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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 4-13, 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

Printmaking with Plants

Saturday, August 6 from 12:00-2:00 pm, McKinley Meadows, 2257 Missouri

We will create decorative pages for our cookbooks by using plants as stamps. The paint that we will use is washable, but sometimes making art gets messy. Please take this into consideration when choosing outfits for the day. FREE and open to all! Programs made possible with the generous support from Regional Arts Commission and Milque Toast. Nextdoor Invite

Heimat Abend

Saturday, August 6 from 6:00-10:00 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

Join us for a night of singing and dancing with the Mosbach Donauschwaben! Cost of dinner is included. Cash Bar. $20 Adults, $10 Jugend, Free Children 13 & Under (Children's dinner is hot dog & chips). Facebook Invite

Yard Sale Fundraiser for City Kitties and Pharah

Sunday, August 7 from 9:00-3:00 pm, 2125 Cherokee

City Kitties mission is to assist caregivers in crisis to adequately provide for the cats under their care. PHARAH-People Helping Animals Remain at Home is a small group that was created to assist families with emergent care for their pets. Facebook Invite

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.

Black Cinema Club, Feature: Afro-Punk

Sunday, August 7 from 3:00-6:00 pm, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

"Afro-Punk" is a documentary exploring race identity within the punk scene across America and abroad. The film focuses on the lives of four people dedicated to the punk rock lifestyle, interspersed with interviews from scores of black punk rockers from all over the United States. The interviews cover issues of loneliness, exile, interracial dating, black power, and the dual lives led by people of color in communities that are primarily white. IT'S FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!!! Facebook Invite

Greater Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Monday, August 8 at 6:00 pm, 3453 S. Jefferson

Please send any agenda items to

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.

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tuesday, August 9 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.

Puppy Pool Party

Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, Benton Park West Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Each Wednesday through Labor Day (weather permitting), we'll host a pool party for the pups! Let your dog cool off while you socialize with the other members. Please visit our Dog Park page of the Facebook group for more info on the park or the pool party. Questions? Contact Dog Park Chair, Chris Schmidt at 314-452-1931 or at

Foos and Brews

Friday, August 12 from 7:30-9:00 pm, Great American Human Foosball, 3227 Morganford

Get 90 minutes of human Foosball and other life-sized games followed by FREE beer and apple pie shots at Tower Pub (across the street). Ages 21+ and ticket cost of $15/person. Register at

Back to School & Community Empowerment Festival

Saturday, August 13 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Chaifetz Arena, 1 S. Compton

Enjoy live entertainment, games and ride, gifts and prizes, information from 50 local vendors, family and senior resources, and FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES!! Don't miss out! Send your young one back to school in style! For more info, call 314-615-3610 or visit

Butter Love by LC: Website Launch & Maker Pop-Up

Saturday, August 13 from 12:00-4:00 pm, Westminster Press, 3156 Cherokee

Join us in celebrating the website launch of Butter Love by L.C. with a Maker Pop-Up featuring Golden Gem Paper Co., Westminster Press, and of course, the exclusive new products by Butter Love. Open to the public and free to attend. Wine and light refreshments provided. Facebook Invite

Praise in the Park Concert

Saturday, August 13 from 4:00-8:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

Gospel show by Benton Park West including Curby, Epiphany Church, The New Church, and Novation Church. FREE food and water will be provided. Additional games for kids. More details are coming.


  • Cookbook Cover Party at McKinley Meadows, Saturday, August 20 from 12:00-2:00 pm, 2257 Missouri

  • Festival of Nations 2016, Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, Tower Grove Park


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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