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February 7, 2014

Health Beat: Byfield man’s brew to help a good cause

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Sales of a beer brewed by a Byfield resident will benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research and treatment.

Gary Rogers is the winner of the home brew competition hosted by Ales Over ALS, a program started in Essex to combat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Rogers’ double India pale ale, called Iron Horse “Double E” DIPA, is being sold for a limited time at Cape Ann Brewing Co. in Gloucester and Woodman’s in Essex.

For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge to help combat the neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis and respiratory failure.

Sound therapy for cancer patients

A special yoga workshop for those living with cancer will be held tomorrow at the Yoga Center of Newburyport, 12 Maple St.

From 2 to 4 p.m., cellist Clarence Dow will lead “Into the Heart of Sound: A Transformational Journey Through Music, Meditation and Mantra.”

Participants will explore, experience and experiment with sound vibration.

Any donation will be accepted. The workshop is sponsored by Dr. Michele Sasmor and RiverSong Plastic Surgery.

To register, call 978-465-2998 or email pathways-rose@comcast.net.

Birth Center tour postponed

Due to the snowstorm, this month’s free tour of the Birth Center and Neonatology Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Tours are normally held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. 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 birthcenter@ajh.org.

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.

Library offers free exercise classes

Free weekly tai chi is held every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Newburyport Public Library.

No experience is necessary to join the classes, which are led by Kathleen Kondylas. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

To sign up, call 978-465-4428, email jatherton@mvlc.org or visit the second floor of the library.

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.

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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