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The Cancer Wellness Center offers the Cancer Coach program for those diagnosed with the disease. The support of a trained cancer coach can help newly diagnosed patients face their situation with knowledge, strength and courage. If you are a cancer survivor and want to use your experience to help those currently facing cancer, call the center at 694-1395.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will provide free flu shots to people with any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in the association's program. The MDA has teamed with Walgreens to offer the shots at locations across the country through a voucher program. Call the MDA at (800) 572-1717 or visit www.mda.org for more information or to secure a flu shot voucher. To find the nearest Walgreens flu clinic, call (800) 358-9950 or contact Walgreens.com/flu.

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The Amherst Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) will hold a support group meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. No fee for the meeting. For information, call 636-4869, Ext. 318.

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The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For information, call Amy Sumbrum at 845-4947.

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"Restless Leg Syndrome" will be the topic when the Transplant Support Group of Western New York meets at 7 p.m. today in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, Cheektowaga. Dr. Sanford H. Levy will speak. Free and open to all. For information, call Mike Martino at 685-4799 or visit the Web site www.tsgwny.org.

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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Haumesser will present "A Conversation About Joint Replacement" at 6:30 p.m. today in ElderWood Health Care at Crestwood, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. Dinner will be served. For information, call 215-8000.

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Dr. Michael Grisanti, president of Buffalo Rheumatology, will conduct a free seminar titled "The Latest Update in the Treatment of Arthritis," at 6 p.m. Wednesday at his Orchard Park office, 3055 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 100. Refreshments will be served. Call 675-2500 to reserve a seat.

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"Ovarian Cancer: Get the Facts, Know the Symptoms" will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Catholic Health System Education Center, in Suite 8A, Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Call 447-6205.

Gilda's Club of Western New York, 1140 Delaware Ave., a community where those living with cancer and their family and friends can come for emotional and social support, will host a discussion, "For Men Only," at 6 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Michael Zevon, chairman of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will discuss ways for men to manage stress and support their partner living with cancer. For reservations, call 332-5900.

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"Chiropractic and the Mind-Body Connection" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at All Natural Chiropractic Center, 3685 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Discussion will center on the connection between stress, its effect on the body and how chiropractic therapies and stress management techniques can help. For reservations, call 662-0906.

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"Advances in Cataract Surgery" will be presented by Dr. Michael Endl of Fichte-Endl Eye Surgery at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 249, Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center, Lewiston. Free; for information, call 298-2145.

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Clare Bridge Williamsville, 6076 Main St., will host a free informational seminar titled "Overcoming Guilt: Helping Families Cope With Decision Making" by Jane Kirby, Brookdale Senior Living divisional memory care specialist, at 6 p.m. Thursday. To reserve your seat, call Diane at 632-7123.

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Alterra Wynwood of Kenmore and Maxim Healthcare Services will offer a flu and pneumonia shot clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Flu shots are $25 and pneumonia shots are $40 (no co-pay with Medicare Part B). For appointments, call 874-3200.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Western New York is offering free kidney early evaluation program screenings (KEEPS) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Resurrection Health Center, 1609 Genesee St. To schedule an appointment or for information, call 835-1323.

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Chautauqua Health and Fitness and the National Exercise Trainers Association are co-sponsoring workshops at 1170 Central Ave., D & F Plaza, Dunkirk. "Group Exercise Certification" will be offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, and "Cycle Smart" (indoor cycling) will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday. To register, call (800) 237-6242 or register online at www.netafit.org.

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The Health Ministry Committee of Cleveland Heights Christian Church will present "What Diet Is Right for You?" at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Judy Deck will give an overview of the Paleo, blood type and vegetarian diets. Food samples will be available. The event is free and open to all. For information, call 838-2776 or 632-3332.

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Erie County Department of Senior Services will hold "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" classes -- six weekly 2 1/2 -hour sessions that teach stress reduction, self-confidence, how to communicate feelings, making difficult decisions and locating helpful resources -- from 3 to 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday through Dec. 2 at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. The $25 cost is covered by some insurance plans. Registration required; call 858-2177 or e-mail caregiver@erie.gov.

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Wynwood Kenmore, an assisted living community at 2971 Delaware Ave., will have an open house with refreshments from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

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Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: grief, for adults coping with the pain of the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one, 6 p.m. today, S-6 Meeting Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 433-3780; families of those with Alzheimer's, 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Power Your Memory," DeGraff Adult Day Care, 82 Mead St., North Tonawanda, 694-7662; Alcoholics Anonymous First Step, 8 p.m Friday, auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 278-4569; depression and bipolar alliance, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, S-6 Conference Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., 278-4748 or 478-9551; Alcoholics Anonymous International Group, 6:30 p.m Saturday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 278-4569; Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m., Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, Niagara Falls, 278-4569; complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, 7 p.m. Monday, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville, 896-0771.

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