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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 16-24, 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.

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

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

There will be a guest speaker to discuss the upcoming bond issues. You will also hear about upcoing events news from the Alderman, and crime report for the police. All residents, business and property owners, or friends of the neighborhood are welcome to attend.

Bridge Bread Grand Opening

Friday, July 17 at 4:00 pm, 2604 Cherokee

Aldermen Cara Spencer and Kenneth Ortmann will be there for the ribbon cutting at 4:00 on Friday and the Bakers will join the fun as soon as they're done making Bridge Bread for the Shop!

Flowers & Weeds New Location 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!

Kickball in the Park

Friday, July 17 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.

$1 Do-Nut Sale

Saturday, July 18 from 12:00-2:00 pm, California Do-Nut Co, 2924 S. Jefferson

Enjoy donuts, music, and mingle with the community, while helping support the resurrection of California Do-Nut Co! Showcasing: maple glaze, lavender glaze, pb & j, and strawberry cheesecake donuts as a sample of the future. Also available by the dozen! Stop by and show some love and support -- and help the momentum continue in South City. Facebook Invite

TV Commercial Shoot & FREE Happy Hour

Saturday, July 18 from 8:30-11:30 pm, Lucky Buddha, 3701 S. Jefferson

Lucky Buddha is shooting a TV commercial and would like their customers to be a part of it. A complimentary Happy Hour is offered to the people that participate which includes complimentary wells drinks and selected beers. The free happy hour will be from 8:30-9:30pm. Facebook Invite

St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, July 19 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lemp Brewery, Cherokee @ Lemp

Various vendors participate in this open-air swap meet.

Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, July 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm, The Iowa Buffet, 2727 Winnebago

July will bring us to Gravois Park's Iowa Buffet. Happy hour specials include Stag cans $1.50, PBR big boys $2, and PBR pitchers $6.50. They also have great burgers! Facebook Invite

Missouri Preservation's Places in Peril Un-Happy Hour

Friday, July 24 from 5:00-8:00 pm, Chatillon-DeMenil House, 3352 DeMenil

It’s time to announce Missouri Preservation’s 2015 Places in Peril. To kick off the program’s press conference, there will be an UnHappy Hour to increase awareness of Missouri's endangered historic resources. Cocktails and hors d'oeurves, tickets $15 for non-members. Facebook Invite

Benton Park Concert Series

Sunday, July 26 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.

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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