, Newburyport, MA

October 18, 2013

Health Beat: Amesbury healing center hosting open house this weekend

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Way to Balance Center for Advanced Healing and Training in Amesbury is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Community Open House this weekend.

The public is invited to meet therapists, vendors and support staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Ten guest speakers will give presentations or demonstrations on topics including anxiety, back and neck pain, clinical thermography, astrology, meridian tapping and relaxation.

Additionally, there will be several raffles, door prizes, unique Egyptian-made products and clothing for sale, and free refreshments. A portion of donations and all raffle proceeds will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table.

The Way to Balance, located at 21 Water St., is owned by Sue Hanks Singleton and her husband, Aaron Singleton. Sue is a medical intuitive and master healer/teacher who recently released a new book, “Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy and Grace: A Comprehensive Guide to Manifestation.” Aaron is a licensed massage therapist, master healer/teacher and founder of the Energy of Life healing process.

For more information, call 978-834-0341 or visit

Pitching in to help breast cancer research

A day of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury tomorrow will raise money for breast cancer research and art education.

Hosted by the Essex Base Ball Organization, Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts will start at 10 a.m. and feature four games between teams based in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Vintage baseball is played by 1864 rules, with wooden bats, authentic “lemon peel” baseballs and no gloves.

During and after the games, guests can sample food from local eateries, listen to live music and Joe Mac DJ, and enjoy beer from Ipswich Ale and wine from Mill River Winery. Tom Zappala of Merrimac will also be there to sell his new book, “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.”

The event honors Janice Sheehy, who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year. She was an art teacher in Lawrence and the mother of Brian Sheehy, president of the Essex Base Ball Organization, and Chris Sheehy, captain of the Lowell Base Ball Club.

Proceeds will be split between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Janice Sheehy Art Fund, established to help Arlington Middle School in Lawrence hold an art show and provide scholarships for art lessons.

For more information, visit or email

Get in the holiday spirit at hospital fundraiser

Reservations are being accepted now for a new event that will help attendees get in the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hosted by the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, “Holidays in Bloom” will feature Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Haverhill as he demonstrates how to create memorable and festive floral arrangements, which will then be raffled off.

The evening will also feature unique gifts from local merchants, food from Salisbury’s Seaglass Restaurant and a cash bar.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury. Tickets are $45 per person, with tables for six or eight also available. Checks made out to AJH Aid Association may be sent to Amanda LaPlante, Volunteer Office, Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, MA 01950.

All proceeds will benefit the hospital. For more information, call 978-463-1150.

Run/walk to benefit Melanoma Foundation

The seventh annual Mike Donohoe Run/Walk for Melanoma is scheduled for Sunday in Georgetown.

In honor of the former Georgetown school facilities manager who died in 2006, the 5K raises money for a college scholarship fund for Georgetown students and the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

The event starts with a Kid’s K at 11:30 a.m., followed by the run/walk at noon, at Perley School, 51 North St. There are cash prizes for the top runners, and the day will also include refreshments, raffles, giveaways and free skin cancer screenings.

There is an entry fee of $20, and registration is available after 10 a.m. on the day of the event or at For more information, call 978-500-9023.

Discussion to focus on options after mastectomy

Plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor will give a free talk on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. on breast reconstruction options and results after mastectomy.

Sasmor is part of the multidisciplinary team at the new Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

The discussion will be held in the Higgins Conference Room at the hospital, 25 Highland Ave.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.

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 and held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 36 Main St., the studio’s new home.

Tonight, Hip Opening Yoga with Paula Wilson, and Oct. 25, Ballroom Dancing with Ivana Ruzkova.

The studio is in the process of renovating new space at the front of the second floor of 36 Main St. and plans to move there permanently next month. Classes are currently being held in the back of the second floor, next to Workspace 36.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit

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 or visit the second floor of the library.


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