, Newburyport, MA

September 6, 2013

Health Beat: Anna Jaques to showcase community in contest entry

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Bring your dancing shoes to Anna Jaques on Monday, Sept. 16, when the hospital will film the finale for its video entry in the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition.

The hospital that wins the national competition will receive a $25,000 donation toward the breast cancer charity of its choice. Anna Jaques has chosen Amesbury-based Tough Warrior Princesses, which is a nonprofit committed to educating the public and providing support to local women and their families.

Anna Jaques has chosen “community” as the theme for its video and invites everyone to come to the hospital entrance at 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, at 5:30 p.m. Participants are asked to wear jeans and pink T-shirts; pink gloves will be provided.

No dance experience is required, and anyone who wishes to practice in advance can view the choreography online at

All competing videos will be posted on the website on Oct. 25, with the voting period then running through Nov. 8.

Remembering those lost to cancer

Voices of Hope is presenting its fifth annual gala to benefit cancer research tomorrow night at the North Shore Music Theatre.

“Unfinished: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters Gone Too Soon” will pay tribute to performers who have died from cancer, including Donna Summer, George Gershwin, LaVerne Andrews, George Harrison and Dan Fogelberg.

Voices of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research through music and song. Its members have all been affected by cancer.

The gala starts at 7 p.m. with a silent auction and reception in the lobby, followed by the performance at 8 and a post-show VIP party.

Tickets cost $35 to $75 and are available online at, by calling 978-232-7200 or at the theater, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Proceeds will benefit the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Help available for abuse victims

If you are an older woman who has experienced abuse from a spouse or partner, Greater Lynn Senior Services will soon be partnering with the Amesbury Senior Center to provide support.

Groups are open to women age 50 and older who have been or are currently involved in abusive relationships, and the weekly educational topics include safety, legal options, financial concerns and self-esteem.

Women who join will find confidential counseling and a chance to talk privately with others who can relate.

Meetings will be held on weekday afternoons. To sign up or for more information, call 781-586-8668 or 978-946-1474.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors will be offered on the second Sunday of every month, starting Sept. 15, at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St. in Byfield.

Asperger’s support group to meet

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

A general discussion, including recent successes and challenges, is planned. The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges.

The meeting is free and will take place in the cafeteria, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport.

For more information, email

Healing center offers headache clinic

A Headache & Migraine Pain Relief Clinic will be held tomorrow at The Way to Balance Center for Advanced Healing and Training in Amesbury.

The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private 20-minute sessions will teach people how to prevent headaches and methods for relieving them naturally.

Admission is free, but a portion of donations received will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table.

The Way to Balance, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is located at 21 Water St.

For more information or to reserve a session at the clinic, call 978-834-0341.

Public invited to Coastal Trails

Recreational walkers and bicyclists are encouraged to bring their questions to the next meeting of the Coastal Trails Coalition, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12.

The coalition is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that assists in the development, promotion and stewardship of the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile public system of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank Community Room, 43 Main St., Amesbury. The entrance is off the Friend Street town parking lot.

For more information, visit


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