7th Annual Opportunity Knocks Block Party

Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.

Constitution Court at Thomas Avenue and Madison St. 

Come on down to the OK BBQ Block Party and enjoy great local food, craft beer, rockin’ live music, fun kid’s entertainment and more!

Enter at Madison St. and Thomas Ave., next to Louie’s Grill. Kids under the age of 8 are free! Admission is free.



  • 2:30 – 3:15 |  School of Rock
  • 3:45 – 4:30 |  Fletcher Rockwell
  • 5:00 – 5:45 |  Ian Leith+
  • 6:15 – 7:00 |  The Smiley Tillmon Band
  • 7:30 – 8:15   Wild Earp
  • 8:45 – 9:45   All Tuned Up


June 17

3- 4 p.m.

Forest Park Public Library, Austin Room

7555 Jackson Blvd.

Do you love Shelly the library turtle? Learn all about our scaly and smooth reptile and amphibian friends and see some up close and personal at this program presented by the Science Alliance and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Forest Park

The Science Alliance will dispel many of the myths surrounding reptiles and amphibians!

Everyone knows what frogs and snake and lizards ARE, but what makes them similar and yet very different from each other? Steve Schindler, an expert on all things reptilian, will introduce your kids to huge toads and frogs, colorful snakes, and exotic skinks!

Kids will learn about how different adaptations allow the animals to live in specific habitats and what interesting physical modifications they are capable of to protect themselves from predators. They will see that snakes are NOT slimy no matter what they may have heard!

Actually being able to see and sometimes touch live animals will bring a higher degree of understanding of these fascinating creatures! Your kids will love our critters!

Steve Schindler is an expert handler and the animals in our live demonstrations are presented in a safe and controlled setting. The animals are humanely cared for.

Outdoor Yoga @ the Grove

June 17, 10 -11a.m.

The Grove, 7820 Madison Street

Presented by the Forest Park Public Library. Registration is open. Join the Library and Mari Morales from Pineapple Dance Studio for an outdoor yoga class. Please wear clothes you can move in and bring your own yoga mat or towel.  Please register so that we can contact you in case of cancellation.  All participants must be 18 or over and sign a waiver to participate. Questions? Please contact Alicia Hammond at ahammond@fppl.org.

Integrated Marketing Strategy for Business Growth

June 15  6-7:30 p.m., Forest Park Public Library,  Austin Room
7555 Jackson Blvd.

Registration is open

Learn how to develop, implement, and measure a winning marketing strategy using today’s tools and platforms.

Presented by JJR Marketing

Summer Block Party

Saturday June 10, 2 -10 p.m.

Forest Park Park District. 

7501 Harrison St.

2:00pm: Ralph Covert- Children’s Entertainment sponsored by the Forest Park Public Library

3:00-5:00pm: Face Painting by Ginger Gypsy Face Painting

6:00pm-8:00pm Concert in the Park featuring Evolution (classic to current rock)

8:15pm-10:00pm Pool Party for Pass Holders and Forest Park Residents (FREE!)

Family Rocks! Father’s Day Concert with Justin Roberts

Sunday, June 18,  2 – 3 p.m.

Forest Park Public Library,  Austin Room

7555 Jackson Blvd.

Award-winning performer Justin Roberts visits us for a concert the whole family will enjoy. Join us before and after the show for Father’s Day crafts and doughnuts (while they last!) Families and all ages welcome.

 “Roberts continues to craft masterpieces in miniature, equivalent to A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.” — NPR

Groov’n in the Grove – featuring Nick Pontarelli Band

Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m.

Forest Park Picnic Grove –

7820 Madison Street 

Author Discussion and Signing

Sunday June 18, 2 p.m.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

7419 Madison St. 

Best-selling crime fiction author Libby Fischer Hellmann claims she’s “writing her way around the genre.” With eleven novels and twenty short stories published, she has written thrillers, suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. She has been nominated for the Anthony (twice) the Agatha, Foreword Reviews “Thriller of the Year” (twice) and has won the Lovey multiple times. She lives in Chicago and claims they’ll take her out of there feet first.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King — Mystery Discussion Group

Saturday June 17, 2 p.m.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

7419 Madison St. 

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