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July 5, 2013

Health Beat: Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

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.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in and held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Tonight, Ashtanga Yoga with Ariana Doccola, and July 19, Heart Opening Yoga with Paula Wilson.

Pay-by-donation Yoga by the River classes are also planned for every Sunday in July and August from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.

Artists featured at Anna Jaques

A multimedium exhibit will be showcased at Anna Jaques Hospital through July 25.

Morton Gilbert and his daughter Sandy are displaying their photography, Margaret Del Tufo will show off works that use colored pencils and acrylic paints, and David McPhee is exhibiting local watercolor scenes.

A portion of sales will be donated to the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association to support the health needs of the community.

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at 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 yoga@rootstowings.com or visit www.rootstowings.com.

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