, Newburyport, MA


May 30, 2014

Health Beat: Waterfront yoga to raise money for Pettengill House

A community weekly yoga class starts today at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The outdoor sessions will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through August.

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 on Joppa, off Water Street, on Saturday mornings and beach yoga on Sunday mornings on the Newbury side of Plum Island, off Fordham Way. Those classes both start at 7:30, with discounted summer passes for the Joppa classes available from the Newburyport Parks Commission.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email or visit

Overeaters meetings in Amesbury, Port

Overeaters Anonymous meets weekly in both Newburyport and Amesbury.

Free sessions are held Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, and Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Amesbury Health Center, 24 Morrill Place.

A 12-step program of recovery, OA is meant to assist people with food disorders and food addictions. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

To learn more about OA, visit

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the Greater Newburyport region:

Georgetown: Tuesday, June 3, 2 to 7 p.m., Georgetown VFW, 435 Andover St.

Salisbury: Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cinemagic, 6 Merrill St.

Amesbury: Thursday, June 12, 2 to 7 p.m., Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St.

Merrimac: Monday, June 16, 2 to 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

Newburyport: Monday, June 16, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Seabrook: Monday, June 16, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 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.

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