A fundraiser for multiple sclerosis treatment and research will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport. Admission is $10. All proceeds will go directly to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through the three-day, 50-mile MS Challenge Walk.

This is the second year Team Quill will host the event. The band Shaky Ground and friends are donating their time and talents. There will also be raffles and a silent auction, as well as food and desserts.

Asperger's support group meeting Monday at Anna Jaques Hospital

There will be a meeting of the Asperger syndrome support group on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Higgins Conference Room of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. A general discussion is planned.

The support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges. Meetings are free and open to the public.

The group is sponsored by the Asperger's Association of New England.

Emotions Anonymous meets weekly

Emotions Anonymous holds a free weekly meeting on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at People's United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport.

Emotions Anonymous is a 12-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. The meetings are meant to help individuals work toward recovery from emotional difficulties.

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentially of its members at all times.

Bike ride fundraiser for kidney disease research Sunday

On Sunday, Newburyport will be the starting point of a 25- or 50-mile bike ride to raise funds for polycystic kidney disease research. This year's riders include former Olympian Andrew Weaver, as well as the event's founder, John L. Martin.

PKD affects one in 500 people. There is currently no treatment or cure. The mission of the PKD Foundation is to promote programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease and improve the lives of all it affects.

Senior fitness chair class under way

The YWCA Greater Newburyport is hosting a new senior fitness chair class with Paula Pressler each Thursday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the YWCA, 13 Market St., Newburyport. The program begins next week and is open to the public.

The class is formatted to include the optional use of a chair and stability ball for aid with balance and stability. Classes will include a warm-up, strength training, balance/stability and stretching.

Free weights and tubing may be used. Modifications will be provided for all fitness levels. Benefits from chair exercise include improved vitality and range of motion, pain relief, cognitive improvement, increased circulation, increased muscle strength and healthier aging.

For more information or to register, call the YWCA Greater Newburyport at 978-465-9922.

Walk for Life Saturday

The Pregnancy Care Center is holding its 20th annual 2-mile Walk For Life fundraiser tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, and Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport.

To register and help raise funds, visit www.PCCFriends.org/walk or call the Pregnancy Care Center at 978-373-5718. The Pregnancy Care Center has three locations: Amesbury, Haverhill and Lawrence.

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