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CARBONDALE — The Gaia House Interfaith Center opened its doors to a new community event celebrating children and families Saturday.

Family Day, sponsored by the center and the No Longer Silenced Movement, provided an afternoon of free fun including children’s activities, entertainment and healthy foods.

“We wanted to do something positive for children and families,” center director Treesong said.

Children had the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables shaped as Sesame Street characters, create balloon art, sun-catchers and a take-home plant and watch “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” movie.

They could also attend a workshop that would help them transform into superheroes.

“It’s a workshop to help people learn to help others because that’s what superheroes do, they help others,” he said.

The No Longer Silenced Movement, a grassroots organization helping to empower teen and young adult survivors of child abuse, helped organize the event as part of its community outreach and efforts to build healthy families.

“We want to create safe, fun activities for kids,” the movement’s Nicolette Winn said. “It’s important for children to see these routes rather than those they could go down without proper guidance.”

The Gaia House will be hosting other activities and events as it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, Treesong said. A member of the community since 1943, the center  provides a place for people to gather and share ideas, he said.

“I believe it creates a lot of understanding in the community,” Treesong said.

Plans are being finalized for a  special anniversary celebration in October.

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