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Gilda's Club, 1140 Delaware Ave., offers support groups, workshops and social activities for anyone touched by cancer. Call 332-5900 for information or visit www.gildasclubwny.org.

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

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The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, WNY Chapter, will hold a free support group meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in Dent Tower, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For information, call 833-2870 or e-mail jpetri@ccfa.org.

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Parents of Diabetics will have a welcome-back party and meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in St. Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Baby sitters are available, and pizza and refreshments will be provided. For reservations, e-mail outreachwny@jdrf.org.

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"Take Control of Kidney Disease Through Knowledge," a chronic kidney disease management class for those in the early stages of kidney disease, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Taught by a registered dietitian, the class covers kidney function, conditions that accompany chronic kidney disease, slowing the progression of the disease, maintaining a healthy attitude, and nutrition and diet guidelines. The $35 cost is covered for most members of the major health insurance carriers. Scholarships are available. For information or to register, call 835-1323.

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"Alzheimer's Disease: Falls Prevention" will be the topic at an Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in DeGraff Adult Day Care, 82 Mead St., North Tonawanda. For reservations, call 694-7662.

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Empty Leash sponsors a weekly pet-loss self-help support group at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Life Transitions Center, 150 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga. Attendees must register before attending first meeting; call Kym at 668-2446 or Sue at 656-0871.

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A Future Horizons conference on autism and Asperger's Syndrome will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Dr. Temple Grandin, a high-functioning individual with autism as well as author of numerous books on autism and animal behavior and welfare, will be the headliner. To register, contact Teresa Corey at (800) 489-0727 or teresa@fhautism.com.

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The Professional Nurses Association of WNY will have a continuing education program for professional nurses, nursing students and nursing faculty concerning the pathophysiology and conditions of the "gut" at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Merrilyn A. Kuhn will present "That Old Gut Causes Issues: Colon Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (and lots in between) Traditional and Not So Traditional Approaches." Networking and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost, including dinner, is $35 for members; $40 nonmembers; $15 for nursing students and registered nurses for program and dessert only. To register, call 839-4075.

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Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: Alcoholics Anonymous First Step, 8 p.m. Friday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 278-4569; 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, 278-4569.

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