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January 17, 2014

Health Beat: Military families invited to play in the snow

Tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m., more than 100 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families will enjoy a night of free snow tubing at Amesbury Sports Park.

The sports park is donating the tickets in support of the Home Base Program’s Adventure Series, which brings veterans and military families together to try a new sport or outdoor activity.

The Home Base Program, sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, helps veterans and families heal from the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, through clinical care, education and research.

For more information, visit www.homebaseprogram.org.

Meet a local food-buying club

More than a decade ago, a group of local mothers got together to purchase high-quality, healthy food and products for their families.

This Sunday, the public is invited to learn about Earth Mama from 4 to 5 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport.

Earth Mama members buy in bulk online from United Natural Foods Inc., and orders are delivered to West Newbury once a month. Items include food, frozen goods, vitamins and cosmetics.

For more information, call 978-462-1308. The session is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles.

Bereavement group meets in Amesbury

An educational and supportive program aimed at helping those dealing with the grieving process is currently underway in Amesbury.

“Beginning the Grief Journey” will meet every Wednesday through Feb. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

The sessions will help participants understand the uniqueness of grief, recognize the myths associated with grief, learn more about the grieving process and develop ways to take care of themselves both emotionally and physically.

Co-sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospice and Amesbury Council on Aging, the free program is also open to residents from surrounding communities. Free transportation is available for Amesbury residents.

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