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Walk against domestic violence in Newburyport on Sunday

Madelyn Nelson, 13, of Merrimac (right), created the “What Peace Means to Me’’ button design for the Walk Against Violence and Dorothy’s Run 5K on Sunday. She is pictured with her twin sister, Jennifer. Madelyn Nelson, 13, of Merrimac (right), created the “What Peace Means to Me’’ button design for the Walk Against Violence and Dorothy’s Run 5K on Sunday. She is pictured with her twin sister, Jennifer.
By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent / October 13, 2011

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SUPPORTIVE STEPS: The 20th annual Walk Against Violence and Dorothy’s Run 5K takes place in Newburyport on Sunday.

“We provide all our programs and services free of charge to victims of domestic abuse, and this walk/run goes a long way to enabling us to do that,’’ said Suzanne Dubus, chief executive of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.

“It is hard enough for a victim of domestic violence to leave a dangerous situation without also worrying about how she can pay for the services she needs that will support her in the process,’’ Dubus said. “That is why the community support for this event is so critically important.’’

The race is named for Dorothy Giunta Cotter, who was killed by her husband in their Amesbury home in March 2002.

Participants are encouraged to register online and track pledges on a personalized fund-raising page. Friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors also can pledge online. Registration the day of the event begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Bresnahan Elementary School.

The event also features a children’s area with age-appropriate activities that stress nonviolence. It is all part of the crisis center’s effort to connect with families and encourage healthy, safe, and peaceful relationships for boys and girls.

Beyond pledges, there is a suggested donation of $30 for walkers. For adult runners, there is a $20 preregistration fee, $30 for day-of-event registration; for students ages 12-17, runner preregistration is $10; $15 day of the event. Children under age 12 can register for free. Call 978-465-0999 or visit www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org.

CHEER THE RIDERS: Each October, the Massachusetts Special Olympics equine competition is held at Windrush Farm in Boxford. About 50 riders from throughout the state participate, with all ages represented.

The public is invited to cheer on the athletes and volunteers are needed. The competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation is a nonprofit specializing in teaching physically, emotionally, and learning-disabled children and adults to ride and work with horses.

Each year, Windrush provides an array of educational services and therapeutic activities to at least 1,000 children and adults and their families. Founded in 1964, Windrush Farm was one of the first therapeutic equitation centers in the United States.

Visit www.windrushfarm.org. To volunteer, e-mail gina@windrushfarm.org.

TREASURE HUNT: The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, has launched a Quest Detective Program at multiple locations, including Appleton Farms and the Crane Estate in Ipswich and Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.

The program, suitable for all ages, runs through November.

Participants can hike the properties, following rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt leading to a Quest treasure box at the end of the adventure. Self-guided Quest clue brochures are available at the properties’ bulletin boards or can be downloaded from www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do.

The trustees offer additional guided walks, trail steward training, and volunteer opportunities, all designed to invigorate people’s bodies and minds while spending time with family and friends at a special place in the community.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Martha C. Farmer of Manchester-by-the-Sea has been appointed to the board of trustees of North Shore Community College. She is president, chief executive, and cofounder of North Shore InnoVentures, a nonprofit incubator for life sciences and clean-tech start-ups operating in Beverly and Lynn. She has a doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University, and postdoctoral training in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of more than 30 publications. . . . The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has named Dr. Nancy Rappaport, attending psychiatrist and director of school-based programs at Cambridge Health Alliance, as recipient of the 2011 Sidney Berman Award for School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders and Mental Health. Rappaport specializes in issues surrounding school violence, cognitive behavioral therapy for traumatized adolescents, and safety assessments of aggressive students. She oversees and coordinates mental health services at school-based health centers in Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.