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July 3, 2014

Take a cruise to help cancer research

An evening on the Merrimack River will raise money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The 15th event, formerly known as “Cruise for a Cure” and now called “The Cruise,” will depart from the Newburyport boardwalk on Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. Guests aboard the Captain’s Lady III will enjoy entertainment by local musicians, grilled food from area merchants and a silent auction.

The cruise was originally started in honor of the people who cared for Erica Kinney after she was diagnosed with cancer 22 years ago. Kinney is now a healthy 35-year-old.

Tickets are $65. To order, contact Sandy Berkenbush at 978-815-4751 or sandy@sandyberkenbush.com.

The cruise has raised $200,000 so far for cancer research at Dana-Farber.

Local communities host blood drives

The Salisbury Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive next Friday, July 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Presenting donors will enjoy chowder provided by Lions Club members Herm and Reggie Fortin of Lena’s Seafood.

Other blood drives scheduled this month in the Greater Newburyport region include:

Seabrook: Monday, July 14, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

Newburyport: Monday, July 14, 2 to 7 p.m., KinderCare Learning Center, 151 Low St.; Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Georgetown: Wednesday, July 23, 2 to 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9 Jewett St.

Salisbury: Sunday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

Amesbury: Tuesday, July 29, 2 to 7 p.m., Sparhawk Theatre and Centre for the Arts, 196 Main St.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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