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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 27-September 4, 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.

​Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, August 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Johnny Walkers San Loo, 3211 Cherokee

On the fourth Thursday of January through October, count on checking out new businesses and neighborhood classics. From the bustling Cherokee Street to the favorite corner bars tucked deep in the neighborhoods, we plan to visit them all! Facebook Invite

LAB: Last in the American League

Friday, August 28 at 8:00 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

The Luminary's musician-led project series, LAB, returns Friday, August 28 with Last in the American League. Tickets are $5 dos / adv. Doors at 8:00 pm, show 9:00 pm. Facebook Invite

Book Making at McKinley Meadows

Saturday, August 29 from 10-2 pm, McKinley Meadows, 2257 Missouri

In this FREE workshop participants will learn two basic book making techniques using the pamphlet stitch and leave with 2 small books of their own and instructions to make more at home. All materials provided but participants are encouraged to bring papers to personalize their books.To sign up email:

Festival of Nations 2015

Saturday, August 29 from 10-7 pm and Sunday, August 30 from10-6 pm, Tower Grove Park

A multi-ethnic celebration featuring dance, music, food, cultural and educational exhibits, folk art demonstrations, and craft market. Presented by the International Institute and 125 community organizations. The event will take place nearest S. Grand and Arsenal. A free shuttle service will be available throughout the Park.

St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lemp Brewery, Cherokee @ Lemp

Various vendors participate in this open-air swap meet.

Nutrition Classes

Monday, August 31 at 5:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host nutrition classes on Mondays until September 18. These sessions are FREE. For more info 314-771-0242.

Zumba Classes

Monday, August 31 at 6:30 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays. The cost is $5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Free Ceramics Class

Saturday, September 5 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Intersect Art Center, 3636 Ohio

Taught by MFA Raleigh Gardiner, classes run Sept 5-Dec 12. You do not have to be present for all classes; feel free to come check it out at any time! This class will be loose in structure, but will include hand building as well as wheel throwing techniques with lots of time for experimentation, practice, and in-depth learning as students desire! Free and Open to the community!

Benton Park Concert Series

Sunday, September 6 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.

Photo: International Institute's Festival of Nations

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