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December 27, 2013

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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.

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