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August 30, 2013

Health Beat:

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

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 coastaltrails.org.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

A pay-by-donation community karma yoga class will be held tonight at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury.

Gentle Flow Yoga with Nancy MacDougall is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Pay-by-donation Yoga by the River classes are also taking place on Sundays in September from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

Bring your own mat, water and a towel for the damp grass. Park along the grass between the houses at 391 and 417 Main St.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.

Healing center offers headache clinic

A Headache & Migraine Pain Relief Clinic will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 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.

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

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