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September 25, 2009

City flu clinics begin Oct. 6

The city will hold flu vaccination clinics Oct. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Oct. 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the main dining room of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Clinics are open to the public. Residents who are at a high risk of influenza complications will be the focus of the first clinic, said city Health Nurse Sue Najuch. High risk groups include women who are pregnant, health care workers, adults age 50 and over, and those with chronic medical conditions. More information is available from the Council on Aging office at 978-374-2390. More information about the flu clinics is available at www.ci.haverhill.ma.us by clicking on the Flu Clinic Schedule information link.

Fire safety open house planned

Residents can get a look inside the Water Street Fire Station when it holds an open house on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October is National Fire Prevention Month and Papa Gino's restaurants are teaming up with local fire departments, including Haverhill's, to help educate the community on fire safety and prevention. During the open house, firefighters will demonstrate the way to escape a smoke-filled room, give cooking safety and fire prevention tips, and show off Sparky the fire safety mascot.

Fire safety open houses are held to educate the community and help to better prepare families in the event of a fire. More information is available from Fire Inspector Steven Trocki at 978-373-8460.

Meditation with an expert planned

You can meditate alongside an expert when Merrimack Valley Hospital holds free meditation classes led by the Rev. Margaret Travers of West Newbury.

Classes meet on Mondays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, at noon in the hospital's boardroom on the first floor. Travers is a Buddhist priest with Buddha Heart USA. Classes begin with Chinese yoga movements (qi gong) designed to open the body and calm the mind, followed by chanting as time permits, then a sitting meditation. The half-hour session closes with the "Five Limitless Thoughts," which are positive thoughts for happiness as well as inner and outer peace for all.

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