First reported 6/29/2010 12:50 p.m.

This Thursday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Park, you’ll have the chance to get your child checked by doctors and dentists.

The health fair – nicknamed ROCK: Resources for Our Community’s Kids – is a first for Forest Park, according to Diane Dormeyer, health service coordinator for Forest Park Elementary School District 91. It’s a collaborative effort between the Howard Mohr Community Center, the Park District of Forest Park and School District 91.

Children will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration forms for the health fair were sent home with students before the end of school. If you can’t find the forms among your child’s paperwork, they’ll also be available at booths in the fair.

A parent or guardian must accompany children seen at the Ronald McDonald Mobile Clinic, where there will be free physicals and immunizations, and at the Smile Illinois booth, where dentists will be available for exams, cleanings and referrals. Yes, there will be free toothbrushes and grant help is available.

At other booths, which will open at 10 a.m., there will be a range of community information for kids, from a used bike raffle by the Forest Park Police Department to a “Don’t Drown!” class by the park district.

All during the fair, healthy snacks will be available and there will be games and prizes for kids, too.

The Park is at 7501 Harrison.

-Helen Karakoudas Redfern