From yoga to sidewalk vending to music to pounds to sidewalk chalk to massage to mindfulness, Suicide Prevention Education Day downtown includes a little bit of everything.
The event included supporting CORE (Choosing Openness About Experience)’s mission to provide mental health and suicide prevention education in Warren County and bringing people to downtown Warren to support local businesses. I have two missions.
It takes place on Fridays from 10am to 8pm on Liberty Street and Second Avenue in Warren. The event centers around the gazebo at Art Kelsey Park. The road will be closed from Thursday night.
“There are more than 25 vendors on the street, in addition to the store managers who set up shop on the sidewalk outside the store.” CORE Founder Kari Swanson said:
“There’s a bouncy house, face painting, sidewalk chalk, and a kid’s area with activities.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Office Therapy Dog Olive and Warren County School District Therapy Dog Hero are featured on the night.
There will be numerous events and talks focused on mental health issues.
A basket raffle will be held with tickets available throughout the event, winners will be drawn at 8pm
Preparations begin at 8:00 a.m., and stalls begin around 10:00 a.m.
Swanson and Pastor Mark Hecht of the First United Methodist Church of Warren will welcome visitors and talk about the event and CORE at 10:30.
Yoga demonstration by Hannah Pearson starting at 2pm
Christian Bosco will give a talk on Peace, Love, Wellness, Thai Massage Demonstration, and Life Coaching at 2:30. Kelly Wright continues her yoga of peace, love and wellness in 3.
Warren County YMCA Whole Health Wellness Coordinator, Erin Wallace, will give a 3:30 lecture on Whole Health and Mindfulness.
Warren Area High School cheerleaders perform at 4pm
The Enchanted Fairy Tale Troupe and the Hero are scheduled to appear almost at the same time.
Erin Richardson and Olivia Zawacki will demonstrate the pound at 4:30.
Swanson and Hecht greet visitors again and talk about the significance of the event at 5:00 pm.
Olive visits from 5pm to 7pm
At 5:30 there will be performances by dancers from Molly Dies Dance Unlimited.
Sweet Jane will perform from 6-8pm