, Newburyport, MA

April 5, 2013

Health Beat: Arc hosts social training workshop

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Parents raising kids with special needs often worry about their child’s friendships and social connections. The Arc is hosting a free parenting workshop on Monday that will explore the barriers to friendship that may prevent a child from having positive peer relationships.

Presenter Nadine Briggs, founder of Social Smart Kids, will help participants explore ways to help your child recognize and overcome these barriers, the role that parents play in social coaching for their child, and how to teach a child social independence.

Social Smart Kids educates and supports children with social challenges.

The workshop will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Merrimack Valley Hospital auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave, Haverhill.

Swim class registration begins Monday

Open registration for the Spring II Session Swim Lessons at the YWCA Greater Newburyport begins on Monday at 8 a.m. Classes run from April 22 to July 15.

Swim lessons for all levels, beginning at 6 months of age, are offered Monday through Saturday with morning and afternoon options. Where applicable, children must be the specified age at the start of the program in order to register.

Adult group swim lessons are also offered: Beginners on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 6 p.m. Intermediate classes are held on Monday at 6:00 p.m. or Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Registration for summer swim lessons is ongoing. Summer classes run from July 1 to Aug. 24 with two-week and eight-week options.

Class registration is on a first come, first served basis. Both members and non-members can register for session-based classes at the YWCA Greater Newburyport, 13 Market St., Newburyport. For more information and registration forms, visit or call the YWCA Greater Newburyport at 978-465-9922.

Rock climbing for kids of cancer patients

On Saturday, April 13, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 30 children who have or have had a family member with cancer will come together at MetroRock climbing gym in Newburyport to engage with a unique community of support.

One in five people who are diagnosed with cancer have children. On Belay, a Durham New Hampshire-based non-profit, builds community among these kids. On Belay uses adventure activities like indoor climbing and high ropes course work to create a metaphor for participants.

The activities teach kids that if they can figure a way through these challenges they can overcome anything, including living with a parent or family member’s cancer. At the program, participants connect with other children facing similar family situations, think creatively, challenge themselves, support others, ask for help and build physical and emotional confidence.

On Belay programs are free. To register a child for the April 13 program, visit the On Belay website or call 1-866-44BELAY.

Blood drive in Port

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on Monday, April 15, in Newburyport. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood.

The drive will run from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.

In April, all presenting blood donors will receive a free pair of socks from New Balance, and a chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game! To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to

Pajama yoga for kids

Families can enjoy an evening of Pajama Yoga on Friday, April 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rowley Children’s Center, 383 Main St. Rowley.

Led by Roots to Wings Yoga Studio staff, participants will stretch with yoga poses, play yoga games, read a story, and settle in for relaxation. For all ages and caregivers. Cost $15 per family. Kids are urged to wear their pajamas.

Email or call Roots to Wings Yoga to reserve your space. #978-463-9642

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered at The People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in.

Tonight: Warm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kristin Sauve, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; April 12: Happy Hour Yoga with Jennifer Freeman; 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; April 19: Feel Good Friday Night Flow Yoga, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; April 26: Partner Yoga with Paula Wilson; come with a friend, family member of significant other and enjoy practicing together, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Make Way for Molly fundraiser May 18

The fifth annual Make Way for Molly Pan Massachusetts Challenge fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffles will be held Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport.

This is the seventh year the Make Way for Molly team has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge and the fourth year the Barlow family of Newburyport’s niece, Molly Callahan, has been cancer free. Callahan, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, will be graduating from high school this year and will be going on to college to study nursing, hoping to someday work on the same floor at Children’s Hospital in Boston where she herself was treated.

All the money raised by the Make Way for Molly team is given to a pediatric fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to assist children afflicted with cancer and their families.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 for adults. They are available in advance or at the door. For more, email or call 978-465-6928.


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