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Health Notes / Events of community interest

Registration for The American Heart Association Heart Walk takes place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Buffalo State College Sports Arena. Registration for the association's Niagara Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Fort Niagara State Park. Proceeds support research to treat and defeat heart disease and stroke. For more information, visit americanheart.org and go to the event page for your area.

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The fifth annual "Harvest Festival," a celebration of Hospice friends and family, will be held Sept. 30 in Adam's Mark Hotel. Tickets are available by calling 686-8090. Proceeds from the event benefit the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.

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Visitors to the Amherst Museum's Harvest Festival and Craft Show can also assist the American Red Cross by donating blood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the museum's tea room. Call Betty Lerner at 689-1440 to schedule an appointment. Donors will receive a refund of their museum admission.

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Walking for Health Program -- a four-session series to increase physical activity and weight management -- begins at 10 a.m. September 30 in Martin Luther King Park, near the bronze sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. The program consists of 45-minute, moderately-paced walks on four consecutive Fridays. After each session, a light, nutritious snack will be provided. A registration fee of $10 is required. Call 851-4052 for more information or to register.

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Shelly Case, an authority on celiac disease and gluten-free diet, will speak on "What Every Dietician (and Celiac) Needs to Know," at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo-Niagara Marriott, Amherst. For registration and fee information, call 636-6021.

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A free screening to identify people who may be at risk for PVD -- a painful, artery-clogging leg disorder -- will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph Hospital by the Catholic Health System. Space is limited and appointments required. Call 447-6205.

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Find out how vision affects a child's ability to read, write and learn during a program on "Reading, Writing and Vision" that will be presented by Dr. Mark J. Gordon at 7 p.m. Monday in Amherst Public Library, Clearfield Branch. Registration required. Call 871-0074.

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The Cancer Wellness Center presents "How Does Spirituality Foster Healing?" at 6:30 tomorrow in Deamen College's Wick Center, Alumni Lounge. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 873-0905.

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"Healing Through Writing," a program sponsored by the Cancer Wellness Center, begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Library on Audubon Parkway, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The cost to participate in three classes is $25. To register, call 873-0905.

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Dr. Nathaniel Webster will speak on new technology for treating arthritic pain and other types of pain, including sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, Amherst. Call 633-0588 for more information.

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Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute will present an interactive discussion on women's health issues and dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in the institute's offices at 100 College Parkway. For reservations, call Jennifer Kankolenski at 626-0093.

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Upstate New York Transplant Services Inc. Board of Directors and staff will have their 2005 Community Dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Golden Ballroom of Statler Towers. "The Gift of Me," featuring Business Theater Works, a special performance of drama, conflict and a family's struggle to make the right choice, will be presented.

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Support groups, with and phone numbers to call for information, include scleroderma, 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lifetime Health Care Building, 120 Gardenville Parkway, West Seneca, 627-2283; ADHD parents, 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder, 829-2244, Ext. 35; caregivers of the elderly, 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, 858-2177; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. Friday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 278-4569; overeating, 10a.m. Saturday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium; narcotics, 5 p.m. Sunday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium; osteoporosis, 10 a.m. tomorrow, Beechwood Center, 2235 Millersport Highway and North Forest, 862-BONE; transplants, 7 p.m. today, Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4775 Union Rd., 685-4799; bereavement, 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, Room 1, upper level, 688-5060; stuttering, 7 p.m. tomorrow, Room 187 Park Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, 838-3999 or blweiss@buffalo.edu.

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