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December 27, 2013

Health Beat: ‘Meet the Providers’ at Anna Jaques Birth Center

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Expecting parents and those considering starting a family are invited to a “Meet the Providers Night” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Anna Jaques Hospital.

From 7 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria conference room, obstetricians, gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists and family practice physicians from the Birth Center will be on hand. All physicians and midwives who deliver at Anna Jaques are board-certified.

Admission is free, and reservations are not necessary. The hospital is located on Highland Avenue in Newburyport.

Blood drive at Dunkin’ Donuts Jan. 2

On Thursday, Jan. 2, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Dunkin’ Donuts at 70 Storey Ave. will be hosting their annual blood drive with the American Red Cross to benefit hospital patients in need. This marks the seventh year that Dunkin’ Donuts and the American Red Cross have partnered for the “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” campaign. As part of the campaign, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

This campaign is in honor of National Blood Donor Month and increases awareness about the need for blood. To date, Dunkin’ Donuts has provided over 520,000 pounds of coffee to donors and helped over 1.5 million patients. One donation can help save up to three lives.

Show to help artist visit son with cancer

A local artist is having a show this month to help her travel to Austin, Texas, to be with her son, who will be undergoing cancer treatment.

Ann McCrea is exhibiting cards, ornaments, prints, collages and ceramic sculptures through Dec. 31 at the Tiny Gallery in the First Religious Society’s Lower Meetinghouse on Unicorn Street in Newburyport. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on “Boston to Austin,” email mccreartworks@basicisp.net.

Boy Scouts, Red Cross host blood drive

Boy Scout Troop 21 of Newburyport is joining forces with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Monday at the Elks Lodge.

The drive will run from 2 to 7 p.m. in the function hall at 25 Low St., Newburyport. Double red cell donations will be taken, as well.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Initiative helps cystic fibrosis research

A new endeavor by Jewett Farms + Co. is raising money for cystic fibrosis research.

The Off Cuts Initiative is an online workshop that sells products made from 100 percent off-cut materials, wood and stone, that would otherwise be thrown away. The goals are to reduce waste, increase creativity, and use the profits to support local charity and environmental efforts.

Fifty percent of the proceeds are donated to Team Trevor, a Maine nonprofit that has contributed more than $1 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The other 50 percent is earmarked for Jewett Farms’ environmental initiatives, including the purchase of a briquette press that will allow the company to turn sawdust into biofuel.

Jewett Farms is based in Newburyport and Dover, N.H. For more information, visit www.jewettfarmsworkshop.com.

Low-vision support offered in Amesbury

A support group for those with recent or ongoing vision loss meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center.

Whether low vision is a result of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or another condition, group members will learn about the tools available and have the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges.

Guest speakers have come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Simply Foot Care. The group also takes biannual outings.

To sign up, call 978-388-8138.

Get help understanding Alzheimer’s

An Alzheimer’s support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the SeaView Retreat, 50 Mansion Drive, Rowley.

Held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the meetings will help primary caregivers, family members and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as offer education resources, guest speakers and peer support.

The group is led by Dawn Edwards and Suzanne Carpentier, who have both received intense training through the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call 978-356-5115 or 978-500-2523.

Scleroderma support group meets monthly

The Scleroderma Foundation’s New England Chapter hosts a North Shore support group on the second Wednesday of every month in Topsfield.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with scleroderma or has a loved one who has been diagnosed is welcome to attend the meetings, which take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chapter office, 462 Boston St., Suite 1, 1st floor, Topsfield.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunches. The building is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, call 978-887-0658.

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