, Newburyport, MA

April 4, 2014

Health Beat: Trip to wineries to benefit cancer walk

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A wine tour next month will help raise money for breast cancer research.

Organized by Jennifer Lacroix of Newburyport, the tour will help her meet her fundraising goal for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston.

Departing from Newburyport, the tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, will start at the Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, N.H., where participants will tour the facility and sample up to eight meads.

Next on the itinerary is a tour and tastings at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, N.H., where lunch will be served. The last stop is Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis, N.H., where at least six wines will be sampled.

The tour costs $125 and includes bus transportation and all fees. For more information or to sign up, contact Lacroix at 978-462-7676 or

Amesbury race caters to moms

Registration is open now for the second annual Mother’s Day 5K Indulgence on Sunday, May 11, in Amesbury.

This year, Green Stride has partnered with the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, which helps victims of domestic violence. All proceeds from the race will go to the Newburyport organization.

Each runner who registers in advance will receive a bottle of Jewell Towne Vineyards wine, a box of chocolates and a women’s T-shirt. Additionally, an indulgence package for two includes a Mother’s Day silver necklace.

The race starts at 8 a.m. at Woodsom Farm, 222 Lions Mouth Road. Registration costs $40 per individual, $65 for two people and $120 for the indulgence package.

Non-moms and men are also welcome to run in the race. To register or for more information, visit

Lyme disease patients to speak

A panel on Lyme disease will be held Wednesday from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Masonic Hall in Newburyport.

“Not All Stories About Lyme Disease are Tragic” will feature the stories of three Lyme patients who have recovered from debilitating cases of Lyme and co-infections.

The three stories will be followed by a brief explanation of the flower essence treatment process and the opportunity to ask questions. The panel is sponsored by Delta Gardens of Hampton Falls, N.H.

Masonic Hall is located at 31 Green St. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 603-601-6929. Admission is by donation.

Yoga program free for seniors, veterans

Free chair yoga is offered to seniors and veterans every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Amesbury Council of Aging.

Sponsored by Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center, the program is led by instructor Whitney Wilma.

The Council on Aging is located at 68 Elm St. For more information, call 978-388-8138.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the Greater Newburyport region:

Amesbury: Thursday, April 10, noon to 6 p.m., Holy Family Parish Hall, 9 Sparhawk St. Sponsored by the Amesbury Lions Club.

Newburyport: Monday, April 14, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Seabrook: Monday, April 21, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

Merrimac: Monday, April 21, 2 to 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main 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

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.

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 member of the Kwan Um School of Zen for nearly 25 years and a dharma teacher for more than 15 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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