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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 7-16, 2016

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

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

Tenth Life @ Tower Grove Farmers Market

Saturday, July 9 from 8:00-12:30 pm, Tower Grove Park, 1618 Tower Grove

Talk to Tenth Life representatives! Purchase a Tenth Life t-shirt! Get info about the Litter Mates Club! Donate! Fill out a foster, adoption or volunteer application! Just stop by and say Hi! Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Neighborhood Clean Up

Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 am, Gravois Park, Potomac

Neighbors are organizing their blocks to pick up litter, sweep allies and cut back over grown vegetation on their properties. Groups and volunteers who wish to help can meet in Gravois Park on the corner of Miami St. and S. Compton. There may be tools to borrow. Questions? Contact DeAnna Murphy, NIS Ward 20 at or 314-657-1371.

Graduation Celebration - Bridge Bread

Saturday, July 9 from 4:00-7:00 pm, Nebula, 3400 S. Jefferson

Bridge Bread Baker Dewayne worked long and hard to complete his high school equivalency. Let's help him celebrate with a graduation party at Nebula (upstairs from Bridge Bread on Cherokee). In leiu of gifts, we suggest a tax-free donation to the Bridge Bread Scholarship Fund at Please visit the Facebook Invite for more details.

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sundays 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.

Zumba Classes

Mondays, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

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

Greater Gravois Park NA Meeting

Monday, July 11 from 6:00-7:00 pm, 3453 S. Jefferson

This is the final meeting before the August 2 election! Invite your neighbors and friends, and please bring any questions, comments, or conerns you may have! Please send any agenda items to Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 pm, 3353 California (former Jefferson Bank Bldg)

Come out and meet your neighbors, get involved and be informed. Our monthly meetings are a great place to discuss issues important to you and your family, learn about resources and get updates on everything in and around Gravois Park and the 20th Ward. Facebook Invite

Summer Children's Concert Series

Wednesday, July 13 from 9:30-10:30 am, Piper Palm House, 4256 Magnolia

The concerts are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Light snacks and beverages will be served after the concert. Our pony, Sheffield, likes to make an appearance from time to time after the concerts! Facebook Invite

Bodies On Display

Friday, July 15 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Westminster Press, 3156 Cherokee

This exhibition examines the varied experiences of marginalized bodies, exploring the void between personal identification and public legibility. Themes include exposure and vulnerability, public and private identity, and the precarious lives of Bodies on Display. Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be provided. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Facebook Invite

Riverfront Marketplace by St. Louis Swap Meet

Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-3:00 pm, St. Louis Riverfront Arch

We're proud to be a part of the re-opening of the Arch Ground season! There's a whole year of great programming planned at the Arch this year- and now for the first time shopping is one of them! Facebook Invite

Recycling Bin Pickup and BBQ

Saturday, July 16 from 12:00-3:00 pm, Marine Villa Fire House, 3555 Salena

Saint Louis City Recycles is giving away FREE in-home recycling bins. Having an in-home bin will help you get recycling right! Facebook Invite

People's Joy Parade BBQ and Ice Cream Party

Saturday, July 16 from 5:00-8:00 pm, C.A.M.P, 3026 Cherokee

We love our parade community and want to hang out with you and feed you! Also, it'll be a great opportunity to share ideas for next year's parade and figure ways we can work together to increase the communal JOY! Please bring your creative spirit and something to share – a side dish, something to grill, beverages, sundae fixings!? Or a little cash is good too! Facebook Invite

9th Annual World NAKED Bike Ride

Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 pm, Cherokee Street

The World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis is part of an international event to raise awareness of cyclist rights and vulnerability on the road, and promote positive body image and protest oil dependency. The ride starts on Manchester in The Grove. For a course map, pre/post-festivities, or other details, please visit


  • BPWNA Meeting, Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • National Night Out, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 pm, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2802 Wyoming


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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