, Newburyport, MA

July 12, 2013

Health Beat: Concert to aid Pettengill House, Geiger Crisis Center

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A benefit concert for The Pettengill House and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Newburyport City Hall.

The Hanumen will present world music, mystic poetry and mantra chanting with an array of unique instruments.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children will be admitted free.

The evening is sponsored by Roots to Wings Yoga and Learning Center in Byfield, Repose Yoga Studio in Newburyport, and People’s Yoga Co-op in Amesbury.

The Pettengill House is a Salisbury nonprofit that helps children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management and basic needs. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center serves victims of domestic violence in the Greater Newburyport area.

For tickets or more information, call 978-973-8364 or visit

Reunion for those born at Anna Jaques

Anna Jaques Hospital is inviting everyone who was born there to a reunion on Monday, July 29.

The second annual “Born @ Anna Jaques” event starts with registration at 5 p.m. and includes a group photograph at 6:15, following by the singing of “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake on the front lawn at the hospital. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Those who register in advance will be entered into a drawing for a $500 engraved brick to be placed at the hospital. Attendees who make a donation of $25 or more to the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation will receive a T-shirt and photo of this year’s gathering. Donations will benefit the Birth Center.

To register or for more information, call 978-463-1176 or visit

Volunteers sought to help ‘Stir the Pot’

The YWCA is looking for volunteers to help with its fourth annual Stir the Pot program, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local families in need.

Produce may be dropped off at the Y’s main branch, 13 Market St., Newburyport. Donations will be accepted between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

People are also needed to help pick up and deliver the produce. To help out, contact Ellie Davis at

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.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, 110 Haverhill Road.

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

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday 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.

Classes are also held at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings and on the beach on the Newbury side of Plum Island on Sunday mornings.

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


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