Weekend Guide | First Friday’s mile walk will raise heels, awareness about sexual violence


First Friday encourages the community to walk in downtown with a purpose and in high heels for the 9th annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” to support domestic and sexual violence awareness and prevention.

This is the fourth year for the walk to be organized by the Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services with Main Street Delaware. Sponsored by Terra Nova Community Church, and from Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Delaware, the walk is free and open to everyone, but participants are urged to wear high heels for the mile-long march.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the walk starting at 7 p.m. at the intersection of South Sandusky and William streets. The First Friday event goes until 9 p.m.

“Violence doesn’t know any boundaries,” said Susie Bibler, Main Street executive director. “It’s definitely in our community.”

The walk is part of a worldwide movement started by Frank Baird, now a marriage and family therapist in California, in 2001.

“Violence against women does not just affect women,” he said in an online statement. “Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped. Men are hurt and angered when they try to develop relationships with women in an atmosphere of fear and mistrust and blame. And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn’t about sex, its about power, control and violence.”

Last month, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien informed county commissioners her office saw an increase in the number of crime victims last year.

“Last year we touched the largest number of victims ever,” she said. “We had over 2,000 victims that had contact with our office in one year.”

O’Brien said that opioid use has play a big role in the increase.

Craig Hill, a member of the victim services coalition, said the walk will communicate the community’s lack of tolerance for sexual violence. He hopes victims of sexual violence will know the community is there for them.

“First Friday has just been a great way to increase the numbers,” he said.

During the first year when Main Street and the coalition partnered up for the event, there were about 50 to 75 walkers, said Jason Allison, Terra Nova’s senior pastor and a Main Street board member. But last year, there were 300 walkers with a crowd size of 5,000 to 8,000 people.

In addition to the walk, Main Street Delaware’s May 5 First Friday will feature a disc jockey and music provided by GCJ Technology, free Kona Ice samples and downtown stores and restaurants open late for the event.

Additional free First Friday parking will be available at both the Delaware Police Department, 70 N. Union St., and at Delaware County’s Hayes Administration Building, 140 N. Sandusky St.

For information go to www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

4th Ward Delaware City Council member and First Assistant County Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer wears a pair of heeled shoes in the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/05/web1_kyle-1.jpg4th Ward Delaware City Council member and First Assistant County Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer wears a pair of heeled shoes in the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday morning.

By Brandon Klein

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• Good Ol’ Gourds, Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, 10 a.m. Saturday. Gourds have been used for everything from drinking vessels to musical instruments. Learn about growing gourds, the many varieties available and some practical uses for these incredible fruits. For information go to www.preservationparks.com.

• Sheep shearing day, Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center’s first sheep shearing day will provide families a “woolly experience” when the resident sheep and llamas receive their annual shearing. There will be stations to highlight how wool is processed. The event is $5 per family. For information go to www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org.

• Making monsters with author Troy Cummings, Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd., 2 p.m. Sunday. Cummings is best known for his “Notebook of Doom” series. This twelve book series contains titles such as “Flurry of the Snombies,” “Whack of the P-Rex” and “Rise of the Balloon Goons.” During the program, Cummings delivers a fully-illustrated presentation about creating characters and writing stories. Then he plays a few drawing games in which he runs into storytelling “problems” and asks participants to help solve them. This program is free and open to the public. In addition, thanks to the Friends of the Library and Robert F. Beard Foundation, all children in attendance of the visit will receive one free book.

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Friday & Saturday

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13): [2 p.m.], 5 p.m., 8 p.m.,

The Circle (PG-13): [2:15 p.m.], 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Gifted (PG-13): [2:30 p.m.], 5:30 p.m., [8:30 p.m.]

Note: Times in [brackets] are Saturday ONLY.


Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13): 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

The Circle (PG-13): 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Gifted (PG-13): 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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