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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 17-26, 2016

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

Zumba Classes

Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays at 6:00 pm and Thursday at 1:30 pm at $5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3400 S. Jefferson

CSBA Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome. Visit our Events page for more details.

3rd Friday Happy Hour

Friday, March 18 from 5:00-7:00 pm, Saint Louis Hop Shop, 2606 Cherokee

Every third Friday of the month join Nebula and friends as we mingle, network, and hang out while we celebrate the end of the work week. Come out and have a drink on us! Enjoy FREE tasting from a Kansas City brewery plus a happy hour discount on beer. This event is free and open to the public. Facebook Invite

Curby Church Family Movie Night

Friday, March 18 at 7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, of inspirational and encouraging movies, every 3rd Friday @ 7:00 pm with FREE popcorn, hot dogs, snacks and water. For more info 314-771-0242.

BPW West Corner Garden Work Day

Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Juniata at Gravois Planter

Weather permitting we will meet at the round planter at Juniata, Minnesota and Gravois. We will prune the roses, weed and clear out the spent plant material. If you have gardening tools, please feel free to bring 'em along. We can use clippers, gardening shears, loppers, rakes, household dynamite, etc. The weekend flea market has raised the profile of this planter so enhancing its appearance will be a positive reflection on our neighborhood. Contact Christina Sullivan at or 314-607-0047 with questions.

Benton Park West Dog Park Work Day

Saturday, March 19 at 9:00 am, SE corner of Utah at Nebraska

Dog owners, lovers, and friends! We need your help to prepare the Dog Park for the season. Please feel free to bring your own tools as we weed, rake, trim, and generally clean up the place. Questions? Contact Chris Schmidt, Dog Park Chair at 314-452-1931 or at

RVSTL Rehabbers Club Property Tour of Benton Park West

Saturday, March 19 at 9:30 am, 2724 Utah

ReVitalizeSTL's March Rehabbers Club will feature Benton Park West, a Cherokee Neighborhood. Starting at Utah, we’ll walk through the neighborhood to visit five newly rehabbed homes. For details visit our Events page or check the Facebook Invite

The BEST Trivia Nite in St. Louis

Satruday, March 19 at 6:30 pm, German Cultural Society of St. Louis, 3652 S Jefferson

The German Cultural Society Youth Group announces the 9th Annual THE BEST TRIVIA NITE IN ST. LOUIS, featuring Trivia Quiz Whiz, “Buzz” Ullrich. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Trivia begins at 7:00 pm. (Yes, all questions are in English). Cost is $160/table (8 / table max) and includes soft drinks and snacks. You may bring your own snacks and adult beverages. Cash bar is also available. For more details, please visit the Facebook Invite.

Real Estate Ownership - FREE Workshop with Industry Professionals

Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Interested in buying and rehabbing your own home to live in? Its the best way to earn instant equity and build to your likes and comforts. Have you ever thought about investing into owning or flipping real estate but don’t know the first step? A free workshop will be held at the Nebula Event Space that will discuss owning and rehabbing buildings with a focus on St. Louis City property. For more details including a list of guest speakers, please visit the Facebook Invite.

Maundy Thursday (Last Supper) and Communion Worship Service

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

We'll begin with serving dinner at 6:30 pm, fish (baked and fried) and salad. You must RSVP by email or phone 314-771-0242, so we'll have enough for all attendees. Also, we'll have a special musical guest. All are welcome! For more info, contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242.

Good Friday Service

Friday, 25 at 7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

All are welcome! For more info, contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242.

Five Star Senior Center's Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser

Friday, March 25 from 11:00-7:00 pm, Five Start Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Serving from 11:00-7:00 pm, if you know of a business or building that would like deliveries of 5 or more dinners we can make that happen. As always we are looking for help in the form of fish fryers, servers, delivery persons, kitchen help, clean-up, cash donations, and especially desserts to be donated. If none of the volunteer opportunities fit, plan on coming in or get a carry-out lunch or dinner. We need customers to make this event a success. Thank you for your assistance in serving the needs of the Seniors of St. Louis.

Gondo Poetry 35: Mark Levine and Emily Wilson

Friday, March 25 at 7 pm, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee

Please join us for the 35th reading in the gondo poetry series, featuring: Mark Levine and Emily Wilson. Mark Levine is the author of four books of poems, Debt (1993), which was a National Poetry Series winner; Enola Gay (2000) and The Wilds (2006), both from University of California Press; and Travels of Marco, out this spring from Four Way Books. Emily Wilson is the author of three books of poetry, The Keep (2001) and Micrographia (2008) from University of Iowa Press, and The Great Medieval Yellows (2015) from Canarium Books, as well a limited-edition book, Morpho terrestre (2006), which includes prints by Sara Langworthy. This event is free and open to the public. Facebook Invite

Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 am, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association will host its 11th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This free event is for children 1-12 years of age and they must be accompanied by an adult. Have questions or would like to volunteer? Contact Pam Welsh, Youth Outreach Chair at 314-406-2026. Visit our Events page for more details.


  • Resurrection of the Lord/Easter Service, Sunday, March 27 at 10:30 am, Churby Church

  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Association, Monday, March 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm, 3678 S Broadway

  • Cherokee Neigborhoods Happy Hour, Thursday, March 31 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Yaquis

  • Benton Park West Dog Park Seasonal Grand Opening, Saturday, April 9 from 10:00-12:00 pm, Utah

  • Cinco de Mayo - Cherokee Street, Saturday May 7 from 11:00-9:00 pm, Cherokee (between Ohio and Nebraska)

  • IndiHop 2016, Saturday, May 21 from 1:00-7:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee


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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