, Newburyport, MA


January 31, 2014

Health Beat: Free meditation course starts tomorrow

Focus on “Making Your Life More Meditative” in a free course that starts tomorrow at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Presented by Thoughtful Life Studies of Merrimack Valley, the classes will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, 8 and 15 in the lower meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St.

Elizabeth McLindon, who has meditated for 31 years and practices Tibetan Buddhism, will teach participants how to embrace meditation and create a good environment for it, discover techniques to deal with inevitable challenges, and coordinate these ideas and techniques into a daily practice.

Drop-ins are welcome; bring a favorite cushion. For more information, email

Arc hosting new series of workshops

The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport is teaming up with local Special Education Parent Advisory Councils to offer Transition Boot Camp.

The series of free, informative workshops is designed to help guide and prepare teachers, parents and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing information for the transition years, ages 14-22.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., “Ask the Expert! Legal Planning Clinic” will be held at the YWCA Greater Newburyport, 13 Market St., Newburyport. Attorney Faith Delaney will discuss Supplemental Security Income, MassHealth, estate planning, guardianship, court monitors, reports and adult services.

To attend, RSVP to by Feb. 10.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several blood drives scheduled for February in the region:

Seabrook: Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sam’s Club, 11 Batchelder Road; Monday, Feb. 17, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

Newburyport: Friday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Hall, 60 Pleasant St.; Thursday, Feb. 27, 1 to 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Merrimac: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 to 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

Amesbury: Monday, Feb. 24, 2 to 7 p.m., All Saints’ Anglican Church, 67 Friend St.

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.

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