Antonio Parkinson

The 2019 Block Party for Peace is billed as a venue where attendees can have a blast at a community festival, get a good job, beef up their education options and take advantage of health and wellness opportunities.

Set for Sept. 27-29, the festival is being presented by Kroger and will be staged at 3385 Austin Peay, next to McDonald’s. It will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p .m.

The Block Party for Peace was created 14 years ago by Antonio “2 Shay” Parkinson, who represents District 98 in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Organizers say the mission is simple:

“We believe that we can improve community safety by improving quality of life for our citizens. We improve quality of life by delivering opportunities in employment, education and health.

“We provide all of this in a fun-filled family environment. The Block party for Peace is where you can make life better for you and your family…and have fun doing it.”

Schedule of events:

Friday, Sept. 27

• Block Party Kickoff (Free breakfast sandwiches while they last.) – 8 a.m.-10 a.m.)

• Work ~N~ Progress Career Fair –a 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

• Field Trip Friday! (For daycare and elementary school-age children) – 11 a.m.-2 p.m., outside stage. (Free hot dogs while they last; free play and rides.)

• Women Who Jam – 4 p.m.-7 p.m., outside stage

• The Happiest Hour, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 2 for 1 cocktails.

Sat., Sept. 28

• The Verdell Smith 5K Walk/Run, 9 a.m. Registration 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Online registration: (Search: Turkey Trot with the Cops)

• Healthy City Health & Wellness Affair presented by Methodist North Hospital – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Lights, Cameras…YOU! – Freestyling, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (inside)

• The “Whipped” Car-Truck-Bike Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Performances by Pro Beat DJ’s – noon to 4 p.m., (outside stage)

• Success in the City Panel Discussion – Town Hall Meeting, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., hosted by Shelby County Commissioner Willie Brooks (inside).

• Dominoes Championship Tournament – 2 p.m.-4 p.m. (inside)

• Block Party For Peace Free Concert Series – 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Lineup: Rakim, Cherrelle, Raiche, Comedian Basial, Mr. Sam, The Dealers Band and more.

Sun., Sept. 29

• Second Annual Bluff City Boxing Classic – 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Purchase tickets online:

(For more information: Call 901-379-9101; Email [email protected])