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March 13, 2013

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The Ipswich Health Department wants to help you stay healthy. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., the health department will host a free wellness clinic for residents of all ages. The public health nurse will provide blood pressure, heart rate and body weight checks and will be available to answer any medication or other health-related questions. For more information, contact the public health nurse, Pamela Lara, at 978-356-1654. The clinic will be held at 6 Caroline Ave., in Ipswich.

As part of its ongoing author series, the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers will host award-winning author Laura Harrington at 7 p.m. for a reading, signing and question-and-answer session on her new novel, “Alice Bliss,” a winner of the Mass Book Award. Prior to Harrington's presentation, the library will host a reception with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. After the program, the Spirit of '76 Bookstore will have copies of Harrington's book available for purchase. The library is located at 15 Sylvan St., in Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-0554.

All moms are invited to attend an interactive class called “Exercise Tips for Mom: Feel Strong, Be Strong,” starting at 7 p.m. at Harmeling Physical Therapy, located inside the Gordon College Bennett Center, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The class will offer tips on how to strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles; start or resume an exercise program; and review correct body mechanics. Admission is free but reservations are strongly recommended at 978-524-0000 or