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Events for people with disabilities

Olmsted Center for Sight, providing services and employment to the blind and visually impaired community, is hosting its "Dining in the Dark Gala" on Thursday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza. Reception, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., and lights go out at 7 for dinner. The event will close with dessert and a keynote speaker. Guests will experience dinner service in complete darkness. The gala is designed to bring awareness to the daily challenges faced by blind individuals. For more information, call Renee Diflavio at 888-4627 or email: rdiflavio@OlmstedCenter.org

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Allentown Industries, the adult division of Heritage Centers, will hold its spring dinner and dance for adults with developmental disabilities from 3 to 8 p.m. April 26 in its facilities at 101 Oak St. The Elvis Presley Era will be the theme. Special diets can be accommodated. Cost for dinner and dance is $9; dinner only, $5 (4 to 5:15 p.m.); dance only, $4 (5:30-8 p.m.). Event is limited to 100 participants. For details and registration, call 856-4202, Ext. 1251.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Speaker will be Julie VanWoert, associate coordinator of Single Point of Entry. For more information, call 832-4035.

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Spirit Seekers, a spiritual support group for those living with mental illness, or their loved ones, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pilgrim-St. Luke United Church of Christ, 335 Richmond Ave. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Karl Shallowhorn at workingonwellnessbuffalo@gmail.com

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Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in The Pines Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, 9822 Route 16, Machias. Caregivers, family members and friends of Alzheimer's or dementia patients are encouraged to attend. Meetings are held every second Friday of each month. For more information, call 353-8516, Ext. 4630.

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Clarity Way, a new Nar-Anon support group for family members and friends with substance abuse, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's School, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville (enter from the back parking lot).

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Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc., 255 Delaware Ave., provides mental health and chemical dependency services in Buffalo and Erie County. Services include outpatient clinic mental health and family therapy, homeless services, Assertive Community Treatment, vocational training/supported employment, Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), and adult and teen alcohol/drug programs. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and other languages at 12 locations. Call the central intake number at 884-0888 to schedule an appointment or visit: www.lake-shore.org

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Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, provides a wide range of specialized residential, outpatient and educational services to children and youth with a variety of needs, including developmental disabilities and/or behavioral or psychiatric difficulties. For information, call 828-9500.

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Mental Health PEER Connection, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc., offers "Double Trouble in Recovery," a support group for individuals with substance abuse problems and mental illness. The group meets from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the Empowerment Academy, 327 Elm St. For more information, call Larry Mattioli at 836-0822, Ext. 135.

Items of timely events may be submitted by fax, 856-5150, or by mail to City Desk, Events for People with Disabilities, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.