, Newburyport, MA


September 20, 2013

Health Beat: Hospital Aid Association marks 125 years

The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a tea on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In addition to tea, specialty sandwiches, desserts and coffee will be served in the Newburyport hospital’s Higgins Room. Guest speaker Lois Valeo, who teaches college courses in textiles, fashion history and fashion marketing, will give a talk titled “Head to Toe: Bygone Women’s Accessories.”

Admission is $15 for association members and $17 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 978-463-1150.

Yoga, meditation in Newburyport

Free yoga and meditation classes will be offered Saturdays through Oct. 12 at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Presented by Thoughtful Life Studies and taught by Mary Kay Dyer, the sequence is designed to open each chakra, spreading healing energy through the body. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and blankets. Some yoga experience is helpful but not required.

Yoga classes will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m., followed by meditation from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, email

Butterfly event to remember loved ones

Atria Senior Living will host a “Butterfly Release and Remembrance” on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The release of live butterflies is a symbolic way to help residents and their families send love to those who have died.

Plum Island author Barbara Hopkinson will be the guest presenter. She is the founder of the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization that supports families after the loss of a child.

Hopkinson will read from her book “A Butterfly’s Journey.” Music created for her book will be performed by songwriter Nancy Day.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at Atria Senior Living’s Merrimack Place, 85 Storey Ave., Newburyport.

Gentle chair yoga program to start

Interfaith minister Carla Mattioli will lead a gentle chair yoga program at Belleville Congregational Church Hall this fall.

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