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December 13, 2013

Health Beat: Get your presents wrapped while helping a good cause

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A Newburyport-based nonprofit organization will man the gift wrap table this weekend and next at Barnes & Noble at the Northshore Mall in Peabody.

Supporters from the Katydid Foundation will be there tomorrow through Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All donations will benefit the foundation, which provides housing for adults on the autism spectrum. For more information, call 978-465-2335 or visit www.katydidfoundation.org.

Pay-by-donation yoga in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury will offer a Community Karma Yoga Class on Friday, Dec. 20, at its new location on the second floor of 36 Main St.

Jennifer Freeman will lead Move and Groove Yoga from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Participants of all yoga levels, ages 10 and older, are welcome to drop in and pay by donation.

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

Red Cross looking for local heroes

Nominations are now being accepted for the 12th annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

Hero categories include Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time; Community — a good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community; Youth — a student who demonstrates leadership qualities; Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community; First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty; and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who has acted above the call of duty.

All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or have committed a heroic act in the chapter’s service territory. Communities include Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

To nominate a hero, visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody/heroes. Forms are due by Jan. 17, and the breakfast will be held March 20 in Danvers.

Emotions Anonymous meetings held weekly

Emotions Anonymous holds a free meeting every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport.

The 12-step organization is composed of people who come together to work toward recovery from emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief, anger and relationship problems.

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times. For more information, call 978-462-4647 or visit www.emotionsanonymous.org.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email arleendamon@gmail.com.

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

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