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April 12, 2013

Health Beat: Blood drive Monday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on Monday in Newburyport. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood.

The drive will run from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.

Also, a drive will be held at the Merrimac Public Library on Monday, April 22, from 2 to 7 p.m.

In April, all presenting blood donors will receive a free pair of socks from New Balance, and a chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game! To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org.

Caregivers lunch in Amesbury

The Market Street Baptist Church in Amesbury is hosting a caregivers lunch on Saturday, April 20, from noon to 2 p.m. The church is located at 37 Market St.

The luncheon is for those who have been called to care for ailing loved ones to connect with other caregivers and to hear from the experiences of others. Ruth John will share her experiences and wisdom as a caregiver for nearly 20 years.

There is a $5 fee. To register, call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email msbcsec@verizon.net.

Pajama yoga for kids

Families can enjoy an evening of Pajama Yoga on Friday, April 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rowley Children’s Center, 383 Main St., Rowley.

Led by Roots to Wings Yoga Studio staff, participants will stretch with yoga poses, play yoga games, read a story and settle in for relaxation. For all ages and caregivers. Cost $15 per family. Kids are urged to wear their pajamas.

Email or call Roots to Wings Yoga to reserve your space, 978-463-9642 or yoga@rootstowings.com.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered at The People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in.

Tonight: Happy Hour Yoga with Jennifer Freeman, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; April 19: Feel Good Friday Night Flow Yoga, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; April 26: Partner Yoga with Paula Wilson; come with a friend, family member of significant other and enjoy practicing together, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Gentle chair yoga under way

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

The session runs through May 16 and meets each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. There is an $80 fee.

This practice of yoga is gentle on the joints as it is performed sitting in a chair, with options to stand if you wish. Beginners are welcome and encouraged.

Belleville Congregational Church Hall is located at 300 High St., Newburyport. To register or for more information, call Mattioli at 978-546-8018 or visit www.awakearts.com.

Make Way for Molly fundraiser May 18

The fifth annual Make Way for Molly Pan-Massachusetts Challenge fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffles will be held Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport.

This is the seventh year the Make Way for Molly team has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge and the fourth year the Barlow family of Newburyport’s niece, Molly Callahan, has been cancer free. Callahan, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, will be graduating from high school this year and will be going on to college to study nursing, hoping to someday work on the same floor at Children’s Hospital in Boston where she herself was treated.

All the money raised by the Make Way for Molly team is given to a pediatric fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to assist children afflicted with cancer and their families.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 for adults. They are available in advance or at the door. For more, email Barlowcarpentry@msn.com or call 978-465-6928.

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