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Ovarian cancer awareness program in Newburyport

Intertribal dancers Autaquay Peters of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and Don Barnaby of the Mi’kmaq Nation led dances at last year’s pow-wow in Haverhill. Intertribal dancers Autaquay Peters of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and Don Barnaby of the Mi’kmaq Nation led dances at last year’s pow-wow in Haverhill.
By Wendy Killeen
September 8, 2011

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BE AWARE: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and a newly formed group in Newburyport is holding events to promote education about the disease, support patient services, and help fund research.

The Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group will host a screening of the movie “Wit’’ at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Wednesday.

The movie, based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, is about the journey of a professor and scholar as she endures the physical and emotional effects of end-stage ovarian cancer.

Before the showing of the movie, Dr. Ursula Matulonis of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will speak. Following the movie, Suzanne Bryan of Winthrop, a local theater founder and director and a former medical research nurse at Dana-Farber, will speak.

The aim of the event is to enhance awareness and understanding of ovarian cancer and all its challenges and complexities, as well as to enlist help in the fight against the disease. In its efforts, the local volunteer group has partnered with the nonprofit Ovations for the Cure.

As the color pink is associated with the fight against breast cancer, the color teal has been chosen nationally to represent ovarian cancer awareness.

Recently, the Newburyport group made more than 200 large teal bows to display in area homes and businesses.

Two quilts also will be on display at the Firehouse, one from the Ovarian Cancer Survivors’ Quilt Project, which has traveled the country, and one from the quilt project at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

Wednesday’s event at the Firehouse begins with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m., followed by the free presentations and film beginning at 7 p.m.

Call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.

POW-WOW IN HAVERHILL: The 23d annual Intertribal Pow-wow and Crafts Festival is at Plug Pond in Haverhill this weekend.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the Haverhill Recreation Department, the event is the organization’s longest-running pow-wow.

The goal is to share Native American culture and traditions from various regions.

The festival includes music and dancing, drumming and singing, storytelling, craft-making, games, and Native American food. Visitors can also watch as a tipi and wickiup are erected and can visit inside the tipi.

New this year is a presentation by David Sanipass, a Native American storyteller who makes flutes and plays them.

Also added this year are 30-minute educational workshops by Claudia Fox Tree. The discussions explore assumptions that have been made about Native Americans, and how stereotypes are learned and myths perpetuated. The workshops are geared toward adults and upper-grade students.

The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The educational workshops are at noon both days. The festival takes place rain or shine.

Admission is $5; $4 for senior citizens; $3 for children ages 4 to 12; free for age 3 and younger.

Call 617-642-1683 or visit www.mcnaa.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Robert St. Pierre, a retired Salem police chief, has been named interim police chief at Salem State University. He succeeds retiring Chief William Anglin, who served with the campus police for 24 years, the last six as chief. St. Pierre grew up in the Point neighborhood of Salem and graduated from Salem State in 1976. He will remain in the position until the search for a permanent chief is completed. . . . Kevin Matos, 8, of Lawrence, was named Camper of the Year at the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Camp Otter in Salem, N.H. It was Matos’s first year at the day camp, which his older brothers, Brandon and Pedro, also attended. Kevin was honored for his demonstration of the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The son of Ana and Pedro Matos, Kevin is in third grade at Lawrence Family Development Charter School. . . . Rose Bogossian is director of the new classical music project at The Real School of Music in Burlington. She is an accomplished pianist and instructor who was classically trained in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. She is overseeing the school’s teaching of classical piano, violin, and voice.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.