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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, November 5-14, 2015

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

Cherokee Street Community Dance Day

Saturday, November 7 from 11:00am-4:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

Come move & groove with the neighborhood. We've got free beginner dance classes of all different styles with some of the best movers and groovers in STL. No reservations, tickets, or experience needed. Just drop in and dance with us! Come to one lesson or dance the whole day. Community Dance Day is presented with support from the wonderfulRegional Arts Commission of St. Louis! Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

Saturday, November 7 from 12:00-7:00 pm, Various Locations on Cherokee

In its fourth year, the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl will offer the best of St. Louis' local jazz and blues in the cool bars, cafes, and shops that make up one of America's most unique streets. This free, open-to-the-public event is one of the most beloved traditions of the annual Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival. Facebook Invite

Lemp Haunted Neighborhood Walking Tour

Saturday, November 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Lemp Mansion, 3322 Demenil

The St Louis Paranormal Research Society will be presenting it's walking tour of the Lemp Neighborhood starting at 7pm on We will meet inside the Lemp Mansion Museum / Gift-shop . Come hear the amazing History and Hauntings of America's Most Haunted Neighborhood. Cost will be $20 per person. Reservations are necessary because tours will be limited in size. For Reservations and information, please call (618) 340 5526 or email us at

Zumba Classes

Monday, November 9 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 12 at 1:30-2:30 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays from 6-7 pm and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm. The suggested donation for the instructor is $1-5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Benton Park West Board Meeting

Monday, November 9 at 6:30 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the details of all committee activities and have input to board decisions concerning your neighborhood. Often perspective business owners will present their plans to us and seek a letter of support. You have the opportunity to ask questions, voice your opinion, and vote for or against a letter of support. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome.

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm, 3353 California

Rita Ford, President of Gravois Park Neighborhood Association will share the latest news for Gravois Park. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be added to the meeting agenda, please contact Rita at 314-664-3425 or

Citizens on Patrol Training

Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm, 3401 Arsenal

Working together we can build safer, better neighborhoods. Come learn how you can be part of the Tower Grove East NOM or Benton Park West NOM. NextDoor Invite

Kinloch Telephone Exchange Open House

Thursday, November 12 from 5:00-9:00 pm, Kinloch Telephone Exchange, 2201 Indiana

A rare opportuity to check out the inside of the former Kinloch Telephone Exchange. Built in 1904, the building is one of four telephone exchanges constructed by the Kinloch Telephone Company at the turn of the 20th century. Learn more about the building and it's history at Food from Milque Toast Bar and drinks from Saint Louis Hop Shop.

SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

Saturday, November 14 from 8:30am-4:30 pm, Harris-Stowe State University

At the 20th annual conference, "The Power of Neighborhoods," you can learn new ways to make St. Louis area neighborhoods the best they can be. Keynote speaker Rev. Starsky Wilson will set the pace for an upbeat and challenging day of learning about topics as diverse as improving neighborhood association effectiveness, improving government responsiveness to residents, Ferguson lessons learned, community development corporations, new reports relevant to neighborhood revitalization, and taking action on vacant land and buildings, education, and youth. Registration: $25 until Nov 9; late registration is $35. To register and for full details, please visit

St. Louis Safety Group Meeting

Monday, November 16 at 6:00 pm, Carpenter Branch Library, 3309 S. Grand The St. Louis Safety Group hosts a monthly meeting and offers support, networking, continuing education and positive approaches for dealing with public safety issues and other challenges facing neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. Meetings are open to all concerned citizens and neighborhood leaders looking for solutions! The November Meeting will be all about the Juvenile Justice System in St. Louis City. Meeting participants will be allowed to park on the St. Pius Church Lot across the street from the library.

A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

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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

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