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October 26, 2012

Transition to Adulthood seminar Tuesday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Learn about the benefits, resources and best practices for successful transitions for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities ages 14-25 in a “Transition to Adulthood.... Moving Forward” seminar on Tuesday.

Led by the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, the roundtable discussion will explore what occurs when a child turns 18 and how to successfully make the transition from school into adult services.

The program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The group meets at the Greater Newburyport YWCA, 13 Market Square, Newburyport. For more information and to RSVP contact Kerry.Mahoney@TheArcofGHN.org or call 978 373-0552 ext. 201.

Volunteers needed to work with homeless kids

Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters. A commitment of just two hours a week will make a significant difference in the lives of these children.

A training session will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peabody library’s west branch. Call 978-557-2182 or go to northeast@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org for more information.

‘Introduction to Insight Meditation’ begins next week

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a five-week introductory class on Insight Meditation beginning on Thursday. The class is designed for anyone interested in learning Insight Meditation (Vipassana), which is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment. It originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago.

The class will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each week and will last for 5 weeks. There is a $85 fee for the program. The center is located at 443 Middle St., West Newbury.

The Insight Meditation Center is a non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

Adaptive Dance program begins on Nov. 10

Agnes Strecker Dance Studio in Groveland is launching a new Adaptive Dance program this season.

The program is designed to foster a love of dance for children and young adults with special needs. The primary goal of Adaptive Dance classes is for participants to experience the pure joy and happiness of dance and music through creative movement.

Other important benefits include overall fitness, focus, balance, self-confidence, social skills, improved coordination and rhythm. The program is taught by Special Education teacher Mary Angeleri.

It will begin on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the dance studio, 908 Salem St., Groveland. Classes will run from 10 to 11 a.m. each Saturday. It is free of charge and parents are welcome to assist their child. Call the Revere office to register 781-284-9787.

Fall swim lessons registration under way

The YWCA Greater Newburyport is holding registration for fall session II swim lessons. The sessions will run from Oct. 29 to Dec. 22 at the YWCA facility on Market Street in Newburyport.

Lessons will be available for all levels, beginning at 6 months of age, and are offered Monday through Saturday with morning and afternoon classes. Where applicable, children must be the specified age at the start of the program in order to register.

Both YWCA members and non-members can register for session-based classes. For more information and registration forms, visit the website at www.ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-465-9922.

The YWCA is also holding registration for adult group swim lessons during the same fall session. Beginner and Intermediate level lessons are offered.

The beginner lessons cover water safety and introduction to swim techniques. Class options are Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. or Wednesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Intermediate lessons are for those who are able to swim 100 yards and looking to build basic stroke technique. Class options are Mondays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

For more information and registration forms, visit www.ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-465-9922.

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