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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 information, call 636-4869, Ext. 318.

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The National Kidney Foundation will present "Take Control of Kidney Disease Through Knowledge" at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, 462 Grider St., and at 5 p.m. next Tuesday in its office, Suite 101, 300 Delaware Ave. Taught by a registered dietitian, the class is for those who have been diagnosed in the early stages of kidney disease. The $35 fee is covered for most members of Independent Health, Univera and BlueCross/BlueShield. To register, call 835-1323.

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae, a pain management expert, will hold a free seminar on "Advancements in Pain Management and Control" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. For information, call 633-0588.

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A free program, "Assisting People With Balance Problems," will be offered by the WCA Rehabilitation Team at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Jones Memorial Health Center, 51 Glasgow Ave., Jamestown. George Ciancio, senior physical therapist for WCA Hospital, will speak about physical therapy and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 664-8660.

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A free program, "Know Your Healthy Steps for Diabetes Control," will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdayin the second floor Community Room, Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence on the Mount St. Mary's Hospital campus in Lewiston. Blood tests, including the A1C, will be given to help decide diabetic care. Debra Hoffman, a certified diabetes educator, will speak. A light breakfast will be served. To register, phone 298-2145.

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"Nutrition and Fitness with Irritable Bowel Syndrome" will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bulger Communication Center at Buffalo State College. Dr. Sylvia Regalla and Michelle Mullen, a certified athletic trainer, will present. Free. For reservations, phone 833-2870 or e-mail westernny@ccfa.org.

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The Arthritis Foundation offers low cost exercise programs that are designed to increase joint flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength. The classes are held in Getzville, Clarence, East Aurora, Batavia and Darien. Also, free, modified-stance tai chi classes, which are safe for joints and help relieve pain and stress, are offered in Buffalo, Lancaster, Getzville and Dunkirk. For more information, call the foundation at 507-4543.

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"Living with Diabetes," a four-session series of self-management classes, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. The series will continue Nov. 4, 10 and 11. For required preregistration, call 278-4102.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is presenting a free conference, "Myelodysplastic Syndromes: The Latest in Research and Treatment" at 6 p.m. Monday at Gilda's Club Western New York, 1140 Delaware Ave. Dr. Minoo Battiwalla from Roswell Park Cancer Institute will speak about emerging treatment options and the role of clinical trials in treatment. Complimentary dinner will be served at 5. For required registration, call 834-2578 by Oct. 29.

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A series of free prenatal classes to prepare expectant parents for childbearing and parenting will start at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The two-hour classes will continue on Nov. 11, 18 and 25. To register, call 433-4433.

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Us Too! prostate support group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 425B, Veterans Administration Medical Center. For information, call 743-7595 or 834-9200, Ext. 5169.

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Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: 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; Parkinson's disease, 2 p.m. Sunday, auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 754-4052; Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m., Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, Niagara Falls, 278-4569; grief, for adults coping with the pain of the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one, 6 p.m. next Tuesday, S-6 Meeting Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 433-3780

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