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A free live and interactive Web conference, "Hiring Home Care Workers: Avoiding Tax and Legal Risks" will be offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday by the National Private Duty Association. Topics include understanding home-care provider hiring guidelines, tax and legal issues, identifying risks and independent contract issues. Registration is required; to sign up, visit www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

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A program on "Thyroid Disorders" will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Endocrinoloigst Dr. Joseph Torres will speak and answer questions about the disorder. For required reservations, call 995-3851 or visit www.schofieldcare.org.

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Catholic Health is sponsoring a free vascular health screening from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Comprehensive Care Center, 397 Louisiana St. The screening is open to those older than 55 who have one of the following medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of heart disease, previous heart or leg treatments and prior stroke. The tests are painless and take about 30 minutes to complete. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 447-6205.

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Niagara County Chapter of Parkinson's Wellness Group of WNY will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center auditorium, 621 10th St. Jean Zwolinski's topic will be "My Story: Living with Parkinson's Disease." Call 478-5569 for information.

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Journal of Healing, a support group for individuals affected by self-harm, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Empowerment Academy, second floor, 327 Elm St. For information, contact 884-5216 or www.restoration-societyinc.org. The group meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month and at 11 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Englewood Recovery Center, 66 Englewood Ave.

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"Living with Diabetes," a four-session program 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. It will continue April 6, 11 and 13. For required registration, call 278-4102.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will present a prenatal class for expectant parents from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday in its Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, 621 10th St. The class will continue April 12, 19 and 26. For required registration, call 278-4433.

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A chair aerobics class for seniors or those with limited mobility will begin next Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Unitarian Universalist Church, West Ferry at Elmwood Avenue (second floor, elevator available). To register, call 876-0621.

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Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: anxiety self-help, 11 a.m. today, participants must be chemical-free and refrain from using scented items while in the building, WNYIL, 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., 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, Niagara Falls, 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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