Cancer support programs

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present the following free programs for people with cancer, cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Ongoing programs, weekly support groups, healthy lifestyle classes and creative expression are also available.

All events take place at 530 Hampshire Road, Thousand Oaks. To make reservations, call (805) 379-4777.

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Merv’s Comedy Night: Laughter IS the Best Medicine, with Jason Love and special guests, from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 13. Professional stand-up comedians provide entertainment. Material is PG-13.

Dinner and Learn: How to Manage Cancer Pain, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 14.

Alexander Hersel, M.D., and Bradley Spiegel, M.D., of the Pain Management and Injury Relief Medical Center will lead the program.

The talk will cover the types of pain caused by cancer and non-medication-based treatment options available. A free dinner will be provided.

JoyCatchers Tree Trimming Party, from noon to 3 p.m. Tues., Nov. 28. All materials will be provided. Pregistration is required for the workshop.