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June 28, 2013

Health Beat: Volunteers sought to help 'Stir the Pot'

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The YWCA is looking for volunteers to help with its fourth annual Stir the Pot program, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local families in need.

Produce may be dropped off at the Y’s main branch, 13 Market St., Newburyport. Donations will be accepted between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

People are also needed to help pick up and deliver the produce. To help out, contact Ellie Davis at edavis@ywcanewburyport.org.

Night out to benefit cancer research

Stepping Out for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Riverside Rockets Pan-Mass Challenge team, is set for Thursday, July 11, at Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature food, drinks, music and auctions of art and other items. All proceeds will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by emailing riversiderockets@gmail.com or at the door. The restaurant is located at 65 Market St.

Healing market returns to Newburyport

The monthly Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The community is invited to receive tarot readings, reiki and energy healing and to browse fine crafts, herbal products and crystals for sale. Free lectures and demonstrations will be held throughout the day, and refreshments and a raffle will be available.

The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit healingartsmarket.blogspot.com.

Yoga classes to benefit charities

Anne Rundle, the owner of Asteya Yoga in Merrimac, is giving back to the community as she teaches.

Asteya Yoga promotes affordable classes, and on the last Saturday of the month, in lieu of paying for classes, participants may make a donation to the charity of the month.

During the 7 a.m. Power Yoga and 8:30 a.m. Gentle Flow sessions tomorrow, the studio will collect donations for Towers of Gifts for Newborns in Need, which gives diapers and other items to new moms. On July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28, classes will be free with a donation to the Massachusetts General Hospital pediatric cancer center.

Asteya Yoga is located at 9 School St. For more information, visit www.asteyayoga.net.

Blood drive in Amesbury

Donate blood this Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Sparhawk School in Amesbury.

All donors will have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and will receive a coupon for $2.50 off a container of Turkey Hill ice cream.

The drive will be held in the theater, 196 Main St. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Free yoga classes for adults and kids

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Roots to Wings is also offering a free KidsYoga class for ages 5-11 tomorrow at 4 p.m. at 1 Lunt St., Byfield. Reservations are requested.

Classes are also held at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings and on the beach on the Newbury side of Plum Island on Sunday mornings.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email yoga@rootstowings.com or visit www.rootstowings.com.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

A pay-by-donation community karma yoga class will be held tonight at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury.

Awesome Abs Yoga with Paula Wilson is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Pay-by-donation Yoga by the River classes are also planned for every Sunday in July and August from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.

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