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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 31-April 9, 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 Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, March 31 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Yaquis, 2728 Cherokee

$4 sangria and some sort of beer (TBD) and 25% off any pizza or appetizer until 7pm! This event is sponsored by the Benton Park, Benton Park West, Gravois Park, and Marine Villa Neighborhood Assocations of St. Louis, Missouri. For more info, visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

Happy Thyme: A Garden Club for Seniors

Friday, April 1 from 10:00-12:00 pm, Salvation Army, 2747 Arsenal

The Happy Thyme Garden Club is open to all seniors interested in gardening, whether you're a certified green thumb or looking for a place to learn something new. We'll meet at Temple Gardens, located across from the Salvation Army on Fridays at 10 am. Questions? Call Sara Johnson at 314.606.7794

BPW West Corner Garden Work Day

Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Minnesota at Gravois Planter

Weather permitting we will meet at the round planter at 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. Contact Christina Sullivan at or 314-607-0047 with questions.

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sunday, April 3 from 9:30-10:30 am, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Each Sunday, get to know your neighbors and help make YOUR neighborhood park a better place to play! We'll pick up litter in and around the park while talking and getting to know each other. Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Spring Garden Clean Up

Sunday, April 3 from 11:00-2:00 pm, 3137 Potomac

The community garden space needs a lot of attention and we need help in doing so. We will be meeting around 11am right after picking up litter at Gravois Park. We will be picking up litter, raking/shoveling leaves, mowing/weed eating and various other tasks such as securing/painting fence and removing dilapidated raised beds. Facebook Invite

Black Cinema Club: Coonskin

Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 pm, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

Each month we'll show a film significant to the black experience: culturally, socially, and/or politically. There will be a post-screening discussion that digs into the synopsis, themes, and subject of the film. April's Feature: Coonskin [is] a mix of live action and animation, starring Barry White and actor/playwright Charles Gordone as two guys who rush to help out a friend, who’s just escaped from prison (Phillip Michael Thomas), but are trapped by police in a shootout after a cop is killed by White. Facebook Invite

Tower Grove Park Lecture Series: Landscape Architecture and the Revolution of the Rural Cemetery Movement in the Era of Henry Shaw

Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 pm, Stupp Center (corner of Grand & Arsenal)

Nancy Ylvisaker, President of Bellefontaine Cemetery will present "Landscape Architecture and the Revolution of the Rural Cemetery Movement in the Era of Henry Shaw." Please join us! If you have questions, please contact Megan in the Friends office at 314-771-4424 or Facebook Invite

9th Ward Delegates Selection Mass Meeting

Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm, 9th Ward Democratic Organization, 1905 Arsenal

Mass Meetings to select delegates to advance to the Congressional District meeting (April 28), after which delegates may advance to the Missouri Democratic Convention in Columbia (June 18) and possibly the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (July 25-28). Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Dog Park Seasonal Grand Opening

Saturday, April 9 from 10:00-12:00 pm, 3300 Nebraska

Be your dog's best friend by joining the Benton Park West Dog Park. Please join us for complimentary coffee and donuts while you and your dog check out the park. For more info, visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

JoyritaSTL 2016 Margarita Contest and Fundraiser

Saturday, April 9 from 12:00-4:00 pm, C.A.M.P, 3022 Cherokee

Join us for our 4th annual JoyritaSTL! It's a lot of fun showcasing and sampling margaritas of Cherokee for a good cause. All proceeds go to support the People's Joy Parade and Community Arts and Movement Project. Facebook Invite


  • BPW Flower Garden Work Day, Saturday, April 16 at 9 am, California at Wyoming

  • Salvation Army Flea Market, Saturday, April 23 from 9:00-2:00 pm, Lot on Arsenal at Iowa

  • 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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