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August 30, 2013

Health Beat:

A local group has planned three events in Newburyport in September to observe National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness was founded in 2011 by volunteers who work in partnership with Ovations for the Cure, a Natick nonprofit, and has raised more than $43,000 for ovarian cancer services and research.

On Sunday, the third annual Lantern Festival will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Bartlet Mall. Participants will use art materials and calligraphy to decorate lanterns that will be set afloat on the Frog Pond at dusk.

The evening will also feature live performances, and attendees are encouraged to bring picnic suppers, chairs and blankets. Admission is free, with a suggested lantern donation of $10.

On Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., “A Comedy Night to Remember” will bring two critically acclaimed comedians to the Firehouse Center for the Arts. New York-based Leighann Lord will present her take on politics, world news and current events, while Haverhill native Amy Tee will turn her personal tribulations into hilarious performances.

Admission is $25, and the show will be followed by a reception with Lord and Tee.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the group will wrap up the month with the Jackie Poor Memorial Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Michael’s Harborside. The walk honors Poor, the late sister of one of the organizers, and other women struggling with ovarian cancer.

Individuals or teams may participate in the 3-mile walk through downtown Newburyport. Registration costs $20 online at www.ovationsforthecure.org or $25 on the day of the event.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women, with more than 21,000 diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Public invited to Coastal Trails meeting

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

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