will be provided free and there will also be books and emergency supplies available for purchase.

“Our health classes are given throughout the year, but this is one of the few opportunities we have to offer CPR classes for free,” says Mark Solnick, director of community health services for the American Red Cross of Santa Monica.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be partnering this year with the Santa Monica Bay Physicians Medical Group, which will host two Super CPR classes in Spanish that will run simultaneously with the English classes.

Dr. James P. Zalez, a bilingual thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with the Santa Monica Bay Physicians Medical Group, will be assisting in the two Spanish-language CPR classes, teaching and answering general health questions for community family members.

“I hope that this year’s event will encourage people, particularly those hurt financially by the current economy, to take advantage of this free training,” Solnick said. “I am very excited that our Spanish-speaking community will join us this year, thanks to our new partner, Santa Monica Bay Physicians Medical Group.”

During the past 12 years, more than 4,000 area residents have taken advantage of this free opportunity to learn CPR.

The class normally costs $60, which covers materials, instructors and other costs. The June 27th event is possible due to volunteer instructors and sponsors.

This free event is designed to increase community emergency preparedness by training 200 people to respond to choking, heart attacks and other emergencies affecting adults and children.

Classes are open to anyone in good health who is 12 years old and older. Registration in advance is mandatory.

For information and to register for adult and/or child CPR, www.redcrossofsantamonica.org/, or (310) 394-3773.

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