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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, January 28-February 6, 2016

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

TOCO Shop Grand Opening

Thursday, January 28 at 10:00-7:00 pm, TOCO Shop, 2714 Cherokee

Shop all day long and enjoy specials and surprises! Evening Celebration from 5:00-7:00pm with Live Music and Potluck. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, January 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Frazer's, 1811 Pestalozzi

We have the bar and lounge area (to the right of the bar) for us! Come out to meet your friends and neighbors at one of the finest establishments around! Mention you are with the Cherokee Neighborhoods and you can get the following specials: -$2.50 Domestic Bottles -$6 Glasses of wine -$6 specialty cocktails (Including one neighborhood themed cocktail) -Tapas specials: Oysters on the half-shell, hotwings, sliders, chorizo nachos, zuchini rolls, hummus with pita bread! Facebook Invite

The Blue Pearl Three-Day Grand Opening

Thursday, January 28-Saturday, January 30, The Blue Pearl, 2926 Cherokee

Live music and cocktail specials to celebrate! Thursday: Irene Allen from 6-8 pm and Drew Sheafor from 8-11pm, Friday: Ivas John from 7-10 pm, and Saturday: Blind Pig from 2-5 pm and Bottoms Up Blues Gang from 7-10 pm.

Beggin' Pet Parade

Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 pm, 12th and Allen, Soulard

Grab your furry friends and join the Krewe of Barkus for the world’s largest costumed pet parade – the 23rd Beggin’ Pet Parade! Watch or join in as thousands of festively costumed animal friends strut their stuff through Soulard in style. Featuring live musical entertainment by That '80s Band! Registration and route information:; Facebook Invite

Zumba Classes

Mondays at 6:00-7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

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

NOTE TEMPORARY CHANGE OF VENUE: As of Thursday January 21st, the Thursday Zumba instructor from Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold Thursday Zumba classes at the Dunn-Marquette Recreation Center @ 4025 Minnesota Avenue @1:00 PM, for 6 weeks. Due to Curby's low turn-out on Thursdays, the instructor is hoping that the venue change will attract other enthusiastic Zumba-ers who attend the class at recreation center to join us at Curby after those 6 weeks!! The Thursday Zumba classes at the recreation center are FREE.

The People Party Gras Ball on Cherokee

Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

Here we GEAUX!!! The biggest Mardi Gras ball that Cherokee street has ever seen. We will feature the southern cooking of Chef Turtle and the music of Sb3 as they finish up a great Mardi gras season. We will crown the 1st ever REX (king) of Cherokee Street Mardi Gras that will be featured in the Cherokee Street parade on Sunday. Amazing cause, raising funds for for local music programs and the Cherokee Street Reach. Facebook Invite

2016 Soulard Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 6 from 9:00-7:00 pm, Soulard

Parade starts at 11am on Broadway. For details, please visit

South City Community Mixer

Saturday, February 6 from 11:00-3:00 pm, Dunn-Marquette Rec Center, 4025 Minnesota

Come mingle with your neighbors as this is a family oriented event that will include music provided by DJ B BEasy, free pizza from Master Pieza, live painting from Cherokee Street Reach art camp participants, and other youth entertainers. Everyone is welcome! Facebook Invite


Puppy Bowl XLL Party & Supply/Fund Drive for Stray Rescue STL, Sunday February 7th @ Art Bar

Intended, A Wedding Trunk Show, Saturday, February 13 @ Ruby Francis


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

Photo: Flyer for Community Mixer, Eric Prospect


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