Back to school fairs next week — Comment if you know of more!

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I got a flyer about a back to school fair in my area, and Jewel also announced a WGN-TV Kids Fair in this week’s ad, so thought it would be helpful to post these here and see if you guys know of others in your own areas.

Villa Park Odeum back to school fair (sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet)

When and where:

  • Villa Park Odeum, 1033 N. Villa, Villa Park, IL
  • Wed. August 6
  • 11AM-6PM

Info you need to bring:

  • Proof of income (pay stubs, tax return, public aid card, or cash income verification such as a written letter from employer, note from caseworker, recent bank statements).
  • Proof of address in DuPage county (photo ID, driver’s license, State ID — AND a recent utility bill or lease).
  • Identification for children: Birth certificate or medical card.

Services provided:

  • Medical
  • Dental/Vision
  • Child ID cards
  • Employment
  • Financial info
  • Legal counseling
  • Blood drive
  • More

They’ll have:

  • Free books & food
  • Free children’s haircuts
  • Face painting & games
  • Raffle prizes

WGN-TV Back to School Kids Fair — Also Shop & Drop at Jewel starting 7/30 and donate school supplies in store

*** See full info on this event here ***

  • Text FAIR to 97999 to get a Kids Fair reminder sent to your phone.

When and where:

  • WGN-TV Studios, 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago
  • Friday August 8, 6-9 AM
  • Public transportation is recommended; parking is severely limited.

Entertainment, school supplies, immunizations, vision screenings, dental checks, free haircuts, and more.

*** See full info on this event here ***

Free children’s health screenings at Sam’s Club

Where and when:

  • Where: All Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy
  • When: Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here’s the full press release:

Sam’s Club® Promotes Back-to-School Safety During Free Children’s Health Screenings

In-club screenings available to members and open to the public Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BENTONVILLE, ARK., (July 30, 2014) – Back-to-school brings shopping for clothes, buying school supplies and securing updated health information for children, but why not also use this time to take a few simple steps to help ensure their safety? Fingerprints and DNA samples have become the standard tools for personal identification and can be useful for parents should they ever be needed, which is why Sam’s Club is offering DNA testing and fingerprint kits as part of their annual free children’s health screenings on Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The screenings, which combine health and child safety information, are free and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (596 locations). The free event includes a take-home DNA kit that provides instructions on storing a saliva sample to help find children in the event they are ever lost to which only a parent/guardian has access and a child safety ID kit with a fingerprint form and instructions on storing personal information.

The screening tests are valued at up to $1501 and also include:

  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Vision Screenings

“As a parent, you never want to think about needing information like fingerprints and DNA samples, but these items could prove critical should the need for them ever arise,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “This free event for our members and the public helps give parents a way to combine shopping for back-to-school with capturing potentially life-saving information.”

In addition to monthly health screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies provide savings and preventive care to each community it serves, such as year-round immunizations for adults ages 18 and above. Licensed pharmacists can administer walk-in flu shots and nine other important immunizations recommended to help protect against serious diseases like pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Sam’s Club also offers $4/$10 generic prescription prices to the public, and Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members receive an additional 8 percent savings on name-brand prescriptions, 40 percent savings on generics not part of the $4/$10 generic prescription program, and access to more savings through the Extra Value Drug Program, featuring 10 to 30 percent savings on select name-brand and generic prescriptions. Restrictions may apply.

Information about Sam’s Club health and wellness offerings can be found at and in the Sam’s Club exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, which reaches approximately eight million members.

About Sam’s Club®

Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 635 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

1 Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. Screenings are available only at clubs with a pharmacy (596 locations). Membership not required. All tests are performed by licensed professionals.

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  1. Gale says

    Hi Rachel..
    Just wanted to let everyone know our church organization, Turn Center is having a Hope Fest on Aug 9, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at 35 E North Ave, Northlake IL

    Free raffle for laptop & tablet (10am – 12pm)
    First 400 children will receive a book bag with supplies
    Free medical exam
    Free dental & eye exam
    Free haircuts for students

    For free groceries register by 7/31, contact: 708-865-8876

    For more info go to MYTURNCENTER face book page.

    • Gale says

      Forgot to add lots of fun and free goodies for the kids: Turn Center Hope Fest

      cotton candy
      bouncy house for play
      lots of other fun activities

    • kristin says

      Can anyone get the dental check? I need one for my daughter! I can’t believe the cost of dental visits now!

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