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November 26, 2001

TODAY

* Lip-reading classes, sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District (meets every Monday), 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Reservations are required. Call for locations, (818) 785-8858.

THURSDAY

* "Bioterrorism: Facts and Feelings," led by an infectious-disease specialist and a family therapist, will focus on anthrax and smallpox and how to cope with fears. Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, 441 N. Lakeview Ave., Anaheim. Free. (714) 748-6380.

* "Reduce Stress, Revitalize and Refresh," led by a licensed acupuncturist. Culver City Public Library, 4975 Overland Ave. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 577-3000.

SATURDAY

* "Deep Fun: Serious and Silly Get Well" encourages cancer patients to integrate the silly and serious sides of themselves in the fight for recovery. Wellness Community-West Los Angeles, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Santa Monica. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. (310) 314-2555.

ONGOING

* Lip-reading and memo-ry-enhancement classes, sponsored by Pasadena City College, are available in various locations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Free. (626) 585-3038.

EVENTS

SATURDAY

* World AIDS Day services will include anonymous HIV testing, a distribution of red ribbons and a commemoration ceremony. Testing will take place at the AIDS Service Center, 1030 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The ceremony will take place at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. 5-9 p.m. Call for information, (626) 441-8495, Ext. 239.

SUPPORT GROUPS

WEDNESDAY

* Stroke group, offered in December (meets every Wednesday), Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge, 3-4 p.m. Call for information, (818) 885-8500, Ext. 4865.

* TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a group to help individuals lose weight, Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, 9:30 a.m. Call for information, (310) 837-5970.

* Self-help group, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for those who have a loved one suffering from mental illness. Mental Health Center, 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. Free. No reservations needed. (818) 994-6747.

* Liver group (meets every other Wednesday). Northridge Hospital's Roscoe campus, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. 7:30 p.m. Call for information, (310) 670-4624.

* Group for parents of children who have attempted suicide. Sponsored by Step Up on Second. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Call for location and reservations, (310) 458-2018.

THURSDAY

* Psychotherapy group, sponsored by L.A. Shanti, for people who are HIV-positive (meets Thursdays). 2-4 p.m. Free. Call for location, (323) 962-8197, Ext. 308.

SATURDAY

* Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) group. Westlake Village City Hall and Library, 4373 Park Terrace Drive, Westlake Village. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. (818) 865-8067.

VARIOUS

* Parkinson's disease groups, sponsored by the Parkinson Disease Assn., meet monthly in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Monterey Park. Call for times and locations, (800) 908-2732.

* San Fernando Valley Counseling Center offers drop-in counseling groups for people feeling shocked, anxious or depressed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Free. Reservations requested but not necessary. (818) 341-1111.

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