Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 21-30, 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.

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. Facebook Invite

CSBA Mural Committee

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm, Nebula, 3400 S. Jefferson

the Cherokee Street Business Association is starting up a new Mural Committee, with the goal to bring public art to the Cherokee neighborhoods area. You are invited to come be a part! We meet every month immediately after the monthly CSBA Meeting at Nebula (the full meeting starts at 5:30 pm, we do our mural thing at 6:30ish). Facebook Invite

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.

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

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. Facebook Invite

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.

BPW Flower Garden Work Day

Saturday, April 23 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.

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

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sunday, April 24 from 9:30-10:30 am, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac