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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, December 3-12, 2015

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

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights

Thursday-Sunday until January 3 rom 5:00-10:00 pm, AB Brewery, 1200 Lynch

Come experience the wonder of the Budweiser Clydesdales, s’mores roasting on an open fire, thousands of twinkling lights and one monumental display of holiday spirit. Complimentary walking tours and festivities available to guests of all ages. For more information, please visit

Zumba Classes

Thursdays at 1:30-2:30 pm and Mondays at 6:00-7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm with a suggested donation of $5 and on Mondays from 6-7 pm with a suggested donation of $1-5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Official Launch Party/Shopstravaganza, STL-STyLe-style!

Thursday, December 3 from 6:00-9:00 pm, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

Don't sleep, all you proud St. Louisans: for one night only, the author of the best selling local guidebook to St. Louis and the Wonder Twin Bros. Vines are teaming up for a holiday shopportunity not to be missed! Get your signed, personalized copies of the brand-new THIRD edition of "Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis, Neighborhood by Neighborhood, By and For St. Louisans," along with signed copies of "100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die" and "To the Top! A Gateway Arch Story," plus the hometown-lovin', cheeky tees, totes, onesies, bags, mugs, and maps that have put us on the map. Facebook Invite

TOCO Open House Happy Hour

Friday, December 4 from 5:30-8:30 pm, TOCO Shop - St. Louis, 2714 Cherokee

Tapestry of Community Offerings (TOCO) will host an open hour for there new St. Louis location. They'll have music by the Flea Bitten Dawgs, craft beer from Earthbound Brewing. Please consider bringing your donation to get us up and running towards that goal. Professional and casual clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags, suits, and jewelry are all MOST welcome! Facebook Invite

Grinchmas on South Grand

Saturday, December 5 from 9:00-1:00 pm, Ritz Park, 3147 S Grand

The Grinch will be on hand at South Grand’s Ritz Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a $7 donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. Those who bring a toy donation for the children at the hospital can get a photo taken for only $5.

40th Annual Soulard Parlor Tour

Saturday, December 5 from 10:00-4:00 pm and Sunday, December 6 from 10:00-3:00 pm, Gene Slay's Boy's Club, 2524 S 11th

Get into the holiday spirit with one of St. Louis’ most time-honored traditions, the 40th Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour. Soulard Restoration Group invites guests to view featured homes decked in their holiday best. For more information or to purchase tickets ($22 each), please visit

Print Bazaar on Cherokee

Saturday, December 5, 10:00- 6:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee

Print Bazaar on Cherokee provides holiday shoppers with creative ways to complete their shopping lists, supporting both handmade artists and the local economy. Some of the unique activities planned at shops and galleries along Cherokee Street include tours, demonstrations, and custom items printed on the spot. This year’s commemorative, hand-printed passports will provide a map of all venues and information on participating artists. Complimentary totes will also be available to shoppers. Facebook Invite

Krampus Pub Crawl - St. Louis Krampusnacht 2015

Saturday, December 5 from 5:30-11:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee

Join our Krampus herd as we stomp down Cherokee Street, terrorizing every bar in our path. The second annual St. Louis Krampusnacht Pub Crawl kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Yaquis on Cherokee. Discount drinks will be available for anyone in costume! The Krampus Pub Crawl will end at 11 p.m. at ArtBar, where we will have our second annual Krampus Holiday Pageant. There will be cash prizes for the best costumes! Facebook Invite

Westminster Press Grand Opening

Saturday, December 5 from 6:00-10:00 pm, 3156 Cherokee

Westminster Press will host its grand opening celebration and art show. Come join us for a night of art, shopping, music, and free food and drink. Westminster Press is an art gallery, consignment shop, and printmaking studio, focused on promoting work made by artists of marginalized identities, inclusive of women, people of color, and LGBT folks. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Facebook Invite

Cookie Spree Sunday

Sunday, December 6 from 11:00-4:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee

Join us on Cherokee Antique Row for a day of festive fun and holiday shopping! From Jefferson Avenue to the Lemp Mansion you'll find trolley rides, strolling carolers, lots of live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the anti Claus: KRAMPUS. Facebook Invite

Neighborhood Carol Sing

Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 pm, Salvation Army, 2747 Arsenal

Please join the Salvation Army's Urban Mission Center in welcoming the Christmas season at the first annual Neighborhood Carol Sing in Temple Gardens. All are welcome! We'll provide the hot chocolate and homemade Christmas cookies, you'll provide the voices. Facebook Invite

Mixer Monday

Monday, December 7 from 10:00-4:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Free coworking - the first Monday of every month! Breakfast snacks and coffee provided by Duffe Nuernberger Drop-in anytime or stay for the whole day from 10am-4pm. Bring a friend, bring your working team, bring your dog! Open to all. Facebook Invite


Gravois Park Holiday Caroling, Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 pm in the Pavillion

St. Louis Swap Meet presents: Last Minute Gifts Winter Market, Sunday, December 20 Facebook Invite


A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

Buddha Body and Bath

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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