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A support group for adults with cancer in the Amherst area, offered by Cancer Connection, meets every other Tuesday. It is open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis and meets at the South Congregational Church at midday. Registration is required; call 586-1642. For more information about Cancer Connection go to www.cancer-connection.org.


Classes in yoga, relaxation and movement for those with Parkinson’s disease are offered by instructor Donna Brooks on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Directions Center, Route 9, Hadley. The classes teach fun and accessible movements to support dexterity, strength, balance, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control and rapidity. Fee. Call 230-1260 or visit originalbodywisdom.com.


Education and support for those in the Hampshire County area who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer is available by appointment and in group discussions. Contact Bill Whitmore of Sunderland, a cancer survivor and support provider, at 665-7741.


A group to help people dealing with eating issues meets Mondays at 5:15 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., Amherst. For information, call 665-8210.


12-step group for problems with bulimia, weight issues, and those obsessed with food, weight or dieting. Free; no weigh-ins. For more information call 413-265-3910. Ongoing meetings: Sundays 4 to 5:30 p.m., 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst; Wednesdays 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. 742 Main St. Amherst; Fridays 10 to 11:30 a.m. 98 North Maple St., Hadley.


A grandparents support group meets Tuesdays from 9:30-11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center, 121 North Pleasant St. Entrance in rear. Call 256-1145.


An ongoing drop-in group to discuss the adjustment to and complexities of motherhood meets Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center. Free snacks and child care. Call 256-1145.


A support group for parents who learn best in nontraditional ways meets in Amherst on Thursdays. We do crafts and games as we make friends and take about parenting. Free, with free child play groups, transportation and refreshments also provided. For information call Kris Larson at 834-3344 or email krislarson@unitedarc.org.


Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers seven-week bereavement support groups, open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. For information, call Norma Palazzo at 549-0115.


A Circle of Moms meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MotherWoman office at 220 Russell St., Hadley. Groups do not meet during school vacation weeks. Free parking, childcare and snacks. A free, safe confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experience a challenging time. Expectant mothers welcome. Contact Annette Cycon at 387-0703, or annette@motherwoman.org.


A free peer support group for people living with depression and bipolar disorder meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, in Amherst. We welcome new participants. For more information, please contact Barbara at 532-1784.


A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 325-4533 or johnpberk@gmail.com.


Al-Anon Family Groups offer support for anyone whose life is affected by someone else’s drinking. Local meetings include: Amherst College Chapin Hall room 101, 17 Barrett Hill Road, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Avenue, Wednesdays, 4 p.m. For more area meeting locations and times visit www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org and click on “find a meeting.”


A Codependence Anonymous meeting for adults recovering from codependence and learning to develop healthy relationships meets Sundays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant St., Amherst.


The Men’s Resource Center sponsors these facilitated drop-in support group for men: For all men: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. at North Star, Hadley (corner of Routes 9 and 47); for gay, bisexual and questioning men: Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., The Synthesis Center, 274 North Pleasant St., Amherst. For more information, call 253-9887 or email groups@mrcforchange.org or contact Steve Bernstein at mrcdirectorofsupportgroups@hotmail.com.


For information about a nonpartisan, nongovernmental group for family members with loved ones who are now in the military or who have served in the past, call the Veterans Education Project, 409 Main St., Amherst, at 253-4947, or email vetvp@crocker.com.

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