, Newburyport, MA

May 9, 2014

Health Beat: Workshop aims to improve balance, prevent falls

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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

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

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.

There is a requested donation of $5 to attend, with all proceeds going to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which takes place next weekend in Boston.

For more information, call 978-417-9556.

Bring mom to yoga this weekend

A mother-daughter yoga class will be held tomorrow at Pause Yoga in Amesbury.

The 90-minute session will include relaxing breathing, accessible physical practice and yin restorative poses. All participants will receive a small bag of goodies from local shops.

The class costs $30 per person and is open to those ages 7 and up.

Pause Yoga is located on the second floor of 36 Main St. For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in Amesbury.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. Difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits can all be caused by dyslexia.

The seminar is presented by New England Dyslexia Solutions and will be held in the Boston North Technology Park Building A conference room, 110 Haverhill Road.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or visit to sign up.

Asperger’s support group to meet

The Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group will meet Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-age children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges. Meetings are free and open to families from all neighboring communities. The Asperger’s Association of New England sponsors the group.

The meeting will take place in the Higgins Conference Room, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport.

For more information, email

Blood drives in local communities

The Salisbury Lions Club will sponsor a blood drive on Friday, May 16, 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. The American Red Cross will serve snacks, juice and water. Coupons for free lunch packs from Cumberland Farms will also be distributed.

Other blood drives scheduled for May in the Greater Newburyport region include:

Seabrook: Monday, May 19, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

Amesbury: Wednesday, May 21, 2 to 7 p.m., Sparhawk Theatre and Centre for the Arts, 196 Main St.

Salisbury: Sunday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

All donors this month have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

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

Healing Arts Fair this weekend

The monthly Newburyport Healing Arts Fair will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society.

Local healers and intuitive readers will offer consultations, readings and healing sessions. Herbal products, crystals, jewelry and crafts will be available, along with Indian saris that will be sold to benefit Child Haven International.

Admission is free. The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit

PKD seminar planned for this weekend

An educational seminar on polycystic kidney disease will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics include ongoing PKD clinical trials, organ donor allocation, and diet and nutrition for patients. Speakers are from Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the PKD Foundation.

The seminar is designed for PKD patients, caregivers and families and is hosted by the New England Chapter of the PKD Foundation. It will be held at New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham.

Registration is required, with a fee of $8 per person or $15 per family. Email


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