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Matt Altiere, a pain psychologist for VA Medical Center, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of Moving Forward: Amputee Support Group of WNY at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave. A specialist in alternative forms of pain management, he will talk about post-amputation pain and how to manage it. For information or registration, call 447-6205 or register at

Journal of Healing, a support group for individuals affected by self-harm, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Englewood Recovery Center, 66 Englewood Ave. The group also meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at Empowerment Academy, second floor, 327 Elm St. For information, call 835-1919 or 884-5216, or visit

Pet Heaven Funeral Home, 3614 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, will host a pet loss support group meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 662-5677 for information.

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 Sept. 13, 20 and 27. For required registration, call 278-4433.

Support groups, and phone numbers to call for information include: anxiety self-help, 11 a.m. today, participants must be chem-free and refrain from using scented items while in the building, WNYIL, 3108 Main St., 836-0822, Ext. 118; 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, 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, 621 10th St., 278-4569; Parkinson's disease, 2 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 278-4569.

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