Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 11-20, 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

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 www.greatamericanhumanfoosball.com.

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 www.slps.org.

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. Facebook Invite

Pattern Recognition: Work from UIUC MFA Program

Saturday, August 13 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee

Open reception for Pattern Recognition: Work from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana MFA Program. 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.

Happy Birthday South City Art Supply!

Sunday, August 14 from 1:00-4:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

South City Art Supply is turning 1 years old! Daniel C. Roth Music will be playing his incredible original songs with some help from Tony LaMacchia on percussion. A few exhibitors with the idea of showcasing different sides of our unique joie de vivre: For more details, please visit Facebook Invite

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.

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 mcdeam@gmail.com.

20th Ward Meeting: Traffic Calming and One-Way Streets

Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30-7:30 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Transportation experts will discuss their preliminary findings on one-way streets and traffic ca