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July 5, 2013

Health Beat: 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 http://ne-dyslexia.com/calendar.html to sign up.

Night out to benefit cancer research

Stepping Out for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Riverside Rockets Pan-Mass Challenge team, is set for Thursday at Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature food, drinks, music, and auctions of art and other items. All proceeds will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by emailing riversiderockets@gmail.com or at the door. The restaurant is located at 65 Market St.

Donate blood in Salisbury, Newburyport

A community blood drive will be held Friday, July 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center in Salisbury.

Snacks, juice, pizza and bottled water will be provided to presenting donors. The drive is sponsored by the Salisbury Lions Club and the American Red Cross.

In Newburyport, donors can give blood on Monday, July 15, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Kindercare Learning Center, 151 Low St.

All donors at July drives will have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and will receive a coupon for $2.50 off a container of Turkey Hill ice cream.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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.

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