, Newburyport, MA


November 2, 2012

Health Beat: Amesbury cancer group selling calendars

The Amesbury non-profit, Tough Warrior Princesses, has created a calendar to help raise funds for their mission — to help local women affected by any type of cancer in both big and small ways.

The group worked with Ron Mushow Photography, and received some help from Amesbury officials, to create the 2013 calendar. Each month, a different type of cancer is profiled and accompanied by a picture of an Amesbury group, such as teachers, veterans or local businesses.

The calendars are $10 and on sale at several locations in Amesbury, including Attentif’ Design, Cherry Bomb, Amesbury Golf and Country Club, Gould Insurance, The Picket, and The Hollow Cafe. They can also be purchased on the Tough Warrior Princesses Web site at

Zen meditation program Mondays

Each Monday evening, instructor Joyce Haydock offers a free Zen meditation instruction session at First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The practice sessions meet in the Lower Meetinghouse from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. First time participants are urged to attend a 6 p.m. orientation.

Haydock is a Dharma teacher with the Kwan Um School of Zen. For more information, contact her at 978-363-5457.

Samaritan volunteers needed

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is seeking volunteers to answer their confidential crisis help lines. Each volunteer is asked to give 5 hours a week.

The next training session will be held on Monday and Wednesday. There will also be a training session on Monday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Each session runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is required at both evenings of a session. The training classes meet at Family Service, Inc., 430 North Canal St., Lawrence.

For more information or to register, call Debbie at 978-327-6671 or email

Adaptive Dance program begins

on Nov. 10

Agnes Strecker Dance Studio in Groveland is launching a new Adaptive Dance program this season.

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