ALTON – The eighth annual Market Street Community Block Party and Health Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in downtown Alton.
Activities will occur between Third and Sixth streets and between Market and Alby streets. Activities such as horseback riding, fire engine and smokehouse vehicles, face painting, three inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, live entertainment, water misters, food and soft drinks will transpire outside along Market Street between Third and Sixth streets. Ice cream and cookies will be provided at First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Fourth and Alby streets. The Salvation Army of Alton at Fifth and Alby will host the Illinois Child Identification Program and indoor activities. Preregistration for the identification program is available at (800) 392-0936.
The free health fair led by Alton Memorial Hospital is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Heneghan Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Third and Market Street. Vendors include Integrity Healthcare of Godfrey, Foxes Grove, Addus Adult Day Care Services, Senior Services Plus, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (blood pressure), SIU-School of Dental Medicine, Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic (cholesterol and glucose), American Red Cross, Riverbend Head Start, Madison County Health Department, Madison County Child Advocacy Center, Coordinated Youth and Human Services, WIC, Centerstone, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center, AMH-New Vision, AMH-Senior Renewal, IMPACT, American Stroke Association, Shriners Hospital for Children, Molina, Dental Safari Co. (exams, cleanings and school dental forms), Options NOW, AMH-Parish Nurses, St. Louis Children’s Hospital (first aid kits), Alton Memorial Hospital-EMS Services, Sickle Cell Association and more.
TorHoerman Law (face painting and temporary tattoos ), Alton High School National Honor Society (marketing and vendor registration), Maxine Daycare (silly hats), DJ Darryl "Awesome" Owens (DJ services) and others.
Church and organization sponsors
First Presbyterian Church of Alton, Alton Salvation Army, St. Paul Episcopal Church, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Fun Food Ministries (popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones), St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Alton Section of NCNW, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois (CHIP ID program), Sierra Club, Grassroots Grocery, A Precious Organization, Mississippi 1 and Dunbar Lodge No. 97 Free and Accepted Masons
Mayor Brant Walker, Alderman of the 1st Ward James Ryan, Alton Police Department and Alton Fire Department
1st MidAmerica, The Bank of Edwardsville, BJC Alton Memorial Hospital, Duke’s Bakery, Liberty Bank, Robert Sanders, Trust Auto, Verizon Wireless, Phillips 66, WellCare, Family Christian Book Store, Molina Healthcare, John Standefer Allstate Insurance Agent and Gregory Gelzinnis of Bluff City Tours Inc.
All activities for the block party and health screenings are free. The first 600 (up from 400 backpacks in 2015) school-age children who successfully complete the activity passport will receive a free school backpack and school supplies. Visitors are asked to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items that can be placed in the food bank containers for the Crisis Food Center and Salvation Army of Alton.