The Utah Association of Convenience Stores and the Utah Retail Grocers Association are holding a series of workshops to train checkers and other store employees on how to avoid illegal sales of beer and tobacco.

There is no cost for the two-part programs, and after the sessions are over, support materials will be distributed to every convenience and grocery store in Utah, said Darryl H. Alder, vice president.The main objective of the sessions is to help stop illegal sales of alcohol and tobacco to minors, intoxicated customers and second-parties. A second objective is to make is easier for retailers to develop and enforce strong policies on these issues.

Sessions will be held Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ogden Public Library, 2462 Jefferson, Ogden; Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South, Sandy; Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Provo City Library, 425 W. Center, Provo; Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Ogden Public Library, same address as above.

Others are Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Logan Library, 255 N. Main, Logan; Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Juab County Facility, 160 N. Main, Nephi; Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Richfield Library, 83 E. Center, Richfield; Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the Panguitch Library, 75 E Center, Panguitch; Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Cedar City Library, 136 W. Center, Cedar City; and Nov. 28 at at 10 a.m. in the St. George Library, 50 S. Main, St. George.