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January 18, 2013

Health Beat: Running series begins Sunday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Fitness instructor Nancy McCarthy will begin her Snowflake Series running camp Sunday.

Created to motivate runners and walkers to continue their fitness programs outdoors all through the winter, increase their speed and endurance, and have some fun, the Snowflake Series meets at the Plum Island Coffee Roasters at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings for five weeks.

For more information, contact McCarthy at 978-499-0993 or by e-mail at Nancy@getrealfitness.com.

Dyslexia seminar to be held Jan. 28

If you, your child, or your students have difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math, or attention deficits, dyslexia could be the cause. Join New England Dyslexia Solutions for a free informational seminar on Monday, Jan. 28 that will offer in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for, and solutions that help.

The seminar will begin at 10 a.m. in Amesbury at Boston North Technology Park on Haverhill Road, building A, conference room, 110.

Registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or register online at http://ne-dyslexia.com/calendar.html.

Blood drive

at Elks Hall

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Newburyport Elks Lodge on Jan. 28 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Donors will receive a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. The lodge is at 25 Low St., Newburyport. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-a-donation.

OA meets in Port, Amesbury

Overeaters Anonymous meets weekly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport. The meetings run from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.

Overeaters Anonymous also holds weekly sessions in Amesbury. On Tuesdays, from 3:45 to 4:50 p.m., meetings are held in the Carriage Room of the Amesbury Health Center on Highland Street. It is the first door on left after entering.

A 12-step program of recovery, OA is meant to assist people with food disorders and food addictions. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. To learn more about OA, visit www.oaambi.org.

Kids Night Out at YWCA tonight

The Greater Newburyport YWCA is once again offering Kids Night Out sessions.

The program, which will be held tonight and the third Friday of each month, is for kids in grades 1 to 3. Their evening at the YWCA will include pizza, music, activities, pool time and a movie.

All children should bring a bathing suit and towel. Parents can also send their kids with pajamas to change into after swimming.

The sessions will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each month. Registration is required. Visit the YWCA’s membership desk at 13 Market Street. The program is open to the public.

Bereavement Group meets in Amesbury

The Amesbury Council on Aging and Beacon Hospice are jointly hosting a bereavement group on Thursday evenings at 5:30 at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Healing from Loss is for individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is through the process of sharing in a confidential environment that healing is fostered.

Registration is required. Call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 for additional information and to register. The group is free.

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