City to commemorate Suicide Prevention Education Day

From yoga to sidewalk sales, music, pound, sidewalk chalk, massage, and mindfulness, the downtown Suicide Prevention Education Day has a little bit of everything.

The event has a dual mission — to support the mission of CORE (Choosing Openness Regarding Experience) which is to provide mental health and suicide prevention education in Warren County, and to bring people to downtown Warren to support local businesses.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday on Liberty Street and Second Avenue in Warren. The event is centered on the Art Kelsey Park gazebo. The streets will be closed to traffic starting Thursday evening.

“There are over 25 vendors that are coming in to set up in the streets in addition to the store managers setting up on the sidewalks outside their stores,” CORE Founder Kari Swanson said.

“There will be a kid’s area with bouncy houses, face painting, sidewalk chalk, and activities.”

Warren County Sheriff’s Office therapy dog Olive and Warren County School District therapy dog Hero will make their appearances in the evening.

Numerous events and talks will focus on mental health issues.

A basket raffle will be held with tickets available throughout the event and winners drawn at 8 p.m.

Set-up starts at 8 a.m., with vendors opening around 10.

Swanson and the Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht of First United Methodist Church of Warren will welcome visitors and talk about the event and CORE at 10:30.

A yoga demonstration by Hannah Pearson starts at 2 p.m.

Kristian Bosko will present Peace, Love, and Wellness, Thai massage demonstration and life coaching talk at 2:30. Kelly Wright will follow that up with Peace, Love, and Wellness yoga at 3.

Warren County YMCA Whole Health Wellness Coordinator Erin Wallace will present on whole health and mindfulness at 3:30.

The Warren Area High School cheerleaders will perform at 4 p.m.

The Enchanted Fairytale Troupe and Hero are expected to make their appearances at about the same time.

Erin Richardson and Olivia Zawacki will give a pound demonstration at 4:30.

Swanson and Hecht will again greet visitors and talk about the importance of the event at 5 p.m.

Olive will visit from 5 to 7 p.m.

At 5:30, there will be a performance by dancers from Molly Dies Dance Unlimited.

Sweet Jane will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.


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