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Lydia Irons, owner of The Flexible Farmer, will lead a workshop on injury prevention for farm workers May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union, 280 Hicks Way, at the University of Massachusetts.

“Protect Your Workers’ Bodies! Injury Prevention for this Season’s Crew” is a 90-minute injury prevention and body mechanics training session sponsored by the UMass Student Farm. The workshop is geared particularly towards first-time farm workers but is open to anyone who will be working on a farm this summer.

A donation of $5 is suggested. No advance registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Irons at (603) 883-1809 or email her at info@theflexiblefarmer.com.


Children ages 12 and up are invited to learn babysitting basics during a one-session class at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Heart Association-certified instructors will provide first-time babysitters with information needed to care for a child safely.

Topics include strategies for the care of infants — such as handling, feeding, and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, emergency contact training, and CPR.

Participants should bring lunch to the class. The cost of the class is $40; register online at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes.


River Valley Yoga Center, a therapeutic yoga studio, will host a free open house May 4 to launch the studio’s new Prenatal Yoga program.

The event, to be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m., will include two free prenatal yoga classes. Amanda Kingsley of Ask the Doula will be available to discuss prenatal care; other experts will also be on hand to discuss acupuncture, massage and more. Pre-registration for the free yoga classes is recommended. To sign up online, visit www.rivervalleyyoga.com.

For more information and to register, contact River Valley Yoga Center at (413) 584-1414 or email them at contact@rivervalleyyoga.com.


A seven-week exercise and wellness program for people with Parkinson’s disease will be held at the Hampshire Regional YMCA beginning in May.

The program, developed at Boston University, teaches exercises specific for Parkinson’s disease as well as functional mobility strategies to improve symptom management.

The class will be held Tuesdays and Fridays beginning May 7. For more details Contact Debra Ellis, PT 413-695-6069 for more information and eligibility. This program is supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.

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