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The Arthritis Foundation is offering "Walk With Ease," a free six-week program that begins this week at area sites. Locations and phone numbers to call for information and registration are: West Seneca, 668-0309 and 668-1115; Tonawanda, 213-0772; Kenmore, 874-6070; Hamburg, 649-3438, and Batavia (585) 343-16611. This is a limited opportunity that is funded by a grant.

The foundation also is offering a modified stance tai chi program at locations in West Seneca, Orchard Park (677-3107 for both), Lancaster (686-3262) and Snyder (507-4543). Most are evening classes and costs vary by location.

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A free presentation on preventing falls will be given at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Richard Derwald, senior fitness specialist for Erie County Department of Senior Services, will be the presenter. For required reservations, call 995-3851.

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"Alzheimer's Disease: Caregiver Concerns" will be the topic at an Alzheimer's Association Western New York 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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Clare Bridge Williamsville, located at 6076 Main St., Williamsville, an assisted-living community dedicated to the special needs of individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, will host a free educational seminar, "When Should I Make the Move?" at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Jane Kirby, divisional memory care specialist with Brookdale Senior Living, will answer questions and concerns. For reservations and information, call Diane at 632-7123.

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A workshop titled "Massage for Labor Support" will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Life Cycles Center, 289 Summer St. The cost is $25. Dress comfortably and bring your birthing partner. To register, visit: lifecyclescenter.org/programs/massage_labor.

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Gilda's Club of WNY will host a free public lecture, "Distress, Depression and Cancer," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the club, 1140 Delaware Ave. Kathleen Shanahan, clinical psychologist for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will speak about the emotions that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. For required registration, call 332-5900.

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"Over the Wall," a free presentation about life with bipolar disorder, will be given at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Daemen College's Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Snyder. Karl Shallowhorn, a senior counselor and vocational specialist with Horizon Health Services, will offer insight about keeping your moods in check by following a treatment plan. For information, call 839-8253.

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"Benefits of Aquatic Therapy" will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the community center at Crestwood Commons Patio Homes and Apartments, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Elizabeth Stom, a physical therapist and director of rehabilitation services for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, will speak. Free; call 278-4604 to register.

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Buffalo Medical Group (BMG) will present "Understanding and Preventing Colorectal Cancer" from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the administration building auditorium, Erie Community College North, 6205 Main St., Amherst. BMG specialists will focus on how BMG is using clinical expertise and electronic medical records technology to fight and prevent the cancer. Lynn Mednarek of Lockport will talk about her journey as a colorectoral cancer survivor. A question-and-answer period will follow. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. Admission and parking are free; use Youngs Road entrance. For reservations, phone 630-2690.

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A free six-part series, "Living Well With Diabetes," will be offered at Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays (March 29 to May 3). For required reservations, call 995-3851.

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Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, 7:30 p.m. today, Dent Tower, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, 362-1232; anxiety/depression self-help, 11 a.m. today, participants must be chem-free and refrain from using scented items while in the building, WNYILC, 3108 Main St., 836-0822, Ext. 118; 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, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls, 278-4604 or 433-3780; Gam-Anon, for family and friends of gamblers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst, 254-4941; Reformers Unanimous faith-based addictions program, 7 p.m. Friday, Hedstrom Baptist Church, 55 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, 818-1012; Alcoholics Anonymous First Step, 8 p.m. Friday, auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 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; breast-feeding, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 278-4623; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dent Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, (866) 499-7257 or info@alsaupstateny.org.

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