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December 6, 2013

Health Beat: Bone marrow drive at Orange Leaf tomorrow

Join the Be the Match bone marrow registry during an event from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Newburyport’s Market Square.

Thousands of patients depend on the registry to find a donor. To join, people need to be between the ages of 18 and 44, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines. A simple cheek swab will be taken at the event.

Everyone who joins the registry tomorrow will receive a $5 Orange Leaf gift certificate and a free raffle ticket. Prizes include a number of gift certificates from Newburyport businesses.

Orange Leaf will also provide several activities for children, including crafts, face-painting, storytelling with local author Maggie Van Galen, and a visit from Santa.

Program offers after-breast-cancer help

Applications are being accepted now for Session 11 of the YWCA’s free Encore Program.

Designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives, the session will meet on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through March 26.

Participants will do land exercises at 5:15 p.m., followed by warm-water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m. The program also includes relaxation techniques and peer group support.

To apply, visit the YWCA membership desk at 13 Market St., Newburyport, or download an application online at www.ywcanewburyport.com. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per session.

For more information, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27.

Memorial to honor kids gone too soon

The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport will hold its 11th annual candle-lighting memorial on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of founder Barbara Hopkinson, 64 Northern Blvd., Plum Island.

Hosted to help support families during the holiday season after the death of a child, the event will include a memory tree, where ornaments tailored to loved ones can be placed. Family members may bring their own ornaments or create them with materials supplied by Hopkinson.

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