, Newburyport, MA

January 31, 2014

Health Beat: Free meditation course starts tomorrow

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Meetings aid Alzheimer’s caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet Saturday, Feb. 8, at SeaView Retreat in Rowley.

Those caring for a loved one with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment diseases are encouraged to attend. Led by trained facilitators Suzanne Carpentier and Dawn Edwards, meetings offer a safe place for sharing and educational resources.

The group meets twice a month, on the second Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and on the second Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

SeaView is located at 50 Mansion Drive. For more information, call 978-500-2523 or 781-720-9046.

Healing Arts Fair this weekend

The first Newburyport Healing Arts Fair of the year will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society.

Local healers and intuitive readers will offer consultations, readings and healing sessions. Herbal products and crystals will be available to purchase, along with Indian saris that will be sold to benefit Child Haven International.

Admission is free. The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit

Group helps those facing addiction

The Freedom From Addictions Chalice Circle meets every Friday at 7 p.m. in Newburyport.

The circle is a one-hour, weekly support group meeting for those with addiction and family and friends who are affected. Though it is not a treatment program, it offers resources and information to help develop a recovery process.

Each circle will be led by a facilitator and will include a chalice lighting, readings and discussion. Meetings are free and take place at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St.

Peer-led support for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.

The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email or

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email

Anna Jaques hosting Birth Center tours

Expectant parents or people considering starting a family are invited to take free tours of the Birth Center and Neonatology Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The tours will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, through Oct. 1. Visitors will receive information on classes and programs on topics including early pregnancy, prepared childbirth, breast-feeding, prenatal exercise, hypnobirthing, prenatal and postnatal massage, and support for new mothers.

To attend a tour, email


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