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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

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.

Return of the STL Swap Meet

Sunday, April 24 from 10:00-3:00 pm, Cherokee at Lemp

Opening day for the 2016 season. For a list of vendors and other details, please visit

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Meeting

Monday, April 25 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

Our monthly neighborhood association meeting held the fourth Monday of every month. Happy hour starts at 6:00 pm, meeting at 7:00 pm and we keep it concise. Come out and meet your neighbors, they are a lot cooler than you think! Find out what is going on in your neighborhood and how to participate in community activities that have a positive impact. If you would like to share something with the neighborhood, message us and we will get you on the agenda. Facebook Invite

Young Entrepreneurs Forum hosted by the License Collector's Office

Tuesday, April 26 from 10:00–12:00 pm, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Lower Level of the Student Center Cafeteria East

Please Mavis T. Thompson, ESQ., License Collector City of St. Louis at the Young Entrepreneurs Forum and receive helpful resources, financial and legal assistance and learn strategies that have made local entrepreneurs successful like Charli Cooksey of Inspire St. Louis and Sylvester Chisom author of the Young Entrepreneurs Guide to Success 2.0. Register by phone at (314) 622-3306 or email at

Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

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

Come for a fun Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour with food and drink and listen to some lively old time tunes from the Boney Goat Band. Please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite for more details.

Cinco Back Alley BBQ & Fundraiser for The People's Joy Parade

Friday, April 29 from 5:00-8:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

We're kicking off Cinco de Mayo with a back-alley party for the People's Joy Parade behind Nebula. Free drinks from Schlafly Beer, DJ, pinata busting, BBQ, and tacos from Mexcla - the newest Mexican restaurant on Cherokee! $5+ suggested donation. 100% goes to support the parade. Want to learn more about the parade and how you can participate Visit Facebook Invite

Destination Cabrini: Dinner and Auction

Saturday, April 30 at 5:00 pm, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, 3022 Oregon

St. Frances Cabrini Academy in conjunction with Cabrini World Airlines proudly presents, "Destination Cabrini: Dinner and Auction." Full meal, adult beverages, auction, and adorable entertainment will be served on board! For more info, please visit


  • NEW DATE: Salvation Army Flea Market, Saturday, May 7 from 9:00-2:00 pm, 2740 Arsenal, 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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