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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 9-17, 2015

As The Porch Review (BPW newsletter) is printed quarterly, we'll post upcoming activities on Thursdays through the "Weekly Porch." If there's an area activity that you'd like to have included, please send your activity details to

Below is a list of upcoming activities for Benton Park West area residents.

Kickball in the Park

Friday, July 10 at 6:00 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Kids and adults of all ages are encourage to play kickball in Gravois Park each Friday night during the summer. This is a fun way to kick off the week in a fun, family-friendly environment. NOTE: If it's raining, it will be called off.

Family Movie Night

Friday, July 10th at 7:00 pm, Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street

Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street is hosting its FREE family Movie night, We are providing free hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and water. Contact: Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or

Cherokee Games

Saturday, July 11 at 10:00-4:00 pm, Cherokee Rec Center, 3200 S. Jefferson

The friendly face-off of neighbors continues as a monthly match up!! So join us one Saturday a month for a FREE, fun-filled day of play at the Cherokee Recreation Center in Benton Park. "Communities that play together, stay together!" Facebook Invite

City Kitties Birthday Luau

Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 pm, Filling Station, 1924 Pestalozzi

The Filling Station is having a fundraiser for St. Louis City Kitties. BBQ plates, live music, and a dunk booth. Karaoke starts at 9 PM.

St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, July 12 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lemp Brewery, Cherokee @ Lemp

Various vendors participate in this open-air swap meet.

DeMenil Bastille Day Celebration 2015

Sunday, July 12 from 12:00-3:30 pm, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil

Join the festivities where Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the French Colonial Artillery and cannoneers from the Milice de Sainte Famille. Admission is free! Beer, wine, lemonade and hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase. For more details, please visit

Benton Park Concert Series

Sunday, July 12 from 3:00-6:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

All concerts are FREE and take place in the beautiful Benton Park (Corner of Arsenal & Jefferson). Food, drink and Benton Park gear will be available for purchase. Visit for details.

Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17 from 5:00-7:30 pm, Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street

What time is it? It Vacation Bible School time!! Beginning Monday, July 13th - Friday, July 17th “Gangway to Galilee” will be the theme for Curby Church’s VBS. A light supper is provided from 5:00-5:30 pm and the learning and fun begins runs 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Contact: Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or

FREE SBA WEBINAR: Financing Your Business: How to Get Funding Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 pm

During this free, one-hour webinar experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP will provide guidance on how to finance your small business. From writing a financial plan to determining sources of funding, get your questions answered. Details and registration here.

Gravois Community Visioning Meeting

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00-8:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

This meeting will serve as a community charrette and allow citizens, community representatives, politicians, and others to give feedback and tell us about their experiences on Gravois and what they'd like to see in the future. Volunteer architects and planners will be facilitating the event to allow for organized community feedback. Come and share your thoughts and concerns for a Greater Gravois. Facebook Invite

Small Business Resource Fair with 10-Minute Speed Dating-Sessions Thursday, July 16, 1:00-4:00 pm, St. Louis County Library Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Presentation includes a brief overview of services provided by the attending resource partners. Topics to be covered include: loans, capital or investors; business plans; improving my credit score; financial literacy; discussion of your financial statements; veteran-owned business, women-owned business; federal, state and local government contracts; income taxes for small business; health insurance for small business; legal topics; legal structure and should I incorporate my business; Better Business Bureau ratings of my business; how to address negative comments about my business; and marketing my business using U.S. Postal Service tools. FREE – but registration required. Register at Eventbrite

Flowers & Weeds Grand Opening

Friday, July 17 at 6:00 pm, 3201 Cherokee

Flowers and Weeds is celebrating the opening of our new location on Cherokee! Come check out the new space, including the main greenhouse, floral design studio and brand new outdoor cutting garden. We'll be enjoying live music, catering from south side favorite,Gooseberries and brews from 4 Hands Brewing Company andEarthbound Beer from 6 p.m. on. Come early, stay late!

What do your Finances have to do with Your Situation?

Saturday, July 18 from 9:00 - 12:00 PM Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street

Curby Church is hosting its second FREE Financial Management Workshop. Registration and a continental breakfast begins at 9:00 am. Free day care is available. For more info call: 314-771-0242.

School's Out Cafe: Food That's In When School Is Out

June 1 - August 7, Various Locations

The Summer Food Program provides FREE breakfast and lunch for young people up to the age of 18. For information about site locations, please contact the Youth & Family Services Office at 314-657-1695.

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