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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, September 3-11, 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 Street International Farmers Market

Friday, September 4 from 4:00-7:00 pm, 2647 Cherokee

Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as available. Facebook Invite

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!

20th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival

Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, 3:00 pm - midnight, Laclede's Landing

Feel the rhythm and find your groove at the annual Big Muddy, one of the country's best blues music festivals. Enjoy 18 hours of fabulous music on two stages from renowned artists like Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, David Dee and the Hot Tracks, Impala Deluxe, Carolyn Wonderland, The Blue Shadows, Hadden Sayers and more.

38th Annual Japanese Festival

Saturday, September 5 until Monday, September 7, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

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.

​St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, September 6 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lemp Brewery, Cherokee @ Lemp

Various vendors participate in this open-air swap meet.

Benton Park Classic Cycle Race & Labor Day 5K

Monday, September 7 from 8:00am-6:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

The fourth and final leg of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup gets under way in historic Benton Park. This large and technically demanding course races through yet another one of St. Louis’ most nostalgic locales.

St. Louis Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 7 at 9 am, Downtown, Tucker and Market

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. led by the mayor, police chief and fire chief, and immediately followed by a horse-drawn trolley with 20 members of the Musicians Association of St. Louis Local 2-197, and proceed east on Olive at 15th to Tucker Blvd., south on Tucker to Market Street, then west on Market to 15th.

Nutrition Classes

Monday, September 7 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, September 7 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.

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 pm, 3353 California

Friends and residents are invited to hear the lastest news and happenings in Gravois Park. Questions, contact Rita Ford, President, at 314-664-3425.

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