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May 10, 2013

Health Beat: Reaching out to help marathon victims

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Two local health centers are helping victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Preferred Hearing Care is working with Starkey Hearing Foundation to offer free assistance to those who may have suffered hearing loss or ringing in the ears as a result of the explosions.

For assistance, contact Preferred Hearing Care, 5 E. Main St., Merrimac, at 978-346-4400 or visit www.preferredhearingcare.com.

On Monday, Healthcare Complete will donate a portion of patient visit fees to The One Fund.

Complimentary care will be provided to members of the police force, fire department and paramedics.

Healthcare Complete, a chiropractic and nutrition center owned by Dr. Jennah Dieter, is located at 260 Merrimac St., Newburyport.

To schedule an appointment, call 978-499-9355.

Help raise money for breast cancer research

The seventh annual Boobfest will be held Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Uncle Eddie’s on Salisbury Beach.

Hosted by Team Charlie’s Angels, the event features raffles and music from seven bands.

There is a requested donation of $5 to attend, with all proceeds going to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which takes place next weekend in Boston.

For more information, call 978-417-9556.

Asperger’s support group to meet

The Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group will meet Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Higgins Conference Room, Anna Jaques Hospital.

A general discussion is planned. The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-age children with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

The hospital is located at 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. For more information, contact Bill Patric at wpatric@hotmail.com.

Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraiser tomorrow

The third annual Team Quill fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall in Newburyport.

The event, which will offer a buffet, raffles, a silent auction and live entertainment, has a $10 fee. All proceeds will be donated to the MS Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated in finding treatments and researching a cure for MS.

Team Quill participates in the MS 3-Day 50-mile Challenge Walk in support of their relative, Kathleen, who was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago. To donate to their walk, visit www.msnewengland.org, under “Challenge Walk,” click “donate” and type in “Team Quill.”

Easter Seals camp applications available

Applications are now being accepted for Easter Seals Explorers Camp, an overnight camp geared to the needs of youths ages 8 to 22 with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Their siblings also are welcome to attend.

The camp offers traditional activities geared specifically to the campers’ needs, including nature hikes, swimming, arts and crafts, field games and campfires. Activities take place in small groups with a high staff-to-camper ratio.

Explorers Camp is moving this summer to a new location in Rindge, N.H. The camp session will be held Aug. 19-24.

Applications also are being accepted for volunteers age 16 and older who are interested in working at camp.

For more information about camp or for application forms, go to www.EasterSealsMA.org or call Colleen Flanagan, Explorers Camp manager, at 617-226-2635.

Blood drive May 17

A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, on Friday, May 17, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Snacks, fruit juices and bottled water will be provided to donors by the American Red Cross, and free chowder will be provided to donors courtesy of Lena’s Seafood Restaurant. The drive is sponsored by the Salisbury Lions Club and Red Cross.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RedCross (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-Op will hold the following community karma yoga sessions this month. The classes run each Friday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. They are open to the public for all levels and pay-by-donation.

Tonight, Restorative Yoga with Jennifer Freeman; May 17, Vinyasa Yoga Benefit for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer with Paula Wilson; May 24, Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kristin Sauve; and May 31, Yoga for Everyone with Marie Zappala-Stewart.

Mediation training next week

North Shore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization providing mediation services and training to North Shore communities, courts, families, schools and businesses, is holding a basic mediation training program on Wednesday,. The sessions will be held at Salem State.

Registration is open to residents of Newburyport and is limited to 20 participants. Contact the North Shore Community Mediation Center office at 978-232-1212 for more information about cost and registration or visit the NSCMC website: http://nsmediation.org/BMT.html.

Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure registration under way

The American Diabetes Association is challenging riders to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement by participating in the annual Tour de Cure cycling event on May 19 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds.

Cyclists from around the region will gather to participate in one of four routes at the event. Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from the 15-mile family ride to 100-mile Gran Fondo, a century ride.

The Tour de Cure raises funds through registration fees and pledges collected by the cyclists. To register, cyclists or volunteers can call the American Diabetes Association at 617-482-4580, ext. 3487, or visit www.diabetes.org/northshoretour.

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