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March 8, 2013

Asperger's support group meets Monday

There will be a meeting of the Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Higgins conference room of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. A general discussion, including recent successes and challenges, is planned.

This support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges. Meetings are free, open to the public and serve families from all neighboring communities. The group is sponsored by the Asperger’s Association of New England and meets on the second Monday of every month.

Stretch classes begin Tuesday

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 cydira@beachbodycoach.com.

Blood drive in Salisbury

A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, today 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.

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