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* Today: "Alzheimer Care: Professional Panel" will include a geriatrician, geriatric psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and social worker. Sherman Oaks Community Hospital, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Reservations. (818) 990-2573.

* Today: "Schizophrenia: Education for Families," Pacific Clinics Wilson Auditorium, 909 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 7-9 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 donation. (626) 577-6697.

* Wednesday: "Keeping Your Heart and Bones Healthy in the New Millennium," Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, 5601 DeSoto Ave. 6-8 p.m. Free. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Reservations. (818) 719-4305.

* Wednesday: "Cooking for Health, Vegetarian Style," Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd. $20. Reservations. (818) 885-8500, Ext. 2855.

* Thursday: A CPR class will include information for infants, children and adults. Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 6-10 p.m. $35. Registration. (818) 902-2977.


* Tuesday: A podiatrist will lead the discussion "How Diabetes Affects Your Feet" after a diabetes support group meeting that begins at 6:45 p.m. San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, CHEC building, 261 Junipero Sera Drive, San Gabriel. Lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. Free. (323) 283-2061.

* Wednesday: "Healthy Eating Versus Food Fads," led by dietitians, will include cooking demonstrations. Methodist Hospital, Auditorium, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Reservations. (626) 574-3733.

* Wednesday: "My Aching Back," Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Auditorium, 1500 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations. (818) 409-8100.


* Tuesday: The Bloomers Orange County Chapter of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization will host a meeting for women and their families. 999 Tustin Ave., Suite 209, Santa Ana. 7 p.m. (714) 828-5541.

* Wednesday: An arthritis group will meet at the Glendale Memorial Hospital's 50 plus, Senior Services Center, 131 Eulalia St. 1-3 p.m. (818) 502-2396.

* Wednesday: A group for visually impaired adults, ages 20 to 50, will discuss employment, housing and community involvement. Center for the Partially Sighted, Suite 600, 12301 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles. 4-5:30 p.m. (310) 458-3501, Ext. 248.

Friday: A stroke group will meet at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, 1420 S. Central Ave. 2-3 p.m. (818) 502-1900, Ext. 4787.


* UCLA researchers are looking for overweight people, ages 18 to 65, for a study assessing the effectiveness of an experimental weight drug. Changes in body weight, food cravings and cholesterol will be tracked. Participants will receive a nutrition-oriented physical exam, electrocardiograms, small blood draws and urine samples. To qualify, individuals must be about 20% to 50% overweight and not taking anti-obesity drugs. (310) 206-8292.

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