, Newburyport, MA

March 1, 2013

Arc holds relationships workshop Tuesday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Arc and local Parent Advisory Councils will host a workshop on The Real Friends Project on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newburyport High School, Room 118.

Jim Ross from The Arc of Massachusetts will discuss the project, which explores the benefits of relationships between people with disabilities and those without disabilities. The workshop will provide information about resources to help individuals engage in, and sustain, those relationships.

Engaging in relationships that might blossom into friendships can be especially challenging to people of all ages who happen to have disabilities.

Despite great advancements in disability rights and efforts at inclusion, there is still progress to be made. Because of situations like group homes and separate educational opportunities, relationships for people with disabilities are often limited to family members, paid staff and other people with disabilities. All people can benefit greatly by a diversity of relationships. Learn what steps can you take to make this happen.

There is no cost to attend this session. Attendees are asked to register. Contact Kerry.Mahoney@TheArcofGHN.Org or 978 373-0552 ext. 201. The program is co-sponsored by The Arc of Greater Haverhill/Newburyport and the Parent Advisory Councils of Newburyport, Georgetown, Haverhill, Pentucket and North Andover.

Register for YWCA summer program

The YWCA Greater Newburyport will begin a registration period on Monday for its summer programs. Programs for all ages are available, including a half-day Scamper preschool program, swimming classes for all levels, and a full-day programs for youth entering first through fifth grades.

For more information, visit the YWCA Web site at or call 978-465-9922.

Alzheimer’s fundraiser Tuesday

Dale Ann and Dale Bob Eckert are hosting a fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza Co. in Amesbury on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. The couple, who are participating in the 2013 Run for the Memory Boston Marathon team, are raising funds for the walk and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The evening will include raffle drawings for items donated by from local businesses. Tickets for a hand-crafted quilt “Heartstrings,” which was made especially for this year’s run, will be on sale as well.

Flatbread Pizza is located at 5 Market Square in Amesbury.

Sleep discussion at NECC health fair

Harvard University faculty member Dr. Lawrence J. Epstein will give a lecture on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in Lecture Hall A of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Epstein will discuss “What Everyone Should Know About Sleep.” The program is free and open to the public.

Epstein, who teaches at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, is program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Sponsored by the NECC Health and Sciences and Counseling Services, this talk will be a highlight of the college’s annual Health and Wellness Fair and is part of Sleep Awareness Month, which occurs as the clocks change.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be tables and displays exploring issues such as gum disease, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, SIDS, sleep deprivation, asthma, smoking cessation, secondhand smoke, hypertension/blood pressure screening, healthy eating, fractures & diseases of the bone, STD Information, mental health counseling information and sleep assessment.

For more information, call 978-738-7888.

Blood drive in Salisbury

A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury next Friday, March 8 from 1 to 6 p.m. It is sponsored by the Salisbury Lions Club and the American Red Cross.

Snacks, fruit juices, and bottled water will be provided to donors by the American Red Cross. Chowda will be provided by Lena’s Seafood Restaurant. All donors during March will receive a coupon for a free hand-crafted Griddle Melt from I-Hop.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Free chronic pain workshop at YWCA

The YWCA Greater Newburyport and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will co-host a chronic pain workshop on Tuesdays, beginning March 12. The free workshop will run through April 16.

The sessions will be held at the YWCA’s 13 Market St. facility from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The workshop is suitable for individuals who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, post-stroke pain, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic neck, shoulder or back pain or any other types of ongoing pain.

Participants will learn how to control pain and deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep. The program will offer tips on eating well, starting an exercise program and increasing one’s energy level.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Contact Connie at 978-465-9922, ext. 27.

Stretch classes begin March 12

Certified fitness trainer Cyd Raschke will offer “Stretch for Release and Energy” classes on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 12.

Raschke has designed the sessions to expand range of motion, relieve stress, improve circulation, and release congestion in tissues. Athletes can reduce risk of injury by lengthening major muscle groups, computer jockeys benefit by unwinding joints constricted in sitting, and couch potatoes will find the class compatible with their lifestyle.

The series is free of charge as part of the adult education program at First Religious Society. The sessions will run from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. each week, through April 30. The class will meet in the Lower Meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. To register, contact Cyd Raschke at 978-462-2733 or by e-mail at

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

Every Friday in March at 6:30 p.m., People’s Yoga Co-op in Amesbury will hold a community karma yoga class with a different teacher and different theme. Each class is a pay-by-donation.

The schedule includes: March 1, Vinyasa Yoga with Kerrie Sesto; March 8, Awesome Abs Yoga with Paula Wilson, March 15, Yin Yoga with Kristin Sauve; March 22, Happy Hour Yoga with Jennifer Freeman and March 29, Full Moon Yoga with Nancy MacDougal.

On March 10, an Early Spring Awakening Yoga class is scheduled with senior yoga teacher Julia Tirabassi from noon to 2 p.m. There is a $25 fee. Registration is required.

People’s Yoga Co-op is located at 14 Cedar St, 101, Amesbury.


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