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May 24, 2013

Health Beat: PMC Kids Ride to raise money for cancer research

More than 100 children are expected to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Greater Newburyport Kids Ride on Sunday, June 23.

Children ages 4 to 13 will ride 2.2 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail, and kids ages 2 to 3 will ride on an obstacle course at Cashman Park.

A party after the ride will feature a disc jockey, face-painting, bike decorating, light refreshments and a visit from the Mix 104.1 ice cream truck.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The ride will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is $15, and there is a $25 fundraising minimum. To register, visit http://kids.pmc.org. For more information, call 978-809-1241 or 800-WE-CYCLE.

Free yoga classes on the Newburyport waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday, starting today, through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Roots to Wings is also offering classes at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow, and beach yoga on Sunday mornings on the Newbury side of Plum Island.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email yoga@rootstowings.com or visit www.rootstowings.com.

Screening seniors for signs of depression

The Amesbury Senior Center is taking part in the Feel Good Bingo program and will offer screenings on Thursday, June 20, at 10:15 a.m.

The program, created by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health Inc., aims to engage senior citizens in the prevention and early detection of depression.

Depression affects an estimated 7 million of the nation’s 39 million adults age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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