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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 14-23, 2016

Below is a list of upcoming activities in or around Benton Park West, a Cherokee Neighborhood.

Zumba Classes

Mondays and Thursdays, 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. Thursday, April 14 class is CANCELLED.

Happy Thyme: A Garden Club for Seniors

Fridays 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 Flower Garden Work Day

Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 am, BWP Community Flower Garden, 2802 Wyoming

The flower garden will need weeds pulled, bushes trimmed, litter picked up, and the fence and sign repaired. We will redesign parts of the flower garden and will add new perennials and bushes May 6 and 7. There is a large tree stump that we'd love to see someone use creativity on. We'd thought about finding a carver to use the stump as a canvas. We're open to other ideas as well. For more info, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

Transcending the Spectrum 3: An LGBTQIA Art Show

Saturday, April 16 from 6:00-10:00 pm, Westminster Press, 3156 Cherokee

Please join us for an exciting exhibition hosted by Westminster Press and featuring works of art by St. Louis area LGBTQIA artists and performers. Food and drink will be on hand, as well as an open mic for those who wish to make their voices heard loud and proud on the stage. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sunday, April 17 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.

St. Louis Safety Group Meetup

Monday, April 18 at 6:00 pm, Carpenter Branch Library, 3309 S. Grand

Topic: Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Awareness. Panelists: Kathy Howard, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Amanda Colegrove, Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation Sgt. Jatonya Clayborn, Intelligence Division, SLMPD Detective Keaton Strong, Intelligence Division, SLMPD. All neighbors and neighborhoods are invited. Facebook Invite

Shake 38: Performance from Coriolanus

Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, Ritz Park, 3147 S. Grand

Shakespeare Festival and Fontbonne University present Coriolanus. 5PM and 6PM performances. Facebook Invite

Crawl for Cannabis

Wednesday, April 20 from 6:00 pm-1:00 am, Cherokee

For the second year, the awesome restaurants, retail shops, and bars of Cherokee Street are coming together to participate in "Crawl for Cannabis”: a neighborhood business crawl supporting Show-Me Cannabis; the leading organization structuring marijuana law reform in Missouri. Please visit the Facebook Invite for details.

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, April 21 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, April 21 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.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Blue Pearl

Friday, April 22 from 3:00-12:00 midnight, The Blue Pearl, 2926 Cherokee

SPEAKERS: Ray Gude (MC), Leigh Harris (Pop-Up Prairie), Jill Miller (White Caps, Green Collars-cool roofs), Cara Spencer (20th Ward Alderwoman), Alison Carrick (Co-Director, "The First Secret City" film on the history of nuclear waste in St Louis), and Ed Smith (Safe Energy Director, MCE-West Lake Landfill) KEYNOTE Speaker: Tabitha Tripp (Heartwood Forest Council & So Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment) VENDORS: Furious Styles, Miss Heaven, BushDoc Beard Oils, upcycled clothes, and we hope to have some plants/flowers for sale.

Curby Church Family Movie Night

Friday, April 22 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.

Earth Day: BPW Spring Clean Up!

Saturday, April 23 at various times and locations around Benton Park West

Residents are encourage to participate in cleaning up their alleys and litter along sidewalks and common ways. Block Leaders: Pick a starting point for your group and we'll advertise it. If you provide bottled water and/or donuts for your group, submit your receipts to BPWNA and we'll reimburse you up to $25. Please feel free to call Treasurer, Frank Becker at 314-537-6433 for more info on how to get reimbursed. Click here for more details.

Salvation Army Flea Market

Saturday, April 23 from 9:00-2:00 pm, 2740 Arsenal, Lot on Arsenal at Iowa

Vendor space available! $25/space + $10 table rental. For more info, contact Rebecca Simmons at 314-771-3460 or If the event of rain, the flea market will be rescheduled for May 7.

Cherokee Street Earth Day Clean-Up

Saturday, April 23 from 11:00-4:00 pm, Love Bank Park, Cherokee at Nebraska

Come celebrate Earth Day with us on Cherokee!!! Erase The Trace is teaming up with The Blue Pearl and we will be cleaning up the neighborhood Please bring your family and see what a community can truly be when joined together in a goal. Teach your children the value of recycling and minimizing waste. Make a difference. Facebook Invite


  • Return of the STL Swap Meet, Sunday, April 24 from 10:00-3:00 pm, Cherokee at Lemp

  • Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour, Thursday, April 28 from 4:30-7:00 pm, The Blue Pearl, 2926 Cherokee

  • Cinco Back Alley BBQ & Fundraiser for The People's Joy Parade, Friday, April 29 from 5:00-8:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • Destination Cabrini: Dinner and Auction, Saturday, April 30 at 5:00 pm, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, 3022 Oregon

  • 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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