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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 18-27, 2016

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

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, August 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend. This month's meeting will be focused on crime and safety. We will discuss specific concerns, solutions and resources to address the safety of everyone in the community and crime that occurs on Cherokee Street. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, August 18 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 or our Facebook Invite.

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

Cookbook Cover Party at McKinley Meadows

Saturday, August 20 from 12:00-2:00 pm, 2257 Missouri

We will be making covers for our cookbooks by incorporating the native plants that we have at the garden. Could it get more local!? There's no need to bring any special supplies. We will have what you need, but feel free to bring text or special paper if you want to use it. Visit the Nextdoor Invite for details.

3rd Annual Cherokee Street Reach Festival

Saturday, August 20 from 12:00-5:00 pm, Love Bank Park, 2857 Cherokee

DJ, face painting, chess, yoga, break dancing, painting workshop and emergency school supplies are just part of the fun. Check out the Facebook Invite for details.

Folk Filth

Saturday, August 20 from 2:00-9:00 pm, Ruby Francis, 2310 Cherokee

Lauren Busiere will be showcasing her series of shrine art carefully constructed of kitschy salvaged goodies and pop culture icons and imagery, communicating a gorgous and evocative mix of personal and social commentary. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided as well as some filthy folk tunes. 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.


Sunday, August 21 from 11:00-2:00 pm, German Cultural Society of St. Louis, 3652 S. Jefferson

The Damenchor will sing a German Mass to the accompaniment of the Deutschmeister Brass Band. To be followed by folk dancing, live music, and German food and drink! 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.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Meeting

Monday, August 22 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

CBBA 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

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

Festival of Nations 2016

Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, from 10:00-6:00 pm, Tower Grove Park

Join us in Tower Grove Park for the region’s premier multicultural celebration, featuring over 40 ethnic food booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world. Put on each year by the International Institute of St. Louis, it gets bigger and better every year, as it inspires, entertains and showcases the incredible diversity of our region.Admission is Free! Facebook Invite

Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, from 1:00-5:00 pm, Love Bank Park, 2857 Cherokee

Master Pieza + Rob Boo and local businesses on Cherokee Street are teaming up to have a youth 3 on 3 basketball tournament for the children in the Cherokee neighborhood and area youth. *Registration ended Aug 15. Facebook Invite


  • St. Louis Swap Meet, Sunday, August 28 from 9:00-3:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee

  • Fall Exhibition Openings, Friday, September 2 from 7:00-10:00 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

  • St. Louis Swap Meet, Sunday, September 4 from 9:00-3:00 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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