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May 9, 2014

Health Beat: Workshop aims to improve balance, prevent falls

A free eight-week workshop called “A Matter of Balance” will be held Wednesdays, May 14 through July 2, at the Amesbury Council on Aging.

The award-winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Anyone who is concerned about falls, has fallen in the past, has restricted activities because of falling or is interested in improving balance is welcome to attend.

Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Sessions will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at 68 Elm St. For more information or to register, call 978-388-8138 or visit www.healthyliving4me.org.

PMC team seeks donations for yard sale

Team Lungstrong is collecting items for a massive yard sale planned to raise money for the Pan-Mass Challenge, which benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The team is looking for high-quality furniture, tools, sporting goods, small appliances, clothing, accessories, children’s gear, books, games, CDs, housewares and more.

Donations may be dropped off tomorrow and next Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon at 100 Main St., Amesbury. Drop-offs or pickups can also be arranged by contacting Robin Schell at 603-770-3607 or Joy DiFazio at 978-836-1555 before May 31.

The yard sale will be held Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mill 77 on Route 110 in Amesbury.

Lungstrong is a nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research. Anyone interested in riding with the team in this year’s PMC, set for Aug. 2 and 3, should contact Diane Legg at diane.legg@comcast.net.

Festival to benefit breast cancer care

The eighth annual Boobfest will be held tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Uncle Eddie’s Oceanside Tavern on Salisbury Beach.

Hosted by Team Charlie’s Angels, the event features live music, raffles, food and more.

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