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The American Lung Association of New York State, Buffalo chapter, is holding its second annual "Blow the Whistle on Asthma" walkathon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4, starting at the HSBC Arena with a 2.5K walk around the waterfront.

The Asthma Walk is the signature event of the Lung Association and happens in hundreds of communities in the United States. It is a fun and safe family event, and a chance for people to meet each other and join in the fight against lung diseases.

The Lung Association needs teams to walks in the event, as well as volunteers. Call Gabrielle C. Dotterweich, special events coordinator, at 691-5864 or visit the Web site at

The Pfeiffer Nature Center, which is in Portville, is holding orientation programs for those interested in becoming volunteers or interpretive guides. The sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 3 and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 5. Attendance is required at one session.

Help is needed in the office, with maintenance, grounds keeping and public relations. Those interested in becoming interpretive guides are required to take training which includes walking the trails, hands-on activities, a history of the site, program overviews. There is a $10 registration fee to offset the cost of training materials. For information, call 933-0187 or e-mail