Anti-heroin rally, Unity Picnic among Saturday events in Hamilton

In this 2015 file photo, Bishop Gary Chance leads a group in prayer at the Unity Picnic in Hamilton. PHIL DIDION/CONTRIBUTED
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In this 2015 file photo, Bishop Gary Chance leads a group in prayer at the Unity Picnic in Hamilton. PHIL DIDION/CONTRIBUTED

Hamilton will be filled with community activism today, Aug. 5.

Here’s a look at some of the events planned:

1. ‘No Drugs Today’ rally

Dennis Matheny, 69, has been out on his Parkamo Avenue street for a week with a “No Drugs Today” sign and encouraging neighbors to do the same. He said his neighborhood has become known as “Heroin Alley.”

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As the momentum grew to join his effort and activism, a rally has been scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 5, on Parkamo Avenue to show solidarity against drug activity in the neighborhood and across Butler County.

2. Unity Picnic

The sixth annual city-wide faith based alliance unity fellowship gathering will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Booker T. Washington Center, 1140 S. Front St.

One of the event organizers Alonzo Wells said the event has served as an excellent way to “help build peace and unity in the city.”

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“This is a great event for the city and everybody is working together to keep it going,” Wells said. “We have been working to make sure this is a special event.”

The event was cancelled earlier in the summer due to a scheduling conflict.

Mayor Pat Moeller said it “is an important event,” and organizers have done a good job of keeping it going.

3. Drive-thru prayer

A group of residents will be holding a “drive-thru prayer” event starting beginning at noon at Bailey Square. One of the organizers, Shunquela Thomas, said the prayer group is open to everybody.

“I know there are different things going on Saturday, so stop by on your way to an event and let us pray for you too,” Thomas said.

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